There are two diplomatic representations of the Republic of Costa Rica in the Continent of Africa; the principal office is the Embassy and Consulate General in Nairobi, Kenya
(https://costaricanembassy.co.ke) (email@example.com) and the Honorary Consulate in Johannesburg, which is the only diplomatic mission in South Africa, attending also to consular requirements in the extended southern Africa region, working hand-in-hand with the Nairobi-based representation.
The role of the Honorary Consulate in South Africa (firstname.lastname@example.org) is to provide consular support to Costa Rican citizens who reside or visit South Africa, to provide consular services to interested parties, as well as to promote bilateral collaboration between the countries, as we continue to develop and strengthen multi-level links and bilateral initiatives with South Africa, its Government, its people and the Private Sector.
Two main portfolios of Consular Services are managed by the Honorary Consulate;
- CONSULAR SERVICES
- Costa Rican citizens in South Africa and Southern Africa
- International citizens resident in South Africa
- Support to South African citizens through its consular and information services
- DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL RELATIONS
- Bilateral Relations between the Countries, GovernmentRelations and collaboration by the Foreign Ministries
- R&D and Multilateral Projects
- Trade and Investment
- Private Sector Initiatives
- Special collaborative projects: Cultural, Social Development and Academia
Costa Rican Citizens
Registro Civil - Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE)
- Cédula por primera vez
- Renovación de Cédula de Identidad
- Solicitud de traslado electoral (domicilio)
- Inscripción de un nacimiento de una persona nacida en el extranjero, hijo (a) de padre o madre costarricense
- Inscripción de Matrimonio celebrado en el extranjero
- Inscripción de defunción ocurrida en un barco
- Inscripción de defunción ocurrida en el extranjero
Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME)
- Solicitud de pasaporte por primera vez para personas menores de 18 años
- Solicitud de renovación de pasaporte para personas mayores de 18 años
- Solicitud de antecedentes penales u hoja de delincuencia
- Contact the Consulate General in Nairobi, Kenya
Legalización de documentos
El Artículo 67 de la Ley Orgánica del Servicio Consular permite que los cónsules legalicen documentos públicos que han sido autenticados por las autoridades correspondientes del Estado receptor.
El Consulado Honorario puede tramitar la legalización de un documento si ya lleva la firma de un funcionario del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Sudáfrica, debidamente autorizado, y el documento se utilizará en Costa Rica.
- Legalización de Diplomas y Certificaciones de Notas
- Legalizaciónvía tercer país
- Traslado de restos humanos a Costa Rica
Solicitud de "carta de no objeción"
The visa is the expectation of the right of entry to Costa Rica since the person granted must comply with immigration control at the border, port or airport when entering the country. The granting of a visa is not a guarantee of entry to Costa Rican territory and does not imply the unconditional admission of the foreign person to the country
The General Guideline for Entry Visas for Non-Residents is available at: http://www.migracion.go.cr/extranjeros/visas.html.
Costa Rican Visa Regulations divide nationalities into two large groups, which are in turn divided into two subgroups. – offering therefore a four-group visa framework
The type of visa required is established in the Guidelines for Entry Visas for Non-Residents. The Regulation for the granting of entry visas to Costa Rica (Decree No. 36626-G) indicates four groups as outlined herein:
Visa Application - Steps to follow:
- Review the groups in the Guideline to determine if a visa is required
- If a visa is required, review the Guideline for exemptions that may apply
- If no exemption applies follow the guideline for the visa application.
The Honorary Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa deals exclusively with Consulted tourist visas, which require a minimum of 60 days for processing, from the date of the submission of the original documents, and works as directed by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) – the Costa Rica Directorate General of Migration.
SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS
South African Passport holders can travel to Costa Rica as tourists for up to a maximum stay of 180 days, no visa is required. The General Requirements* for entry apply:
- A valid passport - must have a validity of at least 1 day on the day of arrival
- Proof of economic solvency of at least minimum of US$100 per month of legal permanence in the country
- A valid ticket or onward journey to exit Costa Rica within the maximum authorized period of 180 days
- Not having impediment to enter the country
- The guidelines as may be indicated by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health
Note: There is no procedure available for a visa or permanence extension beyond 180 days.
