Embajada de Costa Rica


Application Requirements:

  1. Application form.
  2. 1 recent passport-size photo
  3. Copy of the personal information page of the child's passport. The passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months.
  4. Copy of the personal information page of both parents' passport.
  5. Original and copy of the acceptance letter from the organization or educational institution.
  6. Original and copy of the following documents with less than 6 months of issuance and duly apostilled:
    1. International birth certificate.
    2. Criminal record from the place wherethe applicant has lived during the last 3 years.
  7. Information of the person in Costa Rica, who will apply for the student's residence permit (temporary residence) in Costa Rica:
    1. Full name
    2. Nationality
    3. Identification Number
    4. Marital status
    5. Profession
  8. Proof of economic solvency of one or both parents. One of the following documents must be submitted (Either the original or a copy, signed and stamped by the employer or the respective financial institution must be submitted):
    1. Bank statement that showsthe movement of income and expenses for the last 3 months.
    2. Titles of movable and immovable properties.
    3. Official letter from the employer indicating salary, years of service and position.
  9. Other documents requested by the consul.

Starting the process at the Embassy:

The interested person must send the documents to the Embassy of Costa Rica in Berlin. If the documents are complete and correct, an appointment at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate will be given in order to stamp the visa in the student´s passport. Both parents must come to the appointment with their original passport. 

The interested person must send the documents to the Embassy of Costa Rica in Berlin at least one month and a half prior to the flight to Costa Rica.

If you start the process at an Honorary Consulate of Costa Rica in Germany, you must also do so a month and a half in advance, but you must coordinate previously with the respective Consulate.

Concluding the process in Costa Rica

On the day of the appointment the visa will be stamped in the applicant's passport and the original documentation will be returned. The interested person must travel to Costa Rica within 60 days after the visa is stamped. After entering Costa Rica, the interested person will have a period of 30 days to formalize the residency application at the Immigration Office (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) and must submit the original documents.


  • - Visa: See Tariff 21
  • - Authentication of the representative's authorization. See Tariff 26.
  • - Any additional costs requested by the Immigration Department (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) to finish the application process.

Legal Basis:

  • - General Law of Immigration (Law 8764) (Ley General de Migración y Extrangería), Title V, Chapter II.
  • - Regulation 36626-G for the issuance of entry visas to Costa Rica (Reglamento para el otorgamiento de visas de ingreso a Costa Rica), Chapter III, Section I.

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