Costa Rica: Electronic Payments by Foreigners

An ‘Immigration Document Identification Number for Foreigners’ (DIMEX in Spanish) will be used for all SINPE transactions.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

From now on foreigners using the the Central Bank’s Electronic Payment System, known as SINPE, will be identified with a DIMEX number provided by Immigration. This number corresponds to the Immigration Identification Document for Foreigners.

This measure will comply with the law 8204, which sets out how to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

An article in notes: "Using DIMEX, each foreigner will be assigned a unique identification number whose format we can validate. This document number will be provided by the Directorate General of Immigration, who, according to information from the BCCR, has already provided about 350,000, as well as 100,000 Unique Migration Documents, which can also be validated and have a DIMEX number".

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Costa Rica: Mandatory Dimex Use In Effect

October 2012

Starting October 1st, foreigners are required to use their resident IDs for electronic banking transactions.

Mandatory use of the Dimex is required for foreigners for any kind of transaction made through the National Electronic Payment System (IPNS in Spanish). quotes Carlos Melegatti, director of Central Bank Financial Services who says, "We are validating 100% of SINPE operations with identification numbers.

Documents for Foreigners in Costa Rica

July 2012

The requirement for using Dimex (identification document for foreigners) in banking transactions has been postponed until 1 October.

The date of entry into force of this requirement was scheduled for July 1 but it has now been postponed by the Central Bank, pending more foreigners meeting the requirement.

More than a Passport Required to Open Accounts

May 2012

It is no longer enough to use only a passport to open a personal bank account in Costa Rica, instead an identity document issued by the Immigration Department must be provided.

Foreigners living in Costa Rica and diplomats must comply with the additional requirement of carrying a Costa Rican identity card in order to open a bank account, from 1st July.

Electronic Transfers in El Salvador

April 2012

A Service for Interbank Electronic Transfers (SITE), which allows transfers of money between bank accounts, is now in operation.

Operated by ACH El Salvador, the SITE will allow the interconnection of banks and financial institutions around the country to become more secure and faster.

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