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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...

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...

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...

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...

Opening a bank account in Costa Rica so difficult for expats

For many North Americans (US & Canada), opening a bank account is a relatively simple process that is done relatively quickly.  However, when they move to Costa Rica, the first logical step is to open a bank account. They soon find out that this will...

Immigration Supports Bill To Stop Convicted Foreigners From Obtaining Costa Rican Citizenship

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - supports the bill that seeks that foreigners convicted of crimes in the country do not obtain Costa Rican citizenship. Immigration Director, Raquel Vargas, in a written statement, told the Legislative Committee...

67% of Foreigners Residing in Costa Rica Are Nicaraguans

Of the more than half million people who are legal residents in Costa Rica, 67% come from Nicaragua. This according to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service. According to the DGME, Nicaraguans top the legal residents list with...

As of July, foreigners who want to reside in Costa Rica must have all their shots

Starting in July, foreigners who apply for temporary or permanent residence in Costa Rica in will have to comply with the national vaccination program. To that end, the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) and the immigration service *General de Migración y Extranjería - DGMIE)...

Quick Driver’s Licensing Process For Foreigners (And Ticos) On Tuesdays and Wendesdays

If you are a foreigner who lives in Costa Rica and have a driver's license of another country, you can obtain a Costa Rican license  (homolgar is the Spanish word for the process) every Tuesday and Wednesday at any of the 13 driver education...

Will Citizenship Add Coolness to My Already Astonishing Life in Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA - The following article in the 'A Dull Roar' answers questions face by many foriegners living in Costa Rica, especially from North America and Europe, who after living in Costa Rica for some time decided to trade in their 'residency' for...

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