Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa

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Costa Rica is renowned for its laid-back way of life, excellent surfing opportunities, stunning beaches, and a breathtaking natural setting featuring lush jungles, volcanoes, and cascading waterfalls.
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What are the visa fees/charges?


Is there a minimum income threshold applicable for digital nomad/remote work visa?

Yes – The travelers must have US$3,000 per month
If travelling with dependents: US$4,000 per month

Are digital nomad/remote work visa holders subject to income tax?

This Visa category entails an exemption from income tax

Are digital nomad/remote work visa holders subject to social security contributions?

• The Digital Nomads Law and its Regulations does not establish any duty to foreigners to contribute to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.
• A medical services policy that covers the applicant for the entire duration of his/her stay in the country is required.
• Likewise, all members of the family group must be covered, if the applicant chooses to request their inclusion as beneficiaries.
• The guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in cases of illness in Costa Rica for at least US$50,000.00 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America) whose term of validity covers the period of stay in the country.

Is there Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) relief available in the country?

Is there an income tax requirement in the country, in general?

Is there a social security requirement in the country, in general?

Are criminal checks required for this visa?

Immigration will check whether this person has criminal records through the databases it has access to.

For how long is the digital nomad/remote work visa valid?

• 1 year
• May be renewed for 1 additional year.

Is the applicant bound to any work restraints/limitations?

May not work for a Costa Rican employer or contractor.

What are the standard requirements for the digital nomad/remote work visa?
• Request form
• Receipt of payment of fees
• Image of the passport page showing the person’s photograph and bio information, as
well as the stamp showing entry into Costa Rica (if the person is already in Costa Rica)
• Depending on the person’s nationality, consular visa or restricted visa.
• Bank statements and affidavit to prove income.
• For dependents:
– Marriage certificate or proof of union
– Birth Certificate (if applicable)

Which countries are eligible to apply for the digital nomad/ remote work visa?

Is applicant required to provide proof of employment?

Cost of living index: 53 – (50 out of 140)

Internet fixed: 66.59 Mbps Median- Feb 2023

Internet mobile: 25.72 Mbps Median – Feb 2023


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