Foreign tourists in Costa Rica can legally drive until August 18
Tourists with a valid foreign driver’s license can legally operate a vehicle in Costa Rica beyond the typical three-month limit, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) has announced.
“People who have entered our country after December 17, 2019 and remain here with a tourist or transit status, may drive using their country’s license without being fined until August 18, 2020,” MOPT said in a press release issued Wednesday morning.
“Due to the closure of airports by COVID-19, many foreigners who only came as tourists have had to extend their stay in Costa Rica but can return to their countries as flights resume, so it is not a need for them to homologate their license.”
Under normal circumstances, foreigners can legally drive in Costa Rica using a driver’s license from another country for up to three months after their arrival. This doesn’t usually cause problems, because Costa Rica issues tourist visas for up to 90 days.
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