For renewals under this immigration category, the foreign national must demonstrate that they have been present in the territory of Costa Rica for a minimum period of 80 days in accordance with Article 15 of the Law.
Renewal is subject to the following requirements, in accordance with Article 10 of the Regulation, Renewal of the Stay (Estancia) Sub-category:
- Application form signed by the applicant or their representative. The applicant must enter the Tramite Ya digital platform, available at the URL https://tramiteya.go.cr/dgme/ or any other such digital platform that DGME may, in the future, make available to users.
- Bank statements accompanied by an affidavit declaring that the statements have been requested and obtained from the corresponding financial institution. These statements must provide evidence of income and indicate that the individual has received payment or remuneration during the previous year from outside Costa Rica in an amount not less than three thousand US dollars ($3,000.00) per month at the official sale rate determined by the Central Bank of Costa Rica, or four thousand US dollars ($4,000.00) if the applicant is requesting that their family group be granted permission to legally stay in Costa Rica. Alternately, the applicant may submit a certification of the above issued by a public accountant or notary public, if the procedure is completed in Costa Rica, or by the counterparts of such professionals abroad in accordance with the legislation of the respective country. This certification is the only component that must be accompanied by the respective consular legalization or apostille.
- A receipt confirming payment to the Government in the amount indicated in the approval resolution, in accordance with Article 215 of the General Law on Immigration and Aliens.
- A receipt confirming payment to the Government in the amount of ninety US dollars ($90.00), corresponding to the request for legal stay documents, as well as the issuance of the document that certifies the legal stay and the fees corresponding to the Special Social Immigration Fund.
- Passport of the foreign national that is valid and in good repair. The passport used to initiate the passport must be provided as a proof of identity. If the passport is expired, it must be provided along with the valid travel document.
- Medical services policy that covers the applicant and their dependents for the full period of the authorized legal stay.
The regulation states that all of the required documents in the application have to be translated into Spanish. Who is able to provide such a translation?
To be on the safe side, applicants can have the translation completed by an official translator registered with the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or a notary public with knowledge of the language.
Documents can also be translated abroad, but the official sources consulted note that working with a Costa Rican translator is more practical, as this can prevent errors or problems with translations done in applicants’ home countries, which generally slow down the process.Where do digital nomads have to make the $100 deposit (receipt of payment to the Government) required to enter the country?
The USD $100 must be deposited in the account no. 242480-0 in Banco de Costa Rica, which belongs to the Republic of Costa Rica. This is the account generally used for payments to enter the country.
The payment receipt may be attached to the form that must be completed on the Trámite Ya platform, or a printed copy may be taken to authorized Immigration offices.How does the medical services insurance work for digital nomads?
The medical services insurance must cover the full duration of the digital nomad’s stay in Costa Rica for the full period authorized, and must have a coverage of at least USD $50,000.
The policy may be from an international provider or a Costa Rican insurance firm regulated by the Office of the Superintendent General for Insurance of Costa Rica. Any dependents accompanying the digital nomad to Costa Rica must also be covered by an insurance policy.What requirements does a digital nomad need to meet to open a bank account with a Costa Rican financial institution?
Digital nomads may open savings accounts in financial institutions belonging to the national banking system provided that they comply with the provisions of the Law on Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances, Unauthorized Drugs, Connected Activities, Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (8.204).
They must also comply with all regulatory frameworks relating to the fight against money laundering. The Office of the Superintendent General of Financial Institutions (SUGEF) will issue any regulations or guidelines that prove necessary.Do I need legal assitance to apply?
No, no legal assitance is required.
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