Monday, 21 September 2020
(QCOSTARICA) As part of its return to international flights, Air Canada will provide free travel insurance to its customers for new bookings made between September 17 and October 31, 2020. This for international flights, like...

Aftermath of COVID-19: the nightmare that survivors go through

(QCOSTARICA) Achieving the status of "recovered" from COVID-19 does...

This is how the tax on ATM transactions would work

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado on Thursday outlined...
(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have resumed...

Expat Focus: Working in Costa Rica

EXPAT FOCUS - There reasons, why someone would want to...

Doctors took to the streets of San José to give away masks and teach how to use them

(QCOSTARICA) A group of some 15 doctors and helpers gave...

Immigration postpones re-opening to October

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración...

Juan Santamaría Airport received 97% fewer travelers in August than a year ago

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's air borders re-opened to international tourists on...

Blogs, Opinion & AnalaysisPerspective

The death of Dr. Salas’ father comes at a difficult time

RICO'S DIGEST -  I have no doubt that this is a moment of great weight for the majority in Costa...

The real COVID threat is Costa Rica’s limited hospital capacity

(QCOSTARICA) OP-ED - Daily we see the number of infections increase. No longer a...

It’s not about the numbers… it’s the dollars

Rico's TICO Bull - A reader sent an email about the new U.S. states...

Do you have a BAC Compass? Here’s what you should know…

Rico's TICO BULL - How many of you have a Compass, the quick pass...

It’s Monday, who can cannot drive and what is not open and what is

Rico's TICO BULL -  It's Monday, August 17, the last day of the holiday...

Covid-19 infection rate generally low in Costa Rica, but increases in coastal sites

(QCOSTARICA) The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica decreased...

Victim of sexual abuse in Cartago: “this has to stop”

(QCOSTARICA)  "I was walking and pushing my six-month-old son's stroller...

Costa Rica at the gates of a tax on banking transactions

(QCOSTARICA) The economic stability proposal that the Government will present...

199 Years of Independence!

(QCOSTARICA) President Carlos Alvarado called on Tuesday, September 15, during...

U.S. recommends avoiding travel to Costa Rica due to high risk of covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises...

Funeral homes in times of pandemic: the painful challenge of the last goodbye to the COVID-19 deceased

(QCOSTARICA) A young man observes crying from the gate of...

Coming out party with a parade and a clandestine bar detonated outbreaks of COVID-19 in the southern zone of Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) A "quinceañera" party with a horse show included and...

Which airlines are resuming flights to Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have resumed flights, others have modified their flight schedules, while others are still not serving Costa...

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Pura Vida

(QCOSTARICA) A fire truck that was in the 9-1-1 attack on the Twin Towers, in New York, is on Costa Rican soil and continues to fulfill its function of...

CHAMUCO

I was in the hardware store recently when a small item, well away from anybody in the store, fell off the shelf. The young...

Ants of CR could use better PR

From HOWLER Magazine - According to The Encyclopedia Britannica, ants are second only to human beings as the most social and communal animals on...

Banks warn about the proposed temporary tax on financial transactions

The government of Carlos Alvarado is proposing a set of new taxes, that include a temporary tax (4 years) on banking transactions, to obtain...

Ever wondered why are there now fewer earthquakes in Costa Rica?

(Lighter Side) Ever wondered why are there now fewer earthquakes in Costa Rica? Because due to the pandemic there is not a single day in...

Latin America

Guatemala Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Corruption, Money Laundering

Former Guatemala President Alfonso Portillo has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting bribes and money laundering before a New York court, a turn of events that could spell trouble...

Reopening a business in Nicaragua, 100 days after closing due to Covid-19

TODAY NICARAGUA (Confidencial) Emilio closed his business for almost one hundred days, a period...

In the market for an airplane, but not just any plane?

(Q24N) Friday morning, as a maintenance and training measure, the presidential plane TP-01, operated...

Cuba to begin next week human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine

(QCOSTARICA) Cuba will begin next week clinical trials in humans of its vaccine project...

Nicaragua and the Myth of the Mestizo Nation

The April protests put many conversations on the table that are still pending. One...

Government of El Salvador wants to reform the Constitution and adapt it to ‘new realities’

(Q24N) San Salvador. The government of El Salvador asked this Thursday to open a national debate to reform the Constitution and adapt it to...

