Visa in Costa Rica | The most important info

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What does the visa situation in Costa Rica look like? Does one need to get a visa to Costa Rica? Which countries are allowed to enter Costa Rica without a visa? For how many days can one get a visa in Costa Rica?


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Opisthoxia – Costa Rica 2023

A situation with a visa to Costa Rica depends on every country and the visa type. If you want to check if you need to get one, the best way to do it is to visit the government site of this country.

For how many days is the visa in Costa Rica valid?

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Visa in Costa Rica — Costa Rica 2023

Polish citizens who want to get to Costa Rica using a tourist visa do not need to apply for a permit for visiting this country. After the arrival, the customs official can issue a tourist visa for as long as 90 days for Polish citizens.

Costa Rica visa – what are the requirements?

  • Valid passport (days until the end of validity of your passport, depends on the list that your country is on).
  • A departure ticket or a confirmation of leaving the country after the duration of the tourist visa).
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Playa Rincón, Corcovado – Costa Rica 2023

How many days the passport should be valid?

Days until the end of validity of your passport, depends on the list that your country is on.

  • Group 1 – up to 1 day. Example countries: Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy, USA
  • Group 2 – up to 3 months (90 days). Example countries: El Salvador, Suriname, Türkiye, Guatemala.
  • Group 3 and 4 – up to 6 months (180 days). Example countries: Albania, India, Dominican Republic.

Here you can check in which group is your country.

Additionally, countries from the 3rd and 4th group must apply for a visa to enter Costa Rica.

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La Fortuna – Costa Rica 2023

A conversation with a customs official upon arrival

As it happens in most countries, the customs officials can ask you a few questions upon arrival. In my case I was asked about the destination of my trip, its plan and where I am going to stay.

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