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Costa Rica Residency & Citizenship options

Costa Rica offers several options for residency, each with its own benefits and requirements. The most popular option is to obtain a Costa Rican pensionado visa, which allows retirees to live in Costa Rica on a permanent basis. After 7 years of permanent residency (living at least 6 months out of each year in Costa Rica), you can apply for citizenship.

Program 1
  • Name
    Costa Rica Investor Visa
  • Description

    To apply for temporary residence as an investor, a foreign national must demonstrate an investment of at least $200,000.00 (two hundred thousand US dollars) in real estate, insurable assets, shares, securities, productive projects, or national interest projects. One hundred thousand dollars can be invested in a forest planting.

  • Requirements

    Standard investment is $200,000, it can be $100,000 if used for forest planting.

  • Validity
    3 years
  • Investment Type
    Passive, Active, Real Estate
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3 months
  • Investment Amount
    $200,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    180 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Costa Rica Rentier Visa
  • Description

    Costa Rica's Costa Rica Rentier Visa program is a great way to obtain legal residency in Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Rentier Visa is a special visa category for foreign retirees.

  • Requirements

    Show proof of income of 2,500 USD per month

  • Validity
    3 years
  • Investment Type
    Income
  • Processing Time
    3 months
  • Investment Amount
    $2500/month
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Costa Rican passport is now ranked 29th. It allows entrance to 152 countries without requiring a visa. This gives it a higher total mobility score, making it a desirable passport. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Costa Rican passport holders in countries such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the European Union as a whole. This enables for practically quick travel to some of the world's most popular destinations. Visas are required for roughly 77 places for Costa Rican passport holders. Taiwan, the United States, and Australia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

29

Visa Free Countries

152

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    116
  • Visa on Arrival
    34
  • Visa Online
    2
  • Visa Required
    19
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, UK, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    44%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    36%
Passport Ranking Factors

Costa Rica Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Costa Rica passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Costa Rica passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Costa Rica passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 116 Costa Rica passport visa-free countries, 34 Costa Rica visa-on-arrival countries, and 2 eTA destinations. Costa Rica passport holders can travel to 152 countries without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with an eTA. As a result, the Costa Rica passport is ranked 29th in the world. In addition to these Costa Rica visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Costa Rica passport holders must also apply for a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 77 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent - Details
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    No
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