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Costa Rica Country Information

  • Language : Spanish
  • Currency: Costa Rican colón.
  • Time zone: GMT - 6 (daylight saving is not observed).
  • Climate: Tropical climate, with many microclimates by region depending on elevation, rainfall and geography.
  • Rainfall: Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south
  • Health: Risk of Zika virus, Dengue Fever and Chikinyungha, particularly in rainy season. Bite avoidance is recommended by covering up and applying mosquito repellent with at least 20% DEET. For more information on health and recommended vaccines see www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
  • Visas: UK Visitors do not require visas for stays of up to 30 days in Costa Rica.
  • Know Before You Go
  • Travel Advice: Current Travel Advice for Costa Rica can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/costa-rica
  • International Airport Departure Tax: US$29 payable in US dollars, local colones or by credit card.
  • Taxes: Sales Tax (on goods and services) is 13%
  • Government type: Parliamentary Democracy
  • Population: 4.9 million
  • Electricity: 110 volts AC (Same as US)
  • Capital: San José
  • Major Exports: Coffee, Bananas, Pineapples