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January 3rd, 2007
Just found out today that an ages old policy has changed… and pretty much without notice.
Before, if a person had applied for any form of legal residency and had been assigned a file number from immigration, they did not have to leave Costa Rica after 90 days for that 72 hour period in order to renew their tourist visa.
Now they do!
Costa Rica Immigration has now decided that because someone has not actually received his legal residency, they are thus, in fact, still tourists and not exempt from the law that requires they leave after 90 days.
Apparently, immigration is not pushing this, preferring to wait until the news spreads, but please pay attention to this if you are in this situation. Until you actually have the formal residency approval, you now must leave CR every 90 days for at least 72 hours.Filed under Costa Rica, Costa Rica Residency, Costa Rica Tourism, Expatriate Life, Immigration & Residency, Living in Costa Rica, Moving to Costa Rica, Retire in Costa Rica | Comments (15)