What is it Like to Go Through Border Control at a Costa Rica Airport?

Here's what you can expect on your vacation

Border control at both the international airports in the country tends to be pretty stress-free, but there are a few things you need to prepare for.

After exiting the plane, walk quickly to the Border Control area.  It can get backed up.  We once stood in line for about 2 hours. Ugh!

When you get up to the Border Control desk the immigration officer will first ask to see your current valid passport.  They then usually ask 3 questions. These questions are...

1. What is your profession?

Just answer them with your general title like "teacher, marketing, programmer etc."  They have a list of careers that they need to check something off of.

2. Where you are staying on your first night? 

You just need to give them the name of the hotel or vacation rental you are staying at on your first night and its location.

3. What is the duration of your stay in Costa Rica? 

They just need to know the date of your departure from Costa Rica. Occasionally they may ask to see your flight info.

Keep in mind that you are legally only allowed to stay in Costa Rica for up to 90 days without a residence permit.

Then the border agent will stamp your passport. You can then go pick up your luggage and start your vacation in paradise.

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