This is posted May 9, 2016. I recently attempted to bring a hand gun with me to Costa Rica. I have been living in the San Jose metro area for over a year. I was back home for a month and decided I should bring a pistol with me to keep in my residence here in CR. I had read one or more blogs over the past ten months about bringing a hand gun to CR. I did not find anything online that indicated it was a big issue. So I packed my pistol and ammo in the required hard plastic case, with a lock to which only I had the key. ( this is for transport via airline in one's luggage ). I declared the pistol to the airlines and off we went. On arrival in San Jose, my bag was flagged for inspection when it went thru the x-ray machine.
At that point, I soon learned getting my gun thru customs was going to be more of an issue than I expected. My gun case was tagged and placed in a box along w/ the ammo. I was given a receipt and told to call a number on the back in a few days to get my gun back. Well, if it were that simple I would not be writing this article. :0)
What I have now learned is that at some point in the recent past, laws were apparently changed regarding gun ownership and transport of such a gun into CR. I spent several hours over at aduana or customs one day. That got me absolutely no where. I have now been directed to an agency within the Department of Security. I am told this is a potential problem because while I am a resident , I am not yet a permanent resident. Allegedly, only a permanent resident can now bring a gun into the country. Does anyone WITH REAL KNOWLEDGE know who I must see, where I must go and what I must do to retrieve my pistol and ammo?