The requirement of a visa to enter Costa Rica is dependent on the nationality, country of residence, duration of stay and the purpose of visit. Once a visa is acquired, they are generally valid for a period of 30 to 90 days, again depending on the person’s nationality.
Countries exempt from the visa requirement and citizens of which only require a valid passport and a return ticket, along with the requisite financial statements that prove the solvency of the person seeking a visa to visit Costa Rica.
There are four groups of countries, each having a different set of specifications for the visa.•
First Group – Nationals of the countries that belong to this group are allowed to stay in Costa Rica for up to 90 days without the necessity of a consulate visa. Some of these countries include Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, and United States of America.•
Second Group – Nationals of the countries that belong to this group are allowed to stay in Costa Rica for up to 30 days without the necessity of a consulate visa. Some of these countries include Maldives, Turkey, and Venezuela.•
Third Group – Nationals of this group of countries require a consulate visa to enter and stay in the country for up to 30 days. Exceptions are made for people: -
Who have a visa to enter USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and European Union (EU) countries. -
Who have a residency permit for the countries in the first group. -
Who have a residency permit for USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and European Union countries. -
Who have a permanent residency permit for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.
Countries that belong to this group include Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Saudi Arabia.•
Fourth Group – Nationals of these countries get a restricted visa after an approval from the General Director of the Immigration and Foreign Administration Department, for a stay of up to 30 days. Exceptions made for requirements as per this group include people: -
Who have an entry visa for the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, or European Union countries. -
Who have a legal residency of 6 months for countries in the first group. -
Who have a legal residency of 6 months for the United States of America, Canada and the European Union countries.
Countries categorized under this group include China, Cuba, and Sri Lanka.
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