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San Jose Airport

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San Jose Airport (SJO)



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All users of the international airports in San José, the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) and the Daniel Oduber (LIR) in Guanacaste are required to pay a US$29 airport departure (or exit) tax.

The tax is collected at the airport at a special counter, prior to checking in at the airline counter. Some hotels offer the service of prepaying the tax before heading to the airport, usually at a mark up of between US$3 and US$5.

There is a move to incorporate the tax in the airline ticket. In December 2014, the change was announced, but has yet to take place.  See report.

Departure Tips

It is advised to wear clothes and shoes that can be easily removed. You will be asked to take off your shoes at the security checkpoint, where you must also remove any metal objects, including belt buckles, coins, and keys. Additionally, if you carry a laptop computer, it must be removed from its case/bag and sent it through the x-ray. You may find a specialty bag/case, for easy removal and retrieval, convenient


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