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Costa Rican Residency, Association of ResidentsWelcome to ARCR                                 
Association of Residents of Costa Rica                 
New Tel: (506) 4052-4052

......The ARCR office is MOVING.... See Information Below .... New Tel: (506) 4052-4052 ...........

ARCR is located in building 14-42 International, specializing in Retirment to Costa Rica    Living in Costa Rica can be exciting, but also challenging.  For over 30 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:

  • Information 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.



           ... NOW IT IS OUR TURN!                                

    CALL US AT (506) 4052-4052          

    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. 

    Located 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 needs! 

    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?     Moving to Costa Rica, ARCR

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?     Retire in Costa Rica, Residency, Health Care, Services

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      Immigration Residency in Costa Rica

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

ARCR- Immigration in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Relocation Services     Relocate to Costa Rica, where to live, what to bring

For over 20 years, the ARCR has offered assistance to individuals and families in relocating to Costa Rica. Many relocation questions are always asked, such as:

  • In what area should I live?
  • How can I ship my household goods to Costa Rica?
  • Which shipping company and port of entry should I use?
  • Can I, or should I, ship my car down, or buy one here?
  • What are the best schools for my children?
  • Where can I get good medical services?
  • Where can I meet other foreigners and like minded people?
  • Discounts for members at Hotels, restaurants, and dozens of businesses in Costa Rica.  View at

  • And, of course many other questions. ARCR is your experienced information source for all your relocation concerns, answers and help.

ARCR- Relocate to Costa Rica


Insurance in Costa Rica     Insurance in Costa Rica, Health, Home and Auto

The National Insurance Institute, INS, was a state monopoly until recently, 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.

 click here to see all past issues here online



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