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Tulipe
8/5/2019 17:54 EST

Hi there - my family and I are moving to Tamarindo this December. We've purchased one-way tickets and plan to AirBnB for a while before we find our home in Costa Rica. We plan to apply for the rentista visa after 3 or so months (assuming all goes according to plan). Currenlty, we have one way tickets to Costa Rica from LA. Do you know if we need to show proof of return ticket to the U.S. in order for Costa Rica to let us in upon arrival for our tourist visa? We are trying to figure out if we won't make it into Costa Rica in December because we only have one-way tickets right now. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Lisapuravida
8/6/2019 08:40 EST

Highly unlikely you will be allowed to board your plane in LA bound for CR with a one way ticket. Wherein I've heard people that have somehow slipped the system and have done it, it's very unusual as the airline is actually fined for allowing a passenger without an outbound ticket from CR. You might consider booking a one way ticket from CR back to the states. (Or anywhere for that matter, you don't have to return to the states, you just need to show that you're leaving CR within 90 days.) Make sure this ticket is fully refundable and show the ticket as your return flight. You can simply cancel your ticket after you've fulfilled the obligation.

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shermanwc
8/6/2019 08:41 EST

I strongly recommend that you have return tickets in hand for travel out of Costa Rica within 90 days when flying to CR. You can purchase a one-way refundable ticket and then cancel it after in Costa Rica.

While the request to see your return ticket is inconsistently applied, it is best to be prepared. If asked, it will generally be the airline asking when you check in - my daughter and her family had to purchase tickets from CR to Panama while checking in to a flight from Denver to CR, when the airline insisted on tickets out of the country. (They had a driver set up to drive them to Nicaragua on arrival, but the airline wouldn't accept the email setting up the ride.)

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Kohl
8/6/2019 10:18 EST

We were refused boarding, for not having a return ticket, even though our flights originated in CR and we had our papers saying our 'application was being processed.' Don't chance it.

You have picked a very expensive time to solely use AirBnB's, with this time period being high season.'

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1952cajun
8/6/2019 10:54 EST

Before you board the airline in the US, you will be asked to show proof of exist within 90 days. One way do accomplish this is to buy a ticket at the airport back to US then show purchase of ticket to check in, board the plane then cancel that flight.

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Kohl
8/6/2019 11:34 EST

Tulipe, are you aware that a second US$60,000 must be deposited, two years later when applying for Rentista status?
Note, that if the principle applicant is under 55 the mandatory monthly health premium, could be in the $400+ range.

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Lindajones
8/6/2019 11:52 EST

Yes. We needed to show a return flight before exiting the airport. We did not have to back in January, but things changed by the time June rolled around.

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ILuvCR
8/6/2019 12:19 EST

Hola Tulipe! very exciting!

What they said!

It's your airline @ departure where you'll need to show a return ticket.

Keep in mind that December, especially close to Xmas is peak season and accommodations will fill quickly and will be at a premium price.

Pura Vida!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/6/2019 12:47 EST

Kohl,
I'm asking you this question because I know that you are a Canadian citizen.
I know that everything people are saying here is true because it happened to one of our friends.
You know that we are residents here so we are not in this category. In Toronto when they saw that my husband only had a one way ticket and questioned him about it, he showed them his Costa Rica Cedula and his Costa Rica Driver's License.
This is my question: every time I booked flights to Costa Rica I had to pay insurance if I needed to cancel them later. How does one book a flight and then just cancels it without paying insurance?-Is it possible with Canadian airlines?
Maybe it's a silly question but I would like to know.
Thanks.

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Kohl
8/6/2019 18:13 EST

I have never heard before that you would 'have' to pay cancellation insurance....so sorry that I can't provide an answer.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/6/2019 18:49 EST

Kohl,
I used to book our flights with CIBC in order to be able to use our Visa points.

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Denise53
8/6/2019 20:56 EST

I believe what you have to do is make sure you purchase a Refundable ticket.

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Justagirl8815
8/6/2019 21:45 EST

Yes, you have to have a return planned or exit out of country planned. They will usually approve 90 days but not always. You will have to go to panama, Nicaragua or back to US after 90 days up and then re enter. Apply for residency as soon as possible. It takes time

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Tulipe
8/7/2019 17:03 EST

Thank you everyone for these responses. It's been super helpful!

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Tulipe
8/7/2019 17:06 EST

Hi Kohl, thanks for your message. We were aware of the 2nd $60k deposit that is required after 2 years, but I'm not sure I understand your point about the $440 month premium piece. Can you please elaborate a bit? Thanks!

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Kohl
8/7/2019 18:33 EST

Your CAJA premium will be based on your 'income' of the $2500 per month. If the principal applicant is under 55, the premium could double of those over 55. Unfortunately, you will not know what your premium will be for the mandatory healthcare until just before you are given a cedula. Hope this makes it, little clearer.

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Tulipe
8/8/2019 17:13 EST

Ah, now I understand what you are referencing. This is helpful, thank you!

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