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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

QPHOTOS - Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. This region is also one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica. It has long been a popular destination with both local Costa Ricans as...

Canada’s largest city going on Covid lockdown

QTRAVEL - Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Friday warned so-called Canadian "snowbirds," many of whom travel to the US and Mexico during Canadian winters. Although the PM did not warn about Costa Rica, the warning was that Canadians should stay home this year, pointing...

Remittances grow in Nicaragua despite the coronavirus pandemic

“Everybody sends money to family members for their daily subsistence and to help them get ahead. That is the goal: to help your family and save”, says Indiana Chávez, a Nicaraguan who has lived in Córdoba, Spain, for two years. Nicaraguan migrants become a “lifeline”...

Costa Rica promotes itself as a sustainable sanctuary in Germany

QCOSTARICA - Under the motto, “Costa Rica, my destination as a sustainable sanctuary”, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Costa Rica tourism board -  seeks to conquer the German market. The new tourism promotion campaign will run from October 28 to the end of...

107 years and two pandemics: The story of the Tico carpenter Juan Gabriel Hernández

QCOSTARICA -  In an orange armchair located next to the door of his house and in front of a window, Juan Gabriel Hernández Matamoros rests. On his left side, folded in half, is the newspaper that he just finished reading a few minutes ago and...

Iberia plans to add a fourth weekly flight to Costa Rica in December

QCOSTARICA - The Spanish airline Iberia plans to increase to four weekly flights to Costa Rica in December, as part of a general plan to recover services to Latin American countries. According to a company statement, for November it would offer three weekly flights from...

7 Things to Do in Costa Rica on a Budget

Costa Rica is the best tourist destination in Central America. It attracts a lot of travelers all around the globe. Certainly, not all tourists have a lot of spare money to explore the Caribbean Sea's marine life or get air tours. In this post, you...

Costa Rica signs with AstraZeneca to supply candidate vaccine against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported that Costa Rica signed with AstraZeneca to supply one million doses of its candidate vaccine against COVID-19, AZD1222, developed together with the University of Oxford. Said million doses will cover half...

Scotiabank becomes the Costa Rica’s first private bank to be cash-free

QCOSTARICA - Scotiabank Costa Rica was certified as a Cash Free Entity and with this, it became the first private bank to obtain this distinction from the Banco Central (Central Bank). Payment to suppliers, payroll, taxes, and public services are procedures that Scotiabank facilitated and...

3,800 minors victims of sexual crimes during 2020 in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Between January and September 2020, the Prosecutor's Office (Fiscalía) received more than 3,800 criminal complaints in which sexual crimes against minors are investigated. The statistics are staggering. On a monthly average, more than 420 minors suffered a sexual offense in Costa Rica. The figures coincide...

Foreigner residents in Costa Rica can now enter by land

QCOSTARICA - From yesterday, Sunday, November 1, foreigners with a status of legal permanence (residents) in Costa Rica will also be able to enter the country through authorized land posts. This measure applies to foreigners who hold a DIMEX (Documento de Identidad Migratoria para Extranjeros)...

Avianca reopens travel to Central and South America

QCOSTARICA - Avianca, the Colombian airline, announced that it will resume its operations to Costa Rica with options for travel to Central and South America, regions that are currently practically without services on flights as a result of the pandemic. Avianca said Monday, October 26,...

Foreigners represent 14% of the patients treated for covid-19 in hospitals

QCOSTARICA - Of the 410,000 people with inquiries related to the new coronavirus at the medical centers of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), between March 6 and September 30, 14% were foreigners. The data were provided by the CCSS within the framework of...

Three European airlines resume flights to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Three European airlines announced Friday they are ready to resume flights to Costa Rica, the first will be Air France, arriving at the San Jose airport (SJO) on October 31. The flight will be from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris (CDG),...

Panama obtains credit at 2.2%; Costa Rica however at 8.3%

QCOSTARICA - The realities of having bad credit. While the government of Panama got foreign investors to lend it US$1.25 billion in September at a rate of 2.25%, for a debt issue due in 2032. And as of this Thursday, October 22, it was 2.02%...

Costa Rica eliminates covid-19 testing requirement for travelers

QCOSTARICA  - Starting Monday, October 26, tourists, residents and nationals arriving by air in Costa Rica no longer require a negative RT-PCR test. Neither will a sanitary order (quarantine) order be issued. "This decision is made in view of the air opening to all the countries...

Costa Rica extens hours on beaches

QCOSTARICA - "Sun and beach tourism is the cornerstone of our industry, expanding visiting hours allows the country to continue reactivating employment," Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura reported on Thursday, in announced that beaches will be open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 10...

Salvatore Ponzo and the Italian Mafia’s Infiltration of Costa Rica

InSight Crime - In photos published by the Costa Rican press, Salvatore Ponzo, an Italian fruit exporter, wears polo shirts and baseball caps emblazoned with the logo of his company. He smiles, his beard neatly trimmed. This was a very different look from the Ponzo...

#Debunked: Costa Rica President Alvarado DID NOT request asylum in Panama

QCOSTARICA - A doctor and anonymous were behind the reports on Sunday that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado and his cabinet requested asylum in Panama due to the demonstrations occurring in different parts of the country. The message was spread by way of Facebook posts...

Nicaraguan tourist transport asks Costa Rican open border

(QCOSTARICA) The president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tourist Transport, Enrique Quiñónez, said last Friday that three companies in the sector sent a letter to the Costa Rican president, Carlos Alvarado, requesting the opening of the land border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, closed...

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...

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