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She will be traveling to Nicaragua from the US on a US transit visa (coming from the Netherlands).

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    I don't think this is a duplicate at all. The OP is asking about needing a visa for transit in costa rica and not the US. – drat Jan 29 '16 at 7:19
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    @drat: Oops, didn't see that that was SJO and not SJC. – user102008 Jan 29 '16 at 23:36
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I can't find a Costa Rican source for this, but according to TIMATIC, it is possible to transit without a visa if the onward flight is within twelve hours of the arrival.

Alternatively, the traveler is excluded from the visa requirement if she holds certain visas of other countries, including the EU. Her US visa won't help with this because it is a transit visa, but whatever documents she had to enable her to travel in Europe might.

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