Costa Rica Practical Information



British citizens along with most Western European countries, Canada and USA are allowed a 90 day stay in Costa Rica without a Visa. Australian, New Zealand, South African and Irish Citizens are allowed to stay for 30 days without a visa. Travellers also officially need an onward ticket

For up-to-date information please check the Costa Rican Embassy of the UK (


The currency in Costa Rica is Colones.  Travellers cheques not accepted. We recommend getting your Colones at the airport. US$ are also accepted

Health and Safety

Currently nothing is compulsory for UK citizens arriving by air, however it’s recommended to look into it-  Hepatitis, Typhoid and Polio. There is low risk of Malaria in Costa Rica. Remember to plan your immunisations well ahead of your departure.


Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.


As with all Pioneer expeditions, we are committed to maximising the benefits of our trips to the local community and minimising the negative impact associated with tourism.  We employ local agents and staff, not just to benefit the local economy, but also to give you a real sense of Costa Rican culture. We burn/recycle our rubbish and use very little motorised support for the expedition, minimising the impact on the environment.

Costa Rican Weather – when to travel

Costa Rica experiences very consistent temperatures and it is therefore easy to visit all year round. There are two seasons which are based on rainfall, but these also vary with region. The Dry season, and most popular time for visitors is December to April- especially during Christmas. However in coastal areas the rainfall is a similar level all year round.

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