Costa Rica Golden Visa PROGRAMme

Costa Rica’s investor visa programme offers a range of investment options for those looking to obtain residency in this picturesque Central American nation. Investors can choose to make a minimum real estate investment of $150,000, invest $150,000 in a business venture, or contribute $100,000 to a government-approved forestry project. Successful applicants will receive a residency visa with a two year validity period which can be renewed, providing the investment is maintained.

Costa Rica Permanent Residency and Citizenship by Investment

Costa Rica does not offer a direct Citizenship by Investment programme. However through the Costa Rica Golden Visa programme, after three years of residency, investors can apply for permanent residency, with the condition of spending at least 183 days a year in the country. Furthermore, after seven years of continuous residency, applicants become eligible to apply for Costa Rican citizenship. This process involves demonstrating proficiency in the Spanish language and passing a naturalization test covering Costa Rican history and culture. Costa Rica’s investor visa program not only facilitates residency but also offers a unique path to becoming a full-fledged member of this vibrant and culturally rich nation.


If Costa Rican residency holders decide to eventually seek citizenship, then it is important to consider the benefits of holding a Costa Rican passport. A Costa Rican passport offers visa-free access to around 163 countries worldwide. It is a fairly strong passport. Concerning access for business people, it offers visa-free access to 52.7% of the world’s wealth (as measured by GDP) and 73.6% of the global travel popularity. It ranks 61st overall in La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking.

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