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10 points to Costa Rica’s migratory situation in the face of COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) Since last March 6, when the first case of positive case for Coronavirus was reported in Costa Rica, unleashed was a series of measures in both public and private institutions, from which the immigration service undoubtedly did not escape. Today, we want to do...

Immigration postpones re-opening to October

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME), last-minute announced Friday that is extending the closing of its central offices to October 2020. The DGME was to have opened its doors again to the general public on Friday (September 18),...

Tourists may legally remain in Costa Rica until November 18, 2020

(QCOSTARICA) The Costa Rica immigration service - Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - this morning, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, published in La Gaceta Resolution N° DJUR-0105-07-2020-JM, which, in summary, states: Tourists (non-Residents) who entered the country after December 17,...

Costa Rica allows passage of Nicaraguans from Panama headed for their home country

(QCOSTARICA) The Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, said that Costa Rica will only allow the passage of caravans of buses that transport Nicaraguans from Panama whose final destination is Nicaragua. "We wish to report that there is an established procedure between the Panamanian and Costa...

Tourist (non-residents) entry stamps extended to July 17, 2020

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Costa Rica (DGME)  - Costa Rica's immigration service - on April 24, automatically extended the entry stamp of foreigners (Tourists non-Residents ) to July 17, 2020. This applies to all non-Residents who entered the country after December 17,...

New Entrance Requirements to Costa Rica Proposed

Forcing a visitor to pay US$15 and demonstrate a minimum solvency of US$500, in cash or bank account to enter Costa Rica, is being proposed by two separate legislative bills. The entry fee that would apply both to those entering by air and maritime, aims...

Not Welcome. Costa Rica Rejects Entry of Canadian With Ties To Drug Gang & Organized Crime

Costa Rica's immigration officials denied a Canadian entry suspected of ties to a drug trafficking gang and organized crime. The Canadian, identified as Dan Hann, was rejected at the Daniel Oduder International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. "The mechanisms of migratory control and the execution of...

Number of Nicaraguan Migrants’ requests to Costa Rica Decreases

The Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, said on Tuesday that they are not suffering from an immigration disorder. "We are not in a situation that forces us to declare a national emergency, or that we already exceed our capabilities." During an interview on a radio...

Nicaraguans Applying For Refuge in Costa Rica Increased Significantly This Week

The crisis that Nicaraguans are living since April 18 and that has claimed over 165 lives since has resulted in an increase in the number of applications for refuge in Costa Rica by Nicaraguans fleeing the atrocities by the government of Daniel Ortega. On Thursday,...

UN Migration Agency Launches Toll-Free Number for Venezuelans in Costa Rica

A free telephone information service for Venezuelan migrants currently living in Costa Rica, 800-Venezuela, was launched this week by the International Organization For Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, with the support of the Costa Rica's immigration service, the General Directorate of Migration (DGME)...

Why Costa Ricans are being paid to marry Chinese migrants

"Who wants to earn some money?" It was just a simple question, but it was enough to convince María (not her real name) to enter into what seemed like a simple deal. A young woman offered the 46-year-old Costa Rican woman ¢100,000 colones (US$175) to...

Overstaying In Costa Rica Will Cost US$100 A Month Starting April 20

The law has been on the books since 2010, but it has never been applied. However, starting April 20, 2018, the immigration service - Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME - will begin applying a fine to foreigners who overstay their time in...

Immigtation Will Use Face Verification and Fingerprints At Airports

In the not too distant future, arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, will be a breeze,  checking you in 30 seconds, thanks to a new system that could be in place by the end of next year. The...

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