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What is the change? Costa Rica has published new visa guidelines.
What does the change mean? The changes provide for 90-day stays upon arrival for Colombian and Nicaraguan nationals, exempt a greater number of U.S. visa holders from entry visa requirements, allow legal residents of the U.S., the European Union and Canada to provide some required documents in English and require travelers to hold machine-readable passports.
Additional information: The Immigration Directorate (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) published new visa guidelines on Sept. 14. Among key changes:
Analysis & Comments: Travelers should note that immigration officers have ultimate discretion over foreign nationals being granted stays upon arrival, but the changes will generally benefit Colombian and Nicaraguan nationals and a greater number of U.S. visa holders. The possibility of providing legal documents in English will ease entry procedures for U.S., EU and Canadian legal residents who have to show documents establishing their immigration status upon entry. Travelers who do not currently have a machine-readable passport will be required to obtain one before traveling to Costa Rica.
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