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ENTER Nicaragua | Customs and Immigration

Costa Rica
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Last Visited: 5 months ago
GPS: 11.215760, -85.612070
Altitude: 0.0 masl
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ENTER NICARAGUA:

lots of guys will approach you as soon as you exit Costa Rica, when police checks for passport and they do the first fumigation.

my advice is to get the help of one of these guys which were very helpful and let you skip annoying conversations and potential arguments with very unprofessional border police.

step 0: before you go to Nicaragua get, a copy of your temp import permit of Costa Rica, a copy of your driver license and a copy of your registration.

1. once at the main building, you need to approach the doors and find the custom guy near the door who has the form that you need to fill up.

2. there s a guy with high visibility vest on which is the guy that does the "inspection" to your vehicle.

3. with that form signed, go to the insurance place and pay the $12 for 1 month of insurance.

4. with all that you can now go inside and get your passport stamped by customs.
No yellow fever certification or permission to enter the country are required.
pay $2 dollars plus $10 to enter the country.

5. with all this go outside and find a guy that sells "rodaje" permit, which costs $5.

6. with all this go to the small police Hut that on the opposite side of the entrance, across the parking, to get the "vehicle inspection" done by the police. they will take your copies and stamp your initial form.

7. with this, you can go at the back of the passport stamping desks and get your temp permit printed out. there s a desk At the back, behind the xrays machines, where there s a guy with a desktop computer and a printer that does the job.

8. with this, you can now go to the exit where you will only need to pay another $3 for the receipt of the fumigation.

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Nos recomendaron pasar un día martes!!! Y así lo hicimos pasamos un día martes temprano y no fue complicado, nos demoramos una hora y media en hacer todos los trámites. Cuentan con buenas instalaciones y solo se debe tener paciencia y hacer la solicitud por internet algunos días antes eso agiliza más todo. Nos pidieron el certificado de fiebre amarilla y no teníamos el original solo mostramos una fotocopia. Y tuvimos que pagar 10 dólares por cada perro que llevábamos, porque son muy cautelosos y te piden declararlos pero es solo pagar mostrar sus vacunas y listo.

This will change as new office is being built, but if you arrive to a chaotic parking lot and run down building on the left you are in the right place.

Park in the chaos

Get passport stamped and pay entry fee at Migracion (far left door when facing building)

If you have pets look for someone in a blue IPSA shirt to get help because the quarantine building is across the street and super hard to find without help, plus you have to go to the bank to pay and bring the receipt back to that building. It’s a lot of back-and-forth just get help.

Look for guy in a blue shirt that says DGA and get custom form, fill out, have police person sign it- they are walking around or sitting at the food stall directly across the parking lot from the building.

Take signed form into the building where you got your passport stamped, go past the person that stamp your passport and into the room with all of the x-ray machines to the back corner. At this desk is where they will process your paperwork for your tip.

Pay for fumigation at the booth next to the TIP desk and past that booth to various Seguro desks to buy insurance (take your pick)

*ATTN: People traveling with a Poder, expect problems*

We went through all of the steps without any difficulty until we went to aduana with all of our completed paperwork. Similar to the post below, they would not accept our Costa Rican Poder for our American vehicle, stating that they only accept USA Poders (although I can see them rejecting these too if they're not in Spanish). Then we went through an elaborate bribery charade where we were told to go back to Costa Rica unless we paid $200. For us, we decided our best option was to pay and continue our journey. You may be able to get around this problem if you can get someone in the USA to email, or if possible mail, you a USA Poder that you can bring with you. Otherwise you could try bribing the aduana official straight away. Beware and good luck!

Arrived at the border on foot. Passport was checked twice as I made my way to the stamp office.

Quickly arrived at the counter and had to pay 12 dollars for entry. Then crossed into another room to have my bag scanned by a machine.

Had to show passport one last time at final gate to gain entry to Nicaragua.

All in all the crossing took a little over 5 minutes.

