Costa Rica: Temporary measures for the provision of Immigration services



On May 14, 2020, Immigration informed about the extension of the measures for the services provided in its offices.

The following measures are the most important:

  1. New applications for legal permanence (residency application, short term visa, special category) will be received as of July 18, 2020.
  2. The validity of the birth certificate, police record, and marriage certificate, is extended until September 18, 2020.
  3. The validity of the ID residency card of permanent residents will be extended until September 30, 2020.
  4. The ID residency card for the temporary residency and special categories, that have expired after December 18, 2019, will be extended until September 30, 2020.
  5. The ID cards for short term visas that have expired after March 17, 2020, are extended until August 18, 2020. Those foreigners whose short term visa expired before March 17, 2020, and who have not requested the renewal or category change, must leave the country.
  6. The legal permanence term for foreigners under the tourism category, who entered after December 17, 2019, will be extended until August 18, 2020.
  7. Appointments for the documentation process for the first time and renewal of ID cards (except for the first time of the short term visa) will be granted at the offices of the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) or the Costa Rican Post Office.
  8. The duly notified resolution where they are granted the category for short term visa for the first time will be the document that proves their legal stay in the country.

We appreciate your continuing to be aware of our regular communications, with updated information that is relevant to our clients.

The Employment & Labor and Immigration practice of Dentons Muñoz Costa Rica offers legal advice relating to:

  • Legislation review to determine the temporary measures for the provision of services provided by Immigration due to COVID-19.
  • Drafting of legal opinions on immigration topics.
  • Practical and strategic tips to prevent future legal issues.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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