Costa Rica – Asylum Information

Costa Rica works with the United Nations to assist with refugees and asylees.

“UNHCR’s operation in Costa Rica centers around the displacement caused by situations in Colombia, the North of Central America and Venezuela. In 2017, close to 11,000 refugees and asylum-seekers were being hosted in the country.

We are present at key locations where people cross into the country, strengthening the government’s Refugee Staus Determination capacity, advocating for refugee IDs that allow access to the same rights as nationals, and supporting the government’s initiatives for child protection and sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response. We also continue to support Costa Rica’s efforts to help refugees integrate into local communities. 

Through the Living Integration programme, developed by the Costa Rican Migration Agency in collaboration with UNHCR, refugees and asylum seekers are given employment skills training, access to job fairs, and support to set up their own businesses. Nearly 2,000 refugees have benefitted from this initiative since 2014.”

For information about our work in Costa Rica:

  • Information for refugees and asylum seekers in Costa Rica –
  • Visit our country website – Costa Rica (Español)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

The UNHCR Representative in Costa Rica

Street Address:
Boulevard de Rohrmoser, Avenida 3A y Calle 80, Rohrmoser, Pavas, San José, Costa Rica

Mailing Address:
Apartado Postal 12-1009, Ferrocarril Pacifico, San José, Costa Rica

506 22420700

506 2231 3604


Time Zone:
GMT -6

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:00 – 16:30
Tuesday: 8:00 – 16:30
Wednesday: 8:00 – 16:30
Thursday: 8:00 – 16:30
Friday: 8:00 – 16:30

Public Holidays:
01 January 2020, Ano Nuevo
09 April 2020, Jueves Santo
10 April 2020, Viernes Santo
01 May 2020, Dia del Trabajo
26 May 2020, Eid al-Fitr (observado)
31 July 2020, Eid al-Adha
17 August 2020, DIa de la madre (observado)
15 September 2020, Dia de la Independencia
12 October 2020, Dia de las Culturas
25 December 2020, Dia de Navidad

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