Costa Rica Flag
Ship to or from Costa Rica (CRI)
How much does shipping your Household cost?
Free Instant Online Calculator based on quotes from Trusted House Moving Companies
Customer Images
people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

+2 million
Delivered
services
+190
Countries
served
97%
of customers
recommend us

Moving To Costa Rica

Costa Rica (CRI)

What's in this article?
  1. Costa Rica International Moving Services
  2. How Much Does It Cost To Move To Costa Rica?
  3. The Size Of The Move
  4. Moving Insurance
  5. Moving To Costa Rica Cost & Time Examples
  6. Import Duties Imposed By Costa Rica
  7. Documents Required By Costa Rica
  8. Import Duties Imposed On Your Vehicle
  9. Documents Required To Import Your Vehicle
  10. Tips On How To Make Your International Move Easier
  11. Why You Need A Professional Moving Company When Relocating Overseas
  12. How To Find The Best International Moving Company
  13. Our Costa Rica International Moving Services
  14. Why A-1 Auto Transport?
  15. Talk To Us
International Moving Services In Costa Rica

Costa Rica International Moving Services

Moving is an arduous undertaking and international relocation is especially complicated. Compared to state-to-state moving, leaving for another country comes with its own set of rules and regulations. The distances covered are also very long which makes the requisite logistics a tough undertaking for a person to tackle alone.

How Much Does It Cost to Move to Costa Rica?

The cost of moving internationally to Costa Rica can range anywhere from $2,000-$12,000 depending on various factors such as the size of the move, total distance, route, transportation method, and current market trends.

Costa Rica is a Central American country located between Panama and Nicaragua. Moving your household belongings to this region can thus cost between $4600 and $12,200 for a two-bedroom home and $8000 to $22,000 for a four-bedroom home.

This cost fluctuation demonstrates that several factors influence the cost of relocating to Costa Rica, including:

The Size of the Move

Shipping charges are affected by the overall size of the objects being shipped. Two-bedroom flats or homes, for example, will not be the same price as studio apartments.

Sell or give anything you won't need at your new location before requesting a moving quote. The higher the expense, the greater the volume and weight of the objects being moved. So, before you request a moving quote, make sure your home is free of clutter.

If you don't have much to move, having a Groupage may help you save money.

Moving Insurance

Insurance fees may be included in the first quote or charged separately. This is determined by the company with which you are interacting. Determine whether or not the shipping cost provided by the company you are considering using includes insurance.

Examine the details of the insurance provided by the moving firm. Examine what it covers and does, as well as what it does not.

Remember that your household belongings will be delivered by sea, thus proper insurance is required. Insurance might start at $100, but it can go considerably higher depending on what you're transporting.

Moving to Costa Rica Cost & Time Examples

To/From 2BR 4BREstimated Time
Jacksonville to San Jose$3,300- $5,500$6,200- $10,1003-5 weeks
LA to San Jose$3,300- $5,700$6,300- $10,5003-6 weeks
Seattle to Alajuela$3,500- $5,700$6,400- $10,5003-6 weeks
Detroit to San Jose$3,500- $5,800$6,300- $10,4003-5 weeks
Dallas to San Jose$3,500- $5,900$6,400- $10,7003-5 weeks
Atlanta to Alajuela$3,600- $5,900$6,500- $10,8003-5 weeks
Portland to San Jose$3,600- $6,000$6,800- $11,2003-6 weeks
Columbus to San Jose$3,900- $6,400$6,900- $11,6003-5 weeks
Las Vegas to San Jose$4,000- $6,500$7,300- $11,9003-6 weeks
Chicago to Alajuela$4,000- $6,700$7,300- $12,1003-5 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

Import duties imposed by Costa Rica

An international move often comes with import duties - though some countries offer exemptions. Costa Rica does not extend this courtesy to foreigners moving into the country. Your shipment of household goods will incur the standard import duty, which is typically around 37%. This rate is charged on the combined amount of the shipment’s value, and the cost of shipping and insurance (CIF) (1).

Documents Required By Costa Rica

Documents required by Costa Rica

In order for your shipment to enter the country, you’ll need to provide customs with the appropriate documentation. This includes your passport and a packing list written in either Spanish or English. Your Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill is also required (2).

A separate inventory with the values for your items is necessary as well. This should list the brand, model and serial number of all electronic goods and appliances included in your shipment. You’ll also need to attach the purchase receipt for any new items. Customs will want to see documents showing you’ve purchased insurance for your shipment as well (3).

Import duties imposed on your vehicle

Consistent with their policy on household goods, duty exemption is also not available for vehicle importation. According to one trustworthy source, you’ll pay between 45% - 70% (5) to bring your vehicle into Costa Rica. However, it goes on to say that you could end up paying more than the vehicle’s total value, just in import duties. How this works isn’t clear - so consult Costa Rican customs to learn more (4).

Documents required to import your vehicle

You must have the necessary paperwork, to bring your vehicle into the country. You’ll need a valid driver’s license and your passport. The vehicle’s title and registration is also required, along with a certified emissions test. A temporary use permit (TVUP) should be submitted as well, and written authorization from the car’s owner (if you don’t own the vehicle). Finally, customs will want to see your Original Bill of Lading (6).

