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Costa Rica Celebrates 200th This Year

QCOSTARICA - This year Costa Rica celebrates 200 years of independent life. And the road to commemorate the 200th has begun with the launch of the website "to know, assess and share our history. A milestone and a pause to discuss everything that, as...

In a week, Costa Rica off and on the list of risk countries in Spain for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Spain had excluded Costa Rica from the list of risk countries to enter by air for presenting a negative covid-19 test (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, or TMA) before arrival. As of February 22, Costa Rica remained off the list that includes countries in Latin America...

Costa Rica extends restrictions of its land borders until April 1

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will extend the restrictions of its land borders until April 1, confirmed Casa Presidencial (Government House) on Thursday. As in the past months, based on the approach to the national state of emergency by covid-19, only Costa Ricans and foreigners who...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources of tourists by air to Costa Rica, are part of the obstacles that delay the reactivation of international tourism. Despite this,...

Minister Salas: 4 factors influence the drop in new covid-19 cases in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is on the verge its seventh consecutive week with a decrease in new cases of covid-19. Between Saturday (February 20)  and Monday (February 21), 996 new cases were reported: 549 on Saturday, 239 on Sunday and 208 on Monday, figures that...

‘Bye’ to the weekend license plate restrictions

QCOSTARICA - The nighttime vehicle restrictions starting on March 1 will be from 11:00 pm and not 10:00 pm as this month, and on weekends daytime odd and evens plates on weekends will be eliminated. The authorities indicated that this decision was made after the...

The Costa Rica saliva test to detect COVID-19 would also help in cases of malaria, zika and dengue

QCOSTARICA - On Friday, February 5, 2021, the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) held a virtual symposium in which mathematicians, biologists, communicators, doctors and microbiologists (national and international) met to discuss a transcendental issue: what is the scope? and importance of the new RT-LAMP...

Costa Rica, Cuba to cooperate in television and radio broadcasting

HQ (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica and Cuba on Friday signed a framework cooperation agreement between the National System of Radio and Television S.A. (SINART) and the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) for the exchange of audiovisual materials. Executive president of SINART Lorna Chacon...

French Tourists with Covid-19 stranded in Costa Rica call for help

"We're guilty, we're at fault for leaving. That's it, I'm saying it clearly,"  Antoine Stefanelli, one of the French tourists stranded in Costa Rica since January 25, after having tested positive for Covid-19, reports Rfi.fr. The group, made up of 22 retirees from La Poste...

79,560 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 arrived!

QCOSTARICA - Tuesday night Costa Rica received a shipment of 79,560 doses, the largest single shipment so far, of the vaccine against covid-19 from Pfizer. With this sixth batch, the total of vaccines received by Costa Rica is 183,885 doses, which will allow to continue...

FAA Upgrades Costa Rica’s Safety Assessment Rating  

QCOSTARICA - The United States once again awarded Costa Rica the highest category in aviation, just under two years after losing it. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) received notification on Thursday, February 11, 2021, from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal...

11 Months later, more than a million students return to the classroom

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, February 8, the 2021 school year began. The Ministerio de Education Publica (MEP) - summoned 1.2 million students of all grades to return to the classroom, after classes were suspended in 2020, 11 months ago, when the pandemic was just...

Quarantine in the United States is only a recommendation; in Canada mandatory

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL - Since last January 26, the United States Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the U.S. The negative result of not...

3 out of 4 women missing in Costa Rica are minors

QCOSTARICA - In 2020 there were more than 900 reports of missing women in Costa Rica. Three out of every four reports were of minors, according to statistical data from the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). The data, requested by La Nacion, reveals that the...

Costa Rica sees ailing tourism sector stagnant in 2021 after COVID-19 blow

QCOSTARICA  - Tourism to Costa Rica will likely stagnate this year at the sharply reduced levels of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, weighing on the country's economy, said the Minister of Tourism on Saturday. Gustavo Segura said Costa Rica will in 2021 probably receive...

