First of all, you should know that Costa Rica distinguishes 4 country categories. This is important, because you will apply for your Visa in your home country, but will continue the
application and get the Visa in Costa Rica. So you need to know if you need a provisional Visa to enter the country. After you identify to which group your country belongs, you can go
on with the application process:
First Group (can stay up to 90 days)
Nationals of countries that are authorized to enter Costa Rica, without a consular Visa:
European Union/ EFTA, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vatican City, Uruguay.
Second Group (can stay up to 30 days, which can be extended for up to 90 days)
Nationals of countries that are authorized to stay for a limited time and do not need a Visa to enter Costa Rica:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau,
Philippines, Russia, St. Kitss& Nevis, Sta. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Vanuatu,
Third Group (for stays up to 30 days)
Nationals of the countries listed in this group are authorized the entry to Costa Rica, with Consular Visa, and for a maximum stay of up to 30 days. The Consular Visa must be requested
at the Consulate of the applicant's home/residence country:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron,
Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Cote dIvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea,
Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar,
Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Republic of
Congo, Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sahrawi Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo,
Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Nationals of consulted and restricted Visa:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Myanmar, Palestine, Peoples Republic of China
First of all, you will need to go to the Costa Rican Mission nearest to you to begin your Visa process. You should always talk to them to confirm the details and what type of Visa
you should apply for. The procedure to make the visa application is the following:
- Once the Consulate has received the letter from the organisation you are volunteering with, you will have to request an appointment to the Consulate.
- The day of the appointment, you must present the following documents to the consular officer:
- Birth Certificate and Criminal Record Check, which have to be legalized.
- Passport with a minimum validity of six months. (Copy of all pages of the passport.)
- One (1) passport photo.
- Proof of income to cover expenses during the stay in the country.
- Proof of deposit of corresponding consular fees for a total of US$112.00 (US$40.00 each document; US$30.00 for the Visa consular fee; and US$2.00 for the tax meter
machine maintenance consular fee).
- You will complete the Visa Request Form at the Consulate.
- The birth certificate and the criminal record check will be legalized and given back to you.
- You will take both documents to Costa Rica, to finish the procedure to have a permit as a volunteer in Costa Rica, once you're in the country. Make sure to talk to them
about where you should go and all other further steps.
Documents issued in other language than Spanish must be translated by an official translator, to be valid in Costa Rica. The list of official translators is available at the
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica.