Visa policy of Costa Rica

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Visitors to Costa Rica require a visa unless they are citizens of one of the eligible countries who are visa exempt up to 90 days. Costa Rican visas are documents issued by the Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria, dependent on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, with the stated goal of regulating and facilitating migratory flows. Visitors must hold passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Costa Rica
  Costa Rica
  Visa not required
  Restricted visa

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of passports of the following jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica:[1][2][3]

1 — passport must be valid for at least one day on arrival.
2 — passport must be valid for at least three months on arrival.
3 — including overseas territories of Australia, Denmark, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, United States.

Nationals of  China holding passports for public affairs do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days.

Visa is not required for holders of diplomatic or service/official passports of China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam.

Substitute visas[edit]

Nationals who would normally require visas may enter Costa Rica for a maximum of 30 days if they are holding a valid, multiple-entry visa or residence permit issued by the following countries. When utilizing a residence permit, it must be valid for more than six months on arrival.[2]

1 - for holders of residence permits only.
2 - Green Cards or U.S. visas must be valid for more than six months on arrival except for holders of B or D visas. Not applicable to holders of C1 visas.

Visa required countries[edit]

A tourist visa for Costa Rica

Holders of passports of the following jurisdictions require a visa to visit Costa Rica:[1]

Visa issued at a consulate and a passport valid for six months

Restricted visa approved by the Commission for Restricted Visas and a passport valid for six months

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Costa Rica were from the following countries of nationality:[18]

Country 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
 United States 1,199,241 1,233,277 1,077,044 997,262 929,402
 Nicaragua 429,990 440,049 446,870 463,959 476,678
 Canada 201,921 188,104 175,771 172,730 160,398
 Mexico 106,783 94,499 84,940 75,045 72,568
 Panama 104,795 99,917 97,135 68,340 98,275
 El Salvador 81,091 78,273 69,427 63,214 64,552
 Guatemala 78,032 65,063 57,600 55,677 56,756
 United Kingdom 76,173 71,392 47,499 39,545 35,198
 Germany 70,960 67,939 66,450 63,916 54,754
 France 69,803 61,503 54,773 49,681 39,728
 Spain 69,782 67,453 65,188 64,303 52,950
Total 2,959,869 2,925,128 2,660,257 2,526,817 2,427,941

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/Monthly%20Statement/1968/12/monstate.pdf
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  13. ^ https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/Monthly%20Statement/2005/05/monstate.pdf
  14. ^ p.25-26
  15. ^ https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/Monthly%20Statement/2017/06/monstate.pdf
  16. ^ p.9-14
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "Informes Estadísticos - Anuarios" (in Spanish). Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. Retrieved 11 December 2017.