Thursday, 2 July 2020

Tourists in Costa Rica WILL be able to drive legally until July 17

Ministry of Transport issued official notice

Travel Tourists in Costa Rica WILL be able to drive legally until July...

Ministry of Transport issued official notice

It’s official, foreigners in Costa Rica as tourists and who have entered the country after December 17, 2019, can legally drive even though their stay is beyond the 90-day limit.

The notice reads:

Also extended until May 15 inclusive, the grace period for drivers whose license has expired after March 20, 2020, so that in this period of time (from March 20 to May 15, 2020) they are not fined for this cause. It is important to clarify that the people whose license has expired before March 20, 2020, do not apply for this grace period.

- payin the bills -

The same period of time applies to accredited drivers with a driver’s license abroad, with an uninterrupted stay in the country of more than three months and who had to approve the document from March 20.

In addition, for those who are in tourist condition and have entered the country after December 17, 2019, an extension is authorized until July 17 to renew, in case the approval is expired.” See here the MOPT notice (in Spanish).

Normally, foreigners – tourists – can legally drive in Costa Rica using a driver’s license from their home country (or another country) for up to a maximum of 90 days after their arrival (based on the entry stamp on their passport).

Due to the national emergency, many a tourist decided to stay in Costa Rica, riding out the pandemic in Pura Vida or could not find a flight home. Confusion arose when the immigration service extended (for those foreigners who entered the country after December 17, 2019) their legal stay in the country until May 15, 2020, and then last week to July 17, 2020.

- paying the bills -

However, the Ministry of Transport did not pronounce on the extension, leaving many confused, can they drive legally with their expired entry stamp?

The confusion was also in the ex-pat community of foreigners who live in Costa Rica but choose to continue on their tourist visa, doing a ‘border run’ periodically to stay current and be able to legally drive.

The measures taken by the government to close the borders to foreigners (unless they are residents), changed things.

Although, as we have mentioned here, it would have been unlikely that the Policia de Transito would have, during these times, fined a tourist (or ‘ex-pat tourist’) for driving with an expired entry stamp on their passport. Although, until now, they could have.



- paying the bills --



"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Daniel Salas affirms that the country can still flatten the curve

(QCOSTARICA) Although the 294 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday will...

Costa Rica is fertile land for “revenge tourism” by Americans

(QCOSTARICA) Betting on the sense of "revenge" that Americans have for...


Costa Rica allows passage of Nicaraguans from Panama headed for their home country

(QCOSTARICA) The Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, said that Costa Rica will only allow the passage of caravans of buses that transport Nicaraguans from...

Luany was hit man’s girlfriend, reveals OIJ director

(QCOSTARICA) Following accusations by the family of Luany Valeria Salazar for mishandling of the case, Walter Espinoza, director of the Organisno de Investigacion Judicial ...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: another record,169 new cases on Thursday

(QCOSTARICA) We have definitely left double-digit numbers behind in the daily COVID-19 case update. This Thursday, June 25, the Ministry of Health reported 169...

Restrictions leave US travelers high and dry

(CNN) — In downtown Buffalo, New York, crossing the border into Ontario, Canada, used to be as easy as driving one mile across the...

Half of Costa Ricans over 19 have at least one risk factor for coronavirus

(QCOSTARICA) The coronavirus pandemic puts a third of the Costa Rican population in particular danger, the 1.6 million over the age of 19 who...

Mandatory Use of Masks Starts Today

(QCOSTARICA) The mandatory use of facemasks or face shields goes into effect, today, Saturday, June 27. On Friday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, detailed...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.