penasblancasborderCosta Rica is considering charging a border fee of US$25 for an export declaration and US$5 for each person, to fund maintenance and improvement work at border posts.

The would be charged at the major border crossings of Peñas Blancas (with Nicaragua), Paso Canoas (with Panama) and lesser crossings at a Tabilla, Los Chiles and Sixaola.

The government is also a considering investing US$80 million dollars by way of a loan from the  Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) – Inter-American Development Bank.

The work, if approved, would start in early 2014.