Consular Services

 

Consular Services

On this site you can find information about the services provided by the Consulate General of Costa Rica in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

1. General Aspects
2. Payment of the consular fee
3. Assistance and consular consultations
4. Application for the identity card for the first time
5. Application for renewal of identity card
6. Passport for the first time for minors
7. Passport renewal for minors
8. Passport for the first time for people of legal age
9. Renewal of passport for people of legal age
10. Exit permit from Costa Rica for minors
11. Birth registration
12. Marriage registration
13. Request for criminal records
14. Notarial procedures

 

 


1. General Aspects

To request any service you must verify that you meet the necessary requirements and then request an appointment via email concr-uk@rree.go.cr

In addition, if the procedure has a cost according to consular tariff No. 35757-RE, it must have been previously canceled and attach a copy of the receipt at the time of requesting your appointment, including your name in the detail of the deposit.

Only the person who has the appointment is allowed to enter, if they come with companions they must wait outside, the measures of hand washing, distancing and use of a mask are mandatory.


2. Payment of the Consular Fee

* Appointments will be assigned once the payment has been entered into the Consular Fee collection account.

To pay for any Consular Service:

You must make a transfer or deposit to the account number of the Consulate,
The account is in United States dollars so most banks will require that the transfer be made as an international transfer, from the United Kingdom to the United Kingdom.

Caution!

The amount that enters the consulate's account must cover the cost of the procedure, so you must assume all transaction and transfer costs.

Please make sure that your bank transfers the correct amount since there are banks that have hidden charges and if the amount that enters the consulate account is less than the cost of the procedure, it cannot be done until the difference is deposited.

Account details are as follows

Barclays Bank: Embassy of Costa Rica
IBAN: GB16BUKB20691743696988
SWIFT CODE / BIC: BUKBGB22
Bank address: Barclays, Leicester, LE87 2BB
In the reference, you must indicate your full name and the required service


3. Assistance and consular consultations

If you have questions about any service, requirements, procedure or if you are a Costa Rican citizen who requires consular assistance due to being in a vulnerable situation in the United Kingdom, you can call 020 7629 3111- ext 201 or write to the email concr-uk @ rree .go.cr


4. Application for an identity card for the first time

The identity card constitutes the unique citizen identification document, essential to display to carry out any legal or administrative procedure by Costa Ricans over eighteen years of age, which is issued by the Civil Registry of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Costa Rica.

The identity of the person requesting a card for the first time must be corroborated by their parents, grandparents, siblings or by two witnesses, identified with their identity card.

Requirements:
Original birth certificate with no more than three months of issue or, it can be purchased from the following website:
https://www.tse.go.cr/certificaciondigital.html o Juvenile Identity Card (TIM) valid with a maximum 6 months expired, in good condition and legible photocopy of it, in the case of persons over 12 years.
Present yourself with a witness if it is one of the Costa Rican parents, siblings or grandparents or 2 witnesses who know you and attest to your identity.
Original and photocopy on both sides of the identity cards of the Costa Rican witnesses.
Two current 4.5 X 4 cm passport size photographs with a light gray background.
Original and photocopy of the biographical data sheet of the applicant's passport, if they have one.
If the manager is a person over 21 years of age, it is convenient that in the
as far as possible those who sign as witnesses at the time of processing the
management, are direct relatives (father, mother, brother and / or grandfather), however, if you provide two witnesses, the procedure is received normally. These steps must be the object of a careful study so that a statement can be requested from the requesting person, which must be ratified by the person who signed as a witness.


5. Application for renewal (duplicate) of identity card

Requirements:

Two current 4.5 X 4 cm passport size photographs with a light gray background.

Original and photocopy on both sides of the previous identity card.

Birth certificate issued by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica if the applicant does not carry his previous identity card or it is expired.

If the identity card expired in 1995 or before, it is necessary to go to the Consulate with two Costa Rican witnesses, preferably relatives (parents, siblings or grandparents) who must carry their valid identity card (and a photocopy of it on both sides) and present a sworn statement signed in front of the competent consular officer, ratifying the identity of the person requesting the renewal of his identity card. In this case, the interested party must also present an affidavit stating the reasons why they did not renew their document at the time of its expiration and provide, if any, original and photocopy of other identifications that confirm their identity.

