Costa Rica News – For all of you that traveled to Costa Rica a few years back and looked up the entry requirements to Costa Rica you might want to make sure they are the same as when you came. The last thing you want is to get in the airport in the USA and be told you do not have what you need.
Things change. It’s a fact. Though in Costa Rica it’s more than a fact, it’s a never-ending nuisance! Several times since March 2010 the entry requirements have changed. Make sure you know what you need before showing up at the airport, or worse being sent home after arriving at the Costa Rican airport. A good reference for up to date info is the ICT, Costa Rica’s board of Tourism.
You must have an onward travel ticket. This must be a bus ticket with an international company or a plane or cruise ticket. They used to never ask but now they almost always do. Sometimes they even call to confirm it is a real ticket.
Depending on your country of origin you will need a passport that is valid for another 3-6 months. The passport must be in good condition- not water damaged, bent, or ripped.
Travelers from North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are granted automatic visas. Those from other countries must check with their consulates. All travelers must be able to show that they have $100 per month they will be in the country.
There is a departure tax of $28 to leave through an airport. You must leave before your visa expires or you will be charged $100 and not be able to return for three times as long as your overstay.
By Kerry La