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The Legal System in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a beautiful sunny country in Central America bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea on the west and east coast respectively; and also bordered by the countries of Nicaragua and Panama on the North and South coasts respectively. The Spanish speaking country runs a Democratic Republic government based on the 1949 Constitution (Constitución Politica de la República de Costa Rica) later amended in 1989. Costa Rica has a national and local government structure. Costa Rica National Government At the National Government level, there is the executive, legislative and judiciary branch. The executive comprises of the President who...

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Renting a Property in Costa Rica

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Renting a property Costa Rica is bound by law that is somewhat different from that of other countries. The landlord/ tenant relationship in Costa Rica is regulated by Law 7527 also known as  “Ley General de Arrendamientos Urbanos y Suburbanos”. This law covers everything that pertains to lease or renting agreements relating to residential and commercial buildings and other constructions that can be leased out. Law 7527 does not cover or regulate hotel rooms or bungalows, car parks, or company housing for employees. It is the norm for landlord to have terms and conditions which the tenant agrees to before taking...

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Costa Rica Banking System (how to open a bank account)

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If you are planning to live or do business in Costa Rica or you are already established in the beautiful country and for this reason you need a bank account, the few lines here is written to help you figure out how to open a Bank account in Costa Rica. Are you a legal resident holding a valid residency status in Costa Rica? If yes, then you should be allowed to open an account in Costa Rica, well if you do not have legal residency status approved, then opening a bank account in Costa Rica would depend onthe bank. In Costa...

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Private Schools in Costa Rica

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Searching for top quality education at affordable prices and other than US or Europe, Costa Rica is your best location. The Costa Ricans value education and have made it a priority in their country's development. Educational services is provided by both the public and the private sector, although private-owned schools are a bit more than the government controlled ones. There are different types of schools in Costa Rica. Some schools offer instructions up to 9th grade, others go higher up to 11th grade and even the Nation Baccalaureate. Usually public schools offer only up to 9th grade for ages 6-14 years...

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Legal Requirements to Get Married in Costa Rica

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From breathtaking beaches to lush rainforests, Costa Rica offers a beautiful setting for your special day. The destination wedding industry is well established in Costa Rica, and you'll be able to coordinate every special detail with an experienced wedding planner. Getting married in Costa Rica requires very little paperwork. There are no waiting periods, no blood tests, and no required documents other than your valid passport. You will complete a questionnaire that includes necessary data, and your Costa Rican lawyer will submit this as a sworn statement. Costa Rican law stipulates that two witnesses (non-family members) attend the wedding. They must provide...

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Environmental Law in Costa Rica

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Maintaining a country as naturally endowed and beautiful like Costa Rica does not happen by mere wishing, there has to be some deliberate measures put in place to conserve its natural beauty. This is what the environmental law framework in Costa Rica does. To achieve the above aim, several bodies and institutions have been set up by the General Environmental Law, Law 7554 of 1995. The law is a broader offshoot of the right to an healthy and ecologically balanced environment provided for in Art. 50 of the Country's Constitution. Article 1 & 2 reiterates the fact that the environment is...

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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is an amazing place to be, from the forests to the beaches, the beautiful scenic nature is a pleasure to behold. The government and locals have done a commendable job maintaining its natural appearance and resources. If you're currently living in America, Canada or any European country, and looking for a place abroad to settle and live in that is scenic and affordable, Costa Rica is your best choice. Lost of expats have come to find that cost of living in Costa Rica is very low compared with their home countries. Let's break down the costs a bit. This...

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Shipping Pets to Costa Rica

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If уоu аrе considering bringing уоur pets wіth you tо Cоѕtа Rіса, thеrе аrе ѕоmе іmроrtаnt dосumеntѕ, rules, аnd regulations thаt you should be аwаrе оf. For dоgѕ, саtѕ and оthеr ѕmаll pets уоu nееd tо рrоvе tо both thе аіrlіnеѕ аnd Costa Rісаn сuѕtоmѕ оffісеrѕ thаt уоur animal is wіthоut thе disease. Mаkе ѕurе уоur аnіmаl'ѕ vассіnаtіоnѕ аrе uр tо date and ѕсhеdulе an еxаm with уоur veterinarian a соuрlе оf weeks bеfоrе уоur dераrturе dаtе. Hаvе thе vеt fill оut a health сеrtіfісаtе stating thаt thе animal is dіѕеаѕе-frее аnd hаѕ bееn vaccinated against dіѕtеmреr, hepatitis, lерtоѕріrоѕіѕ, раrvоvіruѕ, аnd...

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How to Get a Drivers License in Costa Rica

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Drіvіng іn Cоѕtа Rіса саn ѕоmеtіmеѕ bе a hаrrуіng еxреrіеnсе. It саn bесоmе even more so іf you аrе stopped by thе Trаffіс Police, whоѕе rеѕроnѕіbіlіtу іt іѕ tо mоnіtоr all trаffіс аnd аѕѕurе thаt vеhісlеѕ аnd drіvеrѕ соmрlу wіth lосаl trаffіс laws. Tоurіѕtѕ саn legally drive іn Cоѕtа Rica uѕіng home-country drіvеr’ѕ lісеnѕеѕ fоr thе реrіоd they аrе visiting, uр tо 90 dауѕ. Hоwеvеr, “perpetual tоurіѕtѕ” (people who lіvе hеrе and rеnеw tourist visas еvеrу thrее months) mау bе in jeopardy – Cоѕtа Rісаn lаw ѕауѕ nоn-tоurіѕtѕ аrе rеԛuіrеd to hаvе Cоѕtа Rісаn drіvеr’ѕ licenses. If trаffіс сорѕ check уоur...

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Costa Rica Healthcare System

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There is a reason (actually more than one) why Costa Rica is popular among expats. It's the first choice for those looking for a beautiful location with low cost of living and affordable houses. Not only that, Costa Rica is famous for its high international standard in delivering of healthcare services. The World Health Organization indicated this in one of its research. More and more people are beginning to discover one can get quality healthcare services at a fraction of what it is obtained for in other parts of the world, especially in the US. In addition, it's on this tropical...

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