Travel & Visa Info

Visa information

To work as a volunteer at the project, you need only have a tourist visa. Most North American and European nationals automatically receive a ninety day visa upon entering the country and are not required to obtain one in advance.

Nationals from several South American countries, however, are required to obtain a tourist visa from the Costa Rican embassy in their country prior to arrival. The information regarding the extension of tourist visas may be found here.

Upon entering the country, it is very possible that immigration officials will ask you to present an exit ticket out of the country, and sometimes even upon departing your home country. If you have no return ticket, you will need to obtain a ticket to another country.

Please make sure your passport is valid throughout your entire stay in Costa Rica.

Travel/Medical/Accident insurance

In order to participate in our program you should travel with your own travel insurance that will provide medical and accident assistance throughout the entirety of your trip.

Getting There and Home Again

Reserva Playa Tortuga is located just 3.5 hours from San Jose. Please arrange to fly into SJO (Juan Santamaria is San Jose Costa Rica’s International Airport). You may also travel to RPT from Liberia’s International Airport but you will have to take a second hop flight to either Quepos or Palmar Sur and arrange private transport or take a bus to RPT.

There are options for all budgets to travel to RPT once in Costa Rica – bus, taxi, private transfer, or short hop flight by air.

Please note that RPT does not book ground, air travel, or hotels for volunteers.