TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISAS NOW REQUIRED FOR CITIZENS OF
OTTAWA, May 10, 2004 — Judy Sgro, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, announced today that citizens of
Costa Rica will require a Canadian temporary resident visa to
travel to Canada as of May 11, 2004. This measure was
necessitated because increasing numbers of Costa Rican
nationals are entering Canada as visitors when they intend to
“The decision to lift a visa exemption is never made
lightly. Many factors are considered before making this
decision,” said Minister Sgro. “It is essential to maintain
the integrity of Canada’s immigration program, while
continuing to facilitate the entry of legitimate visitors.”
Citizens of Costa Rica can apply for a temporary resident
visa at any Canadian visa office abroad. The Canadian visa
officer for the Central American region is based in Guatemala.
That officer will be available at the Canadian Embassy in San
Jose, Costa Rica, to facilitate the issuance of visas.
A grace period ending at 23:59 EDT, on May 12, 2004, has
been provided to accommodate nationals of Costa Rica who have
already left their country of residence and are in transit.
“We remain committed to providing quality service to
facilitate the entry of business representatives, students,
tourists and other legitimate travellers from Costa Rica and
all other countries,” said Minister Sgro.
Individuals who travel to Canada regularly, such as
business people, may choose to apply for multiple-entry visas.
Visa requirements and exemptions are reviewed on an active
and on-going basis. Since December 2001, the results of
ongoing reviews have led to lifting visa exemptions for
Dominica, Grenada, Hungary, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu,
Zimbabwe, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
For more information (media only):
Simone Mac Andrew
Office of the Minister