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18 hours lay over?

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) issued a publication in their FB page stating that foreign nationals coming to Costa Rica from authorized countries or states (in the case they are coming from the US)

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) issued a publication in their FB page stating that foreign nationals coming to Costa Rica from authorized countries or states (in the case they are coming from the US) can have lay overs not exceeding 18 hours in an non authorized country or state. The trip must start in one of the authorized states or countries, however, layovers in non-authorized places will be allowed as long as the visitor does not depart the airport and the layover does not exceed 18 hours.

This is good news as it allows more options for people to arrive to the country, contrary to the previous disposition under which people could only arrive by flying in directly from authorized States and countries.

At the moment, neither the Immigration Department (the agency in charge of deciding who comes in and who does not) nor the ICT have issued an official memorandum or decree making this announcement official. We urge people to exercise caution as there is no official confirmation on this matter. Please note that the CR Government does not have a proven record of being consistent with the communications or the implementation of policies.

 

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    Gerry September 12, 2020

    If it ever gets published officially, this is a huge step forward for us “perpetual tourists” that used to make the 90 day visa run to Panama, and return to Costa Rica the same day. I haven’t seen any official information yet that covers a one-day turnaround for perpetual tourists.

    • Rafael Valverde
      Rafael Valverde September 23, 2020

      Gerry,

      Under current regulations and conditions, it is not possible to ascertain how people can do the “border runs”.

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