If you are registered for accommodation arranged by CPI, please send us your confirmed flight details as soon as possible.
Our free airport pick-up service is only for those students who arrive into the Juan Santamaría airport in San José and for those students whose arrival information has been received at CPI, the latest day being the Monday before you arrive; i.e. one week prior to your arrival. After this time, students will not be able to take advantage of this service.
After arriving at the San José airport and disembarking the plane, you proceed to immigration to get your passport stamped. Then you pick up your luggage and continue on to customs (where you may or may not have your bag opened). After customs, you exit the main building of the airport. A CPI staff member will be waiting for you at the exit with a sign that says CPI.
Upon arrival, you are given a package with additional information about Costa Rica and about your transportation to Monteverde and Flamingo, if you classes at those campuses.
Arrival package for students starting classes in Monteverde and Flamingo
We recommend arriving on the Saturday before your studies begin.
Participants studying in Monteverde and Flamingo are recommended staying in a local accommodation close to the airport before traveling to Monteverde or Flamingo. The following day, we could organize private transportation that will drop you off at your accommodations in Flamingo or Monteverde.
The arrival package includes: one night in a B&B in a private bedroom with private bathroom, Costa Rican typical breakfast, and free Wifi internet access, door to door transportation to Flamingo or Monteverde in a comfortable shuttle with A/C.
Ask for special prices for families, friends and groups
Students reserving the arrival package receive payment instructions from our Admission’s Department. This service must be paid via internet no less than one week prior to flying to Costa Rica. Upon confirmation of payment, students receive instructions for the arrival procedure and the steps taken once landing at SJO to the point of meeting our driver.
The price of the local accommodation and private transportation is not included in the tuition price and are extra costs. CPI makes reservations for local accommodations and the private transportation BUT if the student is interested in arriving to Monteverde or Flamingo on a day other than Sunday or decides to arrive on their own, please let us know.
The departure package, is not included in the tuition price and can also be paid via internet before coming to CP or with the Activities Coordinator at school.
Students starting classes in Heredia
For students enrolled at CPI Heredia as their first school, a driver picks up the student and takes them directly to their homestay, rooms and apartments in San Joaquín de Flores; for this reason we recommend a Sunday arrival before the start of Monday class (the accommodations are Sunday through Sunday). If a student arrives into San José before Sunday, it is possible to move into the homestay early for an extra $22 per night. During the high season June/July students who arrive early may stay at a B&B. In the event that your flight is delayed or you cannot find the CPI representative, there are public phones as you exit the main doors of the airport. You may reach a CPI staff member.
Entry to Costa Rica
The student is responsible to verify entry, exit and health requirements to enter Costa Rica. These rules are subject to change by various governments and may apply differently depending upon what countries that a student has previously visited. Please check with your airline and confirm that you are in compliance with current rules to enter Costa Rica. Generally, a US citizen does not require a Visa nor special vaccinations and only needs a passport that will not expire within three months of entry to Costa Rica, but this should be independently verified by the student, well in advance of travel date.
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