Visa policy of Costa Rica
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.
Visa policy map
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.
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.
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
- 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
Most visitors arriving to Costa Rica were from the following countries of nationality:
- Directrices generales de visas de ingreso para personas no residentes panama 07 Nov 2016
- "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- ALCANCE N° 272
- Second reciprocity report, October 2006
- Third reciprocity report, September 2007
- Anuario de Turismo