Doing business in Costa Rica

A commitment to promoting foreign investment and modernizing the country’s infrastructure, coupled with an advantageous geographical location in terms of access to North America, make Costa Rica an ideal place to set up a business. If you’re thinking of moving to Costa Rica, it’s important to take outinternational health insurance to cover all your medical expenses, so you can leave with peace of mind.


A wealth of natural resources

Costa Rica is a Central American country of almost 5 million inhabitants, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Although the country is small, covering just 0.03% of the globe, it is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Over 25% of the country is made up of protected or conserved natural areas.

A growing company

The country has a proud democratic tradition going back more than 190 years, and abolished the army half a century ago (1948). Today, money that could be spent on military purposes is invested in improving Costa Rican living standards, which has led to a culture of social peace that is very much in evidence in the country.

Strong economic potential

Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment , with significant potential for the establishment of large multinational companies, thanks to the population’s academic level, which stands out from other countries in the region, as well as the high level of services and political and social stability.

Our advice to contractors

Awareness of time and cultural differences

In Costa Rica, time is stretched to the limit and delays are common for both business and personal appointments. Just because an appointment is late, or even forgotten, doesn’t mean your contact isn’t interested. Another important point to bear in mind: Costa Ricans don’t like confrontation and don’t know how to say “no”. So you need tobe diplomatic and learn to interpret the answers.

Be patient with administrative procedures

In Costa Rica, obtaining a residence permit involves lengthy administrative procedures . It is preferable to call on a good law firm (by making enquiries beforehand) to ensure greater efficiency and speed.

Be supported by the CCIFCR

The CCI France-Costa Rica has a business support department to help French companies and entrepreneurs who want to try their luck in Costa Rica! The CCIFCR offers you a range of services, including prospecting, market research, company domiciliation, recruitment assistance and, of course, its expertise, reliability and network to help you establish a long-term presence in the country.

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