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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...

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...

Faster Border Procedures at Costa Rica and Panama Border Proposed

Panama's government is preparing a bill to create the Integrated Control System at the border with Costa Rica, with the aim of simplifying the transit of people, vehicles and goods between the two countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama reported that Alejandro Ferrer,...

715 Pligrims Headed To World Youth Day in Panama To Get Police Escort As They Pass Through Costa Rica

On their way to Panama cityr for the World Youth Day 2019 through Costa Rica, 715 pilgrims will be under the watchful eyes of the different police forces of the Ministerio de Gobernación y Policía and the Ministerio Seguridad Pública (Ministry of the Interior...

American Among 10 Foreigners Rejected At The Panama Border

Costa Rica's immigration police (Policía Profesional de Migración) denied entry to ten foriegners, among them citizens from the United States, Venezuela, Singapor, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina and Panama. Immigration director Raquel Vargas said that the foreigners did not meet with all the requirements to enter Costa...

Legislature Finally Approves US$100 Million Loan To Modernize Land Border Crossings

Eradicating problems in infrastructure, lack of inter-institutional coordination, insecurity, lack of user controls, repetitive and inefficient procedures, budget deficiencies, and informal activities are some of the main goals of the Border Integration Program (Programa de Integración Fronteriza in Spanish) approved last Thursday in a...

New migrant crisis building on Costa Rica border

Q COSTA RICA (Newsroompanama.com) A new migration problem is developing on Panama’s border with Costa Rica, this time involving Venezuelans. Between 77 and 150 migrants from the troubled South American country are stranded in the Paso Canoas area between Panama and Costa Rica. Many of them...

Flow of Migrants At Southern Border “Unstoppable”

(QCOSTARICA) The flow of migrants into Costa Rica on the southern border with Panama has become unstoppable, hundreds arriving daily asking for a temporary visa, exceeding the capacity of the government response. According to immigration officials, they receiving more than 150 requests daily, for the...

It’s Her Moral Duty: Cooking For African Migrants In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA (NPR) It's her moral duty. That's the belief of Debora Matamoros Jiménez, who leads a volunteer cooking crew that, for two months, has fed the hundreds of African migrants stranded in Costa Rica and sheltered in makeshift tents in the town of Paso...

Deportation Will Be The Final Solution For African Migrants Who Re-enter Costa Rica Illegally

QCOSTARICA - Deportation will be the ultimate fate for the African migrants trying to enter Costa Rica again, warns the immigration service. On Thursday Costa Rica returned to Panama some 200 African nationals in the country illegally, believed from Panama. The Africans were detained a...

Costa Rica Closes Border To Cuban Migrants, Forces Them Back To Panama

QCOSTARICA - Reminiscent of the scene at the northern border with Nicaragua last November, it was no Costa Rica police forced forcing back into Panama, Cuban migrants who illegally entered Costa Rica on Wednesday. According to the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica, police pressured some 1,300...

700 Cuban and African Migrants Take Costa Rica By Force

QCOSTARICA - More than 700 foreigners, from countries like Africa and Cuba, took Costa Rica by force Wednesday morning, entering the country illegally, many others clashing against police at the border with Panama. According to reports from the southern border, some of the foreigners were...

Paso Canoas Customs Manager Arrested

QCOSTARICA - Luis Juarez, the manager of the Paso Canoas customs (aduanas in Spanish) post was arrested on Wednesday, charged with the "willful act or omission" of a public official, punishable with a three to ten year prison sentence. The arrest followed an investigation by...

Costa Rica and Panama Cooperate to Fight Crime

QCOSTARICA  - Panamanian and Costa Rican security forces are sharing intelligence, technology and training to fight organized crime along their shared border. The cooperation follows an agreement signed on February 12 by Panamanian Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera and his Costa Rican counterpart, Luis Gustavo Mata...

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