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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...

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...

Nicaraguans continue stranded at the doorsteps of their homeland

(QCOSTARICA) An estimated 300 and up to 500 Nicaraguans remain stranded on the Nicaraguan side of the Peñas Blancas border, as their government won't let them in. They have been denied entry into their homeland until they have a negative COVID-19 test certification, carried out...

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...

Man takes off facemask to spit at passengers

(QCOSTARICA) A bus with 38 people traveling from Peñas Blancas (northern border) to San Jose had to be escorted by the Fuerza Publica (national police) to the San Ramón Hospital, as among its passengers was a Nicaraguan who had symptoms related to Covid-19. En route,...

CCSS testing center at the border with Nicaragua shot at

(QCOSTARICA) The headquarters of the Phytosanitary service of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), at the Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua was attacked on Wednesday night, while personnel carried out COVID-19 screening. The event occurred at 6:48 pm when five officials from the health...

Nicaragua lifts blockade of its citizens at Peñas Blancas

(QCOSTARICA) It was at 2:00 pm Saturday when Nicaraguan authorities lifted the blockade to the passage at Peñas Blancas northern border, after denying for some 18 hours the entrance to a group of 120 of its citizens from Panama. The group of Nicaraguans, all citizens...

Ortega regime denies entry to 120 Nicaraguans from Panama

(QCOSTARICA) A group of Nicaraguans are stranded in no man's land, between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, waiting on the government of Daniel Ortega to allow them in. The group, having a difficult time in Panama due to the effects of the pandemic of that nation,...

Nicaragua Closes Border With Costa Rica!

(QCOSTARICA) The Nicaraguan government ordered the closure of traffic through the Peñas Blancas border post, in protest at the measures taken by Costa Rica in the transfer of goods, within the framework of controls against the new coronavirus. The Nicaraguan measure was confirmed by the...

Nicaraguan trucker crosses the border, arrives at a health checkpoint and falls unconscious

A Nicaraguan trucker crossed the Peñas Blancas border Sunday morning, approached the health checkpoint and fell unconscious to the surprise of those present. The man was taken to a medical center to determine if he is ill with COVID-19 or if he suffers from something...

Costa Rica installs an air base at Nicaragua border

The Government of Costa Rica has installed an area base on the border with Nicaragua and added more police to monitor and prevent the illegal entry of Nicaraguans to Costa Rica through unauthorized crossings or through the Peñas Blancas and Las Tablillas immigration posts. Up...

Residents can leave Costa Rica without losing status

The immigration service - Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - in Costa Rica has confirmed that legal residents can leave the country without losing their residency status. However, as it stands now, non-citizens will not be allowed to re-enter the country until at...

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...

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$1.6 Million Dollars Seized At Nicaragua Border

The Policia Control de Drogas (PCD) confirmed the seizure of US$1,617,259 dollars hidden in the trailer from Honduras at the Peñas Blancas border crossing with Nicaragua. The PCD reports stopping at the border crossing and after a close inspection found the hidden cash. The driver...

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...

Costa Rica Bureaucracy Affecting Central America

  Q COSTA RICA – The dream that the border post of Tablillas, in Los Chiles, becoming the great gateway to the Central American logistics corridor, is still far from being a reality. On the Nicaraguan side everything is ready for cargo to be transported to...

Africans In Limbo: Costa Rica Doesn’t Want Them, Panama Resufes To Accept Them

QCOSTARICA - The 220 African nationals rounded up by immigration officials, illegal in Costa Rica, in the area of Peñas Blancas (border with Nicaragua), were returned to the Paso Canoas border with Panama, only to find that country won't allow their entry, while Costa...

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