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The tourism sector in Costa Rica has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. By 1995, it had become the largest source of international purchases in Costa Rica, even overtaking what the agricultural exports have brought in. Tourism has been, since 1999, a more lucrative source of foreign exchange than popular agricultural exports like pineapples, coffee, and bananas. The vast improvement in the tourism sector began in 1987, upping the number of visitors from 329,000 in 1988 to 1.03 million in 1999. The figures increased to more than 2 million tourists in 2008, with record numbers coming in at 2.66 million foreign tourists in 2015. 12.5% of the country’s gross domestic product in 2012 was directly attributed to its tourism industry, as well as the 11.7% of indirect and direct employment. By the year 2009, it was responsible for around 17% of foreign investment, with an average of 13% in the interval between 2000 and 2009. 2010 saw tourism bring in more than a fifth of the total foreign exchange produced by services and products exported, helping lower the poverty incidence by more than 3%. Experience the natural and cultural beauty of Costa Rica as you enter using a Health Declaration Form. It was in the late 1980s that Costa Rica became one of the most popular destinations for people who prefer nature tourism. Its primary advantage over its competitors is a well-established system of protected areas and national parks. The land area set aside for these tourist attractions is almost a quarter of the total land area of Costa Rica. The country is also home to one of the richest biodiversity index of any country in the world, with an area that is only around 0.03% of the world’s total land area containing more than 5% of its total biodiversity. It is one of the few nations with coastlines in both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, creating an incredible system of wonderful beaches, all within a short distance of popular cities that can be made as a base for visiting other areas. The more unusual attractions are the volcanoes that can be safely visited by just about anyone. Costa Rica became the poster child of eco-tourism in the early 1990s. Between 1986 and 1994, tourist arrival growth rates have averaged 14%, one of the highest figures during that period. Don’t miss the highlight of your vacation in Costa Rica. Get a self-declaration form now. In their 2009 report, the Costa Rican Tourism Board stated that around 47% of foreign visitors took part in activities that are associated with ecotourism. This includes bird-watching, observing the local flora and fauna, backpacking, and trekking. However, potential visitors are looking for more activities related to adventure tourism. The magazine Ethical Traveler included Costa Rica in its 2011 and 2012 list of The Developing World's 10 Best Ethical Destinations. Costa Rica is one of the countries located in the isthmus of Central America, with coastlines totaling 1,290 kilometers on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica shares its borders with two countries, Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. Its highest point is at Cerro Chirripó, with an altitude of 3,819 meters, the fifth tallest in Central America. The tallest volcano recorded in the country is the Irazú Volcano, measured at 3,431 meters at its highest point. There are several islands within Costa Rica’s territory. The farthest from the continent is Cocos Island at a distance of 480 kilometers from Puntarenas. Calero Island is the largest with a land area of 151.6 square kilometers or 58.5 square miles. As stated earlier, almost 25% of the nation’s territory is composed of national parks and protected areas. These are under the administration of the National System of Conservation Areas or the SINAC. Get yourself a great view of the picturesque landscape and seascape by obtaining your Travel Health Card now. Biodiversity is easily Costa Rica’s eco-tourism trump card. It has one of the highest biodiversity densities in the world, with 5% of the world’s total biodiversity packed into a land area only around 0.03% of the world’s total. It is home to the indigenous red-eyed tree frog, one of the rarest frog species in the world. Most of the species of flora and fauna found in Costa Rica are those that flourish under tropical conditions, around 6% of the total known species in the world. The country is home to giant species of ficus trees which are habitats of trailing epiphytes themselves. There are also approximately 1,500 species of orchids found in Costa Rica. The fauna is impressive as well, with species of cats like the margay, a graceful feline with a long neck, and the jaguar, the largest cat in the Americas. Some may even get to see a black panther, a dark-colored variety of the same species as the normal jaguar. It is also home to some of the biggest species of parrots, the macaws and unusual birds like the toucan and the hornbill, as well as the smallest hummingbirds. Take a backpacking trip through the jungles of Costa Rica using your Medical Declaration Form to enter the country. You can never run out of things to do in Costa Rica, with the extraordinary natural wealth the country possesses. You can go to beaches on either coast, the Pacific or the Caribbean. If you prefer stronger waves for adventure, the Pacific coast is for you. If you prefer a laid-back environment, you can go to the Rastafarian paradise of the Caribbean coast. You can go sport fishing and maybe bring back an Atlantic sailfish or a tuna. You can also fish for marlin, dorado, snapper, or grouper. You can book multi-day fishing trips if you want. You can catch the surf in the Pacific coast, particularly in the Guanacaste and Central Pacific area. You can also dive with a SCUBA gear and look at the fishes instead of catching them. If you prefer freshwater adventures, rafting may be the thing for you, with more rivers per unit of land area than any country in the world. Book your holiday now, remember to have your travel documents at hand, and enjoy Costa Rica.
An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within a certain country. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at the ports of entry or visiting an embassy/consulate to obtain traditional paper visas. e-Visas are linked electronically to the traveler's passport.
Our service starts with information. You can use our up-to-date visa requirements tool to search if you need a travel visa. It's as simple as telling us where you are from and where you are going. Based on this information we will tell you how much the visa costs, the number of entries, the start date and give you an action step such as applying directly on our site!
The best place to find this information is our visa requirement tool. Each country has different entry rules and visa fees. If you are in a rush you can also apply online and the form will give you this information as well.
It depends on the country issuing the visa. For many countries such as Australia ETA and Turkey e-Visa, the process can be done in 15 minutes through our rush service. For other countries such as the India tourist Visa, the process usually takes 24 hours. The exact time can be found on each application form. What we guarantee is that your application with iVisa will be the fastest way to apply anywhere.
The documents must be printed on a sheet of blank A4 white paper. Double-side or reduced printing will not be accepted.
We help you get your travel visa in the simplest and fastest way possible. Through easy-to-use online application forms and world-class 24/7 customer service, we make the whole visa process quick and simple! We also use best practices when it comes to protecting your data and credit card.
iVisa offers two types of Visa: Electronic visas (e-Visas) and traditional paper visas, based on your destination. In addition, we also offer the following services/documents that are required by certain countries: ETA (electronic travel authorization), Tourist Cards, Visa on Arrival pre-registration/approval form, Tourist Invitation Letters, and Embassy Registration service.
  1. Select the country to which you are requesting the visa
  2. Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully.
  3. Select Apply Now
  4. Fill in the application form
  5. Pay using a Visa Card, Mastercard or other debit card.
  6. Await approval via email, then download and print the e-Visa from your account.
  7. Present your printed e-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
Please note most countries offer the ability to process a travel visa without a service fee. The main reason we process thousands of travel visas per month is we save you time and frustration. Our service includes an easy to use website and application form. It is much easier to process your application with us especially for mobile users and large groups. We send all of our clients the visa days before travel. This is especially helpful for those passengers who purchase the visa months in advance. We also have a 24-hour customer service with professionals that are based in the United States and speak English. We accept multi-currencies and our website can be translated into over 20 languages. We believe our fee is worth your time and sanity but please note all governments do have their own "free" service.
If you have already applied on our site, please log in to your account and look for your order/application. An account is generated for you automatically after payment is received. Click the link in your confirmation email to set up a password or visit the log in page to set up the password and enter the account. Please note in most cases your visa will be delivered to you via email and can be found in your account after logging in.
This is a rare scenario. However, if your application gets rejected, we will issue you a full refund for the government fee and the processing fee under our 100% approval guarantee. This refund will be given via credit to be used for a future order. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us. Our customer service specialists will be more than glad to help you.
If we have not processed your visa, we can make changes without a problem. We do check your information for mistakes as well. If you have already processed your visa, If we have submitted your application to the appropriate government agencies, some will allow to make changes, while others do not. Please contact us immediately (preferably through chat) if you notice an error on your application.
Some countries may require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You can see more info here: It's the passenger´s own responsibility to verify these regulations before traveling to the chosen country.
In order to download your invoice, please log in to your account and download it directly from there.
You may reprint the e-Visa in your email account. Alternatively, you may retrieve and reprint the e-Visa by using your iVisa account.
Yes. The iVisa system does not retain your credit card information after the transaction is processed.
All visas grant travelers the permission to travel to a country's port of entry. Whether you are granted entry or not will be at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the entry point.

