Costa Rica Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

No restrictions up to:
1. 3 liters of alcoholic beverages for passengers older than 18 years;
2. 500 grams of elaborated tobacco or 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars;
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use;
4. personal effect.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Firearms must be declared on entry and on exit to air carrier.
Weapons must be emptied and reviewed by airport police.
Firearms must be carried in a safe container that complies with airline safety standards.
Weapons will have to be handed over to the airline check-in staff during check-in and will be returned to the passenger upon arrival at destination.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Crew members customs regulations:

Same regulations as for passengers apply. Crew members have a separate line in customs to clear their luggage.


Cats and dogs traveling as passenger's checked baggage or in the cabin, require a valid good health and rabies vaccination certificate.
Cats and dogs traveling as cargo, require a "Permiso de Importacion" ("Import Permit") issued by "Salubridad Publica Veterinaria" (Veterinary Health Dept.) de San Jose, C.R. in addition to a valid good health and rabies vaccination certificate. Application can be completed via fax or email. Arrival of the pet must be announced 72 hours in advance to the authorities. For further information see:
Parrots require "Permiso de Importacion" (Import Permit) issued by the "Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia" (Ministry of Husbandry) in San Jose, C.R. The parrot must have been in possession of the owner for at least six months. Also required is a government veterinarian certificate stating that parrots come from the area free of psittacosis, ornithosis and salmonella and any other contagious diseases. This certificate must be issued by the nearest Costa Rican Consulate. For further information see:

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Costa Rica.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers, if the passengers do not leave the transit area.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Costa Rican Colon-CRC): no restrictions.
Foreign currencies: no restrictions, but only US Dollars are accepted for exchange.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Costa Rican Colon-CRC) and foreign currencies: no restrictions.

Airport Tax

Embarkation Tax is levied on all passengers leaving Costa Rica: USD 29.- (or equivalent in CRC)
Place of payment: Airport of departure.
1. Passengers traveling on Aeromexico (AM), Air Canada (AC), Air France (AF), American Airlines (AA), Air Panama (7P), Alaska Airlines (AS), Avianca (AV), British Airways (BA), Condor (DE), COPA (CM), Delta Airlines (DL), Edelweiss (WK), Iberia (IB), Interjet (K8), JetBlue (B6), KLM (KL), Southwest Airlines (WN), Spirit Airlines (NK) or United Airlines (UA);
2. Transit passengers continuing within 12 hours;
3. Holders of diplomatic passports;
4. Members of US Government agencies (with official passports).

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