Warning Regarding the Insurance and Permitted Stay
Back in September of 2020 Immigration issued Resolution N° DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM which stated that tourists (non-Residents, meaning anyone who does not hold a DIMEX card in their hands) who enter the country between December 18th, 2019
Back in September of 2020 Immigration issued Resolution N° DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM which stated that tourists (non-Residents, meaning anyone who does not hold a DIMEX card in their hands) who enter the country between December 18th, 2019 and until November 30th, 2020 will be allowed to legally remain in Costa Rica until March 2nd, 2021. Per this Resolution, this is an automatic extension.
This Resolution also makes it clear that tourists who enter Costa Rica starting December 1st, 2020 will not be covered by the automatic extension and these visitors will need to depart the country depending on the tourist days granted at the port of entry.
Per Circular AJ-1861-10-2020-ABM, the permitted stay, meaning the tourist days to be granted, will depend on the insurance. Hence, if you purchase insurance for 2 days, your permitted stay in the country will be for 2 days only. This rule is applying from December 1st, 2020 onwards so please plan ahead.
Requesting an extension of a tourist entry stamp (which can never exceed 90 days) entails scheduling an appointment at the Immigration Department and filing a number of documents as you can review here.
Therefore, if you intend on entering the country after December 2020 to stay for 90 days, make sure you purchase insurance that covers you for these 90 days to avoid additional in-country steps.
Remember that overstaying an entry visa is a violation of local Immigration Law. Whilst fines and penalties for overstaying are currently suspended, if caught by Immigration during the days you overstay, you could be faced with deportation proceedings. You can read about the fines, which will be retroactive once reinstated, here.