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Old 23 Oct 2017
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Travel from Costa Rica to the USA...permits etc.?

Has anyone travelled from Central America to the USA lately?

Hello HU! I never post here but I know some of your community personally as I've hosted a few of them in my home as they've travel through Colorado. I was recently chatting with the Duvall's on line and Carol-ann suggested that I ask HU my question. Funny how their cracked rim turned into days of great fun, leading them on bike rides in the Rocky Mountains and a wonderful friendship.

Back to my question: What type of paperwork is required to take a vehicle from Costa Rica, through Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico... and then into the USA? I will be driving a 4WD diesel suv, not a bike (sorry). It's a 2016 Toyota Fortuner that I bought in Costa Rica. I suffered a serious bump on the head and was told by a neurologist not to fly. As head injuries can take forever to heal, I'm contemplating a drive to get home to Colorado. As a woman travelling alone I am concerned about my personal safety as well...so travel during daylight hours and overnights in a secure hotel/area are important so that my vehicle isn't stolen leaving me stranded. It's either that or wait out the head injury in Costa Rica. I would if I could but I need to get home and work.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
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Hi ,
I live on the Pacific Coast of southern nicaragua , South of San Juan del Sur, about an hours drive from the Costa Rica/ Nicaragua border crossing. I have brand new accomadation available.. a private casita with bathroom, power, internet, shared kitchen and lots of parking or camping space + security
$25 usd a night...love to host you!
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Costa Rica to USA route tips?

Thanks Sue,
It would be my pleasure to stop over with you one night!

I was really hoping someone had ridden up through central america and would be able to advise with paperwork required for the vehicle so that I can start something in advance of my drive.
Nothing yet?
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If you have the vehicle registration document in your name or a notorised letter permitting you to take it out of Costa Rica if not then only insurance for each country you plan to pass through should be enough.
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