Many countries, including European nationals, have visa-free travel to Costa Rica for up to 90 days. It is suggested that students study in Costa Rica for one semester because the student visa process in Costa Rica may take longer than six months to complete.
Your nationality determines the conditions and duration of the tourist visa waiver. When European people enter the country, they are granted a 90-day stay at any migratory checkpoint, with no prior requirements. However, the period of your tourist visa waiver will be determined by the immigration officer upon arrival. As a result, when you arrive in Costa Rica, please be kind to all officials.
You must, for example, conduct a visa run and depart the country at the end of 90 days. The permit will be automatically renewed for another 90 days when you return to Costa Rica. ULACIT organizes tours to help students renew their visas in a timely manner. Students can travel on their own as well.
Panama, Nicaragua, and Mexico, for example, are popular destinations for visa renewal travelers.
Students staying in Costa Rica for longer than one semester should apply for a student visa. The technique consists of several steps and will test your patience. The study year in Costa Rica, on the other hand, is well worth the effort. Our Student Guide contains thorough information on the student visa application procedure.
Find out more about the Costa Rica Study Abroad Program.