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Travelers from the U.S., Canada, U.K., South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, South Korea, most European countries (a total of 45 nations in the world), are not required to have a visa to enter Costa Rica for 30 to 90 days. You only need a passport that is valid for at least 30 days after you arrive. However, proof of an airline ticket to another country or back home, along with evidence of a proper amount of money is needed upon entry. Nationals do not apply to this requirement. There are at least 29 countries that are required to have a tourist visa for stays up to 30 days, such as: Bolivia, Chile, Greece, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The requirements include: a completed application form, one color passport-sized photo, a copy of your itinerary issued by your travel agency or airline, a copy of the round-trip ticket, proof you have sufficient funds and any additional documents required by your consulate. A Costa Rican visa costs about $20 and may take one to two weeks, or longer depending upon your country. Make sure your passport is in good condition because Costa Rican officials can deny you entrance. Your appearance may also determine whether or not you get to travel. No tasteless clothing and ungroomed hair, such as beards and long hair. Those who overstay their visa from the date you received your stamp will be charged a $100 fine for every month you spent longer in the country, or face a period of expulsion from Costa Rica that is triple the level of the fine. For example, one month longer equals a $100 fine or three-month expulsion.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Volunteer Visa and Student Visa.

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