Not all the people who wish to travel to Costa Rica need a tourist visa; this will depend on your nationality, purpose of visit and/or country of residence. visa requirements are based on international agreements or treaties.
Please consider the following information:
Foreigners that are holding a valid (*) and multiple entry visa to the United States of America (B1- B2, D or C1/D) or Canada (only multiple visa) will be able to enter Costa Rica without requesting a Costa Rican Visa.
If you are traveling with any of these visas it must be stamped on the passport and be valid when you enter the country. The passport must have a validity of at least 6 months from the date of entry.
Foreigners that are holding a permanent residence permit of the United States of America valid at least 6 months from the date of entry in Costa Rica can enter without requesting a Costa Rican Visa.
Present your return flight itinerary at immigration in Costa Rica upon entry.
Carry US $100 cash for each month spent in Costa Rica upon entry
If you do not have these visas an application for the Costa Rican visa must be made. Please follow this link for the required documents and the application form: www.costaricaembassy-qatar.net
For this purpose it is required that you submit all the necessary documents by email for a preliminary evaluation. Then, the originals must be submitted to the Embassy, in order to onward them to our immigration authorities that are competent for the issuance or denial of the visa. If the visa is approved by the immigration authorities in Costa Rica, an appointment will be scheduled at the Consulate here in Doha, to proceed with the personal interview.
All documents must be legalized and translated to Spanish by an official translator prior to being submitted at the Costa Rican Consulate in Qatar.
The procedure for legalization is the following:
- Legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country that issues the documents
- Legalized by the Embassy of Qatar in that country
- Legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar
- Legalized by the Consulate of Costa Rica in Qatar
The fees of the legalization by the Consulate of Costa Rica in Qatar are 40 US Dollars per document (non-refundable) which have to be deposited in the Consulate’s bank account.
The visa fee is of $52 US Dollars (non-refundable) which has to be deposited in the above-mentioned bank account.
Submitting the application does not guarantee that the visa will be automatically granted. The visa is a mere expectation and does not imply unconditional admission of the foreign person to the country.
Vaccination against Yellow Fever is mandatory for foreigners traveling or transit from any of the countries listed below: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Venezuela. To enter Costa Rica, travelers must carry the current and valid international vaccination card, issued at least 10 days prior to the trip.
Check the current validity of your passport.
We strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.
Make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.
Most destinations, require that you have adequate unused pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
Confirm if transit visa is required for any connection.
Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country
(*) We strongly recommend checking the validity of your USA visa with the Consulate of the United States of America.
- Temporary Residence Procedures
- Permanent Residence for having ties with a Costa Rican
- Special categories
NOTE: You can apply for these special categories at the General Office of Migration in Costa Rica