Costa Rican passport

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Costa Rican passport
Current cover Costa Rican passport.jpg
Costa Rican passport front cover
Date first issued1 January 2006[1] (current version)
Issued by Costa Rica
Type of documentPassport
Eligibility requirementsCosta Rican citizenship
Expiration6 years after acquisition

Costa Rican passports are issued to Costa Rican citizens to travel outside Costa Rica. Currently, it is valid for 6 years (10 years before 2006). It is issued to people born on Costa Rican soil (who are citizens by default), and to children of Costa Rican citizens born abroad, who are reported to the nearest Costa Rican embassy (whose birth, immediately after such report, is recorded in the civil registry). Children born overseas to a Costa Rican citizen are Costa Rican by birth, not by naturalisation, as stated in the Constitution of Costa Rica.

As of May 2018, Costa Rican citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 149 countries and territories, ranking the Costa Rican passport 25th overall and first among Central American countries, in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.[2]

Costa Rica plans to begin issuing biometric passports by 2020.[3]


It is dark blue on the outside, with letters and the Costa Rican coat of arms in gilded-looking letters.

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Global Ranking - Passport Index 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  3. ^ Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020