I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

BORDER CROSSING - TODAY at the SJO Airport Entrance into CostaRica - MY Experience

EVERYONE has different experiences in life (ESPECIALLY in CR & even more so on this board it seems).  I've been living in CR 9 years in July (as a "Perpetual Tourist" - anxiously awaiting the day CR FINALLY does an amnesty where I WILL IMMEDIATELY file since I don't fall into a category for residency at this point [I'm only 57 years YOUNG!!!]).

I just returned from a WONDERFUL 3 week trip to the Sarasota/Tampa Florida area (damn it's WAYYYYYYYYYYY CHEAPER in Florida than CR on 95% of things!!!  LOTS more on that later [I'm already going through withdrawals from the Dollar Trees that have freezer/fridge sections where EVERYTHING TRULY IS $1 or less]).

MY EXPERIENCE TODAY was - I walked up to the VERY NICE (& cute - a nice welcome home!) Immigration guy & he asked when I was leaving CR & I told him in 90 days & he did NOT even ask me for my proof of such & he gave me a 90 day stamp (I like to hold back on giving my proof to them to see if they will ask but I ALWAYS have it!!  I had $$ in my bank account in case they demanded I have a plane ticket vs the usual bus ticket that had been working for many before - though here some people were reporting they DEMANDED that proof of departure in 90 days be a plane ticket.  Sometimes they ask & sometimes they don't). (FYI - I did ALL my talking in Español!!! [well - more like VicLish!!]  BIG GIRL!!)

And at Spirit Air in Tampa (GRRRRR - another story on that later - at least the purchasing nightmare of them) they gladly accepted my ORIGINAL bus ticket as proof I was leaving.

NOTE:  Because these days Migracion is often tracking reservations of people that have COPIES of their tickets because some are making bogus tickets - I think it's smart for you to invest the whole fricking $27-$28 to BUY A REAL BUS TICKET!!  It's a small investment to have the opportunity to live in CR as freely as we can these days!!!

Just sharin' MY experience!!  You might have a different one tomorrow!!!

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