1. Tourist Visa
2. Requirements for Temporary Residence in Costa Rica
3. Requirements for Permanent Residence in Costa Rica 
4. Yellow Fever Vaccine  

 1. Tourist Visa

Not all people who wish to travel to Costa Rica need a tourist visa; this will depend on your nationality, purpose of visit, country of residence and duration of stay. Visa requirements are based on international agreements or treaties. However,  the visa does not guarantee entry to Costa Rica and, as in the United States, this depends on the immigration officer upon arrival. Information about requirements and visa application form please click here.


Please consider the following information:

1. US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. As a tourist US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days. For a stay longer than 90 days a residence permit must be established.

2.Other nationals might not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. To verify all entry requirements according to your nationality please see the following link nationalities. 

3. Please see the following link for information of all Consulates in the United States Consulate of their jurisdiction.

4. Please visit our FAQ section; there, you will find information that might be useful for your trip to Costa Rica.


2. Requirements for temporary residence in Costa Rica: 

Information click here

Note: You are required to apply for these types of residency at the Immigration Office of Costa Rica.

3. Permanent Residency Requirements for having ties with a Costa Rican

Note: You are required to apply for these types of residency at the Immigration Office of Costa Rica

4. Yellow Fever Vaccine

If you will be traveling to Costa Rica from South America and/or sub-Saharan Africa, you will need theYELLOW FEVER VACCINE. The countries considered at risk are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela. You can travel to Costa Rica ten days after the shot. Exceptions