Travel Information

Flight

The flight to San José is not included in the participation fee.
Please let us know if you need assistance for your booking and will gladly help you in every possible way.

Students of all universities are asked to be in San José, Costa Rica, by the official starting date of the program, i.e. 05 July 2011. Due to the current airline policies group offers have been more expensive than the flight offers that can be obtained individually. Please inquire your flight options immediately after nomination so we can arrange for your airport transfer. If you fail to inform us in time we may not be able to arrange a pick-up, please keep this in mind.

You may inquire with your travel agency or use the following platforms to search for a flight that is convenient for you: www.momondo.com for flights exactly from your departure city, www.condor.de, www.martinair.com, www.iberia.comwww.delta.com, www.aa.com, www.continental.com, www.kayak.com, www.cheaptickets.com. For better rates, you might want to check flights from/to major airport hubs and arrange for additional transportation to/from the hub (e.g. bus, train, private vehicle). The seasonal price switches at the end of June vary by airline.

Housing & Pick-up

Please note that an airport pick-up is only possible from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or  Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ). In case you’re planning to arrive earlier or leave later than the scheduled program dates you will be responsible for your own accommodation, meals etc. for those respective days. Depending on availability, you may stay with your assigned host family at an additional cost. In this case your host family will still be advised to pick you up from the airport. If you decide to stay on your own during those additional days please send us your hotel information, and your host family will pick you up from the hotel lobby at the indicated starting date of the program at 4pm.  We will gladly assist you in finding favorable hotel rates and recommending activities that would not be covered in the program already.

Insurance

Travel insurance for this trip is mandatory, yet the extent of what you want to insure is up to you. Out of experience from past participants, the most commonly covered risks are:

  • Delayed baggage (and emergency replacement of essential items)
  • Loss, theft or damage to personal possessions and money (including travel documents)
  • Medical expenses
  • Emergency evacuation/repatriation
  • Trip cancellation/interruption

Make sure to consult your personal insurance agent or travel agency; they are normally well-informed on matters regarding oversea travels. Also, we would like to add that credit card companies typically cover most of the above risks.

Vaccination

Please consult your family doctor regarding preventive shots. In addition to basic travel vaccinations (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio, Hepatitis A and B, Typhus) the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also advises preventive shots against Cholera, Rabies and Malaria for extended stays.

All visitors to Costa Rica arriving from countries with yellow fever risk (Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, French Guyana, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia and Sudan) are required to produce an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis documenting yellow fever vaccination before entry to Costa Rica will be granted. Certificates are valid 10 days after the date of vaccination.

Visa

Depending on your nationality and country of residence you may require a tourist visa to enter Costa Rica. You can find your requirements via the list of countries on the Embassy of Costa Rica, Washington D.C. homepage.

Please contact us in case you need any further information or support. We are always here to help!