Costa Rica Shopping

Costa Rica Shopping, Embassy and Communication

North America



Official language is Spanish. English and Creole are also spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/17/2022 Easter Sunday

05/01/2022 Labor Day

07/25/2022 Commemoration of the Guanacaste Union

08/02/2022 Madonna of the Angels, Day of the Patroness of Costa Rica

08/15/2022 Assumption Day

08/15/2022 Mother’s Day

09/15/2022 Independence Day

12/25/2022 Christmas

Almost all shops are closed during Holy Week and between Christmas and New Year.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into Costa Rica duty-free: 500 g of processed tobacco (persons 18 years and older); 5 l alcoholic beverages (wine, schnapps, spirits, etc.) (persons aged 18 and over); 2 kg of sweets.

Import regulations

A certificate in English or Spanish is required for the import of prescription drugs.

Prohibited Imports

Meat and sausage products, dairy products, fruit and vegetables (exception: tinned goods) may not be imported in luggage.

Prohibited Exports

Cultural goods may not be exported. These include antiques that are more than 100 years old (furniture, stamps, engraved inscriptions, etc.); ancient musical instruments; archaeological discoveries and finds; assets of historical importance; parts of artistic and historical monuments; archives; Collections and rare specimens of zoology, botany, mineralogy, anatomy and objects of paleontological interest; ethnological material; wildlife species.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica

Consulate General in Lausanne.

Marktgasse 51
+41 (31) 372 78 87.

Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., public: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica

Honorary Consulate General in Salzburg.

Floßgasse 7/1/3-4
+43 (1) 263 38 24.

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica

Honorary Consulate General in Hamburg. Honorary consulates in Frankfurt/M., Hanover, Lahr and Leipzig.

Reinhardtstrasse 47A
+49 (30) 26 39 89 90.

Mon-Thu 09.30-13.00, 14.00-17.30, Fri 09.30-13.00, 14.00-16.30.


Business etiquette

Local business people are conservative. Courtesy and punctuality are expected. Many business people speak English, but knowledge of Spanish is an advantage. November and December are ideal for business visits. The last week of September (end of the tax year) should be avoided. Business hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1700.

Business contacts

Cámara de Comercio e Industria Costarricense Alemana (German-Costa Rican Chamber of Industry and Commerce) Condominio Miracruz, No. 1, San José, Costa Rica Tel. +506 (0)2 290 76 21. Website: Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland Kasernenstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich, Switzerland Tel. +41 (0)44 240 33 00. Website: Cámara de Comercio de Costa Rica (Chamber of Commerce) Av. 14, Tournón, San José, Costa Rica Tel. +506 (0)40 52 44 00. Website: Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica (Chamber of Industry) Los Yoses, San José Province, San Pedro, Costa Rica Tel +506 (0)2 202 56 00 Website: Promotora de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (Foreign Trade Promotion Society) Plaza Tempo, Lobby B, San José,



The country code for Costa Rica is 00506. The public payphones can be used with phone cards or, on rare occasions, with coins.

Mobile phone

GSM 1800 and 850, 3G and 4G. The main network operators include Kölbi and Claro. It may be worth purchasing a local prepaid SIM card or a telephone set.


Internet cafes can be found in most towns and tourist areas. Numerous hotels, restaurants and cafés offer their guests free WiFi.

Post office

Post to Europe takes 6-10 days.

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