Costa Rica approved a 12- month visa for digital nomads

Costa Rica approved a 12- month visa for digital nomad

Costa Rica digital nomad visa: Costa Rica just passed its own digital nomad visa. It allows foreign nationals and their families to work from there for up to one year, by taking care of all of the tax and immigration issues that can otherwise arise from remote work. They can enjoy the beaches, jungles, volcanoes, sloths, monkeys, macaws, ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle, great health care, amazing pineapples, and more.  

Many countries have introduced special visas for remote workers since the COVID-19 pandemic as the people have a great opportunity to become international digital nomads.

And now Costa Rica is trending by permitting visas to international visitors who wish to work remotely from the Central American country. Costa Rica digital nomad visa, It makes it easier for foreigners to stay there for a year with the flexibility to extend it to two years.

It’s hoped that a new visa will enlarge the tourism industry and prop up other related sectors. Contributions from digital nomads are predicted to add $24,100 per year to the local economy. The tourism board forecasts which the government hopes will offer more jobs for Costa Ricans. 

Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica’s president said in a statement, “the digital nomad uses services, consumes food, utilizes transportation, makes purchases and hire people. All of these produce more employment and growth in the country.”

The law was signed on August 11. While some details have still to be confirmed, people can apply for the 12-month digital nomad visa within a matter of weeks. 

What’s included in this 12-month digital nomads visa?

Costa Rica approved a 12- month visa for digital nomad

Presently, digital nomads enter Costa Rica as travelers and so have to leave the cuntry every 90 days. However, this new visa will let the holder and their families stay in Costa Rica for uop to one year.

Under this visa, the holder is free from paying local income taxes and is allowed to open a bank account in Costa Rica. They can drive using their own country’s driving license. 

How to apply for Costa Rica’s new 12-month digital nomad visa?

Costa Rica approved a 12- month visa for digital nomad

You must have proof of an income greater than $3000 per month to apply. If you’re traveling with your spouse or family, that income can be combined to $5000 per month.

You’ll need to get a medical insurance policy that covers you & your stay in Costa Rica. Costa Rica digital nomad visa, In addition, you’ll also need to make a one-time payment for the visa to be issued; while that price has still to be measured.

Application forms are available and more details on the digital nomad visa are expected to be announced soon. More information regarding its applications will be updated on GoRemoteCR. 

For the moment, Costa Rica has been greeting tourists without quarantine or testing, but there are still some additional requirements in place.

Arrivals must complete an online Health Pass before boarding their flight, and local limitations apply in areas with high Coronavirus infection rates. Travelers are recommended to stay up-to-date on public health guidelines before visiting Costa Rica. 

For more information about this new 12-month visa for digital nomads or on entry requirements, visit

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