US citizens must have a valid passport with at least 1 blank visa page to enter Costa Rica, no visa is required. Costa Rican authorities are permitted to require proof of the following items upon arrival, however this is unlikely to be requested:
· Round-trip ticket or proof of onward travel to another country.
· Financial ability: proof that you have $100/month to cover expenses while in Costa Rica.
· Proof of valid yellow fever vaccination prior to entry.
Costa Rican authorities may permit US citizen tourists to stay up to ninety (90) days, but may grant shorter validities on a case by case basis. To extend the period you are given, you must submit an application for an extension to the Office of Temporary Permits in the Costa Rican Department of Immigration. Extension requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
There is a $29 fee that must be paid to leave Costa Rica.
Your nationality, purpose of visit, length of visit, and number of desired entries effect whether or not you need a visa to this country. Swift does not store all possible combinations of passport and visa requirements, but we are happy to research whether or not you need a visa and what the requirements are if you do need a visa. We do this by visiting a consulate website, going to the actual consulate, or calling the consulate for more information. If you would like us to research visa requirements for you, please fill out the Research Request Form, and a Swift representative will contact you within 24-48 hours with an answer to your inquiry. If at all possible, we will get back to you in the same day. Research requests are $15/request.
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