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Many travelers are finding it easier to arrive in Nicaragua via Liberia Airport. If you’re looking for information on how to cross the land border into Nicaragua, you have come to the right place!

Border Crossing from Costa Rica to Nicaragua 2022

Updated December 30, 2021

Crossing the border is easy! And we’ll show you how!

Is it difficult to arrive in Nicaragua via Costa Rica? Not at all!

Before arriving in Costa Rica you will need to provide proof of vaccination or health insurance using this online form HERE.

You will need $17 US dollars in total for your border crossing. It is best to have exact change for each payment as they may not have change. Bring a few extra small bills as these taxes and fees may be inflated. We will updates these prices as quickly as we can.

There are various ways to arrive at the border. There are buses from the Liberia airport for a few dollars. Or you can take a taxi for approximately $75. Contact us to arrange your shuttle from the airport to the border or to our beachfront surf lodge in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua.

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua
 Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua

Arriving at the Costa Rica and Nicaragua Border Crossing.

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua

Around the corner to the left, you will enter the Costa Rica Migration building (walk towards the large BCR sign, around the corner to the right).

When you arrive to Costa Rica migration you will be asked to pay $3 per person for exit to Nicaragua.

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Costa Rica Migration Building
Costa Rica Migration Building

When you enter the Costa Rica migration building, they will check your passport. They may also ask where you are going in Nicaragua. If you are staying with us at Giant’s Foot Surf Tours, you can show them your hotel confirmation received by us in your email. This confirmation paper should contain all of the information they require.

You will exit, walk along the road towards an additional checkpoint for your border crossing. On the left side of the road there will be officials who will want to see your passport and your negative covid results. You should try to print the document just in case there are any troubles with accessing the document on your phone.

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Costa Rica Passport Checkpoint
Passport Checkpoint
Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Passport Checkpoint Nicaragua
Passport and Covid Results Checkpoint

Next you walk towards the Nicaragua migration building. There is duty free shopping on the left side of the road. The migration building is on the right. 

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Duty Free at Costa Rica and Nicaragua border
Duty Free Shopping
Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Nicaragua Migration Building
Nicaragua Migration Building

Enter the Nicaragua Migration building. Someone holding a stack of receipts like the one below will approach you. Pay them $1.00 for a municipal tax. You will pay $13 at the counter and receive a tourist visa for 90 days. The slip of paper they give you might say 30 days. Don’t worry. You have 90 days from the date of your passport stamp. 

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Municiapal tax receipt

Leave the Nicaragua Migration building, head towards the left. There is one final passport checkpoint for your border crossing. At this checkpoint you will see an official in uniform under a shade. Show your passport to this official and you’re done! 

Border Crossing Costa Rica to Nicaragua - Final passport checkpoint at Nicaragua border

You have now completed your border crossing from Costa Rica to Nicaragua! Welcome and enjoy your adventures! If you are staying with us at Giant’s Foot Surf Tours, the driver for your shuttle to our surf lodge will be there holding a sign with your name on it. If you are not staying with us and you need any help during your stay in Nicaragua, don’t hesitate to contact us or come and stay with us at Giant’s Foot Surf Tours! Safe and Happy Travels!

4 Comments

  1. Pete on February 9, 2022 at 11:20 am

    This blog made crossing the border so easy. Thanks!

  2. Bean on February 9, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Gracias, very informative!

  3. Tiffany on February 9, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Tara, thank you for all your help. Amazing trip and so much helpful information on crossing the border. You made this a super smooth transition that I was quite nervous about!

  4. Liz on February 9, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    That you so much for writing this, it was so helpful when crossing the border!

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