Can a person be self employed in Costa Rica, without becoming a citizen?
Question by CanadianGal2000: Can a person be self employed in Costa Rica, without becoming a citizen?
I am Canadian and my husband and I are thinking about going to Costa Rica and work for ourselves (have our own business). Do you have to be a citizen of Costa Rica to start a business. If not, what do you require to stay there and work for yourself? (The business would not require a space / we can do from our home/computer). Thanks.
Answer by tico times directory
You do not have to be a citizen to work and/or a resident. Anyone can open up a business, there are 1000s of expats that have small businesses, like gift shows, travel agencies, online products, sportsfishing charters, bars etc.
Below are two links that will help you out:
If you do not get residency (which takes several years to get) you will be require to leave the country every 90 days for 72/hrs – many just jump to Panama or Nicaragua for a mini vacation and spend a few days, then come back.
Only thing that is required to start a business is money and some type of business. However, starting a business in CR is not easy, many quit after the 1st 8 months and unless you have spend a lot of time in CR to understand the culture, laws and people it is not advisable.
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