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Early bird prices have been extended until March 31, 2023.
Civil Society, Academia,
Regular price $125
Regular price $425
Government and Intergovernmental Institutions
Regular price $175
Regular price $525
Philanthropic Foundations and Donors
Regular price $200
Regular price $625
Private Sector and Investors
Regular price $450
Regular price $950
The cost of a ticket should never be a barrier for participation and this option is available to all participants who are joining us online.
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We offer 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or free (100% off) tickets by request for those joining us in-person.
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What’s included in your ticket
Your RightsCon in-person or online ticket is an all-access pass to more than 400 collaborative, strategic and creative sessions designed to help move forward your work. Check out more details below on what your ticket includes and learn more about our approach to participation in our registration launch blog post.
4 days of public, private, and social programming
Access to live and on-demand programming on the RightsCon platform
A network of 10,000 human rights and technology experts
Interviews featuring global leaders live from the
Workshops, roundtables and private meetings
Side events, tech demos, and exhibition spaces to showcase your work
Social and creative spaces, including film screenings
Access to live and on-demand programming on the RightsCon platform
Coffee and lunch each day of the conference (in-person only)
After dark cocktail hours and events (in-person only)
Shuttles to take you to and from the conference venue (in-person only)
Not sure how you plan to join us? Get in touch with our team
We understand your plans for RightsCon may still be in development. If you’re not ready to register, or are unsure of how you want to join us, fill out the below form and we’ll get in touch with updates about how our first hybrid summit is taking shape and advice for participating.
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Check if you need a visa or qualify for exceptions
If you’re planning on traveling to Costa Rica, it’s important to determine if you need a visa as travel requirements for Costa Rica vary from country to country. Plan your trip ahead including identifying potential connecting flights to make sure you have the necessary visas for your trip.
To find out if you need a visa, we recommend navigating to Sherpa, a useful tool for getting up-to-date international travel requirements. Simply enter the issuing country of your passport, where you’re traveling from (including if you have a connecting destination), your dates of travel, and click “see requirements.” Your trip summary will include whether or not you require a visa for your connecting flight or final destination, COVID-19 guidance, and other documentation requirements.
Please note that travel requirements are frequently updated, and we recommend that you check the latest entry requirements before your trip. (Note: You can navigate Sherpa in different languages!).
Check if any visa exceptions apply to you. Consult with your local Costa Rica consulate, if available in your city, or on official Costa Rica government sites (e.g., Costa Rica embassy in Washington, DC) if any visa exceptions apply to you. For example, visa-required foreign nationals may be exempt from needing a Costa Rica visa if they have a valid multi-entry visa or a valid permanent resident card to Canada or the US, or a valid permanent resident card for Switzerland, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Iceland, or the European Union.
Apply for a visa on arrival
To assist with logistical barriers and administrative costs, we have established partnerships with the Costa Rica Migration office and other relevant stakeholders to reduce requirements and facilitate the processing of applications for visas on arrival. We know the process for obtaining a visa can be challenging and burdensome, which is why we are offering this as an optional support avenue to our participants, without any costs. If visa applications are approved through this process, participants will receive visas upon their arrival at the airport in Costa Rica.
To apply for a visa on arrival, please fill out our form as we will use it to gather all the information needed to submit the necessary documentation to the required parties, on your behalf. The form will guide you through the process of submitting your expected travel dates, a copy of the biodata (or photo) page of your passport, and guidance on how to obtain and submit an apostilled (i.e. certificate of authentication) criminal record check, which is required by Costa Rica ‘s General Directorate of Migration (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería). If you choose to submit a request through this process, you do not need to submit a formal visa application through an embassy or consulate.
Be sure to submit the form and documentation as soon as possible to ensure your request is considered and reviewed in a timely manner. The deadline to submit a request is April 7, 2023 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time. We will send an update about the final decision of your visa application, relevant documentation to bring for your trip, as well as an official invitation letter by April 28. To learn more about the visa support process, including legal disclaimers and data privacy notice, please review our form.
Read our approach to Covid-19
The health and safety of the RightsCon community, including staff and participants, is important to us. We recognize the impact of COVID-19 is ongoing and the importance of communicating our approach and sharing resources to inform your decision-making around health and safety more generally. Our approach is driven by the policies of our host country, the size and scale of our event, and the reality of vaccine inequity globally.
At this time, we are following the guidelines set out by the Costa Rica government, which is fully open to tourists, and does not mandate vaccines, testing, masks, social distancing or other requirements for travelers or gatherings. We encourage in-person participants to be fully vaccinated and test themselves regularly. We will regularly review guidelines from the Costa Rican government to ensure we comply with local measures and provide participants with up to date information.
