The U. S. Government is narrowing travel restrictions for Europeans and others with ESTA Visa – Electronic System for Travel Authorization-.
Anyone who has been to Iran, Irak, Syria or Sudan in the past 5 years is no longer eligible for the ESTA visa waiver, even if just transiting through the US.
For those who traveled to those countries as journalists, for work with humanitarian agencies or on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations and provincial or local governments can ask the government to waive the new visa requirement. People who have traveled to Iran since July 14, 2015, or Iraq for “legitimate business-related purposes” can also ask to come to the United States under the visa waiver program.
The Homeland Security and State departments both said Thursday that waivers and exemptions would be applied “on a case-by-case basis.”
The State Department described the new visa requirement for most travelers who are either dual nationals or have been to the four countries as an “inconvenience” that won’t affect the vast majority of European travelers.
When we are talking about traveling to Costa Rica, at Camino Travel, our main concern would be if you are coming through the United States (Transit) if your passport applies for the waiver or you have to ask for a consulate visa. In terms of the Costa Rican government there has not been any pronouncement regarding visitors to these countries.