On Monday, July 4, 2022, the Regulation to Law 10008, named “Law to Attract Remote Workers and Providers of International Services,” was signed as the Law of Digital Nomads. With the regulation already in force, the requisites to apply as digital nomads are established. These regulations seek the economic reactivation of the country and encourage foreign workers to work remotely in Costa Rica while enjoying the tourist attractions.

This regulation allows foreign workers (digital nomads) not to face a tedious procedure before the General Direction of Migration and Immigration, the public institution in charge of processing the applications of digital nomads who want to work in our country.

Articles 2 and 4 of said Regulation are relevant because they establish a new migratory category for digital nomads, called “Worker or Remote Service Provider.” The digital nomad is the foreign person who “provides remunerated services remotely, in a subordinate manner or not, using a computer, telecommunications or similar means, in favor of a natural person or legal entity who is abroad, for which he receives a payment or remuneration from abroad for a minimum amount of three thousand US dollars per month ($3,000.00) and in case of requesting legal stay for their dependents of four thousand dollars per month ($4,000.00) (…).”

Digital nomads will have tax benefits such as exemption from payment of import taxes on personal computer equipment or total exemption from tax on utilities related to the income they receive from abroad.

Essential requirements to fulfill as a digital nomad is in articles 5, 7, and 8 of the Regulation, among them:

  • Proof of payment of one hundred dollars (USD$100) in favor of the Costa Rican government.
  • Images of the valid passport pages of the foreign person showing his/her photograph, personal data, and entry stamp to Costa Rica if the person has already entered the country.
  • Bank account statements accompanied by an affidavit stating that the financial statements were requested and obtained from the corresponding banking entity and indicating that the person has received an income from abroad for a minimum amount of three thousand dollars monthly during the last year ($3,000.00) or in case of requesting legal permanence for their dependents of four thousand dollars monthly in the previous year ($4,000.00).
  • Every foreign document that is provided must have an official translation into Spanish, made by a Notary Public or official Costa Rican translator.

Finally, when the migratory condition is granted, the foreign person will be able to enter Costa Rica and have three months to attend a face-to-face appointment where the photograph of the corresponding migratory document will be taken. For this appointment, the person shall provide:

  • Proof of payment of the $100 in favor of the Costa Rican government.
  • Proof of payment of $90 for the issuance of the immigration document.
  • A valid passport and in good condition.
  • Medical Services Policy covers the applicant and his dependents for the entire period of stay in the country for at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).