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Coming to Costa Rics as Pensionado

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finnteara
6/26/2019 22:16 EST

Can I enter Costa Rica through customs
with proof of SS and VA documents that I have over the $1000 requirements? I am moving from Thailand after 8 years in April when visa runs out. I do not want or need a return ticket. I have spend 6 months in CR before I decided on Thailand. CR was my first choice, but was offered a position to set up an organic Coffee plantation, I spent 2 years in Jamaican Blue Mountains as a Coffee plantion manager. I am a Agricultural Systems Designer. Organic systems, Permaculture, Aquaponic systems. Argo-Forestry, etc,

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Kohl
6/27/2019 00:06 EST

No, you can't apply for residency this way. Nor can you legally work here until Permanent resident which will take 4-5 years from your initial application. Exceptions being if you have a work permit or work solely on line.

You are required to have a return ticket, else you may not be permitted to board your flight.

https://costaricalaw.com/category/costa-rica-legal-topics/immigration-and-residency/

https://costaricalaw.com/category/costa-rica-legal-topics/working-in-costa-rica/

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finnteara
6/27/2019 00:24 EST

Then , instead of buying a return ticket back to thailand, can I buy a one way ticket to Costa Rica and another one way ticket to Panama or Nicaragua?
I have emailed 3 immigration companies to get process started. Thank you for your information.

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finnteara
6/27/2019 06:25 EST

Thanks for the information. What about buying a one way ticket from Thailand to Costa Rica, and also buying a one way ticket from Costa Rica to Panama or Nicaragua?

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acastillo
6/27/2019 07:54 EST

I came to CR on a one way ticket and nobody asked me for a return flight. Same thing happened in panama which has a similar law about proof of return travel. I think its only enforced if you look poor and have dark skin.

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lindyluvsCR
6/27/2019 09:19 EST

Castillo - Your comment is very tacky and untrue. Most of the time they require a return ticket. You just got a sleepy agent at the booth.

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Kohl
6/27/2019 09:32 EST

Definitely not true. We were refused boarding, when we even produced our paper saying we had applied for residency.

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shermanwc
6/27/2019 09:33 EST

Yes, you can buy a one-way ticket out of CR to any other country that is scheduled within 90 days. You could buy a refundable ticket and cash it in after you get to CR. You will still need to leave CR within 90 days, but could do a border run in lieu of flying out. They won't care about your income on entry into CR, but you will need that documentation when you apply for residency.

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peter2017
6/27/2019 10:57 EST

We were never asked about our return ticket.

Instead, they always asked me how long we will be staying, where we will be staying then they asked me and my wife what we do for living. Once we told them, they smiled and wished us a pleasant stay.

Same thing everytime. Like a script.

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Kohl
6/27/2019 11:04 EST

Here is a good website citing expenses in regard to applying for residency.

https://outlierlegal.com/services/immigration/legal-fees-government-fees-and-expenses/

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finnteara
6/27/2019 23:28 EST

Thanks for the feedback, I will buy a short hop return ticket, and wait a few months and build up meager funds before applying for Pensionado status. I am coming from Thailand and it is a country that requires a vista to Cost Rica. I emailed the Costa Rican consul in Bangkok to see if that includes US citizens. It is a 30 day visa.

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acastillo
6/28/2019 06:57 EST

Good luck. If you want to have a coffee and talk about permaculture when you land drop me a line.

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