Costa Rica international travel advice

Landscape view of Costa Rica

Costa Rica 🇨🇷

Costa Rica is part of Americas with main city at San Jose. Its Developing country with a population of 5M people. The main currency is Costa Rican Colon. The languages spoken are Spanish. the Republic of Costa Rica is the formal name of Costa Rica It is adviced to Exercise a high degree of caution Get useful information like travel advice, temperatures, rainfall, socket plugs, languages spoken, SIM cards, ATM, currencies, road rules and emergency numbers.
👍 Developing   🌤️ ~24.46 °C   🌧 ~107.48 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 5M people


⚠️ Travel advice

Exercise a high degree of caution

We've reviewed our travel advice for Costa Rica. We haven't changed our level of advice: Exercise a high degree of caution in Costa Rica.

issued date: November 1, 2019


🌤️ Temperature

🌧 Rainfall


🔌 Sockets

Costa Rica uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are Spanish


💱 Currencies Used

Costa Rica uses the Costa Rican colón (symbol: ?), code CRC.Banknotes come in denominations of 50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 colóns. Colón is subdivided into 100 céntimos. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 colóns.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are very common in Costa Rica. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

💁‍♂️ Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is quite common in Costa Rica and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge.


📡 Internet

Internet speed in Costa Rica is on average 3.4 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Costa Rica is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

📱 Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 7,271.43 CRC, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Claro, Kölbi or Movistar. Costa Rica uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Costa Rica upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

📞 Calling

To call Costa Rica, dial +, then 506 (the country code for Costa Rica), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Costa Rica, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 2 .


🛣️ Road rules

In Costa Rica you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) on undivided highways, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on motorways and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on expressways.

🆘 Emergency







Fire department


Last updated: January 1, 2020