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:

Contact Information

The UNHCR Representative in Costa Rica

Style of Address:
The UNHCR Representative in Costa Rica

Street Address:
Boulevard de Rohrmoser, De la casa de Don Oscar Arias, 100 mts. Oeste y 100 mts. Sur, CasaEsquinera Blanca, San José, Costa Rica

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

506 2296 0795

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:
13 April 2017, jueves santo
14 April 2017, viernes santo
01 May 2017, dia de trabajo
26 June 2017, eid al fitr
25 July 2017, anexion partido de nicoya a cr
15 August 2017, dia de la madre
01 September 2017, eid al adha
15 September 2017, dia de la independencia
16 October 2017, dia de las culturas
25 December 2017, navidad

The UNHCR Representative in Costa Rica