Costa Rica Tourist Visa for Indian Citizens

If you’re an Indian citizen planning to travel to Costa Rica, you must apply for a tourist visa.

Visa for Costa Rica: Do Indian Citizens Need a Visa to Travel?

The Costa Rica tourist visa processing allows Indian citizens to enter Costa Rica for tourism purposes.

The visa to enter is only valid for a single entry, so you can only enter Costa Rica once.

It’s important to note that the visa must be stamped in the passport within three months of approval. This time limit is a critical factor in effectively planning your trip.

Deadline for entry into Costa Rica: Once stamped in the passport, the visa must be used within sixty days.

Minimum validity of the passport: 180 calendar days.

Maximum stay: up to 30 calendar days, extendable to 90.

How to Apply for a Costa Rica Tourist Visa for Indian Citizens

To apply for a Costa Rica tourist visa, Indian citizens can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Costa Rican embassy’s website: Visit the Costa Rican embassy’s website in India to find out more about the visa application process.

Address: C-6/15 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, 110057, India.
Phone: 91-11-41080810
Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 5 PM
Customer Service: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  1. Submit your application: You can submit your visa application form online or at the Costa Rican embassy in India.
  2. Pay the visa fee: Indian citizens currently pay a $30 visa fee.
  3. Submit your documents: Submit the required documents, including your passport, return ticket, proof of financial means, letter of invitation, health insurance, police clearance certificate, and passport-sized photographs.
  4. Wait for approval: Wait for your visa application to be approved. The processing time for a Costa Rica tourist visa is typically 3-5 business days.
  5. Receive your visa: Once your visa application is approved, you’ll receive your visa in your passport.

Costa Rica visa requirements: Tourist Visa for Indian Citizens

The following documents are required for a Costa Rica tourist visa for Indian citizens:

  1. Passport: Your Indian passport must be valid for at least six months from your arrival in Costa Rica.
  2. Return ticket: A return ticket or a ticket to your next destination.
  3. Proof of financial means: To cover your expenses during your stay in Costa Rica, such as a bank statement or a letter from your bank.
  4. Letter of invitation: If you’re staying with friends or family in Costa Rica, you’ll need to provide a letter of invitation from them.
  5. Health insurance: Health insurance that covers your entire stay in Costa Rica.
  6. Police clearance certificate: A police clearance certificate from your local police station.
  7. Passport-sized photographs: Two recent passport-sized photographs.


If you meet any of the exceptions listed below, you will be able to dispense with consular visas to enter Costa Rican territory:

  1. Entry with visas and residences of the United States of America and Canada. Nationals of countries with consular or restricted visa requirements that have visas or residences that allow multiple entries in any category, including the category of refugee and asylum and visa type D and C1/D exclusively, with a minimum validity of 1 calendar day in the United States of America and Canada may waive visas to enter Costa Rica. The term of 1 calendar day must be counted from the day you intend to enter Costa Rica. The United States of America visas C1, C2, and C3 correspond to transit visas and will not be accepted.
  2. Entry with residences from Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and the countries of the European Union.

III. Entry with visa categories “C” and “D” of the Schengen Area*.
*The countries that form the Schengen Area are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free visa application process for your trip to Costa Rica.

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