Costa Rica – Rentista Visa (Remote Work Visa)

Remote workers, freelancers, people with rental income, and others with stable remote income can move to Costa Rica with a Rentista Visa.



The Rentista Visa suits self-employed people, people who earn rental income, remote workers, and others who have a stable monthly income for at least two years. People who are able to deposit $60,000 into a Costa Rican bank also qualify. This visa allows you to open a business in Costa Rica or 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

$2,500 per month of stable, reliable income that can be transferred to Costa Rica monthly, for at least 2 years


$60,000 deposit into a Costa Rican bank


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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