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KLM Making Its Way Back To Costa Rica

KLM Making Its Way Back To Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL – KLM is coming back to Costa Rica. On Monday, the Dutch flag carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced that, starting October 31, 2017 a planned twice weekly Amsterdam – San Jose flight. The airline previously served San Jose until March 1998. The airline has opened reservations for flights flown on […]

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

Bogota, Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA – In its annual outlook, a Panama-based publication recently ranked the best global locations to buy real estate this year, and two of the largest cities in Colombia — the “irresistible” Cali and gentrifying Bogotá — made the top five. Only two markets in Portugal — Algarve in first place and Lisbon […]

‘Hacking Challenge’ Competition Will Be On May 15 In Costa Rica

‘Hacking Challenge’ Competition Will Be On May 15 In Costa Rica

Q TECH – For the first time in Costa Rica and for the second consecutive year in Panama, computer security fans will compete to breach a corporate website in a simulated environment during the Hacking Challenge competition. The largest cybersecurity competition, that will be held in Costa Rica on Monday, May 15, at the Hotel […]

Finding My Missing Brother in Costa Rica (Or Panama)

Finding My Missing Brother in Costa Rica (Or Panama)

UPDATE (10:47am) – Thank you Carolyn Barker, who posted on QCR’s Facebook post of knowing the Kapil (the missing brother) and called the worried sister.  See FB post here.   Q COSTA RICA – The following letter was sent to the Q by Anjali Hariyani in the hopes of finding her missing brother, Kapil Hariyani […]

Costa Rica Considers Higher Taxes On Foreign Truckers

Costa Rica Considers Higher Taxes On Foreign Truckers

Q COSTA RICA – The Costa Rican Government is to consider hiking taxes on foreign haulers. Meetings were held with domestic companies after protests concerning competition from other neighboring countries. The Government and local firms reached an agreement that lawmakers will consider hiking the current 15 percent income tax rate charge to 20 percent and […]

Over 70 Venezuelan Immigrants Stranded on Panama-Costa Rica Border as Officials Ramp Up Controls

Over 70 Venezuelan Immigrants Stranded on Panama-Costa Rica Border as Officials Ramp Up Controls

Q24N – Over 70 Venezuelan immigrants, part of a total of 89 people who were prevented from entering  Panama because they did not meet immigration requirements, are trapped on the border between Costa Rica and Panama after official refused to let them re-enter the country. Among the rejected are also five Hondurans, three Salvadorans, two Nicaraguans […]

Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama’s Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigation Department, Manuel Bonome TODAY POANAMA (Prensa Latina) The present strategy against human trafficking has allowed Panama to rescue 167 people from 2014 to date and stop 40 human traffickers, the National Commission Against Human Trafficking (Cnctp) reported. Some operations, during this week, succeeded in rescuing just 37 women, […]

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Q COSTA RICA – The volatility of international prices of fuels in the oil market persists, being the main factor affecting prices in Central America. Despite the instability of oil prices and their fluctuations are permanent factors, predictions about future prices is unpredictable, however, in the recent weeks trends in international prices have been caused […]

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

The corruption scandal shakes Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA (Prensa Latina) An investigation carried out by the Public Ministry of Panama, concerning a ghost company of Odebrecht provided information for the corruption scandal that shakes Colombia, publishes today daily La Estrella de Panama. Last January 24, the seventh prosecutor anticorruption district, Alexandra Vence, asked the Public Registry […]

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA – The low-cost airline Wingo that began operations in Costa Rica last month announced the cancellation of its San José – Guatemala, reports La Nación. According to Wingo, its low-cost flights to that destination do not have enough market to maintain operations. “We take this opportunity to inform that from January 10, […]

Gap between Rich and Poor in Panama Increases

Gap between Rich and Poor in Panama Increases

Panama City from the Ancon Hill, a 654-foot hill that overlooks the capital city TODAY PANAMA (Prensa Latina) The unequal distribution of wealth increased in Panama, indicates a recent report issued by the ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) in December 2016, quoted today by the local media. The official report, titled ‘Distribution of Household […]

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living – For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data, and asking more and better questions of a greater number of […]

United States Presses Sale of Panamanian Newspapers

United States Presses Sale of Panamanian Newspapers

TODAY PANAMA –  The pressures by the U.S. government on two Panamanian newspapers to sell their shares to third parties as the only way to remove extraterritorial sanctions have been revealed here today by the press. ‘The U.S. government has repeatedly explained the circumstances behind the administrative designation of the Waked Money Laundering Organization by […]

