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A Visa constitutes an authorization of entry to a country. In the case of Costa Rica, Visas are granted according to the nationality of the person. The Costa Rican Immigration Department has established 4 groups of countries.

For the entry of visitors to Costa Rica, the General Direction of Immigration and Foreigners of Costa Rica, part of the Ministry of Governance and Police, has defined the following rules, this was presented on August 21, 2014.

Other than the Visa, all people must comply with the following:

  • Ticket of a continuing trip or return to the country of origin
  • Demonstration of economic solvency for your stay in Costa Rica
  • Not have a standing impediment of entry
  • Passport in good state. Must be valid for a period according to the group your country is in
    • For Group 1, passport must be valid until the date of departure
    • For Group 2, passport must be valid for at least 3 months
    • For Groups 3 and 4, passport must be valid for at least 6 months

When entering the country, the immigration officer will grant an admission for up to 90 days, to all those who come to participate in tourism activities as described by the World Tourism Organization (www.unwto.org) as long as the activities will not lead to receive any compensation.

Group 1
      People with passports from these countries do not need a consular Visa to enter Costa Rica
      (a valid passport while in the Costa Rica is sufficient)

ArgentinaAustralia and dependenciesAustria - Österreich
BahamasBarbadosBelgium - Belgique
Brazil - BrasilBulgaria - BalgariaCanada
Croatia - HrvatskaCyprusCzech Republic - Czechia
Denmark and dependencies - DanmarkEstonia - EestiFinland - Suomi
FranceGermany - DeutschlandGreece - Hellas
Holland - Netherlands and dependencesHungary - MagyarországIceland - Iśland
IrelandIsraelItaly - Italia
Japan - NipponLatvia - LatvijaLiechtenstein
Lithuania - LietuvaLuxembourg - LëtzebuergMalta
Mexico - MéxicoMonacoMontenegro
New ZealandNorway - Norge and dependenciesPanama - Panamá
ParaguayPoland - PolskaPortugal
Puerto RicoRomania - RomâniaSan Marino
Serbia - SrbijaSingapore - TemasekSlovakia - Slovenska
Slovenia - SlovenijaSouth Africa - Suid-AfrikaSouth Korea - Namhan
Spain - EspañaSweden - SverigeSwitzerland - Confoederatio Helvetica
Trinidad and TobagoUnited KingdomUnited States of America
UruguayVatican City - Vaticano

Group 2
      People with passports from these countries do not need a consular Visa to enter Costa Rica
      (a valid passport with at least 3 months validity is required)

Antigua and BarbudaBelizeBolivia
DominicaEl SalvadorRussia - Россия
Philippines - PilipinasFiji - Matanitu ko VitiGrenada - La Grenade
Northern Mariana IslandsMarshall IslandsSolomon Islands
TongaSamoaSaint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint LuciaSão Tomé and Príncipe

Groups 3 and 4 comprise all other countries

If you belong to a country in these groups you may have to request a Visa to visit Costa Rica.

IMPORTANT: There is an exception to this rule, if you are from a country in groups 3 and 4 and have a multiple entry visa to the United States of America (B1-B2, D or CI/D), Canada, the European Union or Japan, or legally live in the United States, the Visa will be waived.

For further information contact the nearest Costa Rican representation, a list can be found at official website of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Costa Rica



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