Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing for the trip
Do I need a passport to enter Costa Rica?
Do I need a visa for my stay?
For an Internship or volunteer work for more than three months you must have a visa in Costa Rica. Some documents must be certified in your home country and brought back and be organized at the Costa Rican embassy in your home country.
For a student residence in Costa Rica for more than three months, ICIES will take care of the procedure around the residence permit (costs are not included in the price).
Must departure taxes be paid?
What clothes should be brought?
What else should I bring?
Do I need to bring bedding and towels?
Which is the best currency (travelers checks, credit card or cash) to bring for the trip?
All banks exchange dollars, some even Euros. It is not advisable to change money on the street, because the exchange rate is usually very low.
Will anyone help me organize my trip around Costa Rica?
Will anyone pick me up from the airport?
Who will show me around San Jose?
What additional activities and services does ICIES offer?
About Costa Rica
What is the weather like?
How safe is it?
Which currency is used?
What is the public transportation system like and how much does it cost?
It is strongly recommended to take a taxi after 21:00 0′ clock. Taxis are much cheaper in Costa Rica than in North America or Europe, costing about 10$ for a 10km ride. Taxis from most recognized companies in Costa Rica are red and marked with a numbered yellow triangle on the sides. They are reliable and safe, and you will be sure tey charge you the correct price.