Posted Sep 2017
Starting September 26, the Immigration Department (DGME) will implement a pilot plan at the national level that consists of systematizing the Entry and Exit Card (TIE), improving the current entry and exit process. We are moving from the use of a physical Entry and Exit Card (TIE) to a digital migratory control system.
Currently, a procedure called Invisible Migration is carried out when people are leaving the country through the airport. Under this procedure, immigration control is not enforced directly with the traveler, but is done through the airline. The requirement to complete is established in Section 37 of the Immigration Law (General Law of Migration and Aliens Act 8764), mandatory for all persons entering or leaving the country, whether national or foreign, of legal age or a minor, whose content, characteristics and format are determined by the DGME.
In Invisible Migration, when leaving the country completes the TIE and delivers it to the airline’s personnel, who have the obligation to verify that the qualities of the passenger that are on the TIE are the same as those in the passport, passing it through an electronic reader that subsequently transfers the information to the migratory control system of the DGME. The DGME then performs the police and security filters with this data and manually validates the information with the one indicated in the TIE, verifying that it is the same and is correct, serving as support; if so, they proceed to close the flight and authorize the departure of the aircraft, in coordination with the corresponding authorities.
For a person entering Costa Rica, whether by bus, boat or plane, each person must fill out the TIE before disembarking; once at the immigration control post, the passenger presents his / her passport and the TIE to the officer for the corresponding procedure.
If the person is a minor, the exit procedure is similar, but includes verification of the “Exit Permit for Minors”. This is done in the Migration Minors Office, where the minor is presented together with the persons who travel with him/her in order to validate the departure, and thus to be able to go to the airline.
With the systematization of the TIE, the adult or minor person, first goes to the airline, where they will be given their boarding ticket and then to a desk for immigration control, where the Migration Officer will review the requirements for exits (including the exit permit for minors, should it be the case) and will record the information required in the system immediately, automating the use of the Entry and Exit Card (TIE) and making the exit process easier.
For entry, the immigration control officer will conduct an interview of each passenger that will include questions such as the reason for the trip, place of stay, and others; and then immediately input this information in the system. These consultations are essential in all migratory control, since the State has the obligation to know or investigate the activity of each visitor within the national territory and be traceable for any national security event.
The advantages of the TIE automation and Visible Migration are as follows: