Costa Rica ready to issue visas to Chinese business travelers

Two Costa Rican foreign ministry officials flew out to Beijing to train staff in the nation's consulate there in how to issue visas.

Friday, May 9, 2008

The service will be provided in Beijing only for business people and potential investors. The first visas will be issued "very soon -- everything's ready now," said Mario Zamora, head of Costa Rica's migration department.

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Visa Policy vs. Trade Agreements

June 2013

The policy of immigration control of the government of Costa Rica does not match the realities imposed by recently signed trade agreements.

Miguel Miranda, owner of Mondaisa, was going to board a plane that would take him to Peru where he has business deals for exporting his products, however, because he lacked the visa that the country requires Costa Ricans to have, he had to postpone his trip, not having been aware of the requirement. After several efforts in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of Peru, he was able to board a few hours later.

Visas to Enter Costa Rica

February 2011

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

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.

Concern Over Visa Suspension

August 2009

U.S. suspension of visa services will affect business climate, remarked Honduran business and producers.

Considering that over 50% of the country's exports go to the U.S., Enrique Núñez, president of the National Small and Medium Industry Association, remarked: "The visa issue has a very negative effect, especially because it affects the purchase of raw materials, necessary for productive processes in small and medium industries".

Honduras Eliminates Consulted Visas for 20 Countries

April 2009

The Honduran chancellery eliminated consulted visas for 20 countries, including China, India and Russia.

The decision transfers these countries to the consular visa category, which may be issued in the country of origin, while the consulted visa requires more selective procedures and it must be approved in Honduras.

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