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After being put on hold for a long time since its introduction in July 2021, President Rodrigo Chaves finally signed the bill into law on July 4, 2022. The new bill included changes, making the visa process simpler and faster.
The new requirements make the Digital Nomad visa one of the easiest visas to apply among 45 other countries with similar visas in place. Digital nomads from all over the world can now stay and work in the beautiful country of Costa Rica.
What is the Digital Nomad Visa?
A digital nomad is a person or traveler who lives a nomadic life and works remotely outside of their home country.
A Digital Nomad visa allows these remote workers to legally stay and work from another country. Unlike a tourist visa, this type of visa allows a longer stay in the country.
So what are the rules, regulations and requirements for a Digital Nomad Visa in Costa Rica? Let’s get to them!
What are the requirements and regulations for digital nomad visas?
Presentation of the request
To start the process, you need to login to https://tramiteya.go.cr/dgme/ and complete an application form. This form asks for basic personal information and some supporting documents.
Once you submit the form, the authorities will have 2 weeks to accept or decline your application.
Immigration Accreditation Document Processing Time
Once your application is approved, you are allowed to enter the country. Please note that once you have entered the country, you will have 3 months to obtain a migration accreditation document.
For this, a face-to-face meeting with an official of the immigration service must be booked. During your appointment, your biometric data and photos will be taken by the official, and you will be asked to present all legal supporting documents.
Candidates must prove a stable income of a minimum $3,000 if they come alone, and a minimum of $4,000 if they are bringing a family member.
Original bank statements, along with a signed affidavit, must be presented as proof.
Proof of health insurance
Evidence of health insurance for the entire duration of the stay must be provided.
Professional document translation
The documents required in the application process must be submitted within Spanish. Any language other than Spanish must be translated by a certified translator from the applicant’s country of origin, Costa Rica, or by a registered Costa Rican notary.
Cannot work for a Costa Rican company
You are not allowed to enter the local job market and cannot compete with residents for jobs. This means that you cannot work for a Costa Rican company. You must work for a company outside of Costa Rica.
What are the Benefits of the Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa?
Total exemption from income tax
Earned income would be fully exempt from income tax, provided the income is from outside of Costa Rica.
No import tax on personal equipment
There would be an exemption from import taxes on the importation of personal computers or any other equipment needed to get the job done like tablets, cameras, phones, etc. One person can also bring up to 2 vehicles without any import tax.
Minimum stay requirement for visa extension
Digital nomads will initially be granted a 12-month visa. This can be extended for 12 months, provided the applicant provides proof of a stay in Costa Rica of at least 180 days.
Costa Rica, a country that relies heavily on tourism, would benefit greatly from these remote workers living and spending in Costa Rica. So, a boost for the local economy and the tourist industry! These remote workers also bring an influx of knowledge and resources that can generate ideas, create new projects, and drive innovation.
A win-win for both, digital nomads and Costa Rica!