New Costa Rica tax makes no sense
Costa Rica has added a "roadway tax" which seems to make no sense. It is a tax that you must pay to Costa Rica when crossing the border in a vehicle into Nicaragua. Calling it a roadway tax when you are about to stop using Costa Rica's roadways is a bit absurd.
In any case, it is $5 that you must pay at an office of Bancrédito. The nearest branch is in Liberia which is about 80km from Peñas Blancas. But, don't worry, Costa Rica plans to add a Bancrédito ATM at the border within two weeks. Pardon my sarcasm but there is little traffic at the border in December, right?
From an article in GringoTico Times
Beginning on Dec. 2, the Costa Rican government began charging a $5 "roadway tax" at border crossings that can only be paid at Bancrédito branches. The problem is there are no Bancrédito offices or ATMs at the northern border.
On Monday, dozens of travelers were forced to return to Liberia to the bank's nearest branch, located some 50 miles away and a one-hour trip each way.