Visas to Enter Costa Rica

New immigration regulations state which foreigners require visas to enter the country and the length of their stay.

Friday, February 25, 2011


The Department of Immigration of Costa Rica issued on Jan. 14, Regulation DG-3312-2010, which details visitors of which countries require an entry visa and the duration of those visas, according to the nationality of the traveler.

Besides exceptions provided in the general guidelines, foreign nationals require a visa to enter Costa Rica, which is given by the staff of the Department of Immigration at the time of entering the country. In some cases, depending on the nationality of the person, it is also necessary clearance from the Department of Immigration requesting it before Costa Rican immigration officials abroad.

There are four groups of countries according to the duration of the visa granted to its citizens, and if it requires prior proceedings before entering the country. For example, people from Germany, Japan and Panama are in the first group, and will be allowed for 90 calendar days, while foreigners from El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela belong to the Second Group, and are granted visa only for 30 calendar days. Nicaragua and Peru belong to the third group, which means they require a consular visa and have a maximum stay of 30 days. Finally, the People's Republic of China is in Group Four of which nationals must apply for a restricted and consulted visa and have a maximum stay of 30 days.

Read Resolution DG-3312-2010 (only in Spanish)

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