In addition, we will:
- Share regular guidance, reminders, and updates in the lead-up to the event;
- Have masks and sanitizer on-hand to offer to participants;
- Work with the venue staff and health authorities to implement regular cleaning and disinfection, air circulation, and safety protocols;
- Provide access to free rapid antigen tests if you feel ill while in attendance within an onsite medical room.
It’s up to all of us to protect our community gathering in-person from the spread of COVID-19 and as such, we ask that you:
- Review country entry requirements for your points of departure, connection, and return;
- Prepare a contingency plan for your accommodation and travel (including insurance coverage) in the event of a positive test or if symptoms arise;
- Take a rapid antigen or PCR test before traveling to Costa Rica or the venue;
- Conduct a self-assessment prior to joining us at the event and, if you have symptoms, stay home or in your hotel room;
- Take measures to prevent transmission of viruses – such as mask wearing, hand washing, and regular sanitizing.
We have chosen not to mandate social distancing, testing or masking due to capacity and spacing considerations, as well as our inability to adequately and legally enforce such mandates. We are also aware that protective measures can create a false sense of security, and do not want to cloud participants’ judgment to assume or not assume this inherent risk, considering the scale of our event. However, we strongly encourage protective measures on an individual level, and we ask that our community respect those around them in what they choose to do based on their own level of comfort. If you have pre-existing conditions that put your health at risk, we encourage you to consider participating in RightsCon online.
As always, if you have any feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].
Check out the virtual tour of the venue.
The venue for the summit is the Costa Rica Convention Center, a bioclimatic, eco-friendly, and sustainably-designed space located just outside the city center.
A note on accessibility: The entrance, interior and bathrooms in our venue in Costa Rica are wheelchair accessible. We are also actively working to make sure that all of our programming space in and outside of the venue is accessible to as many participants as possible. If you have an access request that you feel comfortable sharing with us, you will be able to indicate that in the registration form or you can also reach out to us at [email protected].
The airport in the capital city of San José, and the closest to the event venue, is the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
We have arranged a selection of courtesy blocks for in-person RightsCon participants to book accommodation at the hotels shown below that are within walking distance from the venue.
For the hotels shown below and those in surrounding areas, we will provide daily shuttle services to and from the venue. The shuttles will run in the morning to arrive at the venue by 9:00 am Costa Rica Time, when programming starts, and leave the venue at around 5:00 pm, following the day’s final programming sessions.
Hotel zones where the shuttles will operate are identified by color on our custom map. We’ll share more information on the shuttle service closer to the start of the summit.
Be sure to book your accommodation soon, as rooms are limited!
To book, email [email protected] with code RIGHTSCON.
To book, email [email protected] and [email protected] with code ACCESS NOW.
Community Support Fund
Applications for the Community Support Fund are now open and available through the RightsCon Proposal Portal. The fund offers support for a limited number of civil society members that wish to participate at RightsCon in-person in Costa Rica or online.
In-person support may contribute to one or all of the below:
- Flight to and from Costa Rica
- Hotel accommodation
- Both hotel accommodation and flights
- Partial funding for travel costs
Online support may contribute
to one or all of the below:
- Purchasing data top-ups or contributing to the cost of internet use
- Travel to internet cafes or community centers to access computers
- Supplementing secure participation, by purchasing privacy screens or VPNs
- Translation, cost of childcare, or other services enabling active engagement
We recognize the demand for funding will far exceed our limited resources as an NGO, so we want to be transparent in our decision-making process: while participants are welcome to apply, we will prioritize applications from session organizers, speakers, and facilitators. In order for our support to reach as many participants as possible, we ask those who have access to other sources of funding, to secure funding independently or only select partial support when applying for the fund.
The deadline to apply for funding is March 31, 2023 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time
Frequently Asked Questions
Check out our answers to frequently asked questions. If you are unable to find the information you are looking, get in touch with us at [email protected]
Where and when will RightsCon Costa Rica be held?
In 2023, RightsCon will be a hybrid convening taking place in San José, Costa Rica and online through the RightsCon platform, from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, June 8. The venue for in-person participants is the Costa Rica Convention Center, a bioclimatic, eco-friendly, and sustainably-designed space located near the airport and just outside the city center.
The RightsCon platform, which we have used since 2020, will host the full program as well as provide access to online programming with features that enable networking between participants including one-on-one and group chats, and creative spaces for connecting and socializing. The platform will use different video streaming and conferencing services, including Vimeo, Zoom, and Frameable (previously Social Hour).
Where can I register for RightsCon?
Registration is available through the RightsCon platform. To register, choose whether you will join us in-person or online and then select your ticket type based on your stakeholder group. You will then be prompted to create an account or sign-in if you have joined us at RightsCon 2020, 2021 or 2022. Once you’ve completed the registration form, an email will be sent confirming your registration. If you have questions about discounts or are interested in registering a group, please email us at [email protected].
