How To Get a Costa Rican Passport in Costa Rica

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We now finally have our Costa Rican birth certificate in hand for our four-month-old daughter Rosalinda.  Please help us if you have any information about these questions by sharing your info here or sharing links to helpful sites. 

What else do we need to get the Costa Rican passport?  Where do we present the information to apply?  How long will we spend at that office?  How long will it take to process?  Do we need to go to the San Jose immigration office or can we do it from a more convenient location?  How much money do we need to bring?

Thanks@!  Peter, Milyn, and Rosalinda


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Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes. is a very helpful website should anyone be reading this in the future... and the cost for a passport is $56

no one answered the question of cost

Is someone able to answer the original question? I too have a bf in costa rica that i would like to bring to the US on a fiance visa. To do that he first must have a costa rican passport. I would like to know the cost so I can send him enough to cover it. He does not know, not having had one before and its expensive to send money western union...the more you send the more it costs.

How much money does it cost a Costa rican resident to buy a pass

How much money does it cost a Costa Rican resident to buy a passport? I"m only asking because I want my boyfriend to visit me Honduras and he can't afford a passport so I have to pay for him.

I wouldnt say its easy,

I wouldnt say its easy, nothing is easy and smooth in costa...lived there long enough to know this. my husband is costarican, my son dual costa rican/us citizen. the paper work for obtaining us passport in costa rica is horiible took me 3 days ....very detail oriented....they want to know how many times you are in and out of costa rica over the yrs talking what month and year from when to when ...after 3 months we completed but NOT easy task.,,,,have your babes in the US..omg
never again...bus this way bus that way pay this pay that.....
bueno suerte


I'm not 100% positive but my hunch is that you need his CR passport to *leave* CR, not to get back in.  It will need to have been pre-approved for leaving the country from the immigration office in Managua.

DO I need a CR passport?

I know this post is really old but Im trying to figure out if I need to get a CR passport for my son. He has Canadian Costa rican dual citizenship and I have his Canadian passport. We are going to canada for 2 months and coming back. Do I need his CR passport to get back into CR? Thanks for any help!


We are now back in the Philippines.  If you are an immigration officer, would you allow a family to pass who had the following passports for mother, infant, and father?



It took as one week to get Costa Rican passport.  Now we have it.  They also gave us the pirmiso de salida.

part I: Costa Rica Immigration

For some reason the Costa Rican Immigration office did not respect President's Day on Monday.  So we were there bright and early.  First we waited through the information line.  They when we were almost at the front, we were told to go to the line for people with babies. We waited through this line, and then were informed by the attendant at the window ("all services for old people, disabled, and with children less than one year old") that we ought to go to the normal information window.  So we did that, cutting to the front of the line (apparently this is what to do if you have a baby less than one year old).

Then we waited through another line at the internal BCR branch and paid for the passport.

Finally, we waited through another line and then were finally invited into the office of an officer apprently suffering from divorce or menopause, she was chain-gobbling treats out of her desk drawers the whole time.

We presented all our paperwork, except there was one big problem.  My wife Milyn's passport (being Filipina) doesn't have a signature line.

The officer was stumped.  She went around and asked everyone else in the building what to do, came back, and was repeating that how could she approve of the application if there is no signature in the passport.

"What do you think about looking at the picture in the passport?" I suggested, but she said, "But then how do I know that she is the actual mother of the baby?" as if that had suddenly been called into question.

One tall man walked around behind the cubicles, and he looked at all the documents, and he said, "It's ok.  It's a fact that Chinese passports don't have signatures."

"Can we verify that?  Chinese passports don't have signatures?  But this is a Filipina."

So the tall man supposedly went to organize a phone-a-thon to call Philippines consulates somewhere (there's none in Costa Rica anymore).  When he returned back finally, he explained that he couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone, though it was unclear whether there had even been a phone-a-thon.  He looked at the papers again, with a "just approve it" kind of attitude, but the officer couldn't approve something she couldn't prove.

Finally we searched our documents and found one of milyn's old ids with a signature (a postal id that looks like it could be made for 20 cents by anybody), plus a copy of our marriage contract.  Of course I had to get photocopies somewhere myself, "And you'd better make it fast," nibbled the officer, probably thinking of her upcoming lunch break.

The woman insisted the signatures were not consistent enough, the man said he'd have to go to the back room to get the final word on the papers.  Later he came back and said the final word was that the documents were sufficient, though it was unclear whether he did anything in the back room other than smoke a cigarette to figure this out.

Eventually our agent did begrudgingly accept our application.

Overall it was actually not an unpleasant morning.  From start to finish about three hours.  Compared to the Philippines, this is nothing.  To get Milyn's passport there took months to gather the papers and get sign-offs from different offices (since she was married to a 'foreigner' she even had to take a special course offered by nuns in which the nuns caution the filipinas about the american's endowment and warn them of filipinas who arrived in the states to find that they had to donate their eyeballs to their mothers-in-law).

Sometimes these places are wierd, eh, but I'm finally starting to get used to it and as long as it works eventually I don't mind the extra time reading Great Expectations or trying to say "goo goo" to see Rosalinda smile.

 This was a year ago. We

 This was a year ago. We didn't get the super chip. 

that's no problem

Not bad.  Ten days is a walk in the park.  Was this before or after the "super chip-embedded passports"?


From our appointment to delivery of the passport was 10 days. We picked up the passport but it could have been delivered if we chose.  

Also here is the Embassy e-mail if needed  

And report a birth abroad form

thanks ticabell and jimmy

ticabell I just edited your comment because the link was broken.

Jimmy, how long did it take to get your daughter's passport from the U.S. embassy?


website for immigration

This page seems to have the answers to most of your questions:

I heard it's about a week to get the passport.  You might be able to find out more details from the immigration website:



You may want to go straight for the US passport and forget the Costa Rican one for now. With the CR passport, you will need a visa for many countries that you may travel to. And visas for many countries can be costly.

The US one was pretty easy. Since my wife is Canadian, I had to jump through a few more hoops than if both parents are from the USA.

I had to show my proof of citizenship and show that I was present in the US for 5 years. I did that with military and school records. Also your marriage certificate. Two passport photos, which can be done at the embassy.

Also if you call the Embassy in Pavas, you can get some good information.  2220-3939



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