Is my tourist visa of 90 days in Central America still valid?
Since 2006 all tourists have a period of 90 days to visit the 4 countries of Central America which belong to the “C4” (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua). There is, however, a quick way of acquiring a prolongation of your visa for another 90 days. If you go to the Southern border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica (Penas Blancas), you leave Nicaragua, enter into Costa Rica and have your passport stamped (entry). At the same station you can then get another stamp (exit) with which you can then return to Nicaragua. It costs $5 plus $1 (tax) to leave Nicaragua. The entry fee is $12. There are no expenses to enter Costa Rica but the exit fee is $8.
Important: The authorities in Costa Rica require that you have either a bus or plane ticket showing that you can leave the country. You will have to provide proof of this upon crossing the border and entering the country. Should you not have a ticket you will be obliged to buy one locally at the Ticabus office. The price is $30.