Spain has long been thought of as a premier destination in Europe. Whether visiting the art museums of the capital city, Madrid or exploring Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona, the country offers a wide range of cultural activities, top cuisine, beaches, and cities of all sizes to explore.
At the end of 2022, Costa Rican passport holders will have a new system for acquiring permission to visit Spain. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) for Spain is an electronic visa-waiver that will grant Costa Ricans permission to visit Spain as well as other countries within the Schengen Area.
Traveling to Spain from Costa Rica with an ETIAS
There are currently 60 countries around the world whose citizens are eligible to apply for the ETIAS for Spain and the Schengen Area. The process for doing so is straightforward and simple and can be done from anywhere with internet access. This means that Costa Ricans no longer need to visit an embassy or consulate in order to apply for permission to visit Spain.
The entire application process should take no more than an hour to complete. A response can be expected to be given within three business days, so make sure to apply with plenty of time. Once granted, the visa waiver is valid for up to three years. This means that travelers have up to three years from the date of issue to enter Spain or the Schengen Area before they must apply for a new visa waiver. Once inside Spain or other Schengen countries, Costa Ricans are allowed to stay for a total of 90 days within a period of 180 days, meaning they are free to leave and return on the one visa as long as the total number of days within 180 days does not top 90.
ETIAS Application for Costa Rican Citizens
The application for the ETIAS for Spain will ask applicants to provide certain requirements such as their name as it appears on their passport, their passport number and expiration date, their date of birth, their planned itinerary, and contact details. They will also need to provide information regarding their history of security. European authorities will already have this information and simply want to double-check that applicants are providing accurate information.
Once the application has been filled, it is recommended that all information is checked for accuracy before submitting as any incorrectly filled boxes could result in the delay or rejection of the application.
An approved ETIAS will be sent via email, so be sure to regularly check your inbox, as well as your spam folder if you haven’t received the visa waiver after 72 hours.
Passport and Documents Needed
In addition to the personal contact details listed above, the ETIAS application for Costa Rican travelers does not require a large number of extra documents. Applicants should have the following on hand before applying:
- A valid Costa Rican passport with a minimum of three months of validity from the intended date of arrival to the Schengen Area.
- A credit or debit card in order to pay the visa waiver fee. The fee is non-refundable, so be sure you have filled out the information correctly before applying.
- A valid email address. All correspondence with the authorities in the visa office will be done via email. It is critical that applicants hold a working email address.
Costa Rica Embassy and Consulates in Spain
The Costa Rican embassy is located in Madrid.
Additionally, there are consulates in the following cities: Barcelona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Malaga, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Sevilla, Tarragona, Valencia, and Zaragoza.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Costa Rica
The Spanish Embassy is located in San Jose.
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