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Costa Rica visa requirements for Kenyans

Basic Travel Requirements for Kenyans visiting Costa Rica

Travelers are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to apply for a Costa Rican Visa.


A Kenyan passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date and must have 2 blank pages for visa stamp.

Duly completed and signed visa application form.

The parents/legal guardians have to sign the form if the applicant is a minor.

Three passport-size photographs (4.5 x 3.5 cm) taken on a white background.

Travel document must be completely provided.

Proof of financial capability.

Proof of accommodation/hotel reservations.

Copy of return flight ticket.

Documentation showing applicant’s ties to home country.

A police report showing the traveler does not have a criminal record.

Medical insurance that covers the duration of stay.

Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.

Copy of travel itinerary.

Applicants are to provide a proof of the paid visa application fee.

Costa Rica Visa for Kenyans

Facts about Costa Rica


Tourists won’t believe the popular phrase “ pura vida” (pure life) until they visit the country. It is a term you will hear everywhere and you will think it is a marketing term till you believe in and start saying it yourself. The pure life Costa Rican bug is sure to bite tourists with the flurry of amazing things to be done in the country. The country offers a plethora of outdoor activities in its various shapes and sizes. On the various beaches and rivers in Costa Rica, tourists can enjoy rafting, fishing, scuba diving, and surfing. The Central American nation is well-known for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests which houses tropical mammals such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and wildcats. Tourists can visit one of the national parks and game reserves to enjoy amazing sites. Another spectacular activity that tourists in the country like to engage in is bird watching. Bird watching can be done in a variety of places in the country as there are over 800 species of birds for your pleasure.   Costa Rica is the most visited country in Central America. The country was visited by 2.9 million foreigners in 2016 which was up 10% from the previous year. The tourism industry was responsible for 5.8% of the country’s GDP, or $3.4 billion.   Foreigners in the country are expected to declare the sum of $10,000 on entry and exit from the country. If this sum is not declared, you will not be allowed entry into the country. The minimum sentence for drug possession and trafficking is 8 years imprisonment. Tourists should stay away from any drug-related crime.

Tourists should avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as you will be immediately jailed for this. When foreigners visit national parks, abide by signage and stick to marked trails.

Types of Costa Rica Visa


Types of Visa Processing Time Duration of Stay
Tourist visa 14 working days 90 days
Business visa 14 working days 90 days

General Requirements for Costa Rica Visa


A Kenyan passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date and must have 2 blank pages for visa stamp.

Duly completed and signed visa application form.

The parents/legal guardians have to sign the form if the applicant is a minor.

Three passport-size photographs (4.5 x 3.5 cm) taken on a white background.

Travel document must be completely provided.

Proof of financial capability.

Proof of accommodation/hotel reservations.

Copy of return flight ticket.

Documentation showing applicant’s ties to home country.

A police report showing the traveler does not have a criminal record.

Medical insurance that covers the duration of stay.

Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.

Copy of travel itinerary.

Applicants are to provide a proof of the paid visa application fee.

Costa Rica Tourist Visa Eligibility & Requirements

This visa is issued to foreigners who are visiting Costa Rica for the purpose of sightseeing, recreation, and relaxation. The tourist visa can also be used as a Visitor Visa. Foreigners can visit their friends and relatives using this visa. Applicants who have been invited to Costa Rica by a friend or relative should present a letter of invitation from their host in the country. The letter should indicate the relationship between the applicant and the host and should also state the contact address of the host. Foreigners can attend festivals and events that are of interest to them in the country. The Costarican tourist visa is valid for 90 days. For a stay of more than 90 days, a residence permit must be established. Having the tourist visa does not guarantee entry into costa rica. Entry into costa rica is dependent on the immigration officer at the port of entry. Kenyans who have tourist visa to USA , Canada , South Korea , Japan , countries in the European Union and / or Schengen visa stamped on their passport, valid for at least three months, could without consular visa enter Costa Rica , and enjoy the same conditions of entry as a Kenyan who has being granted a Costarican tourist visa. Yellow fever vaccination for applicants of this visa is a must. If you are employed, a letter of employment from your employer is required. The letter should confirm employment, awareness and allowance of leave, and should state the applicant’s job position. Minors are expected to possess the original copy of their birth certificate. A notarized consent signed by both parents should be presented. A document which shows that the applicant has the incentive of returning to his/her country is required. Proof of payment of visa application fee should be submitted Kenyans on this visa are not allowed to work or engage in business activities in the country. You should abide by the rules guiding this visa. Kenyans are reminded that the country is in an active earthquake and volcanic zone. Following significant earthquakes, tsunamis may also occur.

Costa Rica Business Visa Eligibility & Requirements

The Business Visa is issued to foreigners who intend to engage in business activities while they are in Costa Rica. During your business meetings with your partner company in the country you can negotiate and sign business contracts. Applicants who want to attend conferences, trade fairs, and business summits are allowed to do so on this visa. If you will be attending conferences in the country, you will need to register before traveling. There is a departure tax for short-term visitors, which is typically included in the cost of a traveler’s airfare. Having the business  visa does not guarantee entry into costa rica. Entry into costa rica is dependent on the immigration officer at the port of entry. Kenyans who have business  visa to USA , Canada , South Korea , Japan , countries in the European Union and / or Schengen visa stamped on their passport, valid for at least three months, could without consular visa enter Costa Rica , and enjoy the same conditions of entry as a Kenyan who has being granted a Costarican tourist visa. Evidence of a valid yellow fever vaccination is a MUST! Letter of employment from applicant’s employer in Kenya is required. The letter should introduce the applicant, state the applicant’s job position and state the duration and purpose of the visit. An official letter of invitation from your partner in Costa Rica stating the reason for the applicant’s visit and the duration of the visit. The letter should be written on the company’s letterhead and be signed by an authorized signatory. If you will be visiting more than one company, a letter of invitation from each company you will be visiting is required. Certificate of business registration of the company in Costa Rica is required. The business letter should state the party that would be responsible for the applicant’s expenses while in the country. If there have been previous business dealings between the applicant’s company and the host company, proof of this is required. Proof of payment of visa application is required. A document which shows that you have the incentive of returning to your country at the expiry of your visa. Applicants of this visa are advised to be vaccinated against yellow fever before applying.

Costa Rica Visa Fees


Tourist visa

160.00 (USD)

Business visa

160.00 (USD)

Costa Rica Visa Application Centres & Embassies in Kenya


Nairobi

Second Floor, Eaton Place Building, United Nations Crescent Road, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya.

[email protected]

+254 72 971 1407

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