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Legal Matters

  • If you are arrested your embassy can offer limited assistance. Embassy officials will not bail you out and you are subject to Costa Rican laws, not the laws of your own country.
  • The use of recreational substances other than tobacco and alcohol is illegal in Costa Rica and punishable by imprisonment.

Drivers & Driving Accidents

  • Drivers should carry their passport and driver’s license at all times.
  • If you have an accident, call the police immediately to make a report (required for insurance purposes).
  • Leave the vehicles in place until the report has been made and do not make any statements except to members of law-enforcement agencies.