People from the United States, Canada and most European countries may enter Costa Rica with just a valid passport. This privilege depends on your country of origin. Make sure your passport has validity of at least six months. In other words, make sure the expiration date is more than 180 days into the future from the date of your entry into Costa Rica.
To stay in the country, however, you will need a visa. When the visa expires, you must leave the country for at least 72 hours. Upon your re-entry to Costa Rica, the permit will be renewed automatically for 90 more days.
Since Costa Rica is a leader in medical tourism, investments in the health sector have been significant. The country has amazing facilities that rival those found in the states. Clinica Bilica and CIMA are just two examples. Both are highly respected and state-of-the-art.
Costa Rica is safe. Compared to the U.S., gun violence is very low. In fact, guns are not widely available and are rarely seen here. That said, crime does exist but usually only in the form of petty theft, and the majority of the low number of gun-related deaths here involve drug crimes.
In terms of ownership security, Costa Rica enjoys the most transparent ownership rights in the Americas, with foreigners enjoying the same ownership rights that nationals do. Ownership is, therefore, very safe and comparable to the level of ownership security of the United States. Title Insurance companies are available, as well, making owning real estate in Costa Rica now as safe as in the U.S.
Costa Rica's current stable economic performance indicators have mainly depended on tourism, real estate, agriculture, investment and business, and commodity and electronics manufacturing. Other major sectors in the economy that fluctuate more, but that have also contributed to Costa Rica’s economic growth, include service industries, large-scale real estate developments, trade, whole and retail sales. Costa Rica also has good transportation and a well-developed banking system. Additionally, U.S. citizens and foreigners enjoy the same home ownership rights as Costa Rican citizens. And any income produced abroad is not taxed, making Costa Rica one of the most tax-friendly countries in the world.
Republic of Costa Rica
Type of Government
Presidential Representative Democratic Republic
The structure of the government is similar to system in the United States. It’s divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The Constitution established the separation of powers between these three branches much like the checks and balances concept in the U.S.
Major Political Parties
There are national presidential and legislative elections every four years, and Costa Rica is a multi-party system. The three major political parties are:
More comfortable than Florida or Arizona, Costa Rica’s temperatures vary with elevations, but humidity is generally low and average temperatures rarely rise higher than 80 F, thanks to the trade winds off the Pacific Ocean. There’s a climate for every preference. You could live in the Central Valley, including San Jose, for a temperate climate, in the Southern Pacific for warmth and humidity, or in a home set on a hillside to enjoy the cooling mountain and ocean breezes.