Immigration

Travel Restrictions lifted for Residents

  • Residents are allowed to travel abroad and return effective August 2nd.
  • According to the regulations issued by the DGME, the restrictions for foreign residents will expire on August 1st. 
  • There has not been an updated version of the restrictions issued by the DGME.

This is a developing story. Please read this with caution as conditions may change.

The DGME (Immigration Department) issued an initial travel restriction in March under which (among many other things) foreign nationals with valid immigration status (including permanent residents, temporary residents, and other categories) are not allowed to reenter the country if they leave during the travel restriction.

The initial travel restriction was set to expire on June 15th at 11:59 PM. The restriction was later extended to June 30, and it was extended a third time until August 1st at 11:59 PM. 

These travel restrictions for foreign residents in Costa Rica are not to be confused with the travel restrictions for tourists. Recently, the Department of Tourism (ICT) announced the measures allowing foreign tourist to arrive to Costa Rica. Only nationals from a few countries will be allowed to arrive. While the Foreign Relations Department has issued a memorandum with “Questions and Answers” for arriving to Costa Rica, it does not supersede any of the regulations or restrictions established by the DGME by decree (this is a matter of hierarchy of the laws)

Regarding the residents, as of today, the DGME has not issued any other extension of the travel restrictions for residents, which means that starting tomorrow August 2nd, foreign nationals with immigration status in Costa Rica (residents and other categories) are allowed to return to Costa Rica if they travel abroad.

Due to both the expiration of the travel restrictions for residents and the lifting of restrictions for air travel to some nationalities, we expected the DGME to issue an updated decree to provide certainty and clarity to both residents and tourists, but that has not been the case. However, as Pura Vida goes, the DGME may issue a document within the next few days or weeks.

So, keep yourself informed.

 

 

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    Walter Freeman
    August 2, 2020 at 2:04 am — Reply

    Would the following edits [ ] be correct and improve clarity? Regarding the residents, as of today, the DGME has not issued any other extension of the travel restrictions for residents, which means that starting tomorrow August 2nd, [all] foreign nationals with [any] immigration status in Costa Rica (residents and other categories) are allowed to return to Costa Rica [from any point of origin] if they travel abroad.

    • rafavalverde
      August 3, 2020 at 1:18 pm — Reply

      Walter,

      This information has been updated since the DGME issued a decree regarding these matters.

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