Group 1: Admission without a visa
Nationals of the following countries or territories do NOT need a visa to enter Costa Rica
- Maximum stay of 180 calendar days not extendable
- Passport minimum expiry date up to one day from date of arrival
- General requirements apply*
Trinidad y Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Group 2: Admission without a visa
Nationals of the following countries do NOT need a visa to enter Costa Rica.
- Maximum stay of up to 90 calendar days not extendable
- Passport must be valid for at least 3 months after arrival date to Costa Rica.
Antigua y Barbuda
Brunei – Darussalam
Northern Mariana Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tomé and Príncipe
Group 3: Entry with consular visa
Nationals of the countries or regions listed in Group 3 DO need a consular or a consulted visa to enter Costa Rica and can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Republic of the Congo
Saharawi Arab Republic
VISA EXEMPTION FOR ENTRY – FOR NATIONALS (Groups 3 & 4) WITH CONSULAR | CONSULTED OR RESTRICTED VISA REQUIREMENTs
Nationals of countries with a consular or restricted visa requirement who meet any of the exceptions established below, may dispense with consular visas or restricted visas to enter Costa Rican territory:
I. Entry with visas and residences of the United States of America and Canada.
Nationals of countries with consular or restricted visa requirements who are holders of visas or residences that allow multiple entries in any category, including the category of refugee and/or asylum, as well as type D and C1/D visa exclusively, with a minimum validity of one (1) day in the United States of America and Canada, do not need a consular visa or a restricted visa to enter Costa Rica and can remain in the country for a maximum period of 30 days. The term of one (1) day must be counted from the day you intend to enter Costa Rica.
The visas of the United States of America type C1, C2 and C3, correspond to transit visas and will not be accepted.
II. Entry with residences from Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and the countries of the European Union.
Nationals of countries with a consular or restricted visa requirement who have a residence in any category that allows multiple entries and with a minimum validity of 90 days, -excluding the category of refugee and/or asylum - in Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and the countries of the European Union may dispense with a consular visa for enter Costa Rica. The period of 90 calendar days must be counted from the day of entry to Costa Rica.
The nationals of the entry group with a consular or restricted visa, who do not have the legal permanence of six months required, may request a consular visa or provisional visa at the Costa Rican consulate of the country of legal permanence and present the identity document that accredits the stay, as well as visa requirements. The visa will be granted under the guidelines established in Executive Decree 36626-G, Regulations for the Granting of Visas. The period of stay will be a maximum of 30 calendar days, and the passport validity will be six months, except for those specified for Nicaragua and Colombia.
III. Entry with visa categories “C” and “D” from the Schengen Area*
Nationals of countries with a consular or restricted visa may be exempt to enter Costa Rica, if they have a Schengen Area visa category “C” exclusively for multiple entries (short-term visa that allows its holder to reside in a country of the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days) or category “D” also exclusively multiple entries (visa is granted for study, work, or home). In both cases, the minimum validity of the visa may be one (1) day. Counted from the day you intend to enter Costa Rica.
*The countries that make up the Schengen Area are:
*General requirements for entry to Costa Rica:
- Travel continuity ticket or return to the country of origin.
- Demonstration of economic solvency, which corresponds to USD 100.00 for each month of permanence in Costa Rica
- Passport in good condition. The minimum validity must be according to the Costa Rican Legislation.
- The guidelines indicated by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica.
- Vaccination against yellow fever
Vaccination against yellow fever
Before entering Costa Rica, any person who has remained in countries at risk must vaccinate against yellow fever, verified by the “International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever”, which is valid from 10 days after vaccination.
In their trajectory to Costa Rica, people who have been in transit through countries at risk, in airports, ports, and inter-border posts in countries of risk are exempted from the yellow fever vaccination requirement.
Are also exempted from the vaccination requirement the people who, having been in countries considered at risk before entering the national territory, have remained for at least six days in a country that is not at risk and have not developed a fever in that period.
Institutional link: https://www.migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx
Group 3: Entry with consulted visa
Application: Foreigners who require a consular visa (group 3) to enter Costa Rica, who submit an application to an Honorary Consulate or who, for special reasons, must be authorized by the General Migration Office of Costa Rica.
Document pack – pre-submission quality check:
Appointment: Please send an email to email@example.com
Cost: As established by the consular tariff.
Approximate duration: Once all the requirements are submitted, the Consul sends them to the Restricted Visa and Refugee Commission of the General Migration Office of Costa Rica. The process will take at least six to eight weeks but will depend on several factors. The process can take up to 3 months.
