Can I open a bank account in Costa Rica without living there?
Each bank will have its own internal policy in this regard. We find that most banks require the customer to live or have residency in Costa Rica before they can open a bank account. Many require the customer to physically appear at the bank in order to sign the application in the presence of the banking officer. The banking sector is currently evolving as international banks are purchasing local banks. The largest international banks in Costa Rica are Scotiabank, Citibank. Then you regional banks such as Banco DaVivienda, Banco Promerica, Banco Lafise, Banco BAC San Jose.