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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.

Action Items

  • 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.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by ARA LAW Attorneys.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.