When does registration close for RightsCon Costa Rica?
Registration for in-person participation will close on May 29, 2023 or until venue capacity is reached. Registration for online participation will close just before the event begins, on June 2, 2023.
Do you offer ticket discounts for session organizers, speakers and/or facilitators?
Yes! If your session is accepted as part of the RightsCon Costa Rica program, or if you are associated as a speaker in a session, you will receive a set of discount codes to use for your registration at the end of March. Due to the nature of the summit, in which a high proportion of the people who participate will also take part in official programming, we ask that session organizers, speakers, and facilitators with the means to do so contribute towards the full or a portion of their tickets.
Can I request a refund or make changes to my ticket?
If you are unable to participate at RightsCon, you can request a full refund of your in-person ticket up to seven (7) days before the event starts. If you purchased an online ticket, you can request a full refund up to a day before the event starts.
Unfortunately, the ability to exchange your ticket type is not available on our platform at the moment. If you would like to change your ticket from online to in-person or vice versa, we will issue a refund of your current ticket and you will need to process your registration again. To request a switch, please get in touch with our team at [email protected].
How are you approaching safety and security?
Whether in-person or online, creating a safe space for participants is our top priority. Our Security Working Group (SWG) – an internal committee composed of our RightsCon, SecOps, and Code of Conduct leadership, will implement security and safety processes to ensure every participant enjoys a safe, enriching experience. You can learn more about our general approach to safety and security in our 2019 blog post and stay tuned for specific guidance ahead of RightsCon Costa Rica.
What Covid-19 safety measures will you have in place at RightsCon Costa Rica?
At this time, we are following the guidelines set out by the Costa Rica government, which is fully open to tourists, and does not mandate vaccines, testing, masks, social distancing or other requirements for travelers or gatherings. We encourage in-person participants to be fully vaccinated and test themselves regularly. While we will take preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are not able to guarantee that participants who choose to attend RightsCon Costa Rica in person will not be exposed to the virus while attending the event. We strongly advise participants to take all precautions based on their health conditions and personal circumstances. You can learn more about our approach and our guidance for participants here.
What steps will be taken to ensure accessibility at RightsCon Costa Rica?
We are thinking intentionally about ways to ensure that every aspect of our summit – from the venue to programming and participation are accessible to as many participants as possible – whether they’re joining online or in-person. We are making sure that both the interior and exterior of our event space in Costa Rica are physically accessible to participants, and we are optimizing the functionalities of our website and platform to improve the user experience.
In the coming months, we will share more details about our approach to accessibility and the specific steps we are taking to broaden access across RightsCon spaces.
How do I make an accessibility request?
If you have an access request that you feel comfortable sharing with us, reach out to us at [email protected]. At the time of registration, when filling out our form, you will also have the space to indicate any access requests.
What steps are you taking towards sustainability?
We are taking a holistic approach to sustainability. When building our program, special attention will be paid to session proposals that relate to sustainability and environmental justice. The venue we will be hosting this year’s RightsCon in is a champion of sustainability, guaranteeing maximum sustainability in the development of each of its events through a commitment to bioclimatic, eco-friendly and sustainable design and architecture. In addition, we are committed to minimizing single use plastics and reducing waste where possible. This includes reducing food waste and prioritizing local, sustainable, and plant-based menu options. Lastly, we are committed to using a portion of ticket revenue – up to $15,000 USD – to offset travel emissions and support accredited and independently verified environmental projects in Latin America. Over the coming months, we’ll share more details about further steps we’re taking and the sustainability projects we’re funding.
How do I get a ticket for the event?
Both in-person and online tickets for RightsCon Costa Rica can be purchased here, with early bird pricing available until March 31. The cost of a ticket should never be a barrier to participation, and free online tickets are available for all, as well as free and discounted tickets upon request for in-person participants.
When will the RightsCon platform open?
The RightsCon platform will open for both online and in-person registered participants on May 22, 2023, two weeks before RightsCon kicks-off. Participants will then have the opportunity to explore the platform, create a public profile, and build their own personal agenda for the sessions they wish to participate in.
What if I can’t afford the cost of a ticket?
Don’t worry, we believe the cost of a ticket should never be a barrier to participation. For those that choose to join us online, a free ticket is available for selection at the time of registration for those who need it, regardless of sector or location. Given the higher cost of hosting participants in-person, including for food, beverage, and venue space, we ask that those who require a free or discounted ticket apply through a form on our website. Ticket income significantly contributes to making RightsCon possible and we ask those with the means to cover the full or partial cost of their ticket – for example, private sector representatives or organizations that may have budgets for events – to consider doing so.
Do you offer group rates for ticket sales?
