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Immigration alerts about possible delay in airport procedures this Saturday

QCOSTARICA - The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - is alerting people arriving and leaving the country this Saturday, April 10, 2021, to possible delays in its procedures. The DGME says the delays are due to the Judiciary's...

Immigration issues resolution extending “tourist” visas

UPDATED: The DGME confirmed that anyone entering the country on or after December 17, 2019, will be allowed to legally stay until June 1st, 2021. QCOSTARICA - Monday evening the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjera (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - posted on...

Tourist visas extended to June 2, 2021

QCOSTARICA - Before I get into my opinion of the irresponsible actions of the immigration service and the ICT, good news for tourists who entered Costa Rica on or after December 17, 2019, and November 30, 2020, the March 2, 2021, leave the country...

Immigration maintains suspended $100 fine to foreigners overstaying

QCOSTARICA - The fine for foreigners who overstay their visa in the country remains suspended, confirmed the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service. The fine established at US$100 for each month of irregular (illegal) stay, is frozen since April...

Residency for People with Fixed Income (Rentistas)

QCOSTARICA -  If you, or your spouse, receive an income of at least US$2,500 USD per month (US$30,000 per year), individually, you could qualify for temporary residency as a person with a fixed income, or rentista, in Costa Rica. Under this category, the principal applicant...

Immigration announces reprogramming of appointments

QCOSTARICA - From the folks at the immigration service, if you made your appointment through Online Appointments of the Immigration web page for procedures of Notification of Resolution and File Review, and were given the dates between January 04 to March 12, 2021, you...

Costa Rica offers “special category” to Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans

QCOSTARICA - The government created "a special temporary category" with the intention of offering complementary protection to migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, who had previously been denied their request for refuge in the country. With this category, the citizens of these three countries will...

Criminal gang that exploited women charged from ¢16,000 to ¢500,000 for sexual services

QCOSTARICA - The Immigration police, under the direction of the La Fortuna de San Carlos Prosecutor's Office, dismantled an alleged criminal organization dedicated to trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The band was made up of people in charge of managing nine...

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)...

Immigration will not sanction foreign carriers affected by blockades

QCOSTARICA - Given the national blockades that have affected transit, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - said it will NOT sanction international land carriers for a possible breach of the authorized migratory period of stay in...

What will happen to the Nicaraguans rejected by their country?

(QCOSTARICA) While humanitarian organizations continue pressuring Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega to let in the more his 600 compatriots waiting desperately at the doors of their homeland, Costa Rica has taken the initiative to announce that it allow back in all those rejected by their...

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...

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