Tourism visas: Is there a 72-hour rule?
It has always been my understanding that people who leave Nicaragua because their tourist visas are expiring must stay out for 72 hours before returning.
However, last week I met with a Nicaraguan immigration lawyer who insisted that it was perfectly legal to cross into Costa Rica and return on the same day.
The lawyer I spoke to is highly regarded in his field and teaches immigration law at a law school here.
Nonetheless, on the weekend I spoke to a foreigner who said that border officials recently told him that he was not allowed to re-enter Nicaragua for 72 hours.
I do know that some foreigners leave and return on the same day with the help of 'coyotes', but I will not pay bribes for this.
Has anyone reading this recently crossed into CR and returned on the same day without being challenged by Nicaraguan border officials (and without the help of coyotes)?
Conversely, has anyone recently been told directly by Nicaraguan border officials that they must stay out for 72 hours?