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Extension of Entry Stamps

People who enter the country as tourists and receive an entry stamp of fewer than 90 days and wish to extend their stay to complete a total of 90 days, must: Request an appointment to

People who enter the country as tourists and receive an entry stamp of fewer than 90 days and wish to extend their stay to complete a total of 90 days, must:

  • 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 – Visas Prórroga de Turismo click on Visas, Sede Uruca. Appointments are not required for Ciudad Queada (Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm), Liberia (Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm), Limon (Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm), Paso Canoas (Monday thru Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) or Puntarenas (Monday thru Friday from 8:20 am to 9:00 am).

On the day of your appointment, you will be expected to carry with you:

    • Letter with the applicant’s name, passport number, explaining why the entry stamp shall be extended, the reasons why you wish to stay up to 90 days including an address where you are currently staying, and means of notification (email, phone, etc.)
    • Original and valid passport as well as copies of every single page of the passport
    • Two recent passport size photographs
    • Demonstrate that you have the means to support yourself. Per local Immigration Law, you must prove that you have at least $100 per month. You can carry with you bank statements for the past 3 months, duly translated by a translator recognized by the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • Payment of government fee of $100 that must be deposited in your name to account number 242480-0 Banco de Costa Rica.
    • Payment of $1 that must be deposited in your name to account number 242480-0 Banco de Costa Rica to meet with the requirement of the tax request, in Spanish: Timbre 125 fiscal y reintegro por ¢ 2,50 colones por cada uno de los folios.
    • Insurance that covers you until the day of departure from Costa Rica. The insurance must meet the requirements established below under Insurance Matters.

 

  • This process must be completed before the days originally granted, expire. So, for example, if you arrived on June 01, 2021, and received a 20-day entry stamp, you must complete the aforementioned process before the 20 days run out. If you are already in irregular status, your entry stamp cannot be extended.

 

  • All of these requirements are presented per person. One appointment is requested per person.

 

  • The entry stamps will be extended to complete a total of 90 days, not for an additional 90 days. So, for example, if you entered the country and receive a 10-day entry stamp, you can follow this process before these 10 days expire to receive an additional 80 days, for a grand total of 90. If you already enjoyed a 90-day entry stamp, this process is not for you. The maximum permitted stay allowed by our Immigration Law is 90 days. You cannot extend past 90 days.

 

  • If you do not extend your entry stamp or if you overstay, please be advised that you would be in violation of local immigration law. If by any chance, you are caught by the Immigration Police or any Authority that identifies your irregular status, you could face deportation proceedings. Furthermore, while the fines and penalties for overstaying are currently suspended due to COVID (as you can read here), when reinstated (which could be any day), they will be retroactive. Furthermore, if caught driving without a valid foreign drivers’ license and a valid entry stamp, your plates could be taken, a fine could be imposed and you will be referred to the Immigration Police.

Insurance Matters

Per ICT’s confirmation, if a foreign national will enter the country with international insurance, it is essential that sufficient documentation is provided (in English or Spanish) to ensure that the policy guarantees:

  1. Coverage for medical expenses in case of contracting COVID19. The insurance policy shall cover you for at least $50,000 USD in medical expenses.

  2. A minimum coverage of $2,000 USD for lodging.

Alternatively, the INS or Sagicor insurance can be purchased. If you purchase any of the local insurances, the minimum coverage is of $20,000 USD.

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