SUTEL (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones) is the telecommunications regulating agency in Costa Rica. Products that use radio frequency and cellular technologies require approval and certification to import and commercialize in Costa Rica.
Only cellular products require in-country testing in Costa Rica. We typically need (3) samples and will assist with the importation of samples. We may use International test reports for the homologation of other types of devices.
Local representation is not required at this time and labeling is only required for cellular products.
Costa Rica has a few restricted bands such as the 902-928 MHz band. However, depending on your product, it is possible to obtain an approval in portions of that band.
Types of Products Requiring SUTEL Approval
Current lead time for SUTEL approval is between 3 and 4 Weeks, depending on the product.
For products that do not require SUTEL approval, the Agency will provide a No Homologation letter to have for your records and to avoid any issues with customs upon importation of the equipment to Costa Rica.
Type A plugs, rated at 15 Amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This is a Class I, non-grounded, non-insulated plug that operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 1-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. The neutral blade is 7.9 mm wide, while the hot blade is 6.3 mm wide.
This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is only compatible with socket type A.
Type B plugs, rated at 15 amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This is a class I grounded, non-insulated plug that operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 5-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length, and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. It also features a 4.8 diameter round, or u-shaped earth pin measuring 3.2 mm which acts as a ground. This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is compatible with type A and B sockets. Grounded type B outlets are still rather uncommon in some parts of Central and South America.
However, it is not uncommon for people to cut off the earth pin to achieve compatibility with two-pole non-grounded sockets.