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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica, the land of “Pura Vida”, democratic traditions, and sustainable systems will serve as an ideal backdrop for Triconf 17, and the theme; “What Matters Most? Leading Learning in an Era of Change”. Although Costa Rica occupies only 0.03 of the world’s land mass, it makes up for its small size with the richness of its biodiversity and well -earned reputation for being a safe, and tourist-friendly country.

It rains year round in Costa Rica, with October being one of the rainiest months, so pack your umbrella! Costa Rica’s unit of currency is the “colon”, which is approximately 500-550 Colones per 1 USD. Compared to the rest of Central America, prices in Costa Rica are relatively high, due in large part to the country’s high standard of living.

Entry & Departure Requirements

Citizens with U.S., Canadian, and Mexican passports are allowed to stay in Costa Rica for up to 90 days without a visa. Many other nationalities are given the same treatment, but it is important to check closely because there are restrictions for some nationalities. All visitors must have a passport that is valid for the following 6 months from the entry date into Costa Rica.

Visitors leaving Costa Rica by air have to pay a departure tax of $29.00 USD, which can be paid in colones, dollars or VISA, Mastercard or American Express cards. When you arrive at the terminal you will see the area where the tax is collected and you should proceed to pay the tax before checking in with the airline.

Yellow Fever Certificate

It is very important to note that visitors coming from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela among other countries are required to have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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