Moving to Costa Rica

We provide International Moving Services to Costa Rica from the UK.

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We can move your household effects and furniture either by sea or by air. Sea freight options include an exclusive use container (FCL) or a consolidated shipment (LCL). Air freight options are also avaliable. Your Move Manager will be able to advise you on which shipping method is most appropriate for your circumstances.We provide a door to door service for your move to Costa Rica including full export packing, shipping, customs clearance, delivery and unpacking. Our destination agent and trusted partner in Costa Rica is a certified member of the following industry organisations: FIDI, LACMA and IAM ensuring that you will receive a quality service for your move from start to finish.

Customs Requirements when Moving to Costa Rica

When shipping to Costa Rica, please bear in mind the following requirements:

Electrical Appliances

If you are shipping any electrical appliances, you will need to provide us with details of the brand, model and series numbers so that we can state this on your packing list / inventory. This is a customs requirement.

New Items

If you are shipping any new items, please advise your Move Manager as this will be need to be identified in the packing list / inventory also. This is to avoid delays to your shipments should there be an inspection by the Customs Authorities in Costa Rica.

Moving to Costa Rica: Prohibited or Restricted Items

Prohibited Items

You are not able to include the following items in your shipment to Costa Rica: alcohol, food items, wicker, rattan, bamboo (items made from plant material), live plants, narcotics, weapons.

Cosmetics / Toiletries / Soap

Please be advised: cosmetics, toiletries such as shampoo and soap require a permit which can take up to a month to obtain. We therefore recommend that such items are not included in your shipment to Costa Rica.


Medicine – a permit is required to import medicine into Costa Rica. This can take approximately 15-30 days.

Car Shipping to Costa Rica

If you would like to take your car with you, you will need to provide your Move Manager with the original property title of the vehicle and /or circulation card or any legal document which contains information on the ownership of the vehicle.

Pet Relocation to Costa Rica

You will need the following documents if you are taking your pet with you when you move to Costa Rica: vaccination certificates, export health certificate and an invoice or sworn declaration containing information on the value of the pet.

The information above is provided by LACMA, the Latin American and Caribbean Movers Association.

Please note that regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us if you require further information regarding your move to Costa Rica. A full Customs Guide to Costa Rica is available upon request.

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The estimated transit time for international shipping from the UK to other countries depends on various factors such as the destination, the mode of transport, and any customs clearance requirements. Our experienced Move Managers will provide you with an estimated transit time based on your specific requirements. We will keep you informed throughout the entire shipping process and provide regular updates on the status of your shipment. At destination, our local agents will contact you to arrange delivery and provide you with an estimated delivery date.

To obtain a quote for international shipping services from the UK with John Mason, simply complete our online quote form or contact us by phone or email. Our experienced Move Managers will provide you with a detailed quote based on your specific requirements. We will take into account the volume of goods, the destination, and any additional services you may require such as packing, storage, or pet relocation. Our aim is to provide you with a competitive and transparent quote that meets your needs and budget.

Our Accreditations

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals and relocation services on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on offering a professional and friendly service. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies and are proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent. In 2023, we became the most trusted moving company in the UK.
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Some of our Customer Reviews

The packers were careful, quick and courteous. I highly recommend this company and would definitely use them again! Efficient, polite, punctual: could not ask for more.

Hertfordshire, UK to Virginia, USA - March 2023

From start with Michelle to finish with Gill the level of service was excellent. John Mason and its international partners handled my move from Devon to Australia seemingly effortlessly. I couldn't ask for better.

Devon, UK to Perth, Australia –April 2023

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

Yorkshire, UK to Sydney, Australia - March 2023

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