Required documentation to travel to Costa Rica

Learn more about documentation, visas and passports requirements to travel to this little Caribbean country

Required documentation to travel to Costa Rica

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In order to enter the country, certain requirements are demanded.

Common requirements for every tourists:

- You must prove your financial solvency, with a minimum of US$100 per month of stay in the country.

- All visitors must have a return ticket, or at least, a ship voyage plan in where your  your destination port is specified.

Specific requirements depending on your country of origin:

- There are certain guidelines on entry visas that establish, depending on the tourists’ nationality, the kind of visa required. Some countries do not require any visas while others demand a consular or a restricted one depending on the arrangements and international treaties.

- If you come from the USA, Canada, or you are an european citizen, you will only need a valid passport. The maximum time per stay is 90 days, but it can be extended another 90 with a new tourist visa if you leave the country within 48 hours. Make sure the migration officer brands the entry stamp on your passport, otherwise, you can have problems leaving the country

For more information, you can consult your country requirements in the list below:

- You will not need to have a consular visa, just a valid passport for a minimum of one day, if you come from one of the following countries:
Maximum stay: 90 days

Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Vatican City, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality of Monaco, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, South Korea, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.

British, French, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, New Zealander and American departments receive the same treatment.

Furthermore, people who have 3 month valid visas in USA, Canada, South Korea, Japan, the European Union (Schengen visa) or people who have legal permission (residence, work, study or refugee permit) from the countries above mentioned can enter in Costa Rica without a consular visa.

- It is not required or not necessary for you to have a consular visa, just a passport valid for a minimum of a month, if you come from one of the following countries. Period of stay in the country 30 days (extendible to 90):
Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, Salvador, Philippines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands,Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Surinam, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu y Venezuela
- It is required a consular visa:

If your country is not included in the list above, you will need a consular visa to enter in Costa Rica, and a valid passport for a minimum of 6 months.

This visa will allow you to stay for 30 days, although it can be extended to 90 days.

To obtain it, you will have to request it personally to the General Consulate of Costa Rica in your country of origin or residence and provide physical documents or digital media if required.

For more information on procedures, you can go to Costa Rica’s Senior Management for Migration and Immigration http://migration.go.cr/extranjeros/visas.html

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