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Costa Rica
06 Dec 2022
Zambia citizenship
Visa
Visa Visa required
Useful information
Car traffic
Car traffic Right-hand
Currency
Currency Costa Rican colon (CRC)
Language
Language Spanish
Phone code
Phone code +506
Covid There are no COVID restrictions
Health Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required
Insurance policy Insurance policy is required

Entry rules

Who needs a tourist visa to Costa Rica?
Before applying for a visa to Costa Rica, it is important to determine whether you need to apply for a visa at all. This will depend on your country of origin.


    Citizens holding a passport from one of the following countries do not need to apply for a tourist visa to Costa Rica:

    • Schengen countries such as Switzerland, Iceland, etc.
    • Canada
    • States of the European Union
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • United States of America

    You can check on the website of the Costa Rican Embassy to see if you need an entry visa to Costa Rica.

    Important note: If you are eligible for visa-free entry, your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months after the date of entry.


    What are the requirements for a tourist visa to Costa Rica?
    After you have determined whether you need a visa to Costa Rica, the next important step is to collect all the necessary documents. It is important to gather all the documents before you start the application process:

      • Application form
      • Copies of all pages of your valid passport (your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months from the date of entry into the country)
      • Two passport photos
      • Certificate of no criminal record issued within the last 6 months
      • Booking a ticket for the return flight (it is recommended not to pay for the air ticket before your visa is approved)
      • Proof of financial solvency (this can be bank statements for the last 3 months, a letter from the employer or proof of ownership)
      • Travel insurance (optional)
      • Certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination (only if you are traveling from a country that is a high risk area for yellow fever): Beginning July 30, 2007, all travelers from the following countries must have a certificate of yellow fever vaccination before being allowed to enter Costa Rica: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the Republic of Guyana.
      • Proof of visa or permanent residence permit (if you are a permanent resident of a country that requires a visa to Costa Rica)

      How long is a tourist visa to Costa Rica valid for?
      Your country of origin determines the number of days available to stay in Costa Rica as a tourist. Even with a 90-day tourist visa, the migration service determines the length of your stay according to your passport.


      How to apply for a tourist visa to Costa Rica?
      1. Gather all the necessary documents
      2. Fill out the application form
      3. Schedule a visa appointment
      4. Attend a visa appointment
      5. Wait for your visa to be processed
      6. Get your approved Costa Rica tourist visa


      When entering Costa Rica, you need a return airline ticket. The immigration officer will ask for it upon your arrival. It is advisable to make a photocopy or take a photo of your passport with the entry stamp to have it with you for the entire duration of your stay in the country.
      All non-resident travelers must have a return ticket as proof that they intend to leave the country.

      No further ticket is required for non-residents who:
      • Traveling on a one-way ticket
      • Enter the country with a return ticket dated more than 90 days after arrival
      • They fly to Costa Rica and depart from another country.

      According to the law, a subsequent ticket includes any of the following on approved commercial vehicles:
      • Pre-purchased bus ticket from the country
      • Pre-purchased flight from the country
      • Confirmation of passage on a cruise ship

      Transit

      Entry with pets

      Customs regulations

      Emergency contact

      Embassy contacts

      Entering Costa Rica as Zambian Citizen