We are happy to offer group rates on paid tickets for organizations or companies sending a delegation of 5 or more to RightsCon either in-person or online. If you are interested in group or discounted rates, please email us at [email protected].
Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?
Requirements for Costa Rica vary from country to country. To find out if you need a visa, navigate to Sherpa, a useful tool for getting up-to-date international travel requirements. Simply enter the issuing country of your passport, where you’re traveling from (including if you have a connecting destination), your dates of travel, and click see requirements. Your trip summary will include whether or not you require a visa for your connection or final destination, COVID-19 guidance, and other documentation requirements.
Additionally, check if any visa exceptions apply to you. Consult with your local Costa Rica consulate, if available in your city, or on official Costa Rica government sites (e.g., Costa Rica embassy in Washington, DC) if any visa exceptions apply to you. For example, visa-required foreign nationals may be exempt from needing a Costa Rica visa if they have a valid multi-entry visa or a valid permanent resident card to Canada or the US, or a valid permanent resident card for Switzerland, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Iceland, or the European Union.
How do I apply for a visa to Costa Rica?
To assist with logistical barriers and administrative costs, we are working with the Costa Rica Migration office and other relevant stakeholders to reduce requirements and facilitate the processing of applications for visas on arrival. If you would like to submit a request for a visa on arrival, please fill out the request form available in the RightsCon Proposal Portal as we will use it to gather all the information needed to submit the necessary documentation to the required parties on your behalf. The deadline to submit a request is April 7, 2023 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time.
The form will guide you through the process of submitting your expected travel dates, a copy of the biodata page of your passport, and guidance on how to obtain and submit an apostilled criminal record certificate, which is required by Costa Rica’s General Directorate of Migration (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería). If you choose to submit a request through this process, you do not need to submit a formal visa application through an embassy or consulate.
Please note that this is an optional avenue of support that Access Now is providing, without any costs.
Should I book my flight to Costa Rica before my visa is approved?
Yes, if you are in a position to do so, we encourage participants to book their flights as soon as possible, given the rising costs of travel. This means, booking your flight and accommodation before the outcome of your visa application is known at the end of April.
What vaccinations do I need before entering Costa Rica?
Before entry into Costa Rica, travelers coming from the following countries must possess a yellow fever vaccination certificate: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the Republic of Guyana.
What type of funding assistance do you provide?
Our Community Support Fund provides financial support to members from civil society who wish to attend RightsCon in-person or online. The fund offers support for in-person participation in Costa Rica including flights, hotel or both, as well as support for online participation including, connectivity, translation and other services.
We recognize the demand for funding will far exceed our limited resources as an NGO, so we want to be transparent in our decision-making process: while participants are welcome to apply, we will prioritize applications from session organizers, speakers, and facilitators.
Applications for the Community Support Fund are now open and available through the RightsCon Proposal Portal until March 31, 2023 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time. If your application is selected to receive travel or connectivity support, you will receive a complimentary event ticket to access the venue in Costa Rica or the RightsCon Platform.
If my session proposal is approved, what type of funding assistance do you provide?
If your session is accepted as part of the RightsCon Costa Rica program, or if you are associated as a speaker in a session, you will receive a set of discount codes to apply towards registration fees. Additionally, through the Community Support Fund, we offer travel support for in-person participation in Costa Rica (including travel and accommodations), as well as direct financial support for online participation (including connectivity, translation and other services). While the fund is intended for session organizers, facilitators, and speakers, because we ourselves are a nonprofit organization, we are unfortunately only able to provide funding to a small subset of applicants and are unable to guarantee funding, as our resources are limited. We will prioritize applications from communities who are traditionally underrepresented in global convenings.
Applications are open until March 31, 2023 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time.
What support does RightsCon offer for non-English speakers?
We firmly believe in the importance of multilingual diversity in convening spaces like RightsCon, and continue to work to increase non-English programming through the below approaches.
For all sessions, Session Organizers have the option to run their session in the language of their choice. While we don’t know yet how much of the program will run in other languages, we’re confident there will be a number of sessions, given 14% of proposals were submitted in languages other than English.
For online Workshops, Fishbowls and Private Meetings, Session Organizers will be able to enable live-interpretation and live closed-captioning in Zoom. Funding for translation support can be applied for through our Community Support Fund.
For in-person sessions, we are providing simultaneous translation into Spanish for our mainstage programming through a headset. Closed-captions will also be made available for our mainstage program through a mobile device.
Aside from the above, participants are welcome to bring their own translator to accompany them to sessions and support through whisper or consecutive translation. Translators will be provided with a free ticket if they apply through our discount form.
When the program launches in May, you will be able to easily navigate the schedule by language to identify non-English sessions.
As always, we welcome your feedback on how we can improve our efforts and provide better support
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