Citizens of the People's Republic of China can benefit from the following exceptions to the normal entry visa application procedure.
(1) If the person has an multiple entries visa (tourism, business, crew member) for the United States of America (exclusively B1-B2 visa, or type D visa of multiple entries), Canada (exclusively multiple entries), Schengen visa and/or visa to a Member State of the European Union (exclusively multiple entries) in his/her passport, he/she shall be exempted from applying for an entry visa into Costa Rica. (Stay period cannot exceed the expiration date of the visa and has a maximum of 30 days).
(2) Citizens from the countries of the Fourth and Third Group countries who have a visa for Japan stamped in their passport do not need a visa. Please make sure that this visa is of multiple entries (tourism, business or crew member) that has been previously used and has a validity of 6 months as from the day the person intends to arrive in Costa Rica. (Maximum stay of 30 days).
(3) If the person has a legal residence of at least six months (residency, work permit, study permit, refugee status) in the United States, Canada or in a Member State of the European Union, he/she shall be exempted for the visa requirement for entry into Costa Rica, under the same conditions of citizens of countries in the second group (maximum stay of 30 days). If the residence/permit expires in less than six months, the person can apply for a consular visa in the respective Costa Rican Consulate. Please make sure that this legal residence allows multiple entries to the countries mentioned.
(4) If the person has a legal residence of at least six months (residency, work permit, study permit, refugee status) in the other countries of group 1 (click here to see the list), can apply for a consular visa in the country where they live, as long as they can present to the respective Costa Rican Consul the document that proves their residence.
(5) Citizens of Hong Kong, bearers of valid British passports for overseas citizens (British National Overseas/BNO) shall receive the same treatment as of countries of the first group. Thus, they shall not require entry visa into Costa Rica and may stay for up to 90 natural days. Bearers of HKSAR passports require a visa to enter Costa Rica, under the same conditions than holders of regular passports of the People’s Republic of China.
(6)Consular visas for “P” or “PE” Passports will be handling through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China. Please communicate with such Ministry.
(7) Diplomatic or Service passports do not need a visa.
Please note that in all cases the specific period of stay in Costa Rica is decided by the Migration official at the moment of entering the country.