Visa Requirements for Costa Rica

By Aaditee Kulkarni on Feb 25, 2019
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Costa Rica is a tiny country in Central America with mighty lovely sights. Costa Rica has two coasts: The Pacific Ocean on one side and Atlantic- Caribbean on other. The country’s tropical climate is one that will fit in your definition of "perfect climate"

There are so many things to love about Costa Rica - the history, people, landscape, culture, yadda yadda! Rejoice, nature lovers! Costa Rica is home to more than 5% of the entire world’s biodiversity while more than 25% of the whole country comes under protection and conservation area. Often called paradise on earth, Costa Rica has something for everyone. You can tour active volcanoes, walk through its vibrant cities, hike in its jungles, and experience its scintillating culture. And this is just the start. 

Are you thinking about going to Costa Rica? What travel documentation would you require? This blog will talk about the visa requirements for Costa Rica. Read on to find out if you need or don’t need a visa to travel to Costa Rica. 

1. Visa exempted countries 

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For a stay of up to 90 days (for tourism purposes only) in Costa Rica, the residents of the following countries do not need a prior visa:

  • United States
  • Philippines
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Singapore

In addition to the above-mentioned countries, the permanent residents of the following countries DO NOT require a visa to enter Costa Rica as a visitor:

All European Union citizens,  Andorra,  Antigua and Barbuda,  Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados,  Belize,  Bolivia,  Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana,  Honduras,  Iceland,  Israel,  Japan,  Kazakhstan,  Kiribati,  Liechtenstein,  Malaysia,  Maldives,  Marshall Islands,  Mauritius,  Mexico,  Micronesia, Monaco,  Montenegro,  Nauru,  New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Qatar,  Russia,  Saint Kitts and Nevis,  Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,  Samoa,  San Marino,  Sao Tome and Principe,  Serbia,  Seychelles, Solomon Islands,  South Africa,  South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Uruguay

2. Visa required countries 

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The permanent residents of the following countries require a visa to enter Costa Rica as a visitor:

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Benin, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Chad, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

3. Restricted visa

The visitor visa for the following countries is to be approved by the Commission for Restricted Visas and the applicant must possess a passport valid for six months.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Myanmar, North Korea, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka

4. Documents required to enter Costa Rica

  • Passport Requirements - Original, signed passport that is valid for 6 months post your stay in Costa Rica. The passport must have at least one blank passport page
  • Proof of Travel Arrangements - Confirmed airline/cruise round-trip or onward ticket
  • Applicants Under the Age of 18 - Any child (under 18) who is travelling alone (without parents/ legal guardian) must possess a notarized parental letter of consent, a notarized copy of their birth certificate, and notarized copies of parents' passports
  • Medical Requirements - A visitor must possess a health/accidental insurance that covers full international coverage
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds - Proof of sufficient funds for the entire duration of stay in Costa Rica
  • Covering letter from the applicant - Explaining the purpose of visit, full name, nationality, passport number, type and validity, address, expected time of stay in Costa Rica

5. Costa Rica visa fees

The Costa Rica visa fee varies as per the country of residence of the applicant. The visa fee is made of various components like embassy fees, service fees, and taxes. The processing time for Costa Rica visa is 12-15 business days.

6. Yellow Fever Vaccine

If you will be traveling to Costa Rica from the below-mentioned countries that belong to South America and/or sub-Saharan Africa, you will need the yellow fever vaccine. You can visit Costa Rica ten days after the shot. 

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela.

Thanks to its relaxed visa policy, travelling to Costa Rica is quite easy.  No wonder, thousands have made this most bio-diverse country in the world their top travel choice! 

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