Costa Rica Visa Information
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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, Chile, Columbia,* Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.
* No visa required if holding a valid visa for USA, Canada or the Schengen Area Costa Rica 90 days. Colombian nationals seeking to visit Costa Rica must obtain a visa from the Costa Rican consulate in their country.
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.
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.
** 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.
No tourist visa required for:
Transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country by the same or first connecting flight within 48 hours, provided holding confirmed onward tickets and not leaving the airport (except nationals of China (PR) who do need a transit visa authorised by the Immigration Department in San Jos).
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.
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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- Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Republica de Costa Rica - URL: www.rree.go.cr
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