Since Costa Rica signed their digital nomad visa into law last August, remote workers have anxiously awaited more details. Now, nearly a year later, applications are open, but with a few key requirements.
For those hoping to make the Central American paradise their new office, they’ll need to earn a minimum of $3,000 a month as an individual or $5,000 as a family. Those granted the visa won’t pay any taxes on their income nor will they pay import fees on items they buy for work. They can even import up to two cars.
To apply, applicants will need to fill out the online form with their personal details and upload supporting documents, including photo ID and proof of income. Any documents in a foreign language must be translated to Spanish by an official translator or notary.
There is a $90 processing fee and an additional visa fee for anyone who is approved for the visa. The processing time for the application is an estimated 15 days.
The visa is valid for one year and can be extended for another year if the remote worker can prove they’ve stayed in the country for at least 180 days.