Costa Rica – Pensionado Visa (Remote Work Visa)

People of any age who have stable passive income can move to Costa Rica with a Pensionado Visa.



The Pensionado Visa suits retirees and people of any age who have passive income. This visa allows you to work remotely, but you cannot be employed in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica attracts travelers with its two sunny coastlines, rugged mountains, and optimistic, laid-back “pura vida” (pure life) attitude. Its low cost of living, developed infrastructure, and strong health care system have long made it a retirement destination, and today digital nomads are also seeing the advantages to living in this welcoming country.

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 47.93 Mbps download/12.23 Mbps upload

Mobile: 31.42 Mbps download/9.73 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 59 globally 

Income Requirements

$1,000 per month of passive income


Application Process

Apply in person and with all of your documents at an office for the Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria in Costa Rica.

In principle, this visa should process within 90 days, but it often takes much longer.

Documents Required

Many of these documents should be apostilled, notarized, or formalized, and gathering them can take several months. They may need to be translated into Spanish.

Documents required can include:

Other documents may be required. 

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