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Foreigner resident forced to leave his Costa Rican children at San Jose airport and return to the U.S.

(QCOSTARICA) Without fully understanding what was happening and without being able to say goodbye, a foreigner residing in Costa Rica was separated from his Costa Rican children upon arrival at the Juan Santamaría airport in San Jose and forced to return to the United...

Update: Travel & Immigration Information due to Covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) A quick update from Costa Rica's immigration service for tourists (non-resident) now in Costa Rica, who remained in the country to ride out the coronavirus pandemic here or were unable to return to their own country. The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Costa...

Immigration and DIS rule out that Daniel Ortega has entered Costa Rica

Both, Costa Rica's Immigration and the Intelligence and Security Directorate (DIS) rule out that Daniel Ortega, president of Nicaragua, has recently entered Costa Rica. According to the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME), Ortega, 74, does not present records of entry or exit...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: Now 467 Cases , 75% in Alajuela and San José

One month from the first case, today April 6, Costa Rica has 467 confirmed cases of the covid-19, 13 more than the day before. According to the Ministerio de Salud, there are 227 women (49%) and 240 men (51%); 435 are Costa Rican and 32...

Foreigner expelled fo 25 years for sexual abuse of minors

A man named Vega Carmona was expelled from the country on Friday by the Immigration Police after having served out his sentence for the crime of sexual abuse of minors and handicapped persons, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - immigration service...

Are You “Perpetual Tourist” In Costa Rica? A Must Read

By now, according to the reports of the Canatur and the immigration service, all the tourists who had been visiting Costa Rica prior to March 19 have left the country. However, that is not entirely accurate. There is one group of visitors, the "perpetual tourist",...

Foreigner Residents Who Leave Costa Rica Will Lose Their Residency Status

President Carols Alvarado, during the Monday mid-day briefing on the coronaviurs covid-19 in Costa Rica, announced several measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and an increase in the number of confirmed cases - 158 as of Monday - in the country. One...

What you should know when you return to Costa Rica and are quarantined

If you, a national or legal resident, enter the country through any airport, seaport or land border starting today, Wednesday, the Immigration officers will hand you a Health order that to a mandatory 14-day isolation, a nicer word for quarantine. But don't think the isolation...

“No One Checked Me Out”

Rico's TICO BULL - Several arrivals, foreigners, into Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport the last week had a similar answer: no one checked me out. I had each one, how was the line inside (the immigration and customs line), what were you...

Costa Rica reinforces security at the northern border with Nicaragua

Costa Rican authorities reinforced aerial, maritime and land surveillance on the northern border with Nicaragua, to prevent the entry of non-resident foreigners from the neighboring country. This measure is part of the actions to closed borders starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, when only Costa Rican...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Infected Rises to 50 people; Immigration bans stand

According to the latest report from the Health authorities during the Tuesday mid-day press conference, in Costa Rica, there are 50 positive cases for covid-19, nine more than on Monday. Of that number, 46 are adults and four minors. Four of them are in intensive...

Urgent Information Regarding Residencies and Tourist Status in Costa Rica

This just in from Outlier Legal Services, the lastest on residencies and tourist status in Costa Rica during the national emergency due to the coronavirus covid-19. Outlier reports that Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) issued Monday evening (March...

Costa Rica captures three Nicaraguans suspected of killing a family in their homeland

The Policía Profesional de Migración de Costa Rica (Costa Rica's immigration police) reported on Wednesday the capture of three Nicaraguans wanted for the killing of a family in the Maio Indian Reserve, in Nicaragua, in October 2019. Nicaraguan authorities never confirmed the finding of the...

Truckers Line Up More Than10 Km At Nicaragua Border

The holiday season means a spike at the Peñas Blancas border crossing with Nicaragua, as thousands of Nicaraguans visit family and friends in their homeland, and visitors in Costa Rica taking advantage of tourism in the country to the north. The increased border traffic is...

Immigration detains 51 illegals in the northern zone

A group of 51 people - 30 men, 12 women, and 9 minors - all Nicaraguan nationals, were detained by Costa Rica's immigration police for being "irregular" (illegal) in the country. The group was detected while traveling by public transport in the area of Los...

Gringo Found Dead In Immigration Jail

A U.S. national, identified only by his last name, Hall, was found lifeless in one of the cells of the Centro de Aprehensión de la Policía Profesional de Migración (immigration jail), located in Heredia. According to the police report, Hall had been detained days ago...

