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About the US embassy and its location in San Jose, Costa Rica.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America. The main language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish. The current population (as of 2016) is 4,857,274. Costa Ricah has a human development index (HDI) of 0.794 and therefore can be considered as country with high human development (according to UNDP – United Nations Development Programme). There are a lot of different embassies and consulates located in Costa Rica. Among these, there are also representations of the United States of America.

About San Jose

San Jose is located in the province of San Jose and is the capital of Costa Rica. 333,288 people are living in San Jose (as of 2015). The city is very important and represents Costa Rica internationally which is why the U.S.A. choose it as location for one of their embassies.

About the US embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica

Offices located within the US embassy located in San Jose include:

  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Consular Section
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Regional Environment Hub for Central America and the Caribbean
  • Food and Drug Administration Latin America Regional Office
  • Joint Administrative Office
  • Office of Defense Representative
  • Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Latin America and Caribbean
  • International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office
  • Peace Corps Director
  • Political and Economic Section
  • Public Affairs Section
  • Regional Security Office

Visa services offered by the US embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica

Visa services for USA immigration/non-immigration visas are handled by the department for travel permits.  You can schedule an interview for a visa here:

You can contact them via phone (506) 2519-2000.

American citizen services offered by the US embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica

American citizen services are handled by a number of departments depending on your issue. Please visit for more information on how to proceed with your issue/query.

Notary services offered by the US embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica

This embassy offers notary services to all US passport holders and foreign nationals (on the provision they are using the documents within the United States). This price is $50 paid in cash or US issued credit card, per page.