How Nigerians Can Get a Visa to Costa Rica
This article covers all the necessary information regarding how Nigerians can get a visa to Costa Rica. We cover some info about the country, the requirements, and the embassy locations.
About Costa Rica
Before delving into the information on how Nigerians can get a visa to Costa Rica, it is important to have some knowledge about the country you intend to visit.
Costa Rica is a rough, Central American rainforest country that has coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. San Jose is the capital and is home to cultural establishments like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. The Costa Rican colon is the official currency used, and the country’s official language is Spanish.
Costa Rica is popularly known for its beaches, volcanoes, and diverseness. Costa Rica is a well-known destination for nature travel, and this is a result of its well-established system of national parks and protected areas.
It has been estimated that Costa Rica contains about 5% of the world’s biodiversity, and is ranked as number three in the world and number one among the Americans in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index. And Costa Rica has been ranked as the happiest nation in the world by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), both in 2009 and in 2012. Costa Rica was also ranked as the “greenest” country in the world by this same organization (NEF).
Types of Costa Rican Visa
There are a couple of visa types available to people who which to visit Costa Rica, and they depend on the purpose for which the visit is intended.
- Tourist visa
- Business visa
- Study visa
- Work visa
Nigerians who wish to visit North Korea for business would need the list of documents below to apply for their North Korean visa.
1. Visa application form filled and signed.
2. Recent passport-sized photographs which capture the entire face with a bright background are needed.
3. International passport with a validity that goes beyond the expected return date, with at least two blank pages.
4. Copy of the passport data sheet (page on which the photo is located).
5. Copies of your previous visas (if any); will prove that you’ve had past travel experience.
6. A cover letter must be provided which states the reason for the visit and schedules.
7. Flight schedules with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from North Korea.
8. Evidence of health insurance covering foreign travel.
9. Hotel reservation/ accommodation information for the duration of the intended stay.
10. Proof of your civil status (birth certificate of children, marriage certificate, and death certificate of spouse if necessary).
11. Proof of legitimate stay (if the application is not presented in the applicant’s home country).
12. Evidence of enough financial means for the duration of the visit.
13. If you are getting financial support from a host or other sponsor in the country, their bank statement will have to be provided. Please note that your host’s invitation letter should expressly state the types of assistance they will be providing (financial, accommodations, feeding, transportation, etc.).
14. An original business letter, signed by the inviting company on the organization’s letter headed paper. The letter must provide information about the reason for traveling, specifying the type of
Visa and the needed sustainability of the Visa.
15. Evidence of past trade relations between the two companies, if such document is available.
16. Certificate of employment if the candidate is employed because it is necessary.
17. Please submit evidence of your retirement fund if you are retired.
18. A certificate from your employer granting your business permission to travel if you are employed.
19. Trade register extract or something like that (for self-employed).
20. Bank statement for the past three months to prove the client has a steady flow of income.
21. Proof of group travel (if you are traveling in a group).
22. Trade License (first issued and present renewal).
23. Visa fees because getting a visa is not free
Costa Rica usually requires a correct Yellow fever certificate upon arrival from major neighboring countries. Boarding a flight may not be approved if the certificate is not provided (if you have the certificate you can email it to the airline and then go to the local vaccination authority for another certificate to be issued for free).
According to each case, the competent embassy may request additional documents.
Where to Go
There is no Costa Rica embassy in Nigeria at the moment, so if you intend to visit Costa Rica you may need to first acquire a visa to countries whose visas are accepted in Costa Rica. If you have a valid US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, or Schengen visas you wouldn’t need a Costa Rica visa. The only condition for being granted entry into the country is that the visa must be valid for 3 months and should be stamped in your passport.
So you can get a visa from the countries mentioned above from their respective embassies or government offices here in Nigeria, and with your passport bearing the countries visa stamp, you will be given access to Costa Rica.
For more information regarding all types of visas, please contact or visit the appropriate embassy in Nigeria.
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