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 – help.unhcr.org
  • Visit our country website - Costa Rica (Español)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

Contact Information

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

[email protected]

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 2021, Ano Nuevo
01 April 2021, Jueves Santo
02 April 2021, Viernes Santo
03 May 2021, Dia del Trabajo
13 May 2021, Eid al-Fitr
20 July 2021, Eid al-Adha
16 August 2021, Dia de la Madre
13 September 2021, Dia de la Independencia
29 November 2021, Dia de Abolacion del Ejercito
24 December 2021, Dia de Navidad