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Banco Nacional Closed Alunasa Accounts for US Alert on Alleged Money Laundering

Last Wednesday, June 13, the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR) closed all the bank accounts of the Alunasa company, owned by the Government of Venezuela, after the US Treasury Department issued an alert about an alleged money laundering operation through the company. The BNCR,...

Could Users of Uber Be Penalized?

The demand and use of Uber in Costa Rica is on the increase. And so is the pressure by the current administration to put Uber to rest, by attacking the driver app company at its drivers. Deeming the service illegal, the administration of Luis Guillermo...

Banco Nacional To Cancel Accounts Of Uber Drivers

The Diaro Extra, the self-billed "most sold newspaper in the country" reports that the Banco Nacional (BN) will close the accounts of Uber drivers, the State bank deeming the activity "not acceptable". The publications posted a partial letter, dated November 23, 2017, submitted by an...

World Cup 2018: Could Costa Rica Win It?

World Cup qualifying has ended and we now know all 32 teams who will compete at next June's finals in Russia. Costa Rica and Panama are the only two Central American teams to have qualified, the third for Costa Rica and the first for...

Proposed Is A Merger of The Banco de Costa Rica With the Banco Nacional

Costa Rica is down to two State banks, that is if you don't count the Banco Popular, which is, well, I don't think anyone really knows what it is. Now, after everything that has happened at the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR) in recent months,...

You Can’t Take Pictures of Public Buildings In Costa Rica?

Rico's TICO BULL - Journalist Freddy Serrano writes on social media he was verbally and physically assaulted by a private security guard, by the last name Santos, at the Antigua Aduana (old customs building) while taking photos of the building, a public building, and from...

Costa Rica Credit Card Debt Up 21%

Between April 2016 and April 2017, the balance of credit card debt in Costa Rica grew by 21%, equivalent to 3.7% of GDP, says a study by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC). The MEIC study, through the Directorate of Economic and Market...

Bancredito To Close As A Retail Bank

As State banks go, Bancredito was not the top choice for Costa Ricans, even less for foreigners in Costa Rica, which for the longest time, the only interaction they had with the bank and unbeknownst to them, was to pay the airport tax as...

Put it Under the Mattress – Or Spend it!

Q BLOGS - It is really hard not to join the global news outlets and write something about the Trump Administration if there is such a thing. But Q Costa Rica focuses on local issues. Damn, I want to get in on the D.C....

Costa Rica Starts Bank Account Renumbering

Q COSTA RICA - Sunday, January 22 will see the start of the process to replace the 17-digit customer 'cuenta cliente" (account numbers) with the global standard International Bank Account Number (IBAN), which will facilitate interbank transactions at the national and international level. The Central...

State Bank Faced With Declining Revenues and Rise In Bad Debts Calls For Government Aid

(QCOSTARICA) Facing financial problems, the Costa Rica state bank, the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago (Bancrédito) has put forth a plan that includes a call for the transfer of state businesses, the administration fo the PYMES and Conape funds and a cash injection of...

The “New” Banking In Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Today, the Banco Nacional (BN) joins the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), Grupo Mutual and Bancredito allows anyone, including foreigners permanently or temporary and tourists in Costa Rica, to open a bank account without requiring a Costa Rican cedula. The product is known as...

State Banks Offer 760 Properties At Attractive Pricing and Easy Financing

QCOSTARICA - Three state banks will be selling off about 76 properties in the first "Expo Interbancario" (Interbank Expo) to be held from April 15 to 17 in City Mall, in Alajuela. During the three days, the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), Banco Nacional (BN)...

Banco Nacional Will Use Face Recognition For Online Banking

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's state bank, the Banco Nacional (BNCR) said it will be rolling out face recognition technology for client logins to its mobile banking. Working with the Spanish biometrics company, FacePhi, Banco Nacional customers can access their accounts on mobile device quickly and...

Costa Rica Central Bank Introduces Virtual Wallet (Monedero Virtual)

QCOSTARICA - Customers of the Banco Nacional (BN), Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) and BAC San José can, through Monedero Virtual (Virtual Wallet) now make SINPE transfers from the smartphones. The Banco de Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) - Central Bank -  on Thursday introduced...

Bank Teller Reports Being ¢5M Short

QCOSTARICA - Investigators of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) are delving into an unusual occurrence at the Las Juntas de Abangares, in the town of Limonal, Guanacaste, branch of the Banco Nacional (BN). On Monday, at the end of the day, a 32 year...

Public Banking in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, publicly-owned banks have been available for so long and work so well that people take for granted that any country that knows how to run an economy has a public banking option. Costa Ricans are amazed to hear there is only...

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