Costa Rican customs

Learn more about custom authorities and policies and discover the kind of luggage you can bring to Costa Rica

Costa Rican customs

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All visitors can enter in Costa Rica bringing luggage without paying any tax. “Luggage” means every kind of new or old goods tourists may need to use in their staying in the country, both for leisure and for business travels. These kind of articles can not exceed certain measures suspicious of being used with commercial purposes.

The requirements for goods to be considered luggage are specified in the Article 9 of the Regulation for the General Customs Law:   

- Clothes

- Clothes and any other personal articles like jewels, handbags and umbrellas.

- Medicines, food, instruments, sanitary or hygienic fittings, disposable items according to the traveller’s needs, portable instruments, a wheelchair if the visitor is disabled, children toys and baby buggies.  

- Sport articles like electrical muscle stimulators, stationary or portable treadmills, bicycles, surf boards, baseball bats, balls, clothes, shoes, sport gloves, baseball, football, basketball, tennis or other sports protection equipment.  

- A recording media device, a photographic or film camera, a sound recording, a reproducing device and its accessories (up to 6 film rolls or magnetic tape for each one), a radio broadcast or television receiver, a pair of binoculars or spectacles. You must take in consideration that all of this items must be portable.

- One personal computer, a typewriter, a calculator (all portable).

- Tools required for the traveller’s job, in case they are not meant to be used at workshops, offices, laboratories or others.

- Portable instruments and its accessories.

- Books, manuscripts, discs, videotapes and sound or image recorders. Non-commercial photographs and photogravings.

- 500 gr of elaborated tobacco, 5 litres of wine, spirits or liqueur for each traveller over legal age, and 2 kg of sweets.

- A shotgun or hunting rifle with 500 bullets, even 4 different guns for hunt or target shooting. A tent and the necessary equipment to camp if it is demonstrated that the traveller is a visitor. The introduction of weapons into the country is regulated by the Arms and Explosives Law (Law 7530 from 23 August 1995).  

There is a 3 month deadline before and after arriving in Costa Rica to import unaccompanied shipments that have to arrive in the country by a different mean from the one used by your.

Additionally, when entering or leaving Costa Rica, every local or foreign person is obliged to declare the cash and the security valuation he or she is carrying, if the amount is superior to $10000 or its equivalent in any other currency. If this is your case, you must use the official forms available in the migratory posts for your declaration.

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