* Procedure: Free procedure. The original documents are sent to the Supreme Electoral Court of Costa Rica once a month, the user can assume the payment of a courier service to send them to Costa Rica or from Costa Rica to London if they urgently require their identity card.

Once the identity card is in the custody of the Consulate, the holder will be notified so that he can proceed to withdraw it personally, presenting his expired card. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SEND THEM BY MAIL TO YOUR HOME.

Remember that by virtue of Decree No. 3-2020: identity cards expiring after February 4, 2020 are considered valid until February 6, 2022.


6. Passport for the first time for minors

Cost. $ 150.00 (Includes the cost of shipping from San José to the consular office)

Requirements:

1.Certificate of birth.

2. Both parents must present the Costa Rican identity card, passport if foreigner and sign the passport application form.

7. Passport renewal for minors

Cost. $ 150.00 (Includes the cost of shipping from San José to the consular office)

Requirements:

1.Original and copy of the previous passport.

2. Some of their parents must show up with their Costa Rican identity card, passport if foreigner and sign the passport application form.

8. Passport for the first for adults

Cost. $ 150.00 (Includes the cost of shipping from San José to the consular office)

Requirements:

Original and photocopy on both sides of the Costa Rican identity card, which must be current and in good condition.


9. Renewal of passport for adults

Cost. $ 150.00 (Includes the cost of shipping from San José to the consular office)

Requirements:

Original and photocopy on both sides of the Costa Rican identity card, which must be current and in good condition.

2. Original and photocopy of the data sheet of the previous passport.

In case of theft of the previous passport, you must attach a copy of the police report.
In case of loss, an Affidavit must be attached that must be filed at the Consulate.

* Passport Procedure: It is processed in person and requires a prior appointment at the Consulate as any service. From the date of your appointment, the passport takes approximately 10 days to arrive at the Consulate General in London.

The email from which you requested your appointment will be informed that you can now collect your passport, which can be done on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, you must previously inform the date and time at which will be presented for the retreat. The withdrawal is made personally and you must present your identity card.

You can request shipping by mail but you must first complete and send by email the following signed request and a copy of the shipping guide or "shipping label".

REQUEST TO DELIVER THE PASSPORT BY MAIL

Family Passport

In the event that several passports are processed for the same family (Maximum 5 relatives of the first degree of consanguinity), the cost would be

US $ 58.00 for each passport and
US $ 113.00 for shipping from Costa Rica to the United Kingdom of all passports.

Exceptional passport renewal procedure for residents outside the UK.

Due to travel restrictions and in an extraordinary and exceptional way, the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners can be requested to process passports remotely for adults residing in other countries, with the following procedure:

A sheet is required with the following information
Full name
ID number
Local telephone number of the country, with access to WhatsApp Video Call
Exact address of the house
Email address
A white sheet is required with your signature in the four corners and in the center, equal to your ID and without touching the edges of the sheet.
A legible, color and real-size copy of your ID is required on both sides (if the ID is not valid, the passport cannot be processed).
A legible, color and life-size copy of your old passport is required (in case it is a renewal)
Two passport size photographs with a white background.
You must send all the above information to the Embassy's postal mail, to the following address:
Embassy of Costa Rica
23 Woodstock Street, Mayfair
W1C 2AS, London

You must send this Consulate General by mail or courier, to the address of the Consulate.

Once we receive the documents, we will make the request to the DGME to find out if it authorizes the preparation of the passport remotely. In case it is approved, we will notify you so that you can make the respective payment (according to the indications of Point 2 on this same web page) and once the payment is confirmed, the passport will be made.


10. Permit to leave Costa Rica for minors

Any minor, Costa Rican or foreigner with legal residence in Costa Rica, needs authorization from their parents or legal representatives to be able to leave Costa Rican territory. The exit permit for minors can be managed by one or both parents or the legal representative of the minor, at the Consulate of Costa Rica in the country where they are or reside.

