As of January 16, 2023, the Immigration Office began eliminating the stamping of passports by immigration control that occurred at the time of entry of nationals and foreigners arriving within a regular immigration category in Costa Rica.

Those who enter the country as tourists are not subject to this change: the stamp will continue as a regular rule in such cases.

Stamp elimination will be applied at air and sea control posts, while the land arrival process will continue unchanged without variation. The country’s exit control will remain as it has been.

The Immigration Police will continue to perform immigration controls through consultations and judicial or police verifications to determine that there is no impediment for a person to enter or leave the country.

This control results from the modernization process conducted by the Immigration Office and other procedures linked to the services, all for greater efficiency.