Costa Rica is even considered one of the Top 5 destinations for volunteering in 2016! To give you an idea of what being a volunteer in Costa Rica is like, this guide will provide you with information about the country's social projects as well as the costs and precautions that will occur. In addition to that, it will give you tips on how to spend your free time and places you have to see when in Costa Rica.
If you are travelling around, try to avoid tourist buses, which are usually about three times the price of public transport.
The following table will give you an overview about additional cost that might be important for your trip.
During this time of the year, less tourists travel around Costa Rica and prices are generally cheaper, so the rain shouldn't scare you away! The chance of having nice sunny days by the beach is still good while it's rainy in higher areas and the rainforests.
First Group (can stay up to 90 days) - Nationals of countries that are authorized to enter Costa Rica, without a consular Visa:
European Union/ EFTA, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vatican City, Uruguay.
Second Group (can stay up to 30 days, which can be extended for up to 90 days)- Nationals of countries that are authorized to stay for a limited time and do not need a Visa to enter Costa Rica:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Philippines, Russia, St. Kitss& Nevis, Sta. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
Third Group (for stays up to 30 days) - Nationals of the countries listed in this group are authorized the entry to Costa Rica, with Consular Visa, and for a maximum stay of up to 30 days. The Consular Visa must be requested at the Consulate of the applicant's home/residence country:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Cote dIvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sahrawi Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Fourth Group- Nationals of consulted and restricted Visa:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Myanmar, Palestine, Peoples Republic of China
First of all, you will need to go to the Costa Rican Mission nearest to you to begin your Visa process. You should always talk to them to confirm the details and what type of Visa you should apply for. The procedure to make the visa application is the following:
Make sure to bring all the necessary documents you will need with you, to make the change of Visa. Every document you bring from your home/residence country will need to be legalized and/or apostilled by the corresponding Consul of residence/home country.
If your documents were issued in a different language than Spanish, they must be translated by an official translator to be valid in Costa Rica.
Citizens of some countries ARE ALLOWED to travel to Costa Rica without applying for a Tourist Visa at a Costa Rican embassy or consulate; and are allowed to stay in the country for 30 or 90 days. You can find this list online.For citizens of countries that are not exempt of issuing a visa, you must present the following documents: