Costa Rica, known for its natural beauty and warm hospitality, has introduced an exciting change for travelers. The tourist visa has been extended to a generous 180 days, making it easier for visitors to enjoy an extended stay without the need for frequent border runs or residency commitments. But here’s the twist: the transit law remains unchanged, meaning your foreign driving license is only valid for 90 days. Let’s dive into what these developments mean for your Costa Rican adventure.

The 180-Day Visa: A Tropical Dream

Costa Rica’s extended tourist visa is a dream come true for travelers. No longer do you need to leave the country every six months to renew your visa. With 180 days of uninterrupted stay, you have ample time to explore the country’s stunning landscapes, immerse yourself in local culture, or even set up your remote workspace in paradise without asking for the residency.

Remember that if you ask for the residency, no matter how long it takes, you can stay legally in the country even if your tourist visa is expired.

A Quirk in the System: 90-Day Driving License Limit

Here’s where it gets quirky. Despite the extended visa, your foreign driving license remains valid for only 90 days. This is because the transit law is different from the Inmigration law, and instead of writting this linked to the inmigration law, they wrote “90 days”.

Costa Rica’s extended tourist visa offers a fantastic opportunity for an extended tropical getaway. Keep the 90-day driving license limit in mind, and prepare to immerse yourself in the wonders of this beautiful country. Pura vida!