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If you are someone who loves lush landscapes, interacting with wildlife and lounging on beautiful protected beaches away from crowded streets and tall buildings then Costa Rica is the place for you.
However, depending on your destination country, visiting Costa Rica may not be as simple as booking a flight. Some nationalities must apply for a Costa Rica visa before being allowed to enter the country.
This article will detail the Costa Rica visa application process and requirements as well as other frequently asked questions.
The Costa Rica visa policy is divided into four groups:
US citizens do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica for tourism purposes (up to 90 days): they can travel with just their passport and will receive an entry stamp on their passport from immigration officials .
However, upon arrival, the passport must be valid for at least one more day and they must prove that they have at least $300.
For stays longer than 90 days, they must have a residence permit in Costa Rica.
The necessary documents you must submit with your Costa Rica visa application are:
The documents you submit must be translated into Spanish and legalized.
Please remember that this is not a complete list of requirements as the Costa Rican consulate will request additional documents as they deem appropriate based on your circumstances.
Indian citizens must apply for a consular visa before arriving in Costa Rica. They can apply using the application procedure described above.
The Costa Rica visa processing time is about 30 calendar days.
The visa application fee to Costa Rica is 52 USD.
You must pay the Costa Rica visa fee once your visa is approved. The visa fee is non-refundable even if you are not allowed entry upon arrival in Costa Rica. The consulate where you apply will inform you about the payment method.
Sometimes you may need to pay at the embassy because the consulate may not accept payments. You must show the receipt of the Costa Rica visa fee payment, however.
No, this is not the case. After receiving your Costa Rica visa, you will still have to undergo immigration inspection at the Costa Rican port of entry. If immigration officers at border control decide to allow you entry, they will stamp your passport with this decision. If you are not allowed entry, you must return to your country.
Your visa fee will not be refunded.
Yes you can. You can extend your Costa Rica tourist visa for another 60 days by applying to the Costa Rican Immigration Directorate. You must submit evidence of why you are requesting an extension.
Yes, all foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, intending to enter Costa Rica must have a valid passport. The validity of your passport depends on your country.
Foreign citizens exempted from visa group 1 must have a passport valid for at least one day after entry. Foreigners exempted from visa group 2 need to have a passport valid for at least three months from the date of entry.
Citizens requiring a visa must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of visa application.
Yes, all foreign nationals entering Costa Rica must pay departure tax prior to departure.
The fee is around US$28-29 and you can pay in local currency, US dollars or by credit card.
However, check with your airline agent whether your flight ticket includes departure tax, as some airlines do.
Yes, all foreign nationals entering Costa Rica must pay departure tax prior to departure. The fee is around US$28-29 and you can pay in local currency, US dollars or by credit card. However, check with your airline agent whether your flight ticket includes departure tax, as some airlines do.
Yes, if you have a visa to a Schengen country and the EU, US, Canada or South Korea, you can use that visa to enter Costa Rica, as long as the visa is still valid. You can stay for the remainder of your current visa or for the period you are authorized to stay in Costa Rica.