The Association of Residents of Costa Rica is dedicated to serving expats from all over the world who are interested in this beautiful country. We can answer all your questions about life in this tropical paradise, AND help make YOUR transition of moving here simpler, easier, and smoother.


Immigration in Costa Rica

For those who decide to immigrate to Costa Rica, the ARCR is here to help guide you through the maze of information. Direccion General de Migracion is the immigration office for Costa Rica, and everything official is in Spanish. We offer English assistance, and also work with external immigration attorneys who also speak English, so communication is easier. More Info...

Insurance in Costa Rica

Many people hear about the great health system when visiting or moving to Costa Rica, but if you relocate here, you are also going to need to research your insurance options, and ARCR can assist you. More Info...

Relocate to Costa Rica

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? And, of course many other questions. More Info...

Why Join ARCR as a Potential Resident?        

There are many ways in which ARCR can help you as a new resident of Costa Rica. Here are some:
Assistance within Costa Rica before arriving.
Recommendation of professional people who can be trusted, including lawyers, accountants and other specialists.
Assistance with the language ... More Info...

Why Join ARCR as a Resident? 

As A Resident Of Costa Rica
ARCR is a member driven organization. The larger the membership, the more influence the group has with government, the larger the discounts on insurance & goods and services, and the more new services can be introduced.  More Info...

El Residente Magazine

The El Residente newsletter is published Bi-Monthly and sent digitally to the ARCR Members. They featuring articles on Immigration, residency and laws of Costa Rica. Regular articles on learning Spanish, living in Costa Rica, retirement, and items of interest to foreigners in the country. More Info...


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