Costa Rica travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Costa Rica with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Costa Rica with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Costa Rica - quick facts
Flight time 11.5 hours
Time difference UK -6 hours
Language(s) Spanish
Currency Costa Rican Colon
Electricity A + B plug (120V)
Driving side Right

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✝ = Typical flight time from the UK.

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Costa Rica weather

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Maximum daytime temperature °C
Hours of sunshine (daily)
Days with some rainfall

The Costa Rica weather guide shows long term monthly averages for San Jose.

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Costa Rica travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Costa Rica from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Costa Rica.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Costa Rica travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Costa Rica with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Costa Rica, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Costa Rica covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Costa Rica with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Costa Rica FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Costa Rica including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Costa Rica due to Covid-19?

Costa Rica is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for Costa Rica.

Check out Ministry of Health, Costa Rica for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Costa Rica?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Costa Rica. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to Costa Rica from the UK?

The flight time to Costa Rica from the UK is typically 11.5 hours.

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What is the time difference between Costa Rica and the UK?

The time difference between Costa Rica and the UK is UK time-6 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Costa Rica?

The main language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish.

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What is the currency in Costa Rica?

The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).

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Which plugs are used in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica uses electrical plug type A + B (120 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Costa Rica?

They drive on the right side of the road in Costa Rica.

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