Greatest Thing About Costa Rica

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Dear reader, here is some excellent news about Costa Rica to lift your spirits. I guarantee you will not find this on any other Costa Rica website. I will begin with a short story. In 2003, in Canada, I had been doing weeks of rigorous study at university, including all-nighters, to complete assignments. I was […]

CAJA (Healthcare) Monthly Premium Issues

Applicants approved for legal residency in Costa Rica must enroll in CAJA (CCSS – National Healthcare) as a condition of residency. (Step 2 of 3 in the post-approval process).  Effective March 16, 2022, anyone enrolling in CAJA also had to enroll in the Costa Rica Pension plan. This resulted in a significant increase in monthly premiums. (see […]

Purchasing a New or Used Vehicle in Costa Rica

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What follows is based on my experience, plus the real-world expertise of immediate family and close friends in the automotive service business here in Costa Rica. Begin by carefully re-considering your brand bias. Many of those were developed with biased logic. Whatever brand you plan to purchase, look up its reliability ratings before making a […]

Driving in Costa Rica

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In a word: Different. You need to re-frame your idea of how to drive when you come to Costa Rica.  Road behaviors that can get you arrested and have your license suspended in your home country are often ignored here in Costa Rica. So you are left dealing with some really intrusive and outrageous habits […]

Tax-Free Vehicle Importation

Subjects covered: Most of the emails I receive about importation are about vehicles. As for the importation of furniture and other personal effects, check with your customs broker once you submit the actual list to them as to what you intend to import and if, in fact, going for tax exoneration with all its red […]

Costa Rica announces new 180-day entry visas

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Effective Friday, September 8, 2023, entry visas for Group One Country tourists entering Costa Rica will, at the discretion of the customs officers, be granted a 180-day visa stamp. It is a privilege. Not a right. Here again is the crucial paragraph: (Translated) The Regulations for the Granting of Visas were reformed on June 15, […]