Travel Documents Required for Entry into Costa Rica

American, Canadian and most European citizens do not need a visa or any pre-entry permission to come to enter Costa Rica as long as they have a current valid passport. With a passport visitors can stay up to three months, and during the three months your driver's license from your home country allows you to legally drive in Costa Rica. YOUR PASSPORT MUST BE VALID AT LEAST 1(ONE) CALENDAR DAY BEYOND THE DATE THAT YOU ENTER COSTA RICA or you will be refused entry into Costa Rica by Immigration.

Costa Rica adventure travel: use the traditional modes of transport, including horseback.

Once you are in Costa Rica, you must keep a copy of your passport with you whenever you travel, even when traveling by horseback.

As of May 1, 2003 Americans and Canadians are no longer excepted from the requirement to have a passport — everyone from every country MUST have a passport, including children and infants.

More information for visitors traveling to Costa Rica is available at the U.S. Department of State - Costa Rica

If you are a citizen from another country, or if you have a residency card (i.e. green card) from the United States or Canada, we recommend you to read the following information: Visas, residences, permits.


The trip would not have been the same without our two chief guides, Philip and Catalina. Both of these individuals are awesome and amazing people, who made this trip unforgettable for us. It is obvious that they love what they do and are probably in my opinion, two of the top elite and professional guides in Costa Rica. Philip and Cata both won the hearts of our kids and provided us an exceptional experience. I know you take very good care of them as it is obvious from their talk how much they admire you and how much they love working with your company.

For a person who is afraid of heights and water, your guides supported me and made me experience some of these adventures, that I know I would not dream about doing without Philip and Cata by my side. Taking care of eight people for full day of challenging activities and then driving late at night back to the hotel safely takes a lot of dedication and strength. Cata is a very special girl and it is amazing to see her in action as she can do anything and everything same or even better than most of the other male guides. Philip is a leader and on the river trip I could see his popularity as each and every tour guide knew him and greeted him with respect. I admire Philip for his driving skills as on the last day I saw that he had to use everything he had to bring us safely to San Jose thorough heavy fog and land slides. Both of these individuals are an asset to your organization.

—Sam P., Mississauga Ontario, March, 2008