Costa Rica Tourist Arrivals Grew 4% up to June 2019

During the first half of the year, 1.73 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica, a figure 3.9% higher than that reported in the same period in 2018, behavior that is explained by the rise in the arrival of tourists from North America.   Figures from the...

US Bill Would Shut Doors to Central Americans

(HW.org) The United States Senate Judiciary Committee on August 1, 2019, forwarded a bill to the full Senate that would all but shut US doors to Central American refugees, Human Rights Watch said today. The Secure and Protect Act (S.1494), introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham,...

Costa Rica Grants 24 Nicarguans Refugee Status

Costa Rica has granted from 2018 to May 2019, 24 refugee status for Nicaraguans who fled the socio-political crisis that began in April of last year. 68 others are expected to be granted status soon. In addition, 12,238 Nicaraguans who filed for refuge were granted...

Asylum Seekers Head to Mexico to Wait for US Hearing

Thousands of Central American asylum seekers are being forced to head back south to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico because the United States government won’t let them remain in the country while their visa paperwork is processed, which could take months or years.   Just on the other...

Immigration Offices Closes at 1pm All Week

Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Costa Rica (DGME), announced that the central offices located in La Uruca, will close at 1:00 pm all week (July 15 to 19) to train employees in "the improvement of attention and advice...

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration

Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence – who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people – are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States and receiving refuge. President Trump has responded by...

How a Cuban Refugee Raised the Wealthiest Man in the World

He was 16 years old when he migrated alone to the United States, after the Cuban Communist regime expropriated his family’s wood factory. His story of overcoming adversity forged the necessary values for his son, Jeff Bezos, who has created the largest fortune in the...

Migración arrested 15 undocumented immigrants in Fraijanes and will deport them

The immigration police (Migración) swept the area of Laguna de Friajanes, in Alajuela, and arrested 15 foreigners who were in the country illegally, who will be deported to the country of origin, Nicaragua. In Friday's operation, checked were another 389 foreigners. All had their documents...

Bringing the border closer to home, one immersion trip at a time

This unfamiliarity can make it easy for politicians to distort what’s going on there and hard for immigration advocates and social movements to muster support for their primary goal: making U.S. policies toward undocumented people and asylum-seekers more humane. What can advocates for immigrants do...

Immigration Fine For Over Stay Postponed Another 12 Months

The US$100 that must be charged to foreigners who overstay their visitor status when they leave the country will be postponed for another 12 months, reported the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service. The fine, established in the Ley...

Immigration Reinforces San Jose Airport Staff To Meet Greater Influx Of Passengers

The Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO) continues to struggle to keep up with the greater influx of passengers during the high season. On Saturday (March 2) the airport handled 137 flights and almost 20,000 passengers (9.892 arrival and 9,687 departures), requiring the...

Immigration takes action against illegal foreigner workers

Costa Rica's immigration police on Friday, February 22, began 'operational actions' to verify the migratory status of foreigners in the tourist areas, specifically restaurants, who hire foreign staff in 'irregular condition or without the corresponding documents to work'. The Friday operations centered on Santa Cruz,...

Welcome to Costa Rica. Wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…ok, you are cleared to enter (or leave)!

Rico's TICO BULL - Good morning, what a crazy day in paradise on Saturday. A system failure of the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) that the country's immigration service connects to had thousands arriving or leaving Costa Rica wait for hours at the San Jose airport. I...

Legislator Urges Government To Enforce Fine For Illegals Overstaying Their Welcome In Costa Rica

The Ley General de Migración y Extranjería (Immigration Law) establishes a fine of US$100 for each month a foreigner overstays their visa period in Costa Rica. However, the collection of the fine was never implemented from the getgo in 2014 and continues currently suspended. But why? According...

Tourists Would Have To Verify Carrying At Least $500 To Enter Costa Rica

Legislator Shirley Díaz of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) proposed that all persons entering Costa Rica on a tourist visa, demonstrate the minimum carrying of US$500 either in cash or by credit or debit card. The proposal is a preventive measure against any possible...

Immigration Expels Long Time Resident, Bans Return For 25 Years

Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Costa Rica (DGMIE), on Thursday, reported the expulsion a Nicaraguan citizen for the sexual abuse of a minor in Costa Rica. Immigration said they deported the man identified by his last names Baca Paniagua, ...

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