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Border Run or Airline Ticket?

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Denise53
8/12/2019 14:17 EST

For those of us who have to renew our Tourista visa every 90 days, what's the easiest way--border run (and, if so, I'd love advice on best border crossings, etc.), or just buy an rt airline ticket to Panama City, Belize City, Managua, Mexico City, or even San Diego? Stay a couple of days, then return to CR? Thoughts? Experience? Advice?

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Kohl
8/12/2019 16:12 EST

Personally, I would say if you can afford it, take a trip!!

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Denise53
8/12/2019 20:02 EST

Kohl.......yep. That's kinda what I figured. But thought I'd ask here to see if I was missing something. Thanks.

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Kohl
8/12/2019 21:02 EST

You are not required to stay out of the country for 72 hours, unless you do not want to pay duty on purchased goods, so a quick trip where you may just stop long enough for lunch may work for you. You should ask around your chosen area, to see where other may be doing the border run.

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princzz
8/13/2019 13:57 EST

You aren't guaranteed to enter back on border runs.

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Kohl
8/13/2019 14:26 EST

I don't think is much chance of getting refused entry, but there is of not being given 90 days...unless you are continuing doing it, many times.

Article today regarding this: https://news.co.cr/everything-you-need-to-know-about-expat-border-runs-in-costa-rica-and-why-applying-for-residency-is-better/80145/

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Denise53
8/13/2019 17:22 EST

thanks Kohl......good article, except that it left out a bunch of the reasons why people don't apply for residency (cost, paperwork, etc.). But all in all, more evidence that coming back to San Diego every 90 days (at least for my first six months) to see the family makes sense. Denise

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princzz
8/14/2019 06:04 EST

What doesnt make sense is not applying for residency. You can do it yourself, and it is way less expensive than flying home and border runs every 90 days. That would be $1000 every three months to fly and $1000 a year "every year" for border runs, and Costa Rica is cracking down on re-entry. Paperwork isn't hard and to hire an attorney for the while process is only one time payment of $1200 to $1500, so the REAL problem is NOT the excuses listed, it is they CAN'T QUALIFY!!! So people need to admit the truth. More than likely...criminal record!!!

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princzz
8/14/2019 08:19 EST

....plus... read this article.

https://news.co.cr/everything-you-need-to-know-about-expat-border-runs-in-costa-rica-and-why-applying-for-residency-is-better/80145/

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princzz
8/14/2019 08:23 EST

What you "think" isn't law, truth or fact. You are not guaranteed, and now they are tracking stamps. If you have numerous stamps of entry and exits, without an "expendiente" showing application for residency, you can be denied. Fact!

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Denise53
8/14/2019 09:52 EST

Princzz.....geesh, generalize much? I'm not a criminal, as I'm sure many are not. My rt airfare is $400. And it gives me a chance to see my family every three months. I'm not sure yet if I want residency. In the meantime, at least for my first year in CR, I'll do the "border fly".

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