Review of the March 2nd Deadline for Tourist Visa Extensions
There have not been changes regarding the March 2nd, 2021, deadline for the tourist visas extension. In an effort to clarify questions related to the extension we have compiled this review.If You Have Benefited From
There have not been changes regarding the March 2nd, 2021, deadline for the tourist visas extension. In an effort to clarify questions related to the extension we have compiled this review.
If You Have Benefited From The March 2 Extension:
You cannot extend your stay further as you have already benefited from extensions.
You must complete a “border run” by leaving the country and returning. At this time the land borders are still closed so you must leave by air. Please note you will need to meet all the entry requirements listed below when you return:
Provide proof of a round-trip ticket leaving Costa Rica within 90 days.
Complete the Health Pass. The link for the Health Pass can be found here. The Health Pass must be completed 48 hours prior to entering the country.
Insurance that covers hospitalization and accommodation in case you require quarantine due to COVID19. Insurance offered by the National Insurance Institute (INS) and Sagicor complies with these exigencies. The lodging exceptions mentioned in the section Insurance Matters in this article will apply. The insurance should cover you for the duration of your stay. The way this is currently calculated is by using the date of your round-trip ticket or reservation.
Tourists Who Have Entered The Country From December 01, 2020 Onwards:
You are allowed to stay depending on the number of days that were stamped on your passport when you entered the country and based on the length of insurance.
You can request an extension for your stay but only if you received a stamp for less than 90 days.
You can request an appointment to extend the tourist entry stamp by calling 1311 using a Kolbi line (in Costa Rica there are various phone providers, including Claro, Movistar, and Kolbi. Only Kolbi lines can be used to call 1311) or by going online to migracion.go.cr where the person registers and requests an appointment in the following: Crear Cita – Tipo de Cita – Visa/Trámite General – Visas
People Who Want To Apply For Residency:
Those who have an appointment for their application for residency or other immigration categories are allowed to stay in the country until the date of appointment and should keep the digital receipt to present to Immigration if stopped.
Remember that people with application in progress, meaning people whose Residency requests have been filed at the Immigration Department and have an expediente number, are not required to depart. For Immigration purposes, you can legally stay in the country during the analysis period of your process.
However, if you do need to drive, then you need a valid entry stamp and it will be necessary to leave the country and return. At the moment MOPT (Ministry of Public Works and Transport) hasn’t confirmed any extension for foreigners’ driver’s license. Since the DGME (Immigration Department) and MOPT are different governmental entities, their decisions are not unified.