Travel advice for Costa Rica .

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Costa Rica .

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Costa-Rica-Colón CRC

Currency exchange rate

CRC 100 = ~ CHF 0.18 ; CHF 1 = ~ CRC 547.95 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Time difference with Switzerland

- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Spanish

Language capabilities

English

Capital

San José

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/220 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

San José, Edificio Centro Colón, 10° piso, Paseo Colón
Tel. +506 2221 48 29

Opening hours

Banks

8.30 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

8.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals if obtained at least 1 year previously, varies by rental company.

  • International driver's licence recommended.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).

  • CH sticker, first-aid kit, bright signal jacket, fire extinguisher and breakdown triangle mandatory.

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Risk of dengue fever.

  • Risk of malaria in certain areas.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.

Security

  • High crime rate.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Beware of purse snatching, pick pocketing and auto break-ins.

  • Nighttime driving not advised due to high hold-up rate.

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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