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KLM to resume flights in October; Air France and Edelweiss push back dates

(QCOSTARICA) The Dutch airline KLM announced that it would resume direct flights to Costa Rica starting next month, while Air France and Edelweiss are expected to start October 31 and November 1, respectively. KLM foresees the reactivation of its operations in the country on October...

Costa Rica ranked 13th in best countries for gender equality

(QCOSTARICA) First published in 2006 by the World Economic Forum, the Global Gender Gap Index measures gender equality in 153 countries by tracking and ranking a range of gender-based gaps across society. Now in its 14th year, the report is compiled by calculating gender-based gaps using...

Father of Minister of Health Dies

(QCOSTARICA) The father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, died this Wednesday and confirmed to the press 7:55 am. “We confirm the unfortunate death of the father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. As it is a personal issue, we will not delve...

Father of Minister of Health Dies

(QCOSTARICA) The father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, died this Wednesday and confirmed to the press 7:55 am. “We confirm the unfortunate death of the father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. As it is a personal issue, we will not delve...

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 year, nearly 22,000 migrants from Haiti, Cuba and a number of African and Asian countries...

Rincón de la Vieja erupted 3 times in less than 15 hours

(QCOSTARICA) In a matter of almost 15 hours, the Rincón de la Vieja volcano registered three eruptions, as confirmed by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). On Sunday, there were 2 events. One at 6:09 pm and another at 6:19 pm. Both...

President has to act quickly on tourist insurance requirements

(QCOSTARICA) OPINION - Today, August 1, is an important day. The day that Costa Rica's international airports reopen to the much-needed tourists that is expected to revive the country's economy. It is also one day after Costa Rica's president ordered to evaluate the use of...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 931 new cases and 11 new deaths for July 25

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health confirmed this Saturday, July 25, 931 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 14,600 for the first case in March; and 11 deaths, among them a 41-year-old Costa Rican woman with no...

Opening dates at airports in the region

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica confirmed this Thursday the opening of its air borders starting on August 1, for a very limited market: commercial flights from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom. The country would thus become one of the first in the region to...

What Must We Do to Combat Xenophobia Against Nicaraguans in Costa Rica?

(TODAY NICARAGUA) The COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and people looked for someone to blame. In Costa Rica, amid a second wave of cases that is now growing exponentially, one of the parties frequently pointed to as responsible for the problem is the Nicaraguans immigrant community....

Increase in COVID-19 cases migrated from the Northern Zone to the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) The trend of increasing cases due to COVID-19 stopped concentrating in the Northern Zone and now, the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of  San José is the site with the highest incidence. Of the 139 new cases reported Monday, 27 were in the canton of...

Costa Rica and Nicaragua: a border drawn by the covid-19 pandemic

He brought in a bag the avocados that his aunts gave him, and a pair of sandals that he bought on the other side, for the "carajilla" (young girl). He walked with his rubber boots, like any other day, through the paddocks and grasslands...

Mandatory Use of Masks Starts Today

(QCOSTARICA) The mandatory use of facemasks or face shields goes into effect, today, Saturday, June 27. On Friday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, detailed who must use of the mask and under what conditions: Any person attending the public must wear...

It’s not Europe, it’s Cartago, Costa Rica

It's not Europe,it's Cartago, Costa Rica. "Linda y bella nuestra tiquicia". Photo from Fotos antiguas de Costa Rica (Facebook)  

Sinaloa Cartel ring leader in Costa Rica is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Antonio León Rojas, a Mexican national and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Costa Rica, where he was accused of possessing, transporting, and commercializing (trafficking) cocaine. Authorities said he operated cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico through Costa...

Nicolas Maduro’s main front man, Alex Saab, is arrested in Africa

Authorities in Cape Verde have arrested a businessman, singled out by the Venezuelan opposition as the "figurehead" of President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Saturday, a move Venezuelan authorities called a violation of international law. The 48-year-old Alex Saab, a...

