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

Telephone:
506 2296 0795

Facsimile:
506 2231 3604

Email:
cossa@unhcr.org

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
Saturday:
Sunday:

Public Holidays:
01 January 2018, Ano nuevo
29 March 2018, jueves santo
30 March 2018, viernes santo
01 May 2018, dia del trabajo
15 June 2018, eid al fitr
02 August 2018, dia de la virgen de los angele
15 August 2018, dia de la madre
21 August 2018, eid al adha
15 October 2018, dia de las culturas
25 December 2018, navidad

The UNHCR Representative in Costa Rica