November 1st 2018, Costa Rica will be enforcing (Article 33) of Immigration Law (Ley General de Migración y Extranjeria No. 8764).
The article states that foreigners will pay $100.00/month for each month of their overstayed visa. This will be retroactive back to March 1st, 2010. If you desire to read the exact wording from the Immigration website, go here: click here
Are you affected by this? Yes…
- If you have an expired tourist visa
- If you have an expired permanent residence status (con estancia)
- If you have an expired temporary residence status (en tránsito)
If you have any questions regarding your legal status in the country, feel free to contact us.
When Do You Pay?
You will have to pay the late fees at the moment you try to leave the country.
If you enter Costa Rica on January 1 and are granted a 30-day visa, you are expected to leave the country on January 30th. If you stay in the country until March 1st or more, you will be charged $100.00 for each month of overstay at the time of your exit.
What If You Don’t Pay The Fines?
An Immigration officer will/can ban you from re-entering Costa Rica for three times the amount of time you overstayed your visa.
We are here to help you. So, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.