Although the law to attract well-paid mobile workers was passed last year by the National Assembly, the government has yet to establish regulations to determine how the law will be implemented.
This has frustrated potential mobile workers and local businesses looking to take advantage of the global trend to work from anywhere.
Many countries are looking for highly-skilled, well-paid workers looking for a job abroad or “digital nomads” because they not only bring extra income, but also their skills to Costa Rica.
They are also sought after by many companies looking to improve their digital presence and their ability to compete in a global market.
According to the Kayak travel agency, Costa Rica currently ranks 7th among the 111 best countries to work remotely and number one in North and Central America.
Ruben Chacon, President of CANATUR, the National Chamber of Tourism, issued the following statement.
“We are a popular destination because we have the conditions that this type of worker is looking for, we must not waste time generating the necessary conditions that allow us to attract this type of tourist who breaks with seasonality, promotes the reactivation of tourist activity and relaunch the economy through the consumption of products and services,” Acón pointed out.
It is unclear when the required regulations will be released, or why there is a delay. Until then, many fear Costa Rica is missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that may not come again.