I need a visa to visit Costa Rica?
For purposes of tourism, you may visit Costa Rica
for up to 90 days without a visa. Please see the website
for the Costa Rican Embassy in the U.S. for information
regarding visa and entry requirements.
New Visa Regulations
Effective January 15, 2008, nationals
of countries that require a consular
visa to enter Costa Rica are no longer
required to apply for the visa, if the visitors are
- A valid visa to enter the
U.S., Canada or the countries of the European
Union, stamped in their passport and valid for
at least 3 more months.
- A permanent residence (green card) in the United
States, and/or permanent residence in any country
member of the European Union or Canada, valid for
a minimum of 6 months.
The passport expiration date needs to be over 30
days from the day of arrival to the country
Visitors are allowed to remain in the country for
up to 30 days. All visa extensions should be
requested at the Immigration Office in San José,
NOTE: These new visa regulations DO NOT APPLY for
citizens from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Syrian Arab Republic,
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Somalia
Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?
Yes, you need a U.S. passport valid for at least
60 days after your arrival in Costa Rica. Please
note that the State Department strongly recommends
that every citizen travel on a valid U.S. passport
even when the country of destination requires lesser
documentation. American citizens may apply for passports
at any of over 5,000 offices in the United States
that accept passport applications. For complete information
regarding passport renewal and application procedures,
please consult the Department of State website: http://www.travel.state.gov.
For the most up-to-date information on Costa Rican
entry requirements, visit: http://www.costarica-embassy.org/index.php?q=node/93.
VISA REQUIREMENT: none
LENGTH OF STAY: maximum of 90 days
All adults and children require the following documents to
enter Costa Rica:
- A passport valid for at least 30 days (expiration
date has to be 30 days or more after arrival date).
In the case of minors, if they do not have a passport,
they should be included in the passport of one
of the parents.
- A pre-paid airline ticket to exit Costa Rica
(either to return to your country or to go to another