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What countries can’t you visit with an American passport?

Yes. Holders of U.S. (American) passports may currently travel to 186 countries without having to obtain a visa in advance of travel. These countries allow either visa-free entry or issue visas on arrival. But, a U.S. passport does not guarantee entry to any country. Each...

Costa Rica Credit Card Debt Up 14%

The number of cards in circulation grew by 13% between January 2017 and the same month in 2018, while the balance of debt on credit cards increased by 14% in the same period. According to a quarterly study on credit and debit cards for 2018,...

U.S. Suspends All Visas for Cubans, Withdraws Most Staff From Embassy in Havana

Local workers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, leave the building Friday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2017. Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com Cuban Americans seeking to have their relatives join them from the island will not be able to do so — at least for the time...

Panamanian Governma Announces Visa Requirement for Venezuelans

(TODAY PANAMA) Panama announced this week that refugees fleeing Venezuela must have a stamped visa to enter the country. President Juan Carlos Varela released a statement this Tuesday, August 22 in which he said that the thousands of Venezuelans that have arrived to Panama in...

Colombia Eliminates Visas For Nicaraguan Tourists

With the objective of encouring tourism to Colombia, the South American country has eliminated the visa requirement for Nicaraguan tourists. By resolution 5622 de 2017, Colombia's Cancillería (Foreign Ministry), eliminated the travel block. With this exemption, the number of countries without any formality for travel...

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...

‘Contactless’ Payments Appear In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA - Like it or not, 'contactless' pay is quickly making its way in Costa Rica, with more than 2 million cards with this technology already circulating in the country. As of last month (February 2017), the Banco Nacional (BN), BAC Credomatic and...

352 Costa Ricans Have Been “Deported” From or “Denied” Entry To The U.S. In The Past Year

Q COSTA RICA - Although the news of 'denials' and 'deportations' of Costa Ricans from the United States went viral on the social networks following the inauguration of President Donald Trump and his signing of the 'travel ban', authorities in Costa Rica, however, in...

Do Not Fall “Victim” To Credit or Debit Card Surcharges

Q COSTA RICA - A practice that is more common than you think, although prohibited, is retailers surcharging customers for using plastic. That is to say, at the time for paying a purchase with a debit or credit card, be it a product or...

How the United States’ stricter visa requirements affect Colombians

  The United States has changed its visa requirements on Wednesday. Here is how this affects Colombians wanting to visit the North American country. According to the US Embassy in Colombia website, effective immediately, interviews will now be required in all cases, except: Diplomatic and official...

Trump’s Refugee Ban Could Affect Cuban Doctors Fleeing

Cuban doctors apply for parole to the United States while waiting for their visas to be processed. (Tijuana Press) TODAY CUBA – The executive order signed by US President Donald Trump banning refugees could also affect Cuban doctors who have applied for entry through “parole” into the United...

Panama Rejects European Union (EU) Visas

(TODAY PANAMA) Most European Union (EU) visitor visas will no longer be accepted for entry into Panama under a new decree highlighting a general tightening of migration restrictions in Central America. The sudden change in policy, reported in Panamanian media Saturday, comes a month after...

Fewer Nicaraguans Applying For Visa To Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - The Costa Rica consulate in Managua reports a drop of 11% of visa requests by Nicaraguans wanting to visit Costa Rica. Costa Rica's ambassador to Nicaragua, Eduardo Trejos, said that so far this year the consulate has processed 15,000 visa...

Ecuador Going Back To Demanding Visas For Cubans

QCOSTARICA - Thursday, Ecuador's Foreign Minister, Xavier Lasso, said the South American country will return to requiring visas of Cubans who enter the country, starting December 1. According to the official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador (Ministerio de...

Peru Drops Visa Requirement For Ticos

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 2, 2015, Costa Ricans will no longer require a visa to travel to Peru. The agreement signed by both countries on Wednesday seeks to promote the tourist flow between nations. Currently, Ticos looking to travel to Peru must apply for a visa and...

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