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Toucans, Liberia, Costa Rica (Photo)

Q MEDIA - “Toucans” was taken in Liberia, Costa Rica by Paul Jennings (Canada). Source: Havanatimes.com

Health finds eight probable cases of covid-19 reinfection in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported, this Wednesday, December 30, of eight probable cases of reinfection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19 after analyzing 10 people suspected, five are men and five women, aged 19 to 55, one of them died. The finding...

CNE: “If confidentiality in contract with Pfizer is broken, vaccine supply is suspended”

QCOSTARICA - The contract signed by the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE)  - National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Commission - for the acquisition of three million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines against the new coronavirus...

It takes saving an average 41 days salary to buy an iPhone 12 Pro in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica, a savings of an average of 40.7 days salary is required to buy Apple's new flagship product, the iPhone 12 Pro (128 Gb). Despite this, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Uruguay occupy the first places in the classification in Latin...

It seems we haven’t hit bottom yet

QCOSTARICA - Employment would be affected by low investment levels, sales of goods and services would be weak, and a highly indebted government would need to spend more money than ever on debt repayment, this as interest rates rise in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, current holders...

Vaccination started in Costa Rica!

QCOSTARICA - Doña Elizabeth Castillo Cervantes, 91 years old, and Don Jorge De Ford Almetlla, 72 years old, both from the Fundación Persona Adult Mayor, Propam, in San Ramón de La Unión de Tres Ríos, are the first people in Costa Rica to receive...

Too cold for you? Cold surge #8 will enter the northern Caribbean Sea tonight

QCOSTARICA - Today, Thursday, December 24, will continue sunny and most throughout most of the country. A sweater or jacket and even an umbrella (depending on where you are) for Christmas day may be in order. According to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - the...

Daniel Salas: “If people start dying in their homes, we will have to tighten closures”

QCOSTARICA - Many are waiting for the arrival of 2021, thinking that with the vaccine against Covid-19 it is the end of the pandemic. However, January will not have major changes: the Government will continue to implement the sanitary vehicle restriction and even if Covid-19...

Beds for critical patients of covid-19 reach capacity

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported Saturday night that the critical beds for patients with covid-19 have reached capacity. Likewise, it indicated that, in general, all intensive care unit (ICU) beds available for the care of patients with covid-19 have high occupancy. “The Costa Rican...

Discovery Channel to record reality show in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Discovery Life Channel will film the second season of its series “ReverseD” in Costa Rica. This was confirmed by its producer, Charles Mattocks, who is visiting the country. "Reversed" is the first documentary series on diabetes in history. The program collects the stories...

Costa Rica house rent increases for 2021 may not exceed inflation rate

QCOSTARICA - It is common that at the beginning of the year house or apartment rent goes up, as landlords adjust rents. However, according to Ley 7527, Ley General de Arrendamientos Urbanos y Suburbanos (Law 7527, General Law of Urban and Suburban Leases), the increase...

Costa Rica is among the most indebted in Latin America

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Costa Rica stands out in Latin America for being one of the countries with the highest indebtedness as of September 2020, and is also among those that have increased debt the most this year. This is clear from the study...

Costa Rica authorizes use of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health endorsed Tuesday, December 15, afternoon the use of the vaccine against covid-19 made by Pfizer and BioNTech. This permission is given based on the recognition of the Emergency Use Authorization (US) issued Friday (December 11) night by the US...

Five Ways Costa Rica can Secure Travel Leadership into 2030

As the world looks at 2021 and the beginning of a post-COVID future, Costa Rican Vacations CEO Casey Halloran looks at how Costa Rica's travel industry can pull itself out of the ashes and become true leaders in the next decade. No matter which way...

Private schools could return to classes in January

QCOSTARICA - Private schools in Costa Rica have the green light to restart face-to-face classes starting in January. This Monday an agreement was reached between the Association of Private Educational Centers (ACEP) and the Department of Private Centers of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP). According...

66 with the 305 series is the 2020 Gordo Navideño winner!

QCOSTARICA - The winning numbers of the Gordo Navideño (Christmas Jackpot) this 2020 is the number 66 with the series 305. While it can take a while, sometimes even almost right to the end, the "mayo" (the ball that indicates the major prize) dropped 13...

A new perspective to the landscape of Costa Rica’s Caribbean paradise

They say that it left Panama for the port of Limon, on its way it suffered problems with his hull and the engine room was flooded. The ship has been grounded in Manzanillo (Puerto Viejo, Limon) in Costa Rica's Caribbean coast since 2017 and has...

Moody’s: Costa Rica’s credit profile matches its current rating

QCOSTARICA - Moody’s credit rating agency issued a statement Tuesday afternoon indicating that Costa Rica's credit profile is consistent with the current rating. "Costa Rica's credit profile (B2 issuer rating) reflects the country's 'baa3' economic strength based on a small, diversified economy with a long...

Costa Rica could recover the maximum air safety rating in early 2021

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica could soon recover it's category 1 in aeronautical safety by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the beginning of 2021. At least that is the predictition of the Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC -  Costa Rica's Civil Aviation -...

Bankruptcy not a claim for employers to avoid paying Aguinaldo

QCOSTARICA - Some 215,772 workers will not receive their Aguinaldo (Christmas bonus) as they imagined at the start of the year. That is the number of workers who, until November 27, had their working hours reduced or their contract suspended by the Ministry of Labor,...

Costa Rica and Canada celebrate 100 years of official relations

QCOSTARICA - To celebrate 100 years of official relations between Costa Rica and Canada, a commemorative medal was coined which highlights, among other things, the friendship and commitment of both countries to fight against climate change. The Costa Rican Embassy and its consuls in Canada,...

Grupo Lala to close operations in Costa Rica to focus on markets in Nicaragua and Guatemala

QCOSTARICA - The Mexican company, Grupo Lala, announced this Tuesday, December 1, the definitive closure of its operations in Costa Rica as of next Friday, December 11, to focus on what it considers key markets in Central America: Nicaragua and Guatemala. According to the company's...

Happy “No Army” Day!

QCOSTARICA - Today, December 1, is a legal holiday in Costa Rica. Although the country had the day off on Monday, today there are official acts to the achievements of 72 years of the abolition of the army. It is also the first time millions...

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...

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