Costa Rica Import Duties

Costa Rica Import Duties and Tariffs

Costa Rica imports a lot of products.  Any product that enters Costa Rica with very limited exceptions must pay import duties to the Costa Rican Treasury Department (Ministerio de Hacienda).  The specific department that administers import duties is the Customs Department (Servicio Ge
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Will in Costa Rica

Drafting a Simple Will in Costa Rica

Wills in Costa Rica are governed by the Costa Rican Civil Code. In the form below I have set forth the content of a standard will. This is the english translation of a simple will that complies with Costa Rican Law. This type of Will is known as a Testamento Abierto because the will i
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Baby Boomers in Costa Rica

Baby Boomers a National Priority

Baby Boomers in Costa Rica During the administration of President Oscar Arias the Costa Rican government declared that Baby Boomers were a national priority for Costa Rica.  What happened to this initiative ?   Politics got in the way. Under the “National Priority” proposa
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Medical Malpractice Costa Rica

Medical Malpractice in Costa Rica

The Medical tourism industry has been growing worldwide.  Costa Rica has become a very popular destination for medical tourism given the proximity to the United States.   The proximity and the  high cost of medical care and insurance in the United States has forced patients to look at
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Purchasing Property in Costa Rica

Purchasing Property in Costa Rica

Purchasing Property in Costa Rica In this video Attorney Roger Petersen gives us an overview of the property purchase process in Costa Rica.  
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Costa Rica Residency – Checking the Application Status online

If you want to check the status of your immigration file you can do so on the website of the Department of Immigration.   The system is not really that efficient.  It will show you that the application was filed and that it is either pending resolution or approved but does not give mu
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Costa Rica Labor Law Case Manual

The Costa Rican Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS) in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Resources and Development of the Canadian Government (HRSDC) has recently released the 3rd Edition of the Labor Law Judicial Criteria (Compendio de Criterios Jurídico-Laborales).  T
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2015 Marchamo Vehicle Road Tax for Costa Rica

The 2015 Marchamo which is the annual vehicle road  and insurance tax which the Costa Rican government imposes on vehicles is now available for payment.   The Marchamo must be paid by January 1, 2015 after that date any vehicle that has an unpaid Marchamo will be fined.   The Mar
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What steps are involved in the closing process ?

When you are buying Costa Rica real estate what are the exact steps involved in the closing process? The first step is to conduct a title search of the property to uncover any liens or annotations that exist on the property.    This search is done in the National Registry of Costa Ric
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Costa Rica Residency Status Granted to Foreigners by Immigration

Costa Rican Residency Status Granted to Foreigners by Immigration The following is the list of residency status granted to foreigners by the Costa Rica Department of Immigration. The information is broken down by Continent and Country COSTA RICA PERMANENT RESIDENTS, TEMPORARY RESIDENT
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