Frequently Asked Questions
The Embassy of Costa Rica in the United States of America is part of Costa Rica's Foreign Service and is under the regime of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica. The Embassy coordinates and manages political affairs, trade, tourism, education, health and international relations between both countries and concurrent Embassies.
- Charging for a service, except for the established consular fees
- Acting as or recommending lawyers, translators, interpreters or tour operators
- Interfering with Judicial Affairs
- Finding employment and residence in the United States
- Discussing Costa Rican visa cases which already have been settled
- Providing information about entry, visas or residence in the Unites States
- Obtaining birth certificates
- Requesting drivers licenses
- Providing financial support (including tickets and transportation)
- Finding U.S. citizens in Costa Rica
The consulate processes applications for authentications, visas, passports, residence permits, birth records and assists Rican citizens who live in the United States.
If you are a Costa Rican and have an emergency situation in the United States, please call the corresponding consulate to the place where you are located. For a list of consulates and jurisdictions in the United States, please search for your respective Consulate in www.rree.go.cr.
5. I am traveling with my pet. What do I need to do? Click here. For additional information visit Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and "Travel with my pet"
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. Any individual traveling to Costa Rica that has been in transit, whether in airports, sea ports, or land borders, in the following countries, will require a vaccination: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Exceptions
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Some of the documents the Department of Immigration requests are: a birth certificate, a certificate of civil status, a criminal record, and financial statements certified by a public accountant. These documents must have the seal of the Secretary of State, State Department and the corresponding Consulate of Costa Rica, before taking them to Costa Rica. Once in Costa Rica, they must be also legalized by the Foreign Ministry and translated by an official translator.
You may request such information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since the financial resources at this Embassy are very limited, we recommend you send a pre-paid envelope with your address to send you more information. You can also set up an appointment to pick up information at the Embassy.
There are no nationality restrictions for buying property in Costa Rica. However, it is important to corroborate in the Public Registry: Who is the owner or owners of the property? • Who are the persons entitled to sell? • Status and legal nature of the property. If under normal or condominial regime or under a protected area. • If the lot area coincides with the cadastre or land register. • If property weighs on some kind of restriction or right, encumbrances or easements. • If there is any construction, find out measurements, age and condition. • Is the property sold alone or whether it includes furniture, farm livestock in the event or other rights. If sold with furniture, ask for an inventory. • If the property is consistent with the destination to which you intend to use it for. • Estimated value of the property and if it is consistent with the price being asked. It is advisable to seek a notary public to assist with the formalities.
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To practice medicine in Costa Rica, you need to authenticate all obtained diplomas and certificates, and must follow the authentication process so they will be ready for use in Costa Rica (link). Once authenticated, you should refer to the Platform Services in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica (www.medicos.sa.cr). In January and August there is a raffle of social service, for which only a valid passport is required. Once incorporated into the College of Physicians and Surgeons and after passing an exam in Spanish, you can practice in Costa Rica.
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