Beginning March 18, the United States Embassy in Costa Rica is reducing or cancelling immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments with exceptions for emergencies and some H-2 visa applicants.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The visa application fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/cr/cr-niv-expeditedappointment.asp  to request an emergency appointment. For additional information, please go to https://www.ustraveldocs.com/cr/index.html?firstTime=No.
Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:
Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and the subsequent proclamation issued March 14, 2020:
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau
There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at support-costarica@ustraveldocs.com for specific guidance.
On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries.  The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas.  More information is available at this link

Effective September 27 2019, Visa Issuance ("Reciprocity") Fees will start to apply to Costa Rican applicants in categories: F, E, H-1B, L and R. Please follow this link for more information.
The Embassy advises that there have been recent cases where applicants’ are unable to make their appointments due to their fees being used by third parties.  We remind all applicants to protect their visa fee payment receipt and its unique sequence number as if it were cash and not share it with anyone. It is not recommended to hire or rely on third parties to fill out visa application forms, make the interview appointment, or to handle fee payments. The visa application process is intended to be accomplished by applicants themselves with all forms available on our website (cr.usembassy.gov) and fees payable either online or in person at the branch location of your choice. Therefore the Embassy recommends applicants not rely on third parties for any part of the process, especially payment of the fee which should be done personally to avoid compromising sensitive payment data. Protect your own privacy and keep your entire visa application under your own personal control.
Applicants who choose to hire a third party service provider are urged to do thorough research before handing over any funds or personal information and remember, applicants remain personally responsable for the information entered in their application regardless of who fills it out.
If you suspect fraud occurred in any part of your visa application, please contact the Embassy by email at consularsanjose@state.gov or by calling +506-4000-1976.
Victims of visa fraud should report the crime to the local police before contacting the Embassy so as to provide the case number to aid further investigation.
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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Costa Rica. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in San José.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Costa Rica.