Procedure: This procedure is free, by appointment, providing the requirements indicated below. Once compliance with these requirements has been verified, the documentation is sent by email to the Department of Departure Permits for Minors of the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (DGME), so that the application can be processed, the process is concluded and the temporary exit permit is authorized.

Requirements:
Request form for a temporary permit to leave the country for a minor, duly signed by the parents or by the legal representative. This form is filled out directly at the Consulate.
Original birth certificate with less than one year issued or valid Minors Identity Card (TIM), in good condition and legible photocopy of it, in the case of persons over 12 years of age.
Original and photocopy on both sides of the identity card of the parents, if they are Costa Rican; of the residence card or passport, in the latter case if they are foreigners without residence in the country in which they manage the modification. Any identity document that is presented must be current and in good condition.
Two photography


11. Birth Registration

The declaration of birth is the procedure by which the birth abroad of sons and daughters of Costa Rican citizens is registered in the Civil Registry of Costa Rica.

Procedure: The declaration of birth of Costa Ricans abroad is a free procedure that must be managed by the Costa Rican parent (s) of the person who is underage or of legal age but under 25 years of age (25), born abroad.

Requirements:
Original birth certificate of the person to be registered, duly apostilled.
Official translation of the birth certificate into Spanish.
Apostilles for birth certificates and translations, if they are British documents, can be requested from the following site https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
Original and photocopy of the identity card of both parents.
If the interested party is of legal age, she must appear together with her parents to carry out the procedure, ratifying her will to request the registration of her birth.

Birth registration must be done before 25 years of age. After this, they lose the option to register their child as a Costa Rican and they must first apply for a residence and then become naturalized.


12. Registration of Marriages celebrated abroad

If you got married outside of Costa Rica and need to register it with the Civil Registry, you can register at the Consulate. You must make an appointment at the Consulate by email to concr-uk@rree.go.cr and you must provide the following documents:

Marriage Certificate with Official Translation (in case the original document is not in Spanish)
The document with official translation must be apostilled
You must provide your identity card up to date and in the event that one of the parties is not Costa Rican, you must provide a valid identity document.
The spouses must complete the marriage registration form at the Consulate.
This procedure is free.


13. Request for Criminal Records

If you require a Costa Rican criminal record certificate, you can request at the Consulate that a person of your choice in Costa Rica be provided with your certificate. The interested party must request the document and must authorize a person in Costa Rica to retrieve said document.

There are two methods of applying for a criminal record:

Personal Request

If you reside in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and need to obtain your Criminal Record Certificate, you can do so in person by requesting an appointment at the Consulate at the email concr-uk@rree.go.cr for this purpose.

To your appointment you must bring:

You must bring the completed criminal record request form (Download the form here)
Your identity card, if you are Costa Rican. If you are of another nationality, you must bring all your passports that were valid at the time of your visit to Costa Rica and your current identity document.
Copy of the identification (Identity card or passport) and telephone number of the person in Costa Rica who is expressly authorizing himself to withdraw the criminal record certificate.

The certificate can only be delivered to the person authorized in the Judicial Registry. This procedure is free.

Request by Mail

You must send us the following documents by post to the embassy address:

Complete Criminal Record Request Form (Download the form here)
Your signature on the form must be legalized by a notary public.
In case you are not in the United Kingdom, said form legalized by a notary public must be additionally apostilled.
In case the form or the legalization is in a language other than English or Spanish, it must include an official translation and an apostille of the official translation.
Color photocopy of your identity card, if you are Costa Rican. If you are of another nationality, you must send a color photocopy of your passports that were valid at the time of your visit to Costa Rica and of your current identity document.
Copy of the identification (Identity card or passport) and telephone number of the person in Costa Rica who is expressly authorizing himself to withdraw the certificate of criminal record in Costa Rica.


14. Notarial Procedures

You must start by sending to the email: concr-uk@rree.go.cr

Draft of the deed prepared by a Costa Rican notary public in editable Word format or a simple copy of the document in case of signature authentications.
Copy of the identity card of Costa Ricans or passports of foreigners involved in the legal business.
If you appear on behalf of a commercial company or legal person, you must provide a certification of personality that attests to the capacity of representation.