We hope you are getting excited for your Costa Rica: Family Program trip! Please read all of the information listed on this page carefully.
FORMS TO COMPLETE PER PARTICIPANT -- TO BE SIGNED AND RETURNED
- International Physician's Health History Form (these vaccines are not required, but are the CDC recommendations for travel to Costa Rica)
- Current Immunization Record (with proof of recent Tetanus within the last 9 years)
***email completed forms to email@example.com***
FORMS FOR YOUR REFERENCE
Purchase your airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) and back. RLT strongly recommends direct flights whenever possible. Be prepared to be flexible with your travel expectations. If connections are required, please allow ample time.
If you are traveling in Costa Rica prior to the program, plan to arrive at the airport within the same time parameters listed below. Specific timing and location can be discussed day-of – please call our office (773.342.5200) on your way to the airport so we can let our leaders know.
Please adhere to the following time parameters in order to ensure smooth travel days for the group:
Costa Rica Family Program:
Arrive August 6th into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) between 10:00am and 6:00 pm. Depart August 12th between 7:00am and 3:00pm.
It is your responsibility to email a copy of your flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consult with your airline(s) directly about the best method for checking your bags. Keep in mind that if your connecting flight is late, you won’t have time to exit security, re-check your bags, and go back through security in time to catch your international flight.
Additionally, RLT is not responsible for checked bag fees or overweight baggage fees. Please plan accordingly. Many airlines will no longer accept cash for these fees. It is best to pay for checked bag fees (if necessary) when booking your airfare.
Please note: Upon your departure from Costa Rica, you will be charged a $29 Departure Tax. This tax is not included in the cost of program or covered by The Road Less Traveled.
Your phone is easily accessible and fully charged
Be sure to program the RLT Office # into your phone 773.342.5200! This is so you can answer if we call with instruction and so you can easily reach us in the office if needed.
If your flight has been delayed and there is a risk of a tight connection
Turn on your cell phone as soon as you land and give the office a call for further instructions
On the flight to San Jose, airline attendants will pass out two forms for you to fill out (one is for Immigration, the other is for Customs). Once you are off the airplane and inside the airport, follow signs to "Migracion" or Immigration. You will need to provide them name and address of where you plan on staying. You may give them this address.
Coast to Coast Adventures
50 mts Oeste Iglesia Catolica de Barrio Pinto
San Pedro, Montes de Oca
San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 2280-8054
Follow signs to Migracion (Immigration). Make sure to enter on the left side (for tourists) and have your forms ready
After Immigration, head down the escalator to Baggage Claim. There are three baggage carousels, each marked with a digital display that indicates which flight’s baggage is on each carousel. If you’ve checked overweight or large luggage, follow the signs to the Overweight Baggage Claim. Claim your bag.
Next, you should head to Customs. There are two lines. One is for travelers with items to declare (desktop computers, lots of cash, animals, etc.). The other is for those with nothing to declare. Be sure to head to the "nothing to declare" line! Have your Customs form ready, and hand it to the Customs official.
Next you will place your baggage through the x-ray machine, and be on your way out the doors.
Your leaders will meet you OUTSIDE OF THE AIRPORT – just past exit doors. They will be looking for you and will have ROAD LESS TRAVELED t-shirts visible. Remember, if you are traveling with a cell phone and have an international calling plan, our leaders will have your number and can reach you. Save your battery and turn your phone on when you land in case your leader is trying to reach you!
In the highly unlikely situation that no one is there to greet you, find the nearest telephone (or use your cell) and call our office at 773-342-5200. Please carry this number with you when you travel. You will be given directions on what to do by our office staff. If you reach our voicemail, we are currently on the telephone. Leave a message telling us your name, and where you are. Wait five minutes and repeat this procedure until you are able to contact someone in the office.
Despite the length of these instructions, it is a small airport that is easy to navigate. Don't worry - we will be there waiting for you!
You need a valid passport both to enter and exit Costa Rica. If you do not already have a passport, it is IMPERATIVE that you apply for a passport AS SOON AS POSSIBLE due to passport application processing time.
It is your responsibilty to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the trip end date. If the valid date is less than 6 months you may be denied entry.
You must carry your passport securely while traveling.
Make sure to pack two photocopies of the opening page (with the picture) in case passport is lost and it needs to be replaced. Pack these photocopies separate from the original and in a safe place.
U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to enter and exit Costa Rica.
How to Pack
All gear should be packed into one manageable checked bag and one smaller carry-on backpack. Consider packing by category in labeled stuff sacks or packing cubes, so you don’t have to constantly pack and repack!
We recommend that you use a "passport pouch" or money belt of some kind to carry your passport, cash, ATM card, and airline ticket ON YOUR PERSON. Do not check items such as medications, passports, or other "must have" items (especially medications!). The Road Less Traveled is not responsible for the costs involved in replacing a passport or getting an airline ticket reissued, nor are we responsible for replacing lost cash.
You should use your daypack to carry important items including identification, MEDICATION, passports (if you’re bringing one), cameras, etc. onto the plane. It is also a good idea to carry on toiletries, a fleece, water bottle, and a rain jacket, in case of delays or cancellations occur. Please review the latest security measures regarding carry-on luggage at www.tsa.gov.
All luggage/bags must be clearly labeled with the destination point for the outgoing leg of the trip. Please find your printable luggage tags under the forms to print section above. Use your home address for the return trip. Mark your home address indelibly somewhere on the pack and duffel before you leave home. Be sure to understand your travel insurance policy regarding lost luggage.
Consider purchasing luggage tracker devices which can assist in tracking lost luggage.
Remember: The Road Less Traveled is not responsible for overweight baggage fees or lost luggage.