ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: For entry into Costa Rica, U.S. citizens must present valid passports that will not expire for at least thirty days after arrival, and a roundtrip/outbound ticket. Some U.S. airlines may not permit passengers to board flights to Costa Rica without such a ticket. Passports should be in good condition; Costa Rican immigration will deny entry if the passport is damaged in any way. Costa Rican authorities generally permit U.S. citizens to stay up to ninety days; to stay beyond the period granted, travelers must submit an application for an extension to the Office of Temporary Permits in the Costa Rican Department of Immigration. Tourist visas are usually not extended except under special circumstances, and extension requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There is a departure tax for short-term visitors. Tourists who stay over ninety days may experience a delay at the airport when departing. Persons who overstayed previously may be denied entry to Costa Rica.
Persons traveling to Costa Rica from some countries in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa must provide evidence of a valid yellow fever vaccination prior to entry. The South American countries include Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
See SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES for information on requirements to carry documentation within Costa Rica and for information on travel by dual national minors.
The most authoritative and up-to-date information on Costa Rican entry and exit requirements, including visa information, may be obtained from the Consular Section of the Embassy of Costa Rica at 2114 “S” Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 234-2945/46 , fax (202) 265-4795 , e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, web site http://www.costarica-embassy.org, or from the Costa Rican consulates in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Juan (Puerto Rico), San Francisco, and Tampa. The Costa Rican immigration agency maintains a web site at: http://www.migracion.go.cr. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington or one of Costa Rica’s consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements before shipping any items.
Tourits cards for Panama my need to be had from the consulate in San Jose:
Panamanian Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of Panama in San Jose, Costa Rica
Calle 38, Avenida 7 y 9, 441-1000 San José
Phone: (506) 257 3241, 256 5169
Fax: (506) 257 48 64
In Costa Rica… I will be back with France advice in Costa Rica. The road are terrible over there. We slept in a youth hostel refer by our friend of the Kingdom, the only one in San Jose. I will see if I can find out the name, I forgot it !
In Guatemala you CAN’T miss Panajachel, Lago Atitlan and the three little town on the other side of the lake.
Take information about the way to ride around the lake. When we got there we heard that the road is dangerous. We did not tried it because I was sick and very tired of the trip (in fact I was pregnant !!) but we cross in boat and you can easily take two days of calm in the day and reggae party at night in those little gorgeous village around the lake. From Panajachel you can also take organize trip for volcano, mountain bike trip, ect.
In Antigua we slept at the Santa Lucia both way. Nice, Volcano view, clean and inside lock parking to put the bike. You can even let the bike there few days if you want to bagpack to tikal for example. There is a internet cafe, restaurant, spanish school, pharmacy and a lot more around. For around 18$ a night.
(i actually stayed in a little house on lago atitlan…but my experience was different than theirs… the boat only runs until about 4pm ~ then the winds pick up so they don’t start again until morning ~ so, wasn’t able to experience the nightlife aside from the house and the others staying there…i can tell you more about it later…so, mine was less free during that part of the trip… antingua is beautiful… love the central market… and the other big market in a nearby town, chichicastanenga…was WAY overcrowded….went to the local market after that experience and enjoyed it much, much more! ~ would definitely skip the other next time! ~ the markets are open on certain days… here is a website for guatemalan market days http://www.travellog.com/