Peru begins trials on 6,000 volunteers of Chinese vaccine against covid-19

(Q24N) Lima, Peru - The clinical trial phase of a potential Chinese vaccine against COVID-19 began this Wednesday, September 9, in Peru, where it...

America Crece, a new form of US dominance in Latin America

(Prensa Latina) America Crece is the new US mask to dominate the economy in Latin America and is hidden in memorandums of understanding (MOU)...

Reports

Funeral homes in times of pandemic: the painful challenge of the last goodbye to the COVID-19 deceased

(QCOSTARICA) A young man observes crying from the gate of the cemetery the moment in which his mother is buried. He is an only child, so he has no...

Panama confronts human traffickers where a major migration route bottlenecks

Cronkite Borderlands Project - Panama – A spike in migrants moving north through Panama has law enforcement officials worried the country will become an international center for human trafficking. Last...

American tourists face bans and restrictions across the world amid shoddy pandemic response

(AOL - Yahoo Finance) The reputation and prestige once associated with a passport from the United States have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For Americans right now,...

Indigenous Mexicans turn inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food

Zapotec farmers return from their ‘milpa,’ the garden plots that provide much of the communities’ food, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeffrey H. Cohen, CC BY-SA While the coronavirus hammers Mexico, some Indigenous...

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Expat Focus: Working in Costa Rica

EXPAT FOCUS - There reasons, why someone would want to become an expat and work in Costa Rica, are many...

U.S. Citizens Living in Costa Rica Can Vote in This November’s General Election

(QCOSTARICA) In a press release from the United States Embassy in San Jose, Costa...

How do you find your way around with street names or numbered addresses?

(QCOSTARICA) As Costa Rica does not have street names or numbered addresses, how do...

BCR on Friday experienced problems. An expat’s story

QCOSTARICA - EXPAT FOCUS - The Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) on Friday, September...

Legislators present proposal to attract pensioners, investors and rentiers to Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Three legislators propose creating incentives to attract investors, pensioners and rentiers (rentistas) to...

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Which airlines are resuming flights to Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have resumed flights, others have modified their flight schedules, while others are still not serving Costa...

Canadians flying to Costa Rica with Air Canada will have free COVID travel insurance

(QCOSTARICA) As part of its return to international flights, Air Canada will provide free travel insurance to its customers for new bookings made between...

Juan Santamaría Airport received 97% fewer travelers in August than a year ago

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's air borders re-opened to international tourists on August 1. However, the opening of commercial flights has not...

The United States stops monitoring the temperature of passengers at airports

(QCOSTARICA) As of this Monday, September 14, the United States Government (USG) stopped monitoring the temperature of international travelers, reported...

7 more states authorized for Sep 15; California for Oct 1

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, just announced the authorization of 8 more states, bringing the total to 20. Starting...

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Sunrise in Cot de Oreamuno

(QCOSTARICA) It is Saturday morning and the day gives its first signs of life in Cot de Oreamuno, one of the oldest towns in Costa Rica, located 8.6 kilometers from...

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Which airlines are resuming flights to Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have...

Canadians flying to Costa Rica with Air Canada will have free COVID travel insurance

(QCOSTARICA) As part of its return to international flights,...

Banks warn about the proposed temporary tax on financial transactions

The government of Carlos Alvarado is proposing a set...

National

Neighbors support relatives of seven who died in an accident in Cartago: “Your pain is ours.”

(QCOSTARICA) The mourners of the family who died in the accident in Cartago are not alone. Around them are their neighbors giving them moral,...

Seven people die in a collision with a police car in Cartago

(QCOSTARICA) A collision between a Fuerza Publica (police) patrol and a microvan, left seven people dead. The fatal accident occurred late Wednesday night in Caballo...

Victim of sexual abuse in Cartago: “this has to stop”

(QCOSTARICA)  "I was walking and pushing my six-month-old son's stroller and my 11-year-old daughter was riding a bicycle. As I stop to get the...

Family waits days for Health to remove body from inside a house in San José

(QCOSTARICA) He had been dead for days, possibly since Friday. But it wasn't until Sunday night when family members called the COVID line, 1322,...

Allison Bonilla case: OIJ to search ‘downstream’ in search of the young woman’s body

(QCOSTARICA) The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) will resume the search for the body of Allison Pamela Bonilla Vásquez along the Reventazón River. The idea...

Business & Economy

This is how the tax on ATM transactions would work

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado on Thursday outlined the proposed new taxes that would be imposed in order to obtain a US$2.25 billion...

