Costa Rica recently passed a law to grant visas to digital nomads. The visa allows foreign nationals and their families to live and work there for at least a year, while enjoying the country’s relaxed ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle and a wide range of benefits.
Several countries have introduced special visas for remote workers since the pandemic, as more people have the opportunity to become international digital nomads. Georgia, Estonia, and Aruba have recently introduced such visas, and now Costa Rica is following the trend by granting visas to international visitors who wish to do their current job from the Central American country. This makes it easier for them to stay there for a year, with the option of extending it for up to two years.
It is hoped that the new visa will support the tourism industry and boost related sectors. Contributions from digital nomads are expected to inject $ 24,100 (15 million colones) per year into the local economy, the tourism board predicts, which the government says will create more jobs for Costa Ricans.
“The digital nomad uses services, consumes food, makes purchases, uses transport and hires people, all of this generates more jobs and growth in the country,” said Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado , in a press release.
The law was signed on August 11 and while some details have yet to be confirmed, it is likely that people will be able to apply for the digital nomad visa within a few weeks.
What is included?
Currently, digital nomads enter Costa Rica as tourists and therefore have to leave the country within 90 days, but this new visa will allow the holder and their family to stay in Costa Rica for up to one year, with the option to extend it for a year. . Under the digital nomad visa, the holder is exempt from local income tax and is allowed to open a bank account in Costa Rica. They will also be allowed to drive with their country’s driver’s license.
How do I apply for the Costa Rica digital nomad visa?
You must show proof of income greater than US $ 3000 per month to apply; or if you are traveling with your spouse or family, this income can be combined with $ 5,000 per month.
You will need to purchase a medical insurance policy that will cover you throughout your stay in Costa Rica, and you will also need to make a one-time payment for the visa to be issued; although this amount has not yet been determined.
Applications are not yet open and more details on the digital nomad visa are expected to be announced shortly. We will update this article when we have more information.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica has welcomed tourists without quarantine or testing, but some additional requirements are still in place. Arrivals must complete an online health passport before boarding their flight, and local restrictions apply in areas with high COVID-19 infection rates. Travelers are advised to be aware of public health guidelines before traveling to Costa Rica. For more information on entry requirements, see here.