Costa Rica Travel and Visa Requirements for Nigerian Citizens

Travel and Visa Requirements for Nigerian Citizens Travelling to Costa Rica

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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a population of 4.906 million people, and it is known for its beaches, volcanoes and biodiversity, it is also known for its rainforests and wildlife including the infamous spider monkey.

General Requirements for Costa Rica Visa
  • A Nigerian passport, valid for at least six months beyond the expected date of entry into Costa Rica.
  • Duly completed and signed application form.
  • If the applicant is a minor, the parents/legal guardians have to sign the form.
  • A passport photograph taken in white background. Three (3) identical photographs must be submitted. They should be 3 x 3 cm in width and height.
  • Travel document.
  • Proof of financial standing (recent bank statements). 
  • Documentation showing applicants ties to home country, e.g. verification from applicant’s employer.
  • Medical Insurance.
  • Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.
  • Some embassies/consulates may also request a criminal record certificate and medical report.
Types of Costa Rica Visa

Costa Rica Business visa


Processing Time 3 - 5 working days

Duration of Stay 90 days

Visa Fee $20.00


Eligibility

  • Business travelers to Costa Rica must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond their expected stay and a round-trip or onward ticket.
  • The Costa Rica visa application form can be issued by the Costa Rica Consulate or downloaded online from their website at http://www.migracion.go.cr/.
  • Business travelers will enjoy the advanced telecommunications system, modern infrastructure and excellent array of hotels and restaurants while traveling in Costa Rica.
  • If your visa is denied, you will have to wait a minimum of six months to apply again.
  •  There is a departure tax for short-term visitors, which is typically included in the cost of a traveler’s airfare.
  • Tourists who stay beyond the designated exit date may experience a delay at the airport when departing and will have to pay a fine.  Individuals with prior overstays may further be denied entry to Costa Rica.
  • You may be asked details of the Costa Rican company you will be visiting and your relationship with them. You should also present documents that show they are expecting you.
  • Evidence of a valid yellow fever vaccination is a MUST!
  • For a stay of more than 90 days a residence permit must be established.
  • This can be applied for and obtained at the General Directorate of Immigration and Immigration in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Tourist visa


Processing Time 3 - 5 working days

Duration of Stay 90 days

Visa Fee $20.00


Eligibility

  • Though some nationals may not, but Nigerians need a visa to travel to Costa Rica.
  • All visitors to Costa Rica must carry a valid passport which must be valid for at least six months beyond the expected date of entry into Costa Rica.
  • Visa requirements are based on international agreements or treaties. However,  the visa does not guarantee entry to Costa Rica. Whether or not you will be allowed to enter Costa Rica depends on the immigration officer upon arrival.
  • Anybody travelling to Costa Rica from sub-Saharan Africa will need to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Nigeria is one of the countries considered at risk.
  • Immigration officials may deny you entry if your passport is damaged so always take note of this.
  •  Be sure to leave Costa Rica at your expected date of departure. Immigration authorities may impose a fine on foreigners who overstay their visas. Even a short overstay may result in significant delays, deportation, and/or denial of entry to Costa Rica in the future.
  • All children born in Costa Rica acquire Costa Rican citizenship at birth. They must have an exit permit issued by immigration authorities in order to depart the country. Non-Costa Rican minors who are ordinarily resident in Costa Rica may also be subject to this requirement and this is strictly enforced.
  • It is not yet known if there are any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors coming to Costa Rica.
  • Intending visitors to Costa Rica need to be reminded that the country is in an active earthquake and volcanic zone. Following significant earthquakes, tsunamis may also occur.
  • Tourist visas are usually not extended except under special circumstances, and extension requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Costa Rica Visa Application Centres & Embassies in Nigeria
Costa Rica

Costa Rica currently does not maintain an embassy in Nigeria. Visa applicants are advised to make use of consulates in neighboring countries for their applications.

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