News for people who travel on a PODER like us:
This was the most problematic boarder on our whole trip so far. They would not accept our Chilenian Notarized Poder and also didn't accept the copy of a Canadian Poder we had with us. We arrived there in the morning and spent the whole day discussing with the Aduana people how we can proceed, if they don't let us in. In the end we had to pay a considerable bribe for three officers there, because we didn't see another way and we did not want to fake the title. Just be aware that a Poder might be a problem at this boarder, but maybe we just ran into the wrong people.

Uma fronteira que precisa ter paciência, não esqueça de fazer o cadastro online com pelo menos 7 dias de antecedência pelo site da imigração. A gente fez com 5 e eles nos deixaram 1h30 esperando.

Taxas que pagamos:

Entrada na Imigração nos cobraram $1,00 por pessoa.

Depois de fazer os papéis de entrada te cobram mais $12,00 dólares por pessoa.

Fumigação do carro $3,00 dólares

Papéis do cachorro, de 1kg a 5kg 10 dólares, 5kg a 20kg 20 dólares, 20kg a 40kg 50 dólares.

Seguro obrigatório para o carro $12,00 dólares para 30 dias, não fazem menos e nem mais.

Ficamos 4h para fazer todos os papéis, não entregue seus documentos a ninguém, tem várias pessoas na porta que supostamente querem te ajudar, mas na verdade só querem dinheiro.

Nós passamos a fronteira e a imigração já nos parou aí, pediu os passaportes e vacina de febre amarela. Depois passamos pela Fumigação. Fizemos a entrada na imigração, depois fomos na aduana, preenchemos um formulário, revisaram o carro, fizemos seguro obrigatório do veículo, pagamos Fumigação, voltamos na polícia, revisaram o veículo de novo e nos mandaram fazer o papel do cachorro, fizemos o papel do cachorro e voltamos na polícia para pegar o papel da aduana, por fim finalizamos a aduana e saímos.

We had passed through here to get to Costa Rica so knew where to go this time. Directions as previously described. The inspector wears a bright baby blue shirt and has forms. They will ask you if you have a drone. They will ask several times, just say no if you dont. If you do also say no and hide it well. If you decide to say yes, then you will have to register it with the government. Not sure if you have to pay a fee or not. This time around though, the police made me go through the X-ray scanner. I drive a Honda Element. I think it is because I’m American and with the political unrest at this time. I don’t know what they were looking for. They also had a dog sniffing around all the cars, again not sure for what. Took us 2.5 hrs to total to get through from Costa Rica. Just a heads up for you all!

Great post - thanks for this info which really helped us. This is one of the worst borders ever - a random, confusing process (and I speak fluent Spanish!). Note: if you go through late in the day, go to find the insurance first (at the back behind the main building). We left it til last (around 20:30hrs) and they had gone home, so we had to sleep just outside the border in our truck and wait until 06:30hrs next morning to buy insurance.

ENTER NICARAGUA:

lots of guys will approach you as soon as you exit Costa Rica, when police checks for passport and they do the first fumigation.

my advice is to get the help of one of these guys which were very helpful and let you skip annoying conversations and potential arguments with very unprofessional border police.

step 0: before you go to Nicaragua get, a copy of your temp import permit of Costa Rica, a copy of your driver license and a copy of your registration.

1. once at the main building, you need to approach the doors and find the custom guy near the door who has the form that you need to fill up.

2. there s a guy with high visibility vest on which is the guy that does the "inspection" to your vehicle.

3. with that form signed, go to the insurance place and pay the $12 for 1 month of insurance.

4. with all that you can now go inside and get your passport stamped by customs.
No yellow fever certification or permission to enter the country are required.
pay $2 dollars plus $10 to enter the country. wtf.

5. with all this go outside and find a guy that sells "rodaje" permit, which costs $5.

6. with all this go to the small police Hut that on the opposite side of the entrance, across the parking, to get the "vehicle inspection" done by the police. they will take your copies and stamp your initial form.

7. with this, you can go at the back of the passport stamping desks and get your temp permit printed out. there s a desk At the back, behind the xrays machines, where there s a guy with a desktop computer and a printer that does the job.

8. with this, you can now go to the exit where you will only need to pay another $3 for the receipt of the fumigation. wtf2.