We know that our applicants can come across unexpected changes in their travel plans that may prevent them from traveling and therefore getting their visa. This is why we understand you may want to request a cancellation of your visa application and a credit for the amount paid. However, we will only approve the refund/credit if it follows our Refund policy guideline:

  • If your application has not been reviewed by our team, nor submitted to the government for approval, then you will receive a credit for the full amount of the iVisa processing fee and government fee(visa cost).
  • If your application has been reviewed by our team but has not yet been submitted to the government for approval, you will receive a credit for the full amount of the government fee (visa cost).
  • If your application has been submitted to the government for approval or a visa is already issued, unfortunately, no credit is available.

Our policy also applies to these circumstances:

  • If we make a mistake on your application, a 100% refund of the iVisa processing fee will be issued and we will process your visa again at no cost.
  • If you purchase rush or super rush processing additional fee and we do not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a credit for the iVisa rush or super rush processing fee.
  • If you miss your trip because iVisa does not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a full cash refund for the government fee and iVisa processing fee.
    • The exception to the clause above is if the government is the cause of the delay or your arrival date was sooner than our super rush processing time. In such case, you will receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee.

If for any reason, you are not satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact us. Under reasonable circumstances, we will grant a credit of the iVisa processing fee to be used for a future order.

When the visa has to be shipped to you, the processing times do not include this shipping time. It is from when we receive your application to obtaining the approval. Most visas (e-Visas) are sent via email upon approval so shipping times will not apply.
No, we are not affiliated with any government agencies. We are a private company that specializes in processing travel visas for travelers worldwide.
Unfortunately, we are not able to, since the government agencies do not inform us of the reason(s) behind the decisions.
If your visa is not approved, we advise that you contact the nearest embassy/consulate for more information on what your options are.
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal.
All citizens from these territories applying through our website will have their application processed with the nationality/citizenship specified in their passport. As an example, a traveler from Puerto Rico will have their request processed as USA nationality. This does not apply to the travelers under the BOTC (British Overseas Territories Citizen) category according to the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002.
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