Aresep: “Make payment arrangement and no cuts in water service meanwhile”

(QCOSTARICA) The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - Public Services Regulatory Authority - has spoken, ordering water utilities to enter into payment...

IMF disbursed US$521.7 million to Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) disbursed us$521.7 million Costa Rica, this September 15, of the fast loan approved by the Legislative Assembly on...

Hard Rock Café closes in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Hard Rock Café located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, closed its doors for good on Tuesday, September 15, after a drastic drop...

Latin American airlines accelerate digital strategy to overcome pandemic

(Q BUSINESS) Latin American airlines are accelerating their digitization processes to reduce contact with passengers in various processes when traveling. During a forum organized by...

Politics

This is how the tax on ATM transactions would work

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado on Thursday outlined the proposed new taxes that would be imposed in order to obtain a US$2.25 billion...

Costa Rica at the gates of a tax on banking transactions

(QCOSTARICA) The economic stability proposal that the Government will present to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to obtain financing of about USs$2.25 billion dollars,...

Reduction of fines for violating vehicle restrictions on the way

(QCOSTARICA) Lower fines for violating the vehicle restrictions are on the way, after a group of 33 legislators approved a motion, this Wednesday, to...

Transformation of bars into restaurants or sodas is not legal, say municipalities

(QCOSTARICA) The owners of bars and cantinas (taverns) who convert their business into restaurants or sodas could face serious legal problems, explained Luis Eduardo...

U.S. – China Dispute reaches company expanding the road to Limón

(QCOSTARICA) The dispute between the United States and China reaches the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), which is in charge of the expansion work...

Tech

Chinese tech products the love of Costa Rican consumers

(QCOSTARICA) Tech products made in China have begun to gain the acceptance and taste of Costa Ricans, where it is increasingly common to see...

US company announces purchase of Telefónica (Movistar) in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Liberty Latin America announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the purchase of the operations of the Spanish company Telefónica (operating under...

Costa Rica puts off analog blackout’s second stage to July 2021

Due to the advance of the Coronavirus pandemic globally, the government of Carlos Alvarado made the decision to put off the deadline for...

The iPhone 12 arrives in September but without headphones or charger

(QCOSTARICA) Apple's new flagship, the Phone 12, is expected to arrive in September as usual, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But it will not include EarPods...

iPhone SE Arrives In Costa Rica Tomorrow (April 29)

Starting tomorrow, April 29, the cheapest iPhone created by Apple, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) featuring the latest A13 Bionic chip, can be purchased...

Health

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Some people infected with the virus have no symptoms. When the virus does cause symptoms, common ones include fever, body ache, dry cough, fatigue,...

Aftermath of COVID-19: the nightmare that survivors go through

(QCOSTARICA) Achieving the status of "recovered" from COVID-19 does not always mean that the person will be able to immediately return to their normal...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,338 new cases for Saturday, Sept 19

(QCOSTARICA) The new norm for daily cases is 1000 plus daily and the number of deaths hovering near 20 almost every day. For Saturday, September...

Doctors took to the streets of San José to give away masks and teach how to use them

(QCOSTARICA) A group of some 15 doctors and helpers gave away masks and taught how to use them correctly to passes by on the...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,556 new cases, deaths now reach 686

(QCOSTARICA.COM) The number of new cases reported by the Ministry of Health for September 17 is 1,556, for a total of confirmed cases since...

Sports

Keylor Navas Has COVID

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's Keylor Navas has COVID-19, as reported by the French newspaper L'Equipe. And although until now it had not been made public,...

Map specifies prohibited routes for cyclists

(QCOSTARICA) It's the weekend and weather permitting, a great time for cycling. But riders are asked not to forget that were are still in...

More than 61 countries around the world set their sights on Costa Rica for the successful return of national soccer

(QCOSTARICA) More than 61 countries around the world set their sights on Costa Rica after the successful return of professional first division soccer (fútbol...

Major league soccer clubs can rent the national stadium on the cheap

(QCOSTARICA) The Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) is working to return national soccer (futbol) during the national emergency due to covid-19, offering up its facilities...

Return of Major League Baseball could benefit unemployed in Costa Rica

Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting...

Today Costa Rica

Punchlines in Paradise – Fundraiser of Coco C.A.R.E.

Get ready to laugh your tail off at the Punchlines in Paradise - Fundraiser of Coco C.A.R.E., with hilarious comedians from the United States. Comedians...