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What does i.i stand for in a menu in Costa Rica

Most likely it stands for impuestos incluidos, or "taxes included". The increase from the base amount to the "i.i." amount is 23%, which includes both the IVA (a value-added tax) ...
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How does one prove one's residency to a given US state when flying to Costa Rica?

From the Costa Rica Tourism Board: Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states. This ...
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Can I enter Panama and Costa Rica on a 5-year, multiple US visa?

Can I enter panama and Costa Rica without a visa? Panama Yes you can enter Panama if you have a valid passport for at least 3 months and visas from the following countries regardless of your ...
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Costa Rican health insurance and tourist visa length

Well after some further digging I think I found my answer on the US Embassy website: Immigration officials are currently limiting the duration of stay to correspond with coverage dates provided by ...
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Can I enter Panama and Costa Rica on a 5-year, multiple US visa?

As crazy as it might sound given that these countries are clearly not the USA, it's actually true! Many countries will waive the requirement to have a visa if you have a visa from another specific ...
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What are the "legally permitted reasons" for international travel FROM the UK?

On the UK side of things, you can't leave home but for the reasons outlined at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/part/2/made. Doesn't include tourism I'm afraid. Unless the flights are ...
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Costa Rica: how possible is to pay with credit card?

Even a few years ago, the hotels we stayed at used credit cards, including for settling restaurant bills and for buying larger souvenirs. These were places that catered mainly to foreigners, being ...
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Are there lionfish on the caribbean coasts of Costa Rica? Is it safe to snorkel there?

Lionfish are a highly invasive species and I've seen them a lot when diving or snorkeling. Often a dive master or guide will spear them just to reduce population and slow down the spread. Their spikes ...
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What are the "legally permitted reasons" for international travel FROM the UK?

All the below applies to England only, which I have assumed is your location based on the reference to the gov.uk guidance for England. Answers for Scotland, Wales and NI will all vary. On the gov.uk ...
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Traveling from the US to Costa Rica for Thanksgiving

In addition to the entry requirements for Costa Rica as discussed elsewhere, do note that your family members who live in New York will (as of this writing) have to comply with the state's quarantine ...
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Are there sterile transfer areas in Juan Santamaria airport?

According to several threads posted by past users of the airport, they all indicate that they did have to go through customs and that there was not an air side transfer option. So you will have to go ...
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Exchanging Costa Rican Colones in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, currency exchange is a open market. Banco Centrale de Nicaragua sets a rate; banks, finance companies, exchange houses (casas de cambio), and independent agents can decide their own ...
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Costa Rica: How necessary is a 4x4 car?

OpenStreetMap has the 606 into Santa Elena from the north paved, which it wasn't when I was there, also coming from Arenal. The 619 still seems to be unpaved along with some of the smaller orads. ...
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Foreign motorcycle licence in Costa Rica at 16

This official website states: Todo Conductor (Costarricense o extranjero) podrá conducir los mismos vehículos que autoriza su licencia extranjero por un plazo de hasta tres meses contando a partir ...
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Does a Nicaraguan citizen need a transit visa for a 5 hour layover in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)?

I can't find a Costa Rican source for this, but according to TIMATIC, it is possible to transit without a visa if the onward flight is within twelve hours of the arrival. Alternatively, the traveler ...
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What's the status of the land border crossing between Panama/Nicaragua and Costa Rica during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As at late December 2020, Costa Rica does not appear to permit foreign tourists to cross any land border into Costa Rica. From an article Residents returning to Costa Rica via land borders must ...
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Insurance for car rental in Costa Rica

This is not required but some rental companies will require you to buy insurance: Some car rental agencies force you to purchase their CDW or other insurance. This is not ever required by law but ...
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Is a COVID-19 antiviral such as Paxlovid available in Costa Rica?

No. The outgoing administration of Costa Rica did succeed in approving Paxlovid for import by private pharmacies but no private pharmacies have it. My guess is that Paxlovid just isn't for sale yet ...
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Traveling from the US to Costa Rica for Thanksgiving

Are there things to be aware of that I might have missed from other sources or misunderstood from the embassy page? Yes, but what you missed is quite minor and likely doesn't affect you (ban on some ...
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How to avoid staying in hotels with cockroaches in Costa Rica?

I've never been to Costa Rica but speaking from experience as a lifelong Floridian (which has the same cockroach problem). If you read the reviews for any Airbnb in a place that has native ...
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What transportation is available from Costa Rica to Nicaragua?

Take a national bus to Penas blancas, walk over the border and the take a national bus to your final destination, on the way back you can take a boat and cross over to Los Chiles (Costa Rica). I did ...
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Which trekking shoes to get for trekking in Costa Rica

In the end I chose to buy a pair of the lesser known Hanwag Togiak GTX shoes. They seem much lighter and more breathable than the other shoes I've seen, while they are still in the B category. ...
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Can I bring a brand new, package iPhone into Costa Rica for another person?

Neither TSA nor airport security are likely to care. Costa Rican customs, though, will probably want to have a chat about it to decide how much import duty you need to pay on the phone. Be sure to ...
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