One important reason Costa Rica is a better retirement choice than Panama

(QCOSTARICA) After the U.S. pulled out of Panama on December 31, 1999 a gap was left in the country’s economy. One of the ways the Panamanian government tried to compensate for the loss of U.S. revenue was to try and attract foreign retirees by...

Costa Rica tells Panama that it will not receive the inter-continental migrants stranded by Covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The director immigration, Raquel Vargas, clarified to Panama that she will not receive on Costa Rican soil some 1,900 inter-continental migrants who were stranded in that country by Covid-19, after crossing the Darien jungle. Vargas held a virtual meeting this Saturday with her Panamanian...

Copa Airlines to resume flights on July 3

Panama's Copa Airlines once again has been forced to extend its announced it plans to resume flights, which is now July 3, with Costa Rica the first of some 40 destinations, half of their schedule previous the Covid-19 pandemic. Copa connects with Costa Rica through...

Ford hires company in Costa Rica for 100,000 key parts for artificial ventilators

(QCOSTARICA) The Ford Motor Company transformed one of its production lines to become an assembler of artificial ventilators for intensive care patients by covid-19. To help in this manufacturing, the company looked to a company in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The automotive giant contacted Microtechnologies Costa...

El Salvador revives the issue of the ferry with Costa Rica in the face of land border blockade

(QCOSTARICA) The control established by Costa Rica at land borders, as part of a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the response by the government of Nicaragua, causing more than 1,600 trucks to be stranded, has led businessmen in the sector to...

Costa Rican arthouse cinema reopened its doors and is bringing back customers

(Screendaily) Owners of the first arthouse cinema to reopen in Costa Rica say they have been encouraged by the response from audiences as they head into the second week of business. Cine Magaly in the capital San José opened its doors on Monday (May 11)...

24 legislators plan to postpone same-sex marriage for 18 months after pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) A group of 24 legislators presented a motion on Tuesday to ask the Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly known in Costa Rica, to extend the entry into force of same-sex marriage for at least a year and a half...

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 around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the...

Minister Daniel Salas prescribed Nayib Bukele “ubicatex”

(Rico's Digest) Costa Rica's Health Minister, Daniel Salas, prescribed a good dose of "ubicatex" to the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, without even mentioning his name, with a free lesson on epidemiology. Minister Salas, who is a medical doctor with a Master's in Public...

New Commercial Reality (May 1 to May 15)

Including the respective prevention protocols to avoid the spread of the virus, cinemas, beauty salons, auto parts sales, non-contact sports training centers, gyms and swimming schools were able to open up again as of May 1. The Ministry of Health adopted relaxed measures that will...

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose Coordinates Repatriation Flight

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer an additional commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to Houston, Texas (IAH) on Thursday, April 30. The flight will depart SJO...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Work Resumes

Construction of the US$25 million dollar bridge over the Sixaola river that will link Panama and Costa Rica resumed Monday after Panama's health ministry gave the green light to conclude the 260-meter structure that was supposed to be completed this month. The bridge is reportedly...

Feeling Worried In Costa Rica, While In Nicaragua …

Rico's Digest - I dare say that Nicaragua could become the New York or Italy in Central America, and not in the good way. The country to the north is in chaos, it's people have been abandoned by its leader, Daniel Ortega, who has not...

Nicaraguans try to enter Costa Rica through the San Juan River, despite the closure of borders

In boats of up to 50 people, Nicaraguans try to enter Costa Rica, that keeps its borders closed to them and all foreigners that are not residents. Through the Sarapiquí area in Costa Rica, many Nicaraguans have tried to enter Costa Rica illegally, despite restrictions...

Living In An Underdeveloped Country Like Costa Rica

Today, I thank God for living in an underdeveloped country like Costa Rica, where a week after the first case of the coronavirus and the UCR's school of mechanical engineering and physics had the prototypes to locally produce respirators. Where the Clodorito Picado Institute tests...

Costa Rica organizes virtual cheer tournament for Latin America

Sports has been hit by the coronavirus as all kinds of tournaments in gyms or open venues have been canceled for the moment. For this reason, the challenge of competing through virtual cheerleading was launched, a modality that arises as an option for athletes from...

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