Though the above lists give you a good idea of the regulations you’ll face and the paperwork you must provide - it’s not comprehensive. Other forms and rules will apply, to both your shipments of household goods and vehicle. Speak to Costa Rican customs directly, to learn all the requirements for importing your belongings.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

  • Start early: As already pointed out, international moving is not the same as hopping across states. It is therefore important to start your preparations early. Most international moving companies advise their clients to begin preparations about 90 days before the day of moving. This will help you get everything in order and avoid delays with customs.
  • Visa and passport: Moving overseas requires both a visa and a passport. Ensure that you have done enough research on what type of visa you require when looking for Costa Rica International Moving Services. Visit the Embassy of Costa Rica’s website for more information. Also, ensure that you make an application for a passport through the US Government.
  • Visit: There is nothing as intimidating as going to a new place. Even scarier is relocation to a foreign country. It is therefore, a good idea to visit your chosen destination in Costa Rica just to have a feel of where you will be moving to. Make sure that you engage with the local people to get as much information as possible.
  • Save money: Moving overseas is a costly affair. You need to be intentional and careful about your spending. The way to do this is have a budget in place. It will help you keep your spending in check.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

A Professional Moving Company In Costa Rica

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

Professional movers have the experience needed for such an undertaking. Certainly, it would be almost impossible if you decided to handle everything by yourself. This is because it is very strenuous and time-consuming. You will also, be at the risk of losing or damaging your belongings.

However, professional movers will help you pack and secure your belongings without any damage incurred. They also have relevant equipment designed to make the process stress-free.

How to find the best international moving company

When looking for Costa Rica international moving services search the internet or ask friends and family for recommendations. Make a list of at least three companies then research on the following:

  • Find out if the company you are interested in is duly licensed.
  • Read customer reviews on the respective companies’ websites.
  • Compare their rates and find a professional mover with the best estimate.
  • Ensure that the company you choose has insurance that caters for damage on belongings during transit.

Our Costa Rica international moving services

We offer the following:

  • Packing/unpacking: We offer packing services to and from our transport facilities.
  • Commercial moving: We offer international moving of offices and businesses. This includes moving office equipment and other assets.
  • Apartment moves: We help in relocating between rental apartments.
  • Planning and preparation: We offer assistance in getting your household goods in order prior to the day of moving. This includes helping you put your belongings in batches to make it easy come the day of moving.
  • Visa and immigration services: We also help in visa application and registration services at the Costa Rica immigration department.
  • Housing assistance: We offer help in locating suitable housing.
  • Family services: We assist our clients to locate and find suitable providers of basic family services such as schools and health facilities.
  • Auto transport: We also handle the international moving of vehicles.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

We have over 30 years experience in moving services. Indeed, we have helped thousands of people with overseas moving services. Whether you want to retire or just want to relocate abroad, we have you covered. We also have the resources and knowledge to make sure that you have all the information that you need. Indeed, if you have any questions regarding international moving, rest assured that we have the answers.

Talk to us

If you are thinking of moving from the US to Costa Rica, we are the perfect international moving company for you. Talk to us by contacting our experts on our toll-free number 888-509-3213. Please don’t forget that you can also get free estimates of our services by filling-in the form at the top of this page.

SOURCES:

  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Costa Rica” page.
  2. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3617
  3. Found on Moverscom “Moving to Costa Rica” page.
  4. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3617
  5. Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Costa Rica” page.
  6. https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-costa-rica/
Share this content on social media
for a chance to get up to 15% off your next shipment.
Copy link

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Email Me


Testimonial
Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

...my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

Testimonial
Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

A1 Auto Transport... From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

Testimonial
David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

Visit our social, and see for see what our clients saying about us

House Moving to or from Costa Rica

No nearby results.

International House Moving

Amadora, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Athens, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Aveiro, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Bari, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Barreiro, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Berlin, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Bilbao, Spain

Spain (ESP)

Bologna, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Bordeaux, France

France (FRA)

Braga, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Bregenz, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Bremen, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Bristol, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

Coimbra, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Cologne, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Corinth, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Cork, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Drogheda, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Duisburg, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Dundalk, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

England

United Kingdom (GBR)

Essen, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Evora, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Funchal, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Galway, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Gdańsk, Poland

Poland (POL)

Gdynia, Poland

Poland (POL)

Genoa, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Granada, Spain

Spain (ESP)

Graz, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Grenoble, France

France (FRA)

Hamburg, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Hanover, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Ioannina, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Katowice, Poland

Poland (POL)

Kraków, Poland

Poland (POL)

Larissa, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Le Havre, France

France (FRA)

Leeds, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

Limerick, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Linz, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Liverpool, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

London, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

Lubin, Poland

Poland (POL)

Lyon, France

France (FRA)

Łódź, Poland

Poland (POL)

Madrid, Spain

Spain (ESP)

Málaga, Spain

Spain (ESP)

Manchester, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

Milan, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Munich, Germany

Germany (DEU)

Murcia, Spain

Spain (ESP)

Nantes, France

France (FRA)

Naples, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Nice, France

France (FRA)

Nottingham, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

Palermo, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Paris, France

France (FRA)

Patras, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Piraeus, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Porto, Portugal

Portugal (PRT)

Poznań, Poland

Poland (POL)

Rennes, France

France (FRA)

Rome, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Salzburg, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Sevilla, Spain

Spain (ESP)

Steyr, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Swords, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Tallaght, Ireland

Ireland (IRL)

Turin, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Venice, Italy

Italy (ITA)

Vienna, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Villach, Austria

Austria (AUT)

Volos, Greece

Greece (GRC)

Warsaw, Poland

Poland (POL)

York, UK

United Kingdom (GBR)

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak to Directly to Our Sales Team:

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2022, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.