Travel advice for Costa Rica .

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

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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in US Dollars (USD)

    Local currency / ISO Code

    Costa-Rica-Colón CRC

    Further Information

    Credit cards


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

    ATM Search

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    Practical Information:

    Time difference with Switzerland

    - 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time

    National language

    Official language


    Language capabilities



    San José

    Country code for calling Switzerland

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


    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


    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 ‰.

    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.


    • 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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    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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