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.
"This is the Immigration Identification Document for Foreigners (Dimex) issued by the Directorate General of Immigration for residents, and Diplomatic Identification Document (DIDI in Spanish), issued by the Chancellery of the Republic. The requirement to submit this document replaces the current procedure, in which only a passport is needed, said Carlos Melegatti, director of Central Bank’s Financial Services," reported Nacion.com.
Melegatti said the goal is to provide security to these foreign accounts. For his part, Mario Zamora, Minister of Public Security, said that many foreigners are serve as proxies for drug trafficking when passing through the country.
An ‘Immigration Document Identification Number for Foreigners’ (DIMEX in Spanish) will be used for all SINPE transactions.
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.
Only 14% of the Salvadoran population has a bank account.
As a way to promote financial inclusion, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Spainish-United Nations Fund for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F), insist on the creation of a regulatory framework to govern banking services.
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