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Visa requirements

Useful Information

Información importante

Before you go:
Antes de viajar:

- Airlines flying to Costa Rica
- Aerolineas que vuelan a Costa Rica

- Airport > Juan Santamaria International (SJO)
- Aeropuerto > Internacional Juan Sanatamaría (SJO)

- Entry Requirements
- Requisitos de entrada al pais

- Visas by Nationality
- Países que requieren visa

- Yellow Fever Vaccination
- Vacunas contra la fiebre amarilla


Arriving in Costa Rica:

Airport transfers


CRCCosta Rica's currency is the colon (CRC), named after Christopher Columbus. The colon comes in both paper and coin form. The paper money goes from bills 1,000-50,000 and coins from 5-500.

The US dollar is widely accepted - USD1=CRC565 (at December 2017). The exchange rate fluctuates, therefore for current exchange rate, please visit www.xe.com

Here are the most common bills and their estimated USD equivalent:

CRC1,000 is about USD2.00
CRC2,000 is about USD4.00
CRC5,000 is about USD10.00
CRC10,000 is about USD20.00
CRC20,000 is about USD40.00

Mobile devices

Will my phone work in Costa Rica?


Getting around

Car Rental

To rent a vehicle in Costa Rica, you must:

  • Have a valid license from your home country or an international driver's license
  • Be 21 or older
  • Have a major credit card with enough credit to cover the total cost of the rental


To get to any area in or around Heredia, you have the option of using public buses or taxis. The buses run daily and nightly, and go between Heredia and San Jose. Costa Rica's bus system is government-subsidized, so national travel is very inexpensive. Some of the local buses do not have bells to signal the driver to stop. Do as the Costa Ricans do -: let out a whistle or call out "parada," which means stop.


Taxis in Costa Rica are an inexpensive and convenient way to travel. Taxis can be divided into three groups: Cooperativas (semi-independent companies), private taxis, and pirate taxis. It is highly recommend that you take only official taxis, identified by their red color and yellow triangle on the door, because only these taxis are regulated by law. Official taxis are required to use the meter at all times. Pirate taxis, which come in all colors and models, do not have a meter, and will charge you per kilometer.

Urban Train

The newest addition to Costa Rica's public transportation offerings is San José's urban train, also known as the commuter rail. The schedule is designed to service commuters, and trains only run Monday through Friday between morning and evening rush hours (5:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.). There are three basic routes ? Heredia-San Pedro (via downtown San Jose), San Pedro-Pavas (Rohrmoser), and San José-Belen de Heredia that run whole or partial trips.

(Adapted from https://www.costarica.com/travel/getting-around/)


Eating out

Restaurants in Heredia (Trip Advisor)
Restaurants in Limón (Trip Advisor)



Shopping in Heredia
Shopping in Limón



Guest Speaker

Guest Speakers

J. Diego Quesada, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Dr. Quesada got his BA in English in 1986 and his Master's in Linguistics in 1989 at the University of Costa Rica Read More»

Joyce Pereira (University of Aruba) has a Master's in Dutch Language and Literature. She had taught Dutch and Papiamento didactics at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano.. Read More»



Host University
The Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA) is one of five public universities in Costa Rica, with the main campus located in the city of Heredia. Learn more»

Heredia, Heredia Province (Aug 5-8 and 11-12)
One of Costa Rica's most historical cities, founded in 1705 and nicknamed "City of Flowers". Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. Learn more»

Limón (Aug 8-11)
Stretching along the Caribbean Coast, Limón is considered to be one of the most pristine and lush regions of Costa Rica. Learn more»

important dates

Important Dates

Submission of full papers:
12 August 2018

Early Bird Registration:
ends 30 June 2018

Notification of acceptance:
15 April 2018

Deadline for Abstracts:
15 February 2018
Extended to March 17

Early Notification of acceptance:
20 December 2017

Early Bird Abstracts:
30 October 2017

useful info

Social Programme

- Tuesday Conference Dinner (Heredia)
- Friday Lunch (Limón)
- Limón Cultural Activity (tba)
- Conference T-Shirt (preorder with registration)


social programme

Useful Information

Before you go:
- Airlines flying to Costa Rica
- Airport > Juan Santamaría International (SJO), San José
- Entry Requirements
- Visas by Nationality
- Yellow Fever Vaccination

Arriving in Costa Rica:
Click here to learn about airport transfers, currency,
mobile devices, getting around, shopping etc.