- Request addressed to the Consul of Costa Rica that includes:
- Full name and surname
- Passport number
- Place of residence
- The reason for the trip
- Expected time of stay in Costa Rica
- Place and approximate date of arrival and departure of the country
- Profession or trade
- Exact address of the place where you will remain in Costa Rica
- Date and place of birth of the interested party
- Fax to receive notifications
- Passport or travel document, valid with an expiration date not less than six months. In addition, a copy of all its pages.
- Tentative reservation of the ticket, ticket or return ticket or continuation of the trip.
- Proof of the economic means for their subsistence during their stay in the country.
- Provide a valid criminal record. If in another language, provide a proper translation into the Spanish language.
- Birth certificate, duly legalized orapostilledand translated into Spanish
- The Consul may request, if necessary, any additional documents issued in the country of origin of the applicant when their presence is essential for the analysis in the granting of the visa. If the Consul has any doubt about the documents presented, he/she may request clarification and may also request a personal interview with the applicant.
Group 4: Entry with restricted visa
- The validity of the Visa is sixty (60) days from the date of issuance
- Visa is valid for a single entry.
- Minimum validity of the passport is six (6) months
- Maximum permanence up to 30 calendar days, extendable up to 90 calendar days, after consulting the Visa Commission in Costa Rica.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
If a national of one of these countries and wishing to go to Costa Rica, please request more information by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application: Group 4.
Appointment: Please send an email to email@example.com
Cost: As established by the consular tariff “Aranceles Consulares.”
Approximate duration: The tourist visa for 4th Group countries is in the category of RESTRICTED VISA and will take a minimum of six to eight weeks for the full assessment process of the application, from the date of your complete and compliant submission
- Letter of application by the candidate
If the Applicant is being hosted by a family member or relative, the person in Costa Rica who will be hosting the Applicant is required to confirm this position in writing, to support the visa application. This must be done in writing and be addressed to the Commission for Restricted Visas
Details required to appear on the letter
- Name in full and surname/s,
- Profession or trade
- Reason for the visit
- Estimated length of time of stay in Costa Rica
- Exact address in Costa Rica for the full period of the visit
- Declaration of the nature of the relationship with the visiting person
- Telephone number in Costa Rica
- Exact arrival and departure dates, port of entry and exit
- Nature of the relationship between the parties (host and visitor), fax to notify response to the visa application
- Indicate the Consulate of Costa Rica to which the authorization, if granted should be communicated
- Signature (Application to be signed by the writer before a Public Notarial Officer, Signed and duly legalised In addition, it must If there is no consulate in the country where the foreign person is, the response will be sent to the closest consular office.
- Passport or travel document, valid with an expiration date not less than six months. In addition, Copies of all and every page of the passport, legalized ornotarised and translation of personal information page to Spanish by an authorised person
- Copy of the identity document of the person requesting the foreign person, who must be confronted with an official, or failing that, an authenticated copy of the document.
- Proof of economic means for their subsistence during their stay in the country.
- Police Clearance Certificate from the country of origin, duly legalized and translated into Spanish.
- Certification issued by the competent authority of the country of origin of the requested person, demonstrating the link between the requesting the link between the visa applicant and the person who wishes to enter Costa Rica.
- Marital status certificate issued by the country of origin, legalized, orapostilled and translated if applicable
- Birth Certificate Birth Certificate translated to Spanish and legalised / Apostille
- Medical certificate: Yellow Fever
Any other document that may be called by the consul in support of the application
If visiting relatives in Costa Rica [the hosts], the applicant is required to, in addition, present the following as provided by the host/s:
- A letter from the (Costa Rica) host with their own pertinent details as per the above, in addition to the Applicant’s letter
- Include a copy of the ID of the host/relative occupation of the host
- Full address and reference from employer
- Financial means as host
- Certification by a competent authority in the country of origin of the Applicant, to demonstrate the link between the Applicant and the host/relative in Costa Rica
- Any other document that may be required by the consul in support of the application
Other non-immigrant visas
The Honorary Consulate in South Africa does not process the visas outlined below; however we will be pleased to offer information on request;
- Transit visa
- Provisional Visa for student, teacher, resident, volunteers
- Provisional Visas for Religious people and their dependents
- Provisional Visas for Temporary Residents
- Permanent Residence
Queries may also be referred directly to the Consulate of Costa Rica in Nairobi, Kenya