Do You Need A Visa To Travel To Costa Rica From The UK?

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Do You Need A Visa To Travel To Costa Rica From The UK?

So you’re wondering whether you need a visa for Costa Rica when travelling from the UK, are you? It’s good news on that front, you’re in the right place. 

Welcome to Costa Rica, a land of lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and an endless supply of pura vida vibes. If you’re a UK adventurer yearning for a taste of this tropical paradise, you’re probably keen to know what’s what when it comes to travel requirements. Let’s face it, no-one wants to come up against entry delays because they didn’t do their homework!

So in this quick guide, we’ll dive into the details of passport requirements, visa regulations, and the latest COVID-19 procedures. Pay close attention folks!


Passport requirements for travelling to Costa Rica from the UK

Before you even think about packing your bags, check your passport. As a UK citizen, you’ll be pleased to know that all you need is a valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity beyond your planned departure date. 

Who cares whether it’s claret or black, that little book of adventures is your golden ticket to explore the wonders of Costa Rica! So make sure it’s up to date and has two blank pages ready for stamping. Then you’re good to go join us on our Best of Costa Rica epic!

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Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica from the UK? 

It’s great news, wanderlusters! Costa Rica welcomes UK adventurers with open arms and a generous visa policy. If you’re planning a trip for tourism, business, or short-term educational purposes, rejoice in the fact that you don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica at all. 

Yep, you read that right – no visa required! UK citizens are granted a stay of up to 90 days, which is plenty of time to immerse yourself in the beauty of this Central American gem. Just make sure that you have a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay, and you’ll be all set to embark on your Costa Rican escapades.

Outstay your welcome and you’ll face a $100pm fine, and you might find some restrictions placed on your return. Best stick to visiting for up to 90 days and you shouldn’t have a problem! 

You can check the most up-to-date visa requirements for Costa Rica from the UK on the British government website here

Requirements for leaving Costa Rica by air – airport tax

Costa Rica charges a departure tax of $29 when you leave the country by air. Most airlines to actually include this in your ticket price, but it’s always worth checking the fee breakdown to avoid any unpleasant surprises (especially when you’ll already be gutted that you’re leaving!).

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Do You Need A Visa To Travel To Costa Rica From The UK?

The travel buzzkill: are there Covid-19 requirements for Costa Rica from the UK?

Nope! Let the buzz… buzz on

As we’re writing this, there aren’t currently any Covid-19 requirements for UK citizens to enter Costa Rica. No need for proof of vaccinations or recovery, and the former requirements for filling in a health pass and proof of insurance have gone too. 

There is, of course, always the chance that coronavirus travel restrictions might change at short notice. Always best to check the Costa Rica tourism board website to make sure you’ve got the latest info as you start preparing for your adventure. 

And speaking of adventure travel in Costa Rica… When are you doing it? 

Now you know what visas you need to travel from the UK to Costa Rica, it’s time to start planning the adventure. 

On the 12-day Best of Costa Rica adventure with The Bucket List Company, you see all sorts, thanks to the rich and wide biodiversity of this incredible tropical gem. 

Rushing waterfalls, lush rainforests, gargantuan volcanos, white rolling beaches and sparkling coral reefs are all waiting to be discovered by the most intrepid of explorers. That’s you, by the way. At least we hope it is – if so, hit the link below to check out the itinerary, select your dates and manageable monthly payment chunks and start getting excited. 

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