Costa Rica is moving to eliminate the requirement for consular visas for nationals of Colombia, México, Perú and Chile. The move is part of an trade agreement with the Pacific Alliance and is being pushed by trade groups in Costa Rica.
To improve security, Colombia and Mexico are working to put public security databases online with immigration in Costa Rica and other countries in the alliance. The system would be used by airlines and immigration officials to deny travel to criminals and other undesirables. The real time data would replace the visa application process.
The change is expected to happen before the end of the current year. Both presidential candidates in the runoff election support the decision.