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s son Connor shares fishing pic as he celebrates 26th birthday in Costa Rica

Q MAGAZINE - Connor Cruise posted a rare photo of himself on Instagram over the weekend, he looks almost unrecognizable. The 26-year-old adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, happily posed for a picture this week to show off his catch, a huge Yellowfin...

Yokasta Valle vs. Sana Hazuki on Saturday in Costa Rica

Q MAGAZINE - Yokasta Valle, a world champion in two weight classes, having held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) female mini flyweight title since 2019 and previously the IBF female junior mini flyweight title in 2016, will defend her title, before her mandatory challenger,...

About 29,000 small businesses disappeared in one year

QCOSTARICA - About 29,000 microenterprises disappeared in 2019, according to the latest figures by the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Costa Rica (INEC). There are now some 367,911 microentreprises, small businesses that employ a small number of employees, usually fewer than 10 people,...

ICE, INS and state banks are left out of the public employment reform

QCOSTARICA - In order to avoid an impact on competing public companies, legislators today approved a motion that excludes ICE, INS and state banks from the public employment law. The initiative aims to establish the same salary for equal responsibilities in the state sector and...

In Costa Rica, reports of OVNIs (UFOs) increased during the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Sometimes it's just birds, drones, helium balloons, and even ridiculous flying saucers. But on other occasions, after taking a photograph or a simple video, the doubt remains about what moves strangely in the sky, because it has a unique shape and shines...

IMF loan must be approved in the Assembly no later than the beginning of June

QCOSTARICA - The Legislative Assembly must approve the US$1.75 billion dollar "soft" loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) no later than the beginning of June, affirms Manuela Goretti, Head of the IMF Mission. At the Friday press conference, Goretti detailed the procedure to follow...

Costa Rica and Panama in times of Coronavirus

The worldwide pandemic has devastated the world’s health care systems. Poorer and underdeveloped countries have especially been hit hard by the current health crisis. For years relocation organizations have been promoting Panama as a retirement haven. Panama’s drawing card is its low cost of living...

Puerto Viejo, Limon

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica Photo by Silivan Munguarakarama via Unsplash.

Political pressure grows for medical marijuana and hemp

QCOSTARICA -A group of legislators is pressuring the government to take advantage of the current period of extraordinary sessions to process the legislation that regulates the market for medical marijuana and hemp. They asked President Carlos Alavarado for consistency with the promise he made at...

Costa Rica has the best immunization rate in Latin America

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Costa Rica is excepted to accelerate likely in February when the number of vaccines received in January would double, thanks to the arrival of the first doses developed by AstraZeneca. “By February we hope to double the arrival...

Ana de Armas dumps Ben Affleck

Q MAGAZINE - Ben Affleck is single again after Ana de Armas broker off their relationship reported People. "Ben is no longer dating Ana," the source told People. "She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn't want to be Los Angeles based and...

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas

A view of Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas looking southwest from the Costanera. Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Costa Rica’s Buzzy Nicoya Peninsula Is a Natural Haven for Creatives

Condé Nast Traveler - In August 2020, in the middle of lockdown, Costa Rica announced its 30th national park. The former prison island of San Lucas, off Puntarenas on the Pacific coast, is a haven for howler monkeys, bats, spiders, snakes, deer, pheasants, hammerhead...

Printed voucher for purchases under ¢30,000 was eliminated from January 1

QCOSTARICA - Did you notice that lately your local pulperia, supermarket, big box store and every other place you use your plastic that you weren't given the voucher? Or the cashier offering the card reader instead of taking your car? And that pesky email...

The 6 Best Costa Rica Casinos

Costa Rica is one of the most desirable locations for anyone who wants to relax and unwind. This pretty Central American country has so much to offer to tourists: amazing attractions, beautiful nature and numerous entertainment activities. One of these activities is gambling. The origins...

Costa Rica has received 87,750 vaccines in less than a month: fourth batch arrived this Tuesday

QCOSTARICA - Since the first batch of 9,750 doses of the covid-19 vaccine on December 23, 2020, Costa Rica has received three more shipments for a total of 87,750 doses against covid-19. The most recent shipment landed Tuesday night, January 12, at Juan Santamaría airport,...

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