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Registration of births and deaths


For this procedure it is essential to obtain the international birth or death certificate emitted by the respective local Authority, duly apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.


Once the document has been apostilled, the interested party must present it before the Consulate along with his identity card; in order to fill out a form that will be provided by the Consul (an appointment is necessary for this procedure).


Certificate must be officially translated to Spanish, for its use in Costa Rica. You can find official translators in the following website:



Registration of marriages

For this procedure it is essential to obtain a marriage certificate emitted by the respective local authority, duly apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.


Once the document has been apostilled, both spouses must present it before the Consulate, along with their identity cards; in order to fill out and sign a form that will be provided by the Consul (an appointment is necessary for this procedure).


Note: The marriage certificate must be officially translated to Spanish, for its use in Costa Rica. This procedure can be done through the services of official translators in The Netherlands. On this website you will find official translators.


About  Apostilla

Apostille is certificate which verifies and confirms the seal and signature of person who authenticated the document . Some people call this 'superlegalisation'. There are designated authorities in every country to issue apostille certificates or legalisation. Apostilles are commonly issued for various documents related to adoption cases, for commercial documents, for official documents related to vital statistics, and for court records, land records, school documents and patent applications.


Who had signed 'hague agreement for abolishing the need for public documents' can issue apostille. Once an apostille is obtained, it is automatically considered 'valid' and 'acceptable' in all the 98 hague convention countries. Some small territories or notably some countries, very well recognise apostille, eventhough they cannot issue apostille. See: Hague Convention Website. If the country where the document will be used is not a party to the Convention, you will have to begin the legalization process.


In the Netherlands apostilles can be requested at the regional court house ("Arrondissements rechtbank"). Select the court house which belongs to the region in which the certificate (birth, death, marriage) or other official document was issued (e.g. divorce decree, notary document). There is a walk in service or mail in service.


The Registrars of the Courts of first instance : 




Importing Dogs and Cats to Costa Rica

 1. The dog or cat must be accompanied by a Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian 

2. Veterinary Certificate Requirements:

2.1 It must be issued by the Official Veterinary Services or by the Competent Authority of the country of origin. It is recommended to use an International Certificate (APHIS FORM 7001) for Small Animals.

2.2 Certificates must be consecutively numbered; each page must be signed and stamped with the official stamp.

2.3 The Certificate must indicate if there are any annexes and their respective numbers, each of them duly signed and stamped by the Competent Authority.

2.4 The International Veterinary Certificate must be in Spanish language; otherwise, it must be accompanied by an original official translation to Spanish certified by the Competent Authority.

2.6. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Costa Rican Consular office.

2.7 Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an Import Permit. Personal pets (dogs or cats) do NOT need an Import Permit.

2.8. The official rabies vaccination certificate must accompany the health documents and is valid for the period of the vaccine (1 or 3 years).

2.9. The dog/cat and supporting documentation will be inspected/reviewed upon arrival to Costa Rica.


3. Information to be included in the International Veterinary Certificate:

3.1 Pet’s information: breed, sex, color, age and pet’s identification (if available).

3.2 Name and address of the exporter.

3.3. Name and address of the consignee.

3.4 Means of transport.

3.5 Name and signature of the Official Veterinary Doctor, stamp of the Competent Authority and date of issue.


4. Vaccination requirements: The International Veterinary Certificate shall contain the following statement which certifies that the entire consignment meets the requirements established:


4.1 The dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease. This examination must be performed at least 2 weeks prior to the departure date.


4.2 The animal was treated within the fifteen (15) days prior to exportation with approved products for endo and ectoparasites, ensuring that animals are free of ticks and other external and internal parasites. This shall include date of treatment, brand name, lot number, and the active ingredient of the product.


4.3 Dogs were vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis.


4.4 Cats were vaccinated against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.


4.5 Dogs and cats over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies, this vaccine must be valid the day of its entry into the country. The following information must be included on the health certificate: date of vaccination, brand name of vaccine, manufacturer, lot number and expiration date (period of validity of the vaccine).


4.6 Puppies younger (dogs and/or cats) than three months should not be vaccinated against rabies; however, the vaccination plan must be certified according to age and species.



There are two (2) ways for personally-owned pets (dogs and cats) to enter Costa Rica:


1) Pets that enter with the owner either in-cabin or as "baggage" on the same flight and enter on the baggage claim area: these pets require the above documentation. Depending upon the length of stay in Costa Rica, pets entering Costa Rica. If the pet enters Costa Rica and stays longer than the validity of the (30 days for APHIS Form 7001) or rabies certificate, then that pet will need a valid Costa Rican Health Certificate or rabies certificate in order to leave. b) If the pet leaves during the time period of the validity of the Health Certificate and rabies certificate, then that is all that is required to leave Costa Rica.


2) Dogs and cats that enter Costa Rica for commercial reasons, or, are shipped as cargo, or the owner has two or more large breed dogs, then in these cases the animals will be directed directly to a Customs "warehouse", and will need all of the documentation found above as well as requiring an Import Permit (Sanitary Health Permit) from the Animal Quarantine Offices (SENASA-Departamento de Cuarentena Animal - SEE BELOW) as well as needing to satisfy the required Customs procedures (all this is done using a Customs Broker). NOTE: The animals are well cared for in the Customs "warehouse". The Import Permit costs approximately $20.


3) It is important to contact the airline in advance for additional requirements.