Visa Information

Entry Requirements Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa: Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*, Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay. * Their dependents receive the same treatment ** Include England, Wales and Scotland *** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days: Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling. As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica. Who requires a visa? Depending on both the length of study and nationality, either a tourist or a student visa may be required. Application for student status (if required) may be made after entry to Costa Rica on a tourist visa (student visas are not issued by Consulates of Costa Rica). Nationals of the following countries may be exempted from tourist visa requirements: No tourist visa required for stays of up to 90 days: Argentina, Austria, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Romania, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States No tourist visa required for stays of up to 30 days: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, North Korea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican, Venezuela. A tourist visa required for stays of up to 30 days: Andorra, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Chile, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Grenadines, Greece, Guadalupe, Guyana, Haiti, Malta, Martinique, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, San Marino, Serbia & Montenegro, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Surinam, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Jamaica. No tourist visa is required for: Transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country by the same or first connecting flight within 48 hours, provided they are holding confirmed onward tickets and not leaving the airport (except nationals of China (PR) who do need a transit visa authorized by the Immigration Department in San Jose). Spanish Immersion Costa Rica What documents will be required? For most entries to Costa Rica: Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months beyond date of entry/visa issue) Photocopy of your itinerary issued by your travel agency, pre-paid airplane (flight) or bus ticket to exit Costa Rica In addition, if a visa is required, the following must be provided: Completed Visa Application Form One color passport sized photograph (2 in. X 2 in.) Photocopy of your itinerary issued by your travel agency, pre-paid plain or bus ticket to exit Costa Rica Evidence of sufficient funds for stay Proof of purpose of visit Additional documents may be required at the Consulate’s own discretion. Time required to issue visa: Varies, depending on nationality; usually 1 day to 2 weeks, however authorization for some countries may take longer. Contact nearest Consulate for more information. What is the cost of a visa? US$20, aprox. How long is the visa valid for? Generally 30-90 days for tourist visa. Other information: Persons holding passports issued by the former homelands of Transkei and Venda do need a visa authorised by the Immigration Department in San Jose. Nationals of countries listed above must obtain an exit visa from the Immigration Department in San Jos at least 3 days before leaving Costa Rica. Those who stay for less than 30 days are exempt if in possession of a disembarkation card. Embassy contact information: Please contact the nearest Costa Rican embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter Costa Rica. Embassies of the Republic of Costa Rica

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Visa Information
Location: San José, San José, Costa Rica
Languages: English, Spanish
Description: Entry Requirements Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa: Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*, Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay. * Their dependents receive the same treatment ** Include England, Wales and Scotland *** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days: Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling. As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica. Who requires a visa? Depending on both the length of study and nationality, either a tourist or a student visa may be required. Application for student status (if required) may be made after entry to Costa Rica on a tourist visa (student visas are not issued by Consulates of Costa Rica). Nationals of the following countries may be exempted from tourist visa requirements: No tourist visa required for stays of up to 90 days: Argentina, Austria, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Romania, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States No tourist visa required for stays of up to 30 days: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, North Korea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican, Venezuela. A tourist visa required for stays of up to 30 days: Andorra, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Chile, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Grenadines, Greece, Guadalupe, Guyana, Haiti, Malta, Martinique, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, San Marino, Serbia & Montenegro, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Surinam, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Jamaica. No tourist visa is required for: Transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country by the same or first connecting flight within 48 hours, provided they are holding confirmed onward tickets and not leaving the airport (except nationals of China (PR) who do need a transit visa authorized by the Immigration Department in San Jose). Spanish Immersion Costa Rica What documents will be required? For most entries to Costa Rica: Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months beyond date of entry/visa issue) Photocopy of your itinerary issued by your travel agency, pre-paid airplane (flight) or bus ticket to exit Costa Rica In addition, if a visa is required, the following must be provided: Completed Visa Application Form One color passport sized photograph (2 in. X 2 in.) Photocopy of your itinerary issued by your travel agency, pre-paid plain or bus ticket to exit Costa Rica Evidence of sufficient funds for stay Proof of purpose of visit Additional documents may be required at the Consulate’s own discretion. Time required to issue visa: Varies, depending on nationality; usually 1 day to 2 weeks, however authorization for some countries may take longer. Contact nearest Consulate for more information. What is the cost of a visa? US$20, aprox. How long is the visa valid for? Generally 30-90 days for tourist visa. Other information: Persons holding passports issued by the former homelands of Transkei and Venda do need a visa authorised by the Immigration Department in San Jose. Nationals of countries listed above must obtain an exit visa from the Immigration Department in San Jos at least 3 days before leaving Costa Rica. Those who stay for less than 30 days are exempt if in possession of a disembarkation card. Embassy contact information: Please contact the nearest Costa Rican embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter Costa Rica. Embassies of the Republic of Costa Rica
Website: https://cr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/
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