Here you will find important tips and useful information for Costa Rica .
in Swiss francs (CHF)
For ATM cash withdrawals
For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in local currency
For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
Local currency / ISO Code
Currency exchange rate
CRC 100 = ~ CHF 0.18 ; CHF 1 = ~ CRC 547.95 (07/2020)
Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
The functionality of ATMs is not always garanteed.
Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.
Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).
- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time
00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
110/220 volt / adapter required
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.
San José, Edificio Centro Colón, 10° piso, Paseo Colón
Tel. +506 2221 48 29
8.30 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Sat)
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 ‰.
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.
This country is in an active earthquake zone.
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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