COSTA RICA - VISA
VISA IN COSTA RICA
Many nations, including European citizens, are entitled to travel to Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa. It is recommended for students studying in Costa Rica for one semester as it might take longer than 6 months to finalize the student visa procedure in Costa Rica.
The requirements and length of the tourist visa waiver depend on your nationality. For European citizens, a 90-days stay is being issued at any migratory post when entering the country, no previous requirement is needed. However, the immigration officer, upon arrival, will have the last word on the length of your tourist visa waiver. Because of this, please be polite to all officers when arriving in Costa Rica.
At the end of 90 days, you must do e.g. a visa run and leave the country. Upon returning to Costa Rica, the permit will be renewed automatically for 90 more days. ULACIT is organizing tours that enable students to renew their visas on time. Students can also travel independently. For example, Panama, Nicaragua, and Mexico have been common countries to visit while getting the visa renewal.
A student visa is recommended for students staying in Costa Rica for more than one semester. The procedure includes various steps and will challenge your patience. However, the study year in Costa Rica is worth the effort. You can find detailed information about the student visa application process in our Student Guide.