San José, Costa Rica           Tuesday Edition,  March 20, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 320
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$100 minimum monthly fine set
for foreigners overstaying their visas

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Monday immigration authorities announced that as of April 20, the office will charge fines to foreigners who exceed the length of stay they were granted upon entering the country.

The authorities plan to establish a fine of $100 for each month that the foreigner remains in the country after a visa expires. If the person does not want or cannot pay, immigration will prohibit entry for a period equivalent to triple the time of the irregular stay.

The director of immigration, Gisela Yockchen, announced the measure at a press conference in which she called on people to legalize their situations in the country and to respect Costa Rican legislation.

"The institution calls for people with an expired migrant status to try to renew as soon as possible, not only so that they are not subject to fines in case they have to leave the country, but so that they can have access to health, educational services, financial and others," said the official.

The fines apply both to non-residents and to resident aliens who have overstayed their visas in Costa Rica and not renewed them.
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The fines will be payable at the national banking system

Costa Rica is a country of 4.7 million inhabitants, of which 8 percent are foreigners, mostly Nicaraguans, according to official data.

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