Costa Rica: Reduced Period of Stay for Select Visa-Exempt Nationals 

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points   

  • Costa Rica reduced the period of stay for visa-exempt nationals traveling for the purpose of business or tourism  


The government of Costa Rica introduced a resolution that will reduce the maximum period of stay to 30 days per visit for visa-exempt tourists and business visitors. Eligible visa-exempt nationals will now need to apply for a visa extension if they seek to remain in Costa Rica for over 30 days. The government also expanded the list of visa-exempt nationals.   

What are the Changes?   

The government of Costa Rica reduced the maximum period of stay for visa-exempt nationals to a period of 30 days. Previously, visa-exempt nationals were permitted to stay a maximum of 90 days.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Costa Rica's website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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