Costa Rican passport
Costa Rican passport front cover
Issued by Costa Rica
First issued1 January 2006[1] (current version)
EligibilityCosta Rican citizenship
Expiration6 years after acquisition

Costa Rican passports are issued to Costa Rican citizens to travel outside Costa Rica. Currently, it is valid for 6 years (10 years before 2006). It is issued to people born on Costa Rican soil (who are citizens by default), and to children of Costa Rican citizens born abroad, who are reported to the nearest Costa Rican embassy (whose birth, immediately after such report, is recorded in the civil registry). Children born overseas to a Costa Rican citizen are Costa Rican by birth, not by naturalisation, as stated in the Constitution of Costa Rica.

As of 1 October 2019, Costa Rican citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 150 countries and territories, ranking the Costa Rican passport 27th overall and first among Central American countries, in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.[2]

In 2017, the Costa Rican government confirmed plans to begin issuing biometric passports by 2020.[3]


It is dark blue on the outside, with letters and the Costa Rican coat of arms in gilded-looking letters.

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "The Henley Passport Index" (PDF). Henley & Partners Holdings Ltd. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019. This graph shows the full Global Ranking of the 2019 Henley Passport Index. As the index uses dense ranking, in certain cases, a rank is shared by multiple countries because these countries all have the same level of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
  3. ^ Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020