Tourists, Visitors and Non-Citizens

Last Updated on 10 March 2021



  1. Entry Costa Rica requirements during COVID 19
  2. Tourism Extension
  3. Visas
  4. Residences and special categories
  5. Yellow Fever Vaccine requirement
  6. Requirements for importing
    pets: cats and dogs

1. Entry Costa Rica during COVID 19 Pandemic:

Air and marine entry to Costa Rica has been opened for all countries.

The country is allowing entry at land border crossings by tourists from groups one and two in the general guidelines for entry visas  and stays by non-residents, who do not require a visa (See No.3). Those belonging to nationalities in groups three and four, who do require a visa to enter the country, may enter Costa Rica by land once the Costa Rican consulates begin handling applications at a date to be determined. Meanwhile, nationals of these countries can opt for air or marine entry.

International arrivals by air are only possible on international private or commercial flights landing in Juan Santamaría International Airport or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport.

Marine entry may be done by yachts or sailboats, exclusively at the marinas of Golfito, Los Sueños, Pez Vela, Banana Bar and Papagayo.

Tourists must comply with all applicable visa requirements as well as all requirements put in place during the pandemic.

In addition to the visa, to visit Costa Rica people must meet the following requirements:

Ticket of continuity of trip or return to the country of origin.

Demonstration of economic solvency, which corresponds to US $ 100.00 for each month of tourism.

Passport in good condition. The minimum validity of the passports will correspond to the group in which the foreign person is located, according to the Entry Guideline to Costa Rica:

For nationals located in the First Group, up to 1 day.
For nationals located in the Second Group, mandatory validity of 3 months.
For nationals of the Third and Fourth Group, mandatory validity of 6 months.

The Costa Rican Government is not requiring coronavirus tests as a requirement to enter the country by land crossings or by air, nor has it issued quarantine orders for those entering the country by air or land.

Those entering by sea who have not made stops elsewhere are likewise not required to undergo quarantine, provided that they have been at sea for over 14 days.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to comply with the applicable public health protocols for all tourism activities in the country.

Entry Requirements COVID-19

Please do not forget to fill the health pass at

2. Tourism Extension

The foreign person authorized to enter the country and remain in the under the Tourist Immigration Subcategory for a period of less than ninety days, may request an extension of tourism.


3. Visas 

The visa constitutes an authorization to enter a country. In the case of Costa Rica, there is a regulation called Entry Visa Guidelines, which establishes, depending on the country, that is, nationality, what type of visa the person must apply for. So before choosing a visa it is important that you review the guideline.

British citizens or residents of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who have their residence card valid for no less than 6 months from the date they intend to enter Costa Rica do not require a visa. (See exception No.2).


Once all the requirements have been delivered, the Consul, has 30 calendar days to resolve the request for visa.

Once all the requirements have been completed, the Consul will will indicate to the interested person, date and time in which you will be informed of the resolution.
If the Consul has any questions about the documents presented, he may request a clarification, also may request a personal interview with the person

The visa must be used within a period of sixty days, from the respective notification to the applicant or his representative, and is valid to enter the country for one time only.

For more information on types of visas and specific requirements you can enter the website:

4. Residences and special categories 

Immigration regularization

Foreigners who wish to stay in Costa Rica must apply for an immigration category and submit the requirements as required.

This is not a consular procedure and is handled by the Immigration Section.

Users who need to open a file to regularize their immigration status, will be able to do so from the tramiteya website. However, in this zero phase they can only use this platform for applications of:

* Permanent resident bond with Costa Rican.
* Permanent resident for 3 years of temporary residence.
* Temporary resident spouse of Costa Rican.
* Temporary workers.
* Worker for specific occupation.
* Domestic employee.
* Volunteer.
* Special Category link with Costa Rican.
* Special Category link with permanent resident.

For more information about this Digital Migration Platform go to:

Migración-Digital (

For more information about the types of residences and special categories go to:

5. Yellow fever vaccine 

The place of origin will determine if you require the International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. If you are traveling from the United Kingdom and in the last six days you have not been in geographical areas considered at risk, you do not require the certificate.

Guideline with the list of countries for which the certificate is required.


In all that corresponds to this requirement, you must abide by the provisions of the Regulations on the International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever that you can observe from:

6. Requirements for importing pets: Cats and Dogs

These requirements are applied to the dogs and cats which are imported as pets or for breeding purposes.