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Why Costa Rica?

Quality, innovation and productivity

are written in our DNA

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This is our true nature.
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We’re among the top 5 “Best to Invest” countries in the world

According to Site Selection Magazine 2016

Costa Rica has become the preferred location in LATAM for industry leaders that seek quality, efficiency, experience, and growth opportunities in the most reliable and safe environment. Over 30 years of track record in high tech manufacturing and services attest to it.

A robust Med Tech ecosystem continues to develop today with full support of the Government. Complex services are provided to global markets around the clock in multiple languages. Innovation flows from our core.

Follow these 5 steps to succeed:

1. Contact CINDE

CINDE’s professional team is ready to guide and assist you in every step so that establishing your business in Costa Rica can be a simple, efficient and seamless process. We can assist you in providing all the necessary information that might be key in your decision-making process. Our services are completely FREE.

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2. Come see the country for yourself!

CINDE can assist in coordinating:

  • Benchmark meetings with established companies to learn about their business experience in Costa Rica

  • Working sessions with Academia and Government authorities

  • Meetings with potential service providers to establish your operation in Costa Rica

get to know usread about our country

3. select your location

Costa Rica offers several industrial parks and business centers inside or outside the Greater Metropolitan Area.

explore your optionslearn about our industrial parks

4. Get your ID & operating permits

A legal entity for your company must be created in Costa Rica.

Register your company before the National Property Registry.

Obtain environmental permits from SETENA (The National Environmental Technical Secretary): environmental consultants are key partners in this step because this entity will only process applications filed by authorized consultants. (applies for manufacturing operations)

start by reading thissetena support guide

Attain the operational license (Municipal Permit): Our local governments (Municipalities) oversee all activities developed within their authority, hence all new operations require to receive an authorization to start operations.

we got this tooMunicipalities guides and procedures

Building and construction or improvements: your business can either build a standalone facility or rent/purchase a facility in an industrial park. The location is a key step of the establishment process since the address of the company will be required for other permits.

Other permits such as social security, bank account, registration before immigration (fast track) are also required, among others.

check them outfast track documentation

5. Apply to the Free Trade Zone Regime

The Free Zone System is the mainstay of Costa Rica‘s export and investment promotion strategy. It is a set of incentives and benefits granted by the Costa Rican government to companies making new investments in the country and it provides tax incentives for services and manufacturing sector firms.

you should definitely applyread about our incentives

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Have the right support from the start

Having a local team for establishment support is always a good approach.

CINDE has identified a list of reliable service providers that can help as a liaison to local law firms, recruiting agencies, tax consultants, telecom provider, among others.

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