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Costa Rica land borders continue closed

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of the air and sea borders to tourists from authorized countries, and residents, important to note that the land borders - Peñas Blancas and Las Tablilla with Nicaragua and Paso Canos and Sixaola with Panama - continue closed. According to executive...

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...

America Crece, a new form of US dominance in Latin America

(Prensa Latina) America Crece is the new US mask to dominate the economy in Latin America and is hidden in memorandums of understanding (MOU) such as the one recently signed with Panama. Bayano Digital addressed the issue on Monday. This site included Panama in the...

Panama suspension of international flights continues

PANAMA CITY - On July 17, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, originally announced on March 26, for an additional 30 days beginning July 22.   The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and...

Land borders will not open on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) The land borders with Nicaragua and Panama are not within the border reopening plan scheduled for August 1. Thus, foreign tourists (and residents of Costa Rica who left after March 24) can only enter the national territory by air, both through the Juan Santamaría...

More than 15,000 foreigners rejected

(QCOSTARICA) As a result of the operations of the Ministry of Public Security in the North and South border areas, 15,580 foreigners who intended to remain on Costa Rican soil have been rejected or expelled. According to the figures shared by the authorities, the highest...

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...

Migrants stuck in Panama demand to continue journey to U.S.

(AP) — A group of migrants stranded for weeks near Panama’s border with Colombia threatened to burn the shelter where they are stuck, demanding that authorities let them cross the country on their own to the Costa Rica border and on to the United...

All Bark, No Bite: How US Bungled Case of ‘Major’ Money Launderer

Insightcrime.org - US authorities alleged in 2016 that Nidal Waked and other members of his powerful and well-connected family in Panama were among “the world’s most significant drug money launderers and criminal facilitators,” with clients ranging from Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel to Colombia’s FARC rebels. But...

One Cuban Family’s Long And Risky Journey To A New Life In The U.S.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 migrants in Panama shelters from Cuba, Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Congo, Cameroon and India, after crossing the border from Colombia through the dangerous Darien jungle. Prior to the pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow,” which allowed migrants...

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...

Panama construction continues on hold

Due to the health emergency, the Ministry of Health of Panama decided to extend, for the second time and now for 15 days, the temporary suspension of construction activity, in the same terms expressed in Decree 506 of March 24. In the first instance and...

Costa Rica and Panama agree on border crossing for cargo

(QCOSTARICA) The government of Panama announced a binational agreement with Costa Rica, which allows drivers from that country to enter Costa Rican territory and the cargo passage through the Paso Canoas post would be reopened. The measure ends a blockage of cargo transit by Panamanian...

Truckers in transit will move in police convoys

As of today, Friday, truckers in transit from north to south of the country, will move in convoys, escorted by the Fuerza Publica (National Police) A negative test for the coronavirus will not be required of them, the decision coming after complaints by carriers of...

Panama’s coronavirus gender curfew sidelines transgender people

Panama implemented a "gender-based" lockdown schedule on April 1, intended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. This measure appears to have left a significant section of the population — transgender people — in the lurch. On April 23, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged...

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...

Latin America Surpasses 100,000 Infections From COVID-19

Latin America, with population of more than 653 million, has more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, and almost 5,000 deaths, with Brazil being the country most affected by the pandemic. Topping the list is Brazil, with a population of almost 210 million,...

Why does Panama have many more cases of coronavirus than Costa Rica?

Panama registered its first case of the new coronavirus three days after Costa Rica, on March 9, but as of Friday, April 3, the neighboring country has four times more cases and 20 times more deaths. Why so much difference between the two countries? In Costa...

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor?

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor, a 54-year-old man who became the superdisseminator? He is currently the source of infection for 16 of the 22 people who have been confirmed with covid-19. The man is in a delicate condition at Hospital México. There...

Chinese ride-hailing platform starts operations in Panama

Chinese ride-hailing platform DiDi Chuxing on Monday announced its launch of operations in Panama as part of its expansion plan in Latin America. According to DiDi’s general director for Central America, Pablo Mondragon, Panama will be the company’s second Central American market, after Costa Rica,...

Panama Reports First Coronavirus Covid-19 Fatality

Panama. The Minister of Health of Panama, Rosario Turner, confirmed Tuesday afternoon the first coronavirus covid-19 death, a 64-year-old man school principal It is the first covid-19 death in Central America. The man, who had also suffered from diabetic complications and bacterial pneumonia, died on March...

Panama confirms 1st case of coronavirus

Panama has confirmed its first case of the Covid-19. The patient is a 40-year-old Panamanian woman, Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner reported last night in a press conference. Minutes before, Panama President Laurentino Nito Cortizo, confirmed the information through his Twitter account. According to Minister Turner,...

Civil Aviation halts flight departure to Panama for review of virus

Costa Rica's Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil) confirmed that at 11:30 pm Saturday, the flight that was delayed for practically most of the day due to an alert for the presence of the coronavirus Covid-19, departed from the Juan Santamaría International or...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

New bridge between Costa Rica and Panama making progress: at 72%

Those times in which the residents of Sixaola Limón, crossed to Panama by an old and deteriorated bridge are about to be only an ungrateful memory. This Friday, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) reported that the construction of a binational bridge has...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2020 (Podcast)

The number one for cheap and safe to retire is Austria, dubbed the Swiss alternative... number 3 is Costa Rica, the Swiss of Central America...where you can judge the friendliness of town by how friendly their stray dogs are. Listen to the entire postcast from...

13-year-old indigenous girl pregnant by man 50 years her senior

A 13-year-old Costa Rican indigenous girl from Talamanca is pregnant with a man almost 50 years older than her. Under unknown conditions, both were to Panama. It is unknown for how long and why the minor was in Panama; that will be up to the...

7 killed in Panama bizarre religious ritual

Seven people, including a pregnant woman and her five children, were killed in a suspected ritual carried out by a religious sect in a remote indigenous community in Panama, authorities said Thursday. Officials found the bodies in a mass grave in the indigenous region of...

The Panama Canal is running out of water

For over 100 years, the Panama Canal has been a staple of world trade, allowing cargo ships to avoid the long, tricky route around the southernmost tip of South America. Now things may have to change. Since it opened back in 1914, the canal has...

Nicaraguan Migrants Travel South After Northern Neighbors Tighten Borders

The ongoing socio-political crisis in Nicaragua has caused large numbers of Nicaraguans to migrate to neighboring nations in Latin America. Similar to Costa Rica, Panama is facing numerous issues related to the influx of Nicaraguan migrants. Photo UN Migration According to Panamanian Director of the National...

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