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Everything You Need to Know On how to Import Your Car and Household Items Tax-Free in Costa Rica

We understand the need to bring your car and household items to Costa Rica, and we’re here to help you navigate the process of doing so tax-free. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with a thriving economy and a diverse culture, and we understand the desire to bring your personal belongings to this beautiful place. This article will outline the steps you must take to get your car and household items to Costa Rica tax-free.



Bringing Your Car to Costa Rica

The first step to bringing your car to Costa Rica tax-free is to ensure that it meets the criteria set forth by the government. The vehicle must be under three years old and valued at less than $30,000. Additionally, the car must be shipped to Costa Rica within six months of your arrival.

Once you’ve ensured that your car meets these criteria, you can begin shipping it to Costa Rica. This process involves several steps, including obtaining a shipping quote, securing your vehicle for transport, and providing the necessary documentation to customs officials.



Bringing Your Household Items to Costa Rica

Bringing your household items to Costa Rica tax-free differs slightly from bringing your car. To do so, you must obtain a “Casa de Aduana” certificate from the Costa Rican government. This certificate allows you to bring your household items to Costa Rica tax-free.

To obtain a Casa de Aduana certificate, you must provide the government with a list of the items you wish to bring to Costa Rica. This list must include the value of each item, as well as a detailed description. Once you’ve provided this information, the government will review your application and issue a certificate if everything is in order.




Bringing your car and household items to Costa Rica tax-free is possible, but it requires careful planning and attention to detail. If you’re planning a move to Costa Rica, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

The official government website to get started on your own is here.

-Written by Glenn Tellier (Founder of CRIE and Grupo Gap).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can bring their car and household items to Costa Rica tax-free?

Foreign nationals relocating to Costa Rica can tax-free bring their car and household items.

Can I bring a car over three years old to Costa Rica?

No, the Costa Rican government only allows cars less than three years old to be imported tax-free.

Is it possible to import multiple cars tax-free?

No, only one car per person is allowed to be imported tax-free.

What items are considered household items?

Household items include furniture, appliances, clothing, and personal belongings such as books and electronics.

How long does it take to obtain a Casa de Aduana certificate?

The time it takes to obtain a Casa de Aduana certificate varies, but it typically takes between two and six weeks.

What is the maximum value of household items that can be imported tax-free?

There is no maximum value for household items, but they must be for personal use and not for resale.

What documentation do I need to provide to import my car tax-free?

You must provide the car’s title, the bill of sale, and the shipping documents.

What happens if my car does not meet the criteria for tax-free importation?

If your car does not meet the criteria, you must pay import taxes and fees to the Costa Rican government.


We hope these frequently asked questions have been helpful. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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