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

(QTRAVEL) Amy Schumer said she’d move to Spain. Bryan Cranston said he’d move to Canada. Jon Stewart said he’ll move to another planet. At last count, 23 celebrities have claimed they’ll leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the presidential election…. Celebrities—and anybody else who’s found themselves saying, “I’m outta here”—take note: Many […]

Maduro Requested Political Asylum In Panama

Maduro Requested Political Asylum In Panama

The former ambassador of Panama to the OAS, Guillermo ‘Willy’ Cochez said the meeting between Nicolas Maduro and Pope Francis was not to agree on dialogue with the opposition, but to negotiate his ouster from power and Venezuela (Photo El Telegrafo) (Today Venezuela) A report by Panamapost.com says that the according to the local media […]

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

(Prensa Latina) Since the zika virus appeared in November 2015, the public health authorities confirmed a total of 461 cases in Panama, of which 422 correspond to the present year. Among the most affected regions, there are the capital (174 cases) and the region of Guna Yala (136). The Panamanian Public Health Ministry (MINSA) reported […]

WINGO: Low-Cost Airline From Costa Rica To Panama Takes To The Skies Dec. 1

WINGO: Low-Cost Airline From Costa Rica To Panama Takes To The Skies Dec. 1

(QCOSTARICA) Wingo is the name of the new low-cost airline that will connect Costa Rica with Guatemala and Panama starting on December 1, 2016. The announcement by the airline owned by Copa Holdings which also owns Copa Airlines was made on Friday, with the start of ticket sales on its website Wingo.com. (The website is […]

Solis and Varela Meet To Discuss Migrant Crisis in Costa Rica and Panama

Solis and Varela Meet To Discuss Migrant Crisis in Costa Rica and Panama

(QCOSTARICA) Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solis confirmed Friday they started talks with other countries in the region to find ways of distributing migrants currenlty living in camps in Panama and Costa Rica. The two leaders met in Boquete, Chiriquí province, Varela extending the invitation to Solis, who was […]

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Independence Day in Costa Rica . Photo from costaricalearn.com TICO BULL by Rico – Every so often the debate comes up, especially when getting together with Tico friends (yes, though difficult to believe, I do have one or two Tico friends), is Panama is part of Central America. Yes and no. Independence Day in Panama […]

Soho Mall Stores and the Clinton List

Soho Mall Stores and the Clinton List

(Q24N) As time passes there is growing uncertainty on the part of traders that have shops in Soho Mall in Panama about the future of the company which has been included on the US government’s list of companies suspected of money laundering. From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of […]

Panama Denies to U.S. Risk of Money Laundering

Panama Denies to U.S. Risk of Money Laundering

(Q24N) he Government of Panama rejected today the remarks of the Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDES), of the United States, as a high-risk jurisdiction for money laundering. The Minister of Economy and Finances Dulcidio De la Guardia told reporters he received an official communique of the U.S. Treasury Department or the State […]

Flow of Migrants At Southern Border “Unstoppable”

Flow of Migrants At Southern Border “Unstoppable”

(QCOSTARICA) The flow of migrants into Costa Rica on the southern border with Panama has become unstoppable, hundreds arriving daily asking for a temporary visa, exceeding the capacity of the government response. According to immigration officials, they receiving more than 150 requests daily, for the 25 day ‘in transit’ permit that allows the migrants to […]

UNESCO Declines to Consider in Danger in Talamanca-La Amistad, Located In Part of Panama and Costa Rica

UNESCO Declines to Consider in Danger in Talamanca-La Amistad, Located In Part of Panama and Costa Rica

The Reserve of the Mountain Range Talamanca-La Amistad, located in part of Panama and Costa Rica, will be absent for the moment from the list of heritage sites of the world in danger. The decision of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (Unesco) recognized the joint efforts of both countries, with the objective […]

Costa Rica Businesses Tempted By Offers To Relocate Abroad

Costa Rica Businesses Tempted By Offers To Relocate Abroad

Tired of the bureaucracy and high production costs, many Costa Rica entrepreneurs believe the country has become to expensive and difficult to operate in, while other countries like Colombia and Panama are making it attractive for them to relocate. The Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprise (Uccaep) says many Costa Rica […]