Welcome to ARCR
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
Living in Costa Rica can be exciting, but also
challenging. For over 25 years, the ARCR has assisted those living
or retiring in Costa Rica and those considering moving here. Our goal is to become your one source
to relocate, retire, live and travel in Costa Rica.
ARCR Administration S.A. (or ARCR) is
an organization serves foreign residents in Costa Rica as well as people abroad who want to
obtain residency in Costa Rica. We serve members both prior to their move to Costa Rica and throughout their years of residency here. Main areas of activity are:
to live in and move to Costa Rica.
Assistance with insurance in Costa Rica.
To inform interested persons about
immigration procedures for becoming legal residents, and to assist and advise them during the process.
Social Activities for members.
Seminars on different areas
for living in Costa Rica.
A discount program effective at many locations
when you live in Costa Rica.
After many years in
the same building, ARCR offices are moving to a newer, better
location! Only a few blocks away, our new World Headquarters will
offer several advantages to our members: convenient access with ample
street, parking, modern accommodations, and much more.
in a newly renovated residence on Avenida 14, just a short distance
South from our old location in Casa Canada, the transition will be
complete approximately July 7, 2015. All our great services will
continue uninterrupted at the old site on Calle 40 until that date. We
are excited and looking forward to this step up! Please come by and
see how we have grown and are now even better equipped to meet your
DIRECTIONS: At the Southeast corner of Sabana Park,
at the end of Route 27 (Pista), from the Universal Store/McDonalds
restaurant proceed South on Calle 42. Go 100 meters and turn right on
Avenida 14. The ARCR office is 15 meters on the right. Look for the
sign. see map on Contact page
Thinking Of Moving To A New Country?
Too many people make such a move emotionally. While how a person feels about a country, and it's physical attributes are important, it is also important to look at practical items which may cause frustration with your new home in the future. The check list below is meant only as a guide for your move- you will likely have additions to it, or perhaps some of the listed items are not of concern to you. Substitute your own questions. ARCR Administration will help you answer them with regard to Costa Rica.
Thinking Of Moving To Costa Rica - To
Live, Work or Retire?
We recommend that anyone considering a move to Costa Rica, or any
country for that matter, first come here and travel as a tourist. The
longer you can stay the better. It is important that in addition to
knowing the logistics of establishing residency and making the move, you
get a little taste of what life will be like.
Depending on your country of origin, you can travel around Costa Rica
with a tourist visa for up to three months. With a driver's license from
your home country and your passport, you can legally drive during this
time. Try to get a feel for what day-to-day life will be like -- learn
first-hand that a different culture means different responses to given
situations. In the end, your ability to adapt and approach life with a
relaxed attitude will probably govern your degree of happiness and
satisfaction once you live in Costa Rica.
Our members newsletter, El Residente, shares articles on living in Costa
Rica as well as information on the laws, the culture, learning Spanish
language, events and so forth. See our online version here- El Residente
Costa Rica Immigration
New Regulations were published as of May 17
2012 and are in effect for the New Immigration law (passed in March 1, 2010).
Details are outlined in our newsletter, and also on the website. ARCR
has all you need to help you obtain your residency in Costa Rica.
Is immigration right for you? After you've stayed in Costa Rica awhile
as a tourist, you may decide to immigrate to Costa Rica. Many people have
made this decision based upon the friendly people, temperate climate,
lower cost medical services and lower priced housing. Every decision to
move, live, work or retire in Costa Rica is unique. And, the process for
immigration can be daunting, depending if you want to just live here, or
if you wish to work. ARCR is here to help with your questions about
immigration - which program is best for you. Those with residency as Pensionados
and Rentistas are
allowed to own and operate a business but are not permitted to work for
wages for someone else. However, under certain conditions, one may
immigrate through an investor status program, and ARCR can explain that
immigration option, and more.
Our El Residente keeps members updated on changes to Immigration and
Residency, as well as other laws in Costa Rica. See past editions here- El Residente
The National Insurance Institute, INS, was a state monopoly until
and still only choice for many types of insurance in Costa Rica. Through INS, you can obtain auto insurance, home fire and theft
insurance, liability, medical, life, general accident insurance,
hurricane, earthquake and flood insurance. To navigate through the
intricacies and make the best choices, ARCR is here to explain the best
options under the sometimes confusing government system.
ARCR- Insurance in Costa Rica
El Residente magazine
The El Residente is the newsletter of the ARCR, made for those wishing
to retire, or move to & live in Costa Rica. It contains articles
on immigration and residency, insurance, laws, clubs, stories, history,
wildlife, and many other articles focused on living in the Costa Rica.