Salida Costa Rica | Customs and Immigration

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1.One the left is Aduana, big blue and gray building. You need a copy of your Costa Rican TIP. Copy window is up the covered walkway behind Aduana. Go in the office to get stamped out. They keep the original.
2.Pay Costa Rican exit tax of $8. You will likely be flagged over to the right to park. Below is a green Bancredito building, or we saw in the Salida Costa Rica building a Exit tax machine which is only $7 (saw too late for us, but you can save yourself $1 if you pay with card).
3. Drive to have your paper worked checked by Costa Rica. This person will take the little piece of paper Aduana gives you and look at your copy of canceled TIP.
4. Drive a little and give passports to a Nicaraguan offical. They checked our car right here in the road.
5. Fumigation (pay later during Aduana proses)
6. Get passport stamped. Building is obvious and on the left. Pay a $1 for entrada, then another $12 to guy who gives you your stamp and a piece of paper (do not loose, you'll need it to exit Nicaragua).
7. Person in touristic office will ask for $5 (road tax, don't loose, keep with vehicle paperwork and you may be asked to present it to police)
8. Find vehicle inspector, get a form to fill out and wait for the inspector to inspect your car, the inspector with sign the form. Take form to other side of parking lot (among the food vendors to have police stamp form, and they need copy of drivers license and vehicle registration ) Take stamped and signed form into Aduana desk which is in the room behind where you were stamped in. You also pay your Fumigation of $3-6 in the same room Aduana is. (Price is dependent of vehicle type). No charge for TIP.
9. Buy insurance. Ours was $12. Insurance both is just past Fumigation window, but outside.
10. Enter Nicaragua. Vehicle paperwork is checked.
11. We have a dog, but rumor is on Sundays the bank is closed and they don't care about the dog since they can't take money for it. No one asked or said anything about our dog. Today is a Sunday.
11. One more stop, person checks all passports.

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Don’t get stuck staying at hotel 24hrs waiting Covid results to cross into Nicaragua. I know a doctor who will get your test and results in few hours very close to the boarder. He charges 100$us per person. Email me for info. I found him when I crossed recently [email protected]

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To save some time at the border, you might want to pay the exit tax of Costa Rica online (8$/person):

https://www.bancobcr.com/wps/portal/bcr/bancobcr/personas/solicitudes_en_linea/pago_impuesto_salida_terrestre/

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EXIT COSTA RICA DURING PANDEMIC TIME.
We paid the 8 dollars pp tax online, so we could save this time at the border. Aduana couldn’t exit our car because TIP was expired. It was 7h. We had to wait for a supervisor to arrive at 8h to autorize our exit on the system.

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From Costa Rica to Nicaragua: For the process, nothing has changed except the inspection by a policer into the camper =>>> We didn t have a policer inspection but a SCAN. Maybe because it’s a big vehicle (US RV of 27th long)?
Alter the scan, tou have to wait for the Scan result, about 15 Minutes.
Then you have to pay fumigation on the same Aduana building, and an agent give you the TIP for tour véhicule.

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straight forward like instructions said. impuesto machine was broken as expected so paid across the street.

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I tried to use the machine in the immigration building. I scanned the passport. The instruction to insert the credit card showed up. Then nothing happened. So I guess the machine doesn't work all the time like mentioned already. I had the feeling that the time before your session was terminated was short. So maybe it helps to enter your details quickly? The service to pay the departure tax was 9 usd (8 usd tax and 1 usd service fee) or 5500 colon.

The best thing was: The lady that gave me the exit stamp barley looked at the paper. It felt like a joke. Probably another way to get more money.

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You can pay with card (not always work) in magraciones and you pay 7us instead 8us where ALL will tell you you should pay

En migraciones se puede pagar (aunque no siempre funciona) on tarjeta y pagas 7us en lugar de 8 us. también se puede pagar en La Cruz en el banco. En la frontera TODOS te van a decir que tenés que pagar si o si en el otro lugar porque cobran comisión. Traten de pagar en La Cruz o tratar en migraciones

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Crossed here on foot and paid an 8 dollar exit fee. After arriving at the stamp office I saw there was a machine that you could use and only have to pay 7 dollars. And you can easily bypass the queue for the exit stamp if there is one to go inside and use the machine.

All in all, I spent less than 10 minutes getting my exit stamp.

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Essa fronteira foi muito tranquila, fizemos os papéis de saída do carro, depois pagamos uma taxa de 8 dólares por pessoa para sair, fizemos a imigração e já estava tudo ok.

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As described above. First we stopped to get our TIP cancelled. Have a copy of Costa Rica TIP beforehand. No fee. Then we drove up 50m or so to the next building to get our passports stamped. We were flagged down by someone to park to the right who ended up being a money changer with a badge to make him look more official. The exit tax machine was down inside so we paid exit tax of $8 at a green building to the right. Looks like you can pay at several buildings to the right. Next got our passports stamped and went to Nicaragua side for the fun part!

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1.One the left is Aduana, big blue and gray building. You need a copy of your Costa Rican TIP. Copy window is up the covered walkway behind Aduana. Go in the office to get stamped out. They keep the original.
2.Pay Costa Rican exit tax of $8. You will likely be flagged over to the right to park. Below is a green Bancredito building, or we saw in the Salida Costa Rica building a Exit tax machine which is only $5 (saw too late for us, but you can save yourself $3 if you pay with card).
3. Drive to have your paper worked checked by Costa Rica. This person will take the little piece of paper Aduana gives you and look at your copy of canceled TIP.
4. Drive a little and give passports to a Nicaraguan offical. They checked our car right here in the road.
5. Fumigation (pay later during Aduana proses)
6. Get passport stamped. Building is obvious and on the left. Pay a $1 for entrada, then another $12 to guy who gives you your stamp and a piece of paper (do not loose, you'll need it to exit Nicaragua).
7. Person in touristic office will ask for $5 (road tax, don't loose, keep with vehicle paperwork and you may be asked to present it to police)
8. Find vehicle inspector, get a form to fill out and wait for the inspector to inspect your car, the inspector with sign the form. Take form to other side of parking lot (among the food vendors to have police stamp form, and they need copy of drivers license and vehicle registration ) Take stamped and signed form into Aduana desk which is in the room behind where you were stamped in. You also pay your Fumigation of $3-6 in the same room Aduana is. (Price is dependent of vehicle type). No charge for TIP.
9. Buy insurance. Ours was $12. Insurance both is just past Fumigation window, but outside.
10. Enter Nicaragua. Vehicle paperwork is checked.
11. We have a dog, but rumor is on Sundays the bank is closed and they don't care about the dog since they can't take money for it. No one asked or said anything about our dog. Today is a Sunday.
11. One more stop, person checks all passports.

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NEVER give away anything you have declared when entering Nicaragua while in Nicaragua. What we thought was a good thing (giving away our rusty bikes to a "poor" family in Somoto) is now playing against us as they want to charge us a ridiculously high importation tax that is more expensive than the cost of the bikes ! That really annoyed us. Rant over.

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we enter by bicicle to Costa Rica and we didn.t had to pay anithing.

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