How to Prepare for Your Dental Vacation

Planning and preparing for your dental vacation is easy once you know what to do. That’s why we’ve developed a quick checklist to help you get prepared for a successful dental experience in Costa Rica.

Have a valid passport.

Your passport should be valid for at least another 6 months from your date of travel. If it is about to expire…get it renewed before you travel. If you are coming from the US or Canada, there is no need for a visa to visit Costa Rica.

Purchase travel insurance.

Travel insurance protects you against unseen events, like hurricanes, cancelled flights, delayed flights, lost baggage, theft, etc. The cost for good travel insurance is generally worth the sense of security it provides.

Consider medical tourism insurance.

Some patients prefer to insure their travel for complete safety and peace of mind. Many affordable medical tourism insurance options are available.

Pack for all kinds of weather.

Costa Rica is a warm weather destination – with some surprises. We suggest packing shorts, a sweater or sweatshirt, comfortable clothes, sandals, tennis shoes, swimming suits and plenty of sunscreen. Layers are key for getting along here. If you forget anything…don’t worry. Shopping in Costa Rica is like shopping in the US or Canada. We have it all. Make sure to bring your camera to record your incredible experience in Costa Rica! A travel guide book is also helpful to help you get acquainted with the charms of our amazing country.

Currency to bring.

US Dollars are accepted everywhere in Costa Rica – but Colones are the national currency.

ATMs are plentiful throughout the tourist areas. It’s very easy to withdraw cash at these locations or to pay with your credit card.

Documentation needed.

Bring important dental documents with you, such as x-rays, dental reports, and any important information that your doctors and dental team should know.

A medical summary is very helpful to pack in case of any emergency during your travels. (A medical summary is actually a good thing to carry with you whenever you travel…not just on dental vacations!)


Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses.

It doesn’t happen often, but luggage gets lost, glasses break…so it’s good to have a back-up!

Make photocopies of your passport and immunization records, and keep them in a separate location.

It’s a lot easier to get a replacement of your passport if you’ve got a copy.

Carry enough medication to last through your trip.

If you are coming to Costa Rica for one week, bring enough medication to last two weeks in case of any problems. You also need to protect your medication(s) from things like humidity and heat. See also: Understanding prescriptions

No vaccinations are needed to enter Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is very safe and has minimal health risks. But it makes good sense to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. For more information about these vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CDC website.