Legal Stay, Entry Stamp, Permanent tourism



Since march 1st 2010, the law included some provisions regarding the stay in CR for longer than the term of your visa. Rules developing these legal dispositions have been decreed, but the decrees have been put on hold to allow people to regularize. Here are some of the main issues to bear in mind:

  • You are considered in an irregular situation upon the expiration of your visa or entry stamp. 

  • From that moment on, you will be fined for US $100.00 per person, for each month your irregular status goes on. 

  • This fine will be payable when you leave the country next time at BCR.

  • You cannot submit your formal status request if your situation is irregular.

  • If you want to submit your request, you will need to regularize your situation before doing it. This means you will need to:

    • Exit the country

    • Pay the fine

    • Stay abroad for at least 3 days

    • Ask for another entry stamp (which now can be requested at the Airport)

    • Come back in

    • Submit your documents within the 3 months period (or your visa term)

  • If you do not want to (or cannot) pay the fine, you will be penalized with a prohibition to enter the country for a period of 3 times the term of irregularity.


At the beginning of march, 2020, the government announced that the rule is to be put in force as of April 1st, 2020 as well as the procedures to pay the fine or ban re entry in the country.

Soon after this announcement, the CoVid19 emergency was decreed by the government and so this process could have some modifications or be put on hold while things go back to normal.

Please, “stay tuned” to new communications with this regard.