After much search through various different websites, Danny & I finally decide to book our first holiday since 2015. We were hoping on planning a road trip around America this year, but we could not turn down this bargain that I came across for the one and only COSTA RICA!!!! Technically, I will still be travelling to America, just Central America and not the United States.
I thought I would collate a list of useful things to know before travelling to about Costa Rica which I didn’t know before booking this holiday- what can I say, at times I can be quite impulsive. So, let us get into it!
Now this one has been causing me the most stress to sort out last minute (mainly my fear of dying from the Zika virus and my doctors making it very hard for me to book an appointment). Aside from my personal beef, if you’re fully adverse to your vaccinations, then this one is probably no biggy, but to travel newbs like myself who have not stepped out of Europe, you are gonna have to get yourself down to the GP. It’s recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel to make sure you have the correct vaccinations for the area that you are visiting..
I do not know the exact treatment that I will be getting, as I’ll be getting mine done next week, but according to Passport Health USA here is what is recommended as to what type of vaccinations you will need if you don’t already have them; Typhoids, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Influenza.
You don’t necessarily require a VISA
At the moment, as long as your passport is valid for at least 60 days past your return date and proof of a return/exit ticket is required you are all good. Visas are not needed for stays up to 90 days. Although it is always good to double check the VISA requirements before you go as they could always change.
Don’t forget to pack waterproofs
Being that Costa Rica is a tropical climate, it is prone to some downpours, so be sure to wear something that will keep you from getting soaked. Accordingly to First Choice advice, there are two main seasons, a wet spell from August to November and a dry run between February to July. Despite travelling in June, I am not going to be taking any chances.
Bug spray is a must, to say the least!
After reading the gov.uk Foreign Travel Advice it’s safe to say that there is a high risk of Zika Virus in Costa Rica, so don’t forget to pack some jungle bug spray with some high DEET levels in it (I think 50% is the highest you can get, but don’t quote me on that). Other ways to prevent mosquitos bites are to wear light colours, nothing too bright or dark as this can equality lure unwanted attention. Another way to keep yourself safe from bites is to use natural mosquito bracelets to help to keep them at bay too. To read more about protecting yourself against bug bites, check out the cdc.gov website here.
Notify your bank before you leave
Nothing worse than going on holiday and forgetting to tell your bank you’ve left the country. This doesn’t apply to just Costa Rica, but it is always good to remember to do this before heading away on holiday in case you need to make any purchases.
The Exit Visa (fee)
Now according to the internet (which at sometimes is very unreliable), Costa Rica has mandated that the airlines incorporate this fee in the ticket charge. But not all airlines have implemented this, so if you need to pay at your departure, the airline will let you know. The cost is $26 per person.
So those are some of the handy tips that I could find on the internet to make sure your trip away is not too much of a shock when you go away. I hope you found these tips helpful and if you know any more, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.