August 4th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) After a one-year extension on their implementation, changes to Costa Rica’s immigration laws that took effect on Friday, August 1st, may mean that hotels and landlords could soon be asking to see your visa or cedula to ensure you are in the country legally.
Under the new law, individuals or businesses that provide accommodations to anyone in the country illegally or without a valid visa could potentially face stiff fines.
The law would seem to apply to hotels and landlords renting property. As such, it seems likely that landlords and hotels may soon begin checking visas and immigration documents before renting a property or providing accommodations.
Eddie Maurer, a property developer and landlord who owns several condominiums in Playas del Coco and rents them long-term, mostly to foreigners, told Inside Costa Rica he would be amongst those who would begin checking potential renters’ immigration status, but says he disagrees with the law.
“The law puts immigration enforcement on the backs of landlords and property owners, which I don’t think is right,” Maurer said.
The new rules came into effect on Friday, August 1st, along with new rules regarding those who overstay their visas.