Costa Rican visa is a form of permission or a pass for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in Costa Rica. Costa Rican
visa is a stamp or form placed in your passport when you enter, and sometimes when you leave Costa Rica.
A visa in your passport does not guarantee entry. That remains the right of the immigration officials in Costa Rica.
Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents. Embassy rules and regulations can and do, very occationally change overnight.
We accept no responsibilty for any such changes. Also, we regret that we cannot, under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibilty for any transaction initiated directly between an applicant and the embassy.
There are two options to check whether you require a Costa Rican visa or not for your trip to Costa Rica.
Check the current Costa Rican visa regulations from the Costa Rican foreign ministry from here or find the Costa Rican embassy in your country of permanent residence to obtain the visa application requirements for Costa Rica.
The Costa Rican Embassies and Consular Offices are the only accredited Costa Rican Government agencies, who are permitted to grant Costa Rican visas in a different country.
Generally, to avoid any risks that can come up when getting on flights to Costa Rica or at Costa Rican ports of entry due to possible miscommunication, visitors are highly adviced to apply with the Costa Rican Embassy and Consular Offices in your home country to get Costa Rican visas in advance of travelling.
The visa information below is provided by VisaHQ, who specialises in providing visa services to travellers in Canada, United Kingdom and United States.
The Costa Rican tourist visa requirement for nationals of Canada, UK and USA are shown above. If you are a permanent resident of either Canada or UK or USA, please select your nationality shown in your passport from the box appropriate box above, to see whether you will need a visa for Costa Rica.
There are several types of Costa Rican visas available for travel to Costa Rica:
Costa Rican tourist visa is issued for a limited time of leisure travel and no business activities permitted in Costa Rica;
Costa Rican business visa is for participating in short term commerce in Costa Rica;
Costa Rican Transit visa, is valid for 3 days or less, for transferring through port in Costa Rica to a third destination;
On-arrival visa for Costa Rica is given at a port of entry. This is different from not needing a visa at all, as the visitor sholud still get the visa before they can in fact seek to pass through immigration point in Costa Rica;
Costa Rican spousal visa or partner visa, given to the spouse, civil partner or de facto partner of a resident or Costa Rican citizen.