In October, the Costa Rica digital nomad visa was introduced into law by the Central American country. The government is still releasing details about the visa and how it will work exactly. So, while you cannot apply for the visa just yet, we do have some information that can help you prepare for when it does become available.
Costa Rica has long been a favorite destination for digital nomads. With its white sandy beaches, incredibly fresh fruit, and friendly culture, digital nomads have called this country home for many years.
Up until now, digital nomads could stay in the country for 90 days and would have to leave. Now, they are being officially welcomed with their own digital nomad visa to work remotely for one year. If the digital nomad has spent 180 days in Costa Rica during the visa period, they may renew it for a second year.
Along with the ability to stay for a year in Costa Rica, digital nomads can also open a local bank account with their visas. They are also exempt from paying local taxes in Costa Rica and may drive with their driver’s license from their country of origin.
This is a huge step for Costa Rica and digital nomads who love warm weather, strolling along beaches, and being part of a large community.
What is a Digital Nomad Visa?
A digital nomad visa is intended for remote employees, business owners, and freelancers who want to stay in a foreign nation for a longer period of time than a tourist visa allows.
These visas are technically more resident permits, allowing digital nomads to live in the country.
You must work for a foreign company (not one in your own country), operate a business, or work as a freelancer with clients from foreign countries to be eligible for a digital nomad visa.
This is ideal for digital nomads who wish to establish down somewhere without having to worry about crossing borders or overstaying their tourist visas.
Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa Requirements
As we wait to hear more about the requirements of the Costa Rican remote worker visa, this is what we know so far. In order to be eligible to apply for the visa, you must meet the following criteria:
- $3,000 per Month Income – You must have a “stable” income from a remote job
- Proof of Health Insurance – Your policy must cover you for the duration of the visa
- Proof of Remote Work – You must work remotely for yourself or a company established outside of Costa Rica
Rumors say there will be a substantial fee when applying for the visa, but the amount is still unknown.
Steps to Apply
Why Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is truly an ideal spot for digital nomads to come and work remotely. They get to experience the pura vida lifestyle and explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s very popular among nomads from the USA or Canada as it’s close to home and affordable to travel to.
Costa Rica tends to be a bit more expensive than other digital nomad destinations. However, it still costs less than many European and North American countries.
The wifi connection can be spotty if you plan to work from cafes and coworking spaces. However, the infrastructure is improving, and signals are getting much stronger with each coming year. Also, with the introduction of the Costa Rican digital nomad visa, the country is putting more effort into these features.
If you’re looking for a laidback lifestyle where you can witness astonishing sunsets, enjoy flavorful food, and meet some of the happiest people in the world, then Costa Rica should definitely earn a spot on your list of digital nomad destinations.
Let Us Help You Apply for the Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa
The country is not accepting applications for the visa just yet. So, we will update this article with new information as it becomes available.
When you can apply for the visa, Nomads Embassy can help create a smooth and seamless process.
Stay tuned for updates and information!