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Do Not Overstay Your Costa Rica Visa

November 1st 2018, Costa Rica will be enforcing  (Article 33) of Immigration Law (Ley General de Migración y Extranjeria No. 8764).

The article states that foreigners will pay $100.00/month for each month of their overstayed visa. This will be retroactive back to March 1st, 2010. If you desire to read the exact wording from the Immigration website, go here: click here

Are you affected by this? Yes…

  • If you have an expired tourist visa
  • If you have an expired permanent residence status (con estancia)
  • If you have an expired temporary residence status (en tránsito)

If you have any questions regarding your legal status in the country, feel free to contact us.

If you would like our assistance with applying for Costa Rica residency, please fill out our Free Residency Assessment Form.

When Do You Pay?

You will have to pay the late fees at the moment you try to leave the country.


If you enter Costa Rica on January 1 and are granted a 30-day visa, you are expected to leave the country on January 30th. If you stay in the country until March 1st or more,  you will be charged $100.00 for each month of overstay at the time of your exit.

What If You Don’t Pay The Fines?

An Immigration officer will/can ban you from re-entering Costa Rica for three times the amount of time you overstayed your visa.

We are here to help you. So, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.




This Post Has 2 Comments

    1. Hello Patricia!

      There are multiple options for getting temporary residency in Costa Rica, each having a duration of one year.

      Please review this list of Immigration residency categories:

      Please review this list of the general residency requirements common to most forms of residency applications in Costa Rica:

      If you need additional information, feel free to contact us using this form:

      Thanks for your comment on our post.

      CR Immigration Experts

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