Embassies and Visas in Costa Rica

Costa Rica embassy

Planning on travelling to Costa Rica? Read this important Costa Rica visa and embassy advice before you go!

On entering Costa Rica it is necessary to display a valid passport and an onward or return ticket. US and Canadian citizens who were not required to show a passport will be required to do so as of 2007.

Visa Requirements in Costa Rica

The following countries do not require a visa for the first 90 days spent in Costa Rica:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay.

The following countries do not require a visa for a stay of up to 30 days in Costa Rica:

Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominica, France, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Russia, St Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela.

It is necessary to apply for a visa from the Costa Rican embassy or consulate if you are from: Ecuador, Peru or Nicaragua.

Visitors wishing to prolong their stay must apply to the Migration Office in San José. This can be a long, drawn out process which may take weeks. If you leave and re-enter after 72 hours, you can stay for another 90 or 30 days respectively.

Visa requirements are subject to change and it is always worth checking the Costa Rican embassy website at www.costarica-embassy.org

British Embassy in Costa Rica


PO BOX 815-1007, Centro Colón, San José Costa Rica

Mon-Thurs 8-12/ 12.30-4pm

+(506) 258 2025/ 24hr emergency pager (leave message) +(506) 225 4049

Costa Rican Embassy in Britain

Flat 1, 14 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LH

(+44) (0)207 706 8844

US Embassy in Costa Rica


Calle 120, Avenida 0. Pavas, San José Costa Rica

Mon-Fri 8-4.30pm

+(506) 519 2000

Costa Rican Embassy in US

2114 S Street, NW, 280008 Washington, District of Colombia, USA

+1 202 234 2945

Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica


La Sabana Executive Business Centre, Building 5, 3rd Floor

Apartado Postal 351-1007, Centro Colón, San José Costa Rica

Mon-Thurs 7.30-4pm, Fri 7.30-1pm

+(506) 242 4400

Costa Rican Embassy in Canada

325 Dalhouise Street, Suite 407, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7G2

(613) 562 2855

Australian Embassy in Costa Rica

The Canadian Embassy also provides consular advice to Australians

Costa Rican Embassy in Australia

11th Floor, De la Sala House, 30 Clarence Street, Sydney New South Wales 2000

PO BOX 2513, Sydney, NSW 2001.

02 9261 1177

South African Embassy in Costa Rica

Estación Ferrocarril al Pacífico, 150metres north of the main entrance, between Calle 16 and Calle 18, San José Costa Rica

PO BOX 28161000 San José

+(506) 222 1470

Costa Rican Embassy in South Africa

56 Dennis Road, Blandford Ridge, PO bOX 68140, Sandton, Johannesburg

+27 117 053 434

*** Please note that New Zealand and Ireland do not have Embassies in Costa Rica ***