Q- What Do I Need To Get Married In Costa Rica?

A- To get legally married in Costa Rica is easy. We do not require blood tests, birth or civil status certificates, or a minimum stay in Costa Rica. The specific requirements will be listed below:

  1. Full name. (First, middle and last names; no initials allowed)
  2. Profession/Occupation. (Please describe it)
  3. Current address. (Including the street address) This is your home address.
  4. Passport number and nationality. Please make sure each passport is signed by the bearer. Fax a preliminary copy of each passport to us (photo/information page only), our fax number in Costa Rica is: +506 2231-6043, or –preferably- scan them together and email to: costaricahoneymoons@costaricabtd.com (Scans: please send the scan in JPG format and size no larger than 500k. If you decide fax the passport copies, just bring a set of good, clear copies with you and you can give them to us, when you meet our wedding coordinator a few hours prior to the ceremony.
  5. Marital status. If divorced, please indicate the date, city and state, name of Court that decreed the divorce, and the full name of ex-spouse; no initials, please.
  6. Date and place of birth. (City, state or province, country).
  7. Full name of father and mother and current citizenship. (Without initials and including Mother’s maiden name)
  8. Mailing address. (No PO Boxes are allowed) This is the address where the final documentation will be sent. The courier company requires a street address; and the package containing the Certificate of Marriage will require a “received” signature.
  9. Phone number: Necessary for the courier company in case they can’t find the address.
  10. Email address: To let you know the Certificate of Marriage is on its way.

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Q- Visa and passport requirements to travel to Costa Rica?

A- A valid passport is required for all visitors to Costa Rica. U.S., Canadian, West European, or Panamanian citizens, only require a passport with a validity of at least 90 days after the date of arrival. Citizens of other countries may additionally require a travel visa so check ahead at Costa Rican Consulates. 
Citizens of the U.S., Canada and most Latin American and European countries may stay in Costa Rica for up to 90 days.
Due to the changing nature of some entry regulations, we strongly recommend contacting the nearest Costa Rican Consulate.

Q- Can I drink the water?

A- Yes, you can drink the water! The public water system provides pure, suitable and good quality water to 98 percent of the country. Water supplies are filtered and chlorinated, and the quality is controlled by the State. Many people prefer bottle water which you can find in every hotel or restaurant.

Q. Are immuniztions required?

A- Costa Rica is one of the safest destinations in the developing world, from a general health point of view. This is largely due to high health standards in our country. 
There are no required immunizations for entering Costa Rica. However, it is always wise to keep up your basic shots such as tetanus and diphtheria. Risk of contracting malaria is minimal, but for itineraries that include the Caribbean lowlands, travelers might wish to take the extra precaution of a prophylactic medicine such as chloroquine. Decisions about immunizations and anti-malarial medications should be made on a personal basis after consultation with your personal physician.

Q- Are tips included in meals? Tours?

A- Yes, a 10% service tax is always added to your restaurant bill, but if the service has been very good extra tipping is common.  
Tips are not included in tours or transfers, and the amount depends on the service that you received. You can follow the same guidelines you use in your country of origin!

Q- What should I pack and what kind of clothes should I bring? 

A- Pack light: Baggage carts are scarce at airports, and luggage restrictions are tight. Bring comfortable, hand-washable clothing. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in San José (during the day, if planning to go out in the evening slacks are highly recommended as some restaurants won't admit you in shorts or sandals). Loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended if you take any day trips out to smaller towns, where immodest attire is frowned upon. Bring a large hat to block the sun from your face and neck. Pack a light sweater or jacket for San José's cool nights and early mornings and for trips up to volcanoes. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are essential if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and hiking. Waterproof hiking sandals or other footwear that lets your feet breathe are good for strolling about town, and also for beach walking, fording streams, and navigating the myriad mudholes you'll find on rain and cloud forest trails.

Q-Is Costa Rica safe?

A- San José is a big city, and North American and European visitors bring expensive cameras and other things that tempt. Here are a few tips for avoiding petty theft: 
1. Make a photocopy of your passport and leave the original, your airline ticket and the bulk of your money in your hotel safe. 
2. Change money in your hotel and ask for part of it in small bills.
3. Carry backpacks on your front.
4. Never change money in the street or flash big wads of bills.
5. Don’t wear anything other than costume jewelry. Men, get a cheap watch for the trip.
6. If you are going out at night, take a taxi. 
7. Don’t leave money or valuables lying around your hotel room. Use the safe or check them in at the reception desk.

Q-How is the weather in Costa Rica?

A- Be prepared for sunshine, rain, cool mountain breezes, and muggy jungle mists depending on where and when you visit our country. Due to our topography, we have a variety of variety of microclimates. As you ascend or descend in altitude, or move from one province to another, our weather changes.
Our rainy season, which typically brings sunny mornings and afternoon showers, lasts from May to November, but it's best to be prepared for rain at any time of the year. In rain forests and cloud forests, it rains almost every day, sometimes several times per day. Costa Rica’s beaches are hot and humid, except for the northwestern province of Guanacaste, which tends to be dry and breezy.