COSTA RICA – New Penalties for Overstay
Effective 20 April 2018, the General Directorate of Immigration will begin to enforce an existing, previously unenforced rule imposing a fine of USD 100 per month of overstay, or alternatively a ban from entering Costa Rica of three times the length of the overstay.
The penalties will be applied retroactively to any overstays since 1 March 2010.
Who is Affected?
The penalties will apply to:
- Tourists, transit visa holders and ship crew, staff and passengers with expired visas;
- Short stay, temporary residence and special category visa holders with expired DIMEX ID cards;
- Those who have been notified of a rejected immigration status who have not submitted an appeal.
- Visa holders should be sure to leave the country, or extend their visa, or request a change of immigration status, before their visa expires.
- Short stay, temporary residence and special category visa holders who intend to stay in Costa Rica should be sure to apply to extend their DIMEX well before it expires.