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Temporary Permits for Foreign Vehicles Extended

Update, July 9, 2020: The Customs Office (Aduanas) extended until August 18, 2020, the validity of the Temporary Import Permit for vehicles (land, air, and water vehicles) that have a temporary import certificate. This applies

Update, July 9, 2020: The Customs Office (Aduanas) extended until August 18, 2020, the validity of the Temporary Import Permit for vehicles (land, air, and water vehicles) that have a temporary import certificate. This applies to all those vehicles that entered Costa Rica after December 17, 2019, and whose certificate has been issued by the National Customs Service. This benefit is applicable only to foreign nationals and Costa Rican nationals that reside abroad.

This is applicable as per directive RES-DGA-345-2020 by the General Customs Directorate.


During this COVID crisis, some people had arrived to the country with their vehicles and are currently stuck without the possibility to leave. The permits for their vehicles have expired and now they are stuck in Costa Rica.

The Customs Office from Costa Rica (Dirección General de Aduanas, or simply Aduanas) have created the option for those owners of foreign vehicles to extend their permits and avoid legal issues in Costa Rica.

Aduanas creted the possibility to exted the permits through Directives DIR-DGA-005-2020 and DIR-DGA-008-2020. These directives state that people who drove into Costa Rica and had obtained Temporary Import Permit (TIP) may have this permit extended up to July 17th 2020. They must meet the following criteria:

  • The vehicle was admitted into Costa Rica after December 17th, 2020.

  • To qualify for the extension the request must be filed before the expiration of the TIP

  • The request must be filed by the person named on the TIP.

These are the steps to request the extension:

  • Send email to the Customs office closest to you.

  • The Customs office you chose may request you to appear there and provide additional documentation.

You should have handy these document in case they are required of you:

  • Original title certificate

  • Local Insurance up to date

  • If the vehicle is not yours, the authorization issued by the owner or power of attorney.

The reques of the extention can be sent via email to one of the emails listed below.  

Aduana

Correos

Teléfonos

Caldera

noti-caldera@hacienda.go.cr

jironbd@hacienda.go.cr

zunigamvi@hacienda.go.cr

2539-4649, 2539-4669, 2539-4665

Central

notifica-central@hacienda.go.cr

mirandacy@hacienda.go.cr

vegasm@hacienda.go.cr

2258-6810, 2258-6609, 2258-6327 y 2258-6118

Limón

notifica-limon@hacienda.go.cr

monterozj@hacienda.go.cr

porrasdg@hacienda.go.cr

2798-1626

Peñas Blancas

notificaciones_apbl@hacienda.go.cr

cespedessw@hacienda.go.cr

aguilarjj@hacienda.go.cr

2677-0055

La Anexión (Liberia)

notificaciones-anexion@hacienda.go.cr

alvaradozy@hacienda.go.cr

salazarhl@hacienda.go.cr

2668-1336

Paso Canoas

notifica-adcanoas@hacienda.go.cr

arcebj@hacienda.go.cr

venegaseg@hacienda.go.cr

2732-2801, 2732-2802, 2732-2803, 2732-2804

Santamaría

notif-santamaria@hacienda.go.cr

chaconmro@hacienda.go.cr

acunabr@hacienda.go.cr

2440-0274, 2240-0275

Please note that Costa Rican nationals who obtained a TIP will not be able to get it extended past the 3-month line.

 Should you have any questions about the process you may email the ‘Punto de Enlace Aduanero’ at pea@hacienda.go.cr or call  2539-4949.

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jzamora@outlierlegal.com

Attorney with 7 years of experience in several areas of the law (Immigration, Administrative, Labor, Business, Compliance). Has worked both for Government (member of legal department and advisor to board of directors), and in private practice (self-employed, notary public, and member of legal teams - in-house counsel and law firms).

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    Billy Lee Tanksley May 28, 2020

    Thanks for your efforts.

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