Costa Rican visa for Nicaraguan citizens

A visa is REQUIRED for Nicaraguan passport holders visiting Costa Rica for tourism and business purposes. See detailed requirements below:

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Nicaraguan citizens to enter Costa Rica for a short-term tourism purpose. Visa required N/A
Evisa Costa Rica e-visa for Nicaraguan citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Costa Rica visa on arrival for Nicaraguan citizens Not Available

Costa Rica tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Nicaraguan passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Costa Rica.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Costa Rica.

If you are looking for Costa Rica visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Nicaragua, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Costa Rica nearest your place of residence.

  • Managua: The Embassy of Costa Rica in Managua, Nicaragua (Working hours: Close now)
  • Rivas: The Consulate General of Costa Rica in Rivas, Nicaragua (Working hours: Close now)
  • Chinandega: The Consulate General of Costa Rica in Chinandega, Nicaragua (Working hours: Close now)

Costa Rica visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Costa Rica diplomatic mission offices to Nicaragua for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Nicaragua traveling to Costa Rica from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Nicaragua) estimated Change (%)
2008 396,069 N/A
2009 396,069 0.00%
2010 408,576 3.16%
2011 404,407 -1.02%
2012 400,238 -1.03%
2013 412,745 3.12%
2014 437,760 6.06%
2015 437,760 0.00%
2016 404,407 -7.62%
2017 412,745 2.06%
2018 416,915 1.01%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Costa Rica & Nicaragua comparison

Costa Rica's area is approximately 51,060 km2 (19,714 sq mi), while the area of Nicaragua is approximately 120,340 km2 (46,463 sq mi). This means Nicaragua is 2.36 times bigger than Costa Rica.

As of October 2021, Costa Rica's population is ~8.9 million people - 4,230,217 fewer people than the population of Nicaragua.

We have highlighted Costa Rica & Nicaragua’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Costa Rica Nicaragua Difference
Population (est 2021) 8,894,748 13,124,965 4.2 million fewer people live in Costa Rica than Nicaragua
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 98 80 Costa Rica has 18 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with Nicaragua.
Travel freedom (2021) 111 93 Costa Rica passport holders can visit 18 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 52 45 Costa Rican hosts 7 more foreign missions than Nicaragua.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Nicaragua travel to Costa Rica in one year?

The number of visitors from Nicaragua visiting Costa Rica in 2018 was approximately 416,915.

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