Tourist Responsibilities

Tourist Responsibilities in Costa Rica

Being a traveler comes with the responsibility of knowing and respecting the legislation of the location in which you are traveling, in order to practice responsible tourism that ensures the sustainability of flora, fauna, culture and traditions. Top Travel Costa Rica, as a part of its commitment to sustainability and a responsible travel industry, informs suppliers, employees and clients about the laws and regulations in Costa Rica. Laws and regulations provide a useful guideline to protect our flora, fauna and national patrimony. We would appreciate your respect of these laws. You can also give your support by denouncing any violation of the law to local authorities or to Top Travel Costa Rica, so that we can take action.

  • Environmental Law: Declares the environment to be a national heritage and that every person has the right to enjoy a healthy environment. Harm to the environment is a crime punished with jail.
  • Forest Law: Protects the natural environment as an essential function of the government, and prohibits the exploitation of forests in protected areas.
  • Wildlife Law: The wild flora and fauna of the country is a national heritage and it is of national interest to protect them.
  • CITES International Convention: An international treaty to regulate international commerce of flora and fauna, especially regarding endangered species.
  • Regulation for Public Use of Wild Protected Areas: Defines basic guidelines for the sustainable and proper use of some of the most visited protected areas.
  • Law against Archeological Trade: Prohibits the commerce and exportation of archeological objects and establishes this action as a crime punished with jail.
  • Law against Sexual Harassment: Prohibits and punishes sexual harassment in Costa Rica.
  • Law against the Sexual Commercial Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Protects children and adolescents against commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Law against the Consumption of Illegal Drugs: Establishes which drugs are illegal in Costa Rica, and regulation against commerce and consumption of these drugs.
  • Equal Opportunities Law: Declares that it is of national interest to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

We appreciate for you t respect these laws. You can also help by informing any violation of these laws to the local authorities or to Top Travel Costa Rica so we can take action. Read our traveler tips to learn how to be a responsible traveler.