E-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products in Costa Rica, and as such are subject to the laws that prohibit smoking in all public places.
Although e-cigarettes are slowly growing in popularity in Costa Rica, they can still cause confusion during customs clearance for something worse (such as drugs or weapons) by officials and confiscated. As such, we recommend that you pack your e-cigarette equipment (minus batteries) into your checked luggage when travelling into Costa Rica.
If your equipment is in your carry-on luggage it is better to show them what you have rather than let them find it, and a firm explanation of what you have in your possession should assist in a smoother customs experience.
There are currently a number of stores to be found in San José, but e-cigarettes are fairly non-existent in other parts of the country. As such, we suggest you bring enough equipment and e-liquid with you for your trip.
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Costa Rica became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 19, 2008.
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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.