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The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most Central American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to information recently updated by the State Department. This according to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in each country and the...

Kamala Harris begins tour in Guatemala

Q24N - Arriving in the Guatemalan capital about two hours late, after the plane in which she was traveling had to turn around due to technical problems, U.S. vice-president Kamala Harris, on Sunday, began her mission to address the “root causes” of illegal migration...

In Costa Rica, Antony Blinken says ‘Nicaragua is going in the opposite direction’

QCOSTARICA - Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, affirmed on Wednesday that the government of Daniel Ortega is moving "in the opposite direction", increasingly far from guaranteeing fair and fair elections to the population. free. In San José, Costa Rica, Blinken referred to the...

Today’s Covid News: 2,587 new cases on Friday; contagion rate rises again

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica registered a new rise. The latest analysis by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH), released on May 21, showed an increase from 0.99 to 1.16. This Friday, May 21, 2,587 new cases and 29 deaths were reported,...

Will Costa Rica be on US list of vaccine donation?

QCOSTARICA - United States President Joe Biden announced on Monday that his country will increase exports of covid-19 vaccines to other countries to regain "leadership" in the global fight against the pandemic, surpassing the rival efforts of China and Russia. Biden confirmed that 20 million...

Travel agencies estimate 10,000 Costa Ricans who will travel to the United Stares to be vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - The demand of Costa Ricans to go to get vaccinated against covid-19 in the United States increased strongly from Semana Santa, so much so that travel agencies predict that by the end of next July some 10,000 people will be doing so. The...

Covid vaccine passport, salvation or division?

EL UNIVERSAL Washington / Brussels - The desperation to reactivate economies, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, has prompted an idea: to create vaccination passports that allow businesses, schools or tourist centers to receive people with a little more peace of mind. However, at...

Canada approves BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for young teens

QCOVID DIGEST - Canada's health regulator has authorized the Pfizer/BionTech coronavirus vaccine for children between 12 and 15 years old. Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser for Health Canada, confirmed the approval. The vaccine was previously approved for anyone at least 16 or older....

Canatur expects an “explosion” of American tourists for the second half of 2021

QCOSTARICA - Local tourism at Semana Santa gave a brief respite to the tourism sector, especially in beach destinations: the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) recorded an average occupancy of 75%, while the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) reported a flow distributed on...

Tourists can travel to the United States to get vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Ricans and other nationals, with a valid United States visa can travel there to be vaccinated against covid-19, without fear of suffering possible subsequent sanctions, such as the cancellation of their visit document. This was confirmed by the United States Embassy in...

After a century of plunder, US imperialism turns away Central American refugees

Q REPORTS (WSWS.ORG) An unprecedented human exodus is underway across the Americas, as 2 million people—nearly a 10th of the population of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala—are expected to flee to the United States in the coming months. The US government has responded by closing...

US operations helped offset Fifco’s lower sales in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Florida Ice and Farm Company S.A (Fifco) beverage business in the United States and the food business in Central America offset, during 2020, the sharp decline in the real estate and beverage segment in Costa Rica. In the US, the Costa...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources of tourists by air to Costa Rica, are part of the obstacles that delay the reactivation of international tourism. Despite this,...

Central America gets ready for a possible wave of migrants on the way to the United States

Q24n - Central American countries presented a plan on Monday in the face of a possible migratory wave of Haitians, Cubans, Asians and Africans who seek to reach the United States illegally, a Guatemalan official reported. The proposal, prepared by Guatemala, was made during an...

72 tons of drugs seized in Costa Rica were destroyed with plasma in Miami

HQ - The 71.7 tons of illegal drugs (a record number) seized from drug traffickers in 2020 were flown on US planes to Miami, (USA), to be destroyed by an innovative process called plasma gasification, saving Costa Rica money. In Miami, the seized drugs are...

U.S. eliminates ‘safe third country’ agreement with Guatemala for asylum seekers

Q24N -  Guatemala reported Friday that Washington notified it that it will end an agreement that forced the Central American country to receive migrants seeking asylum in the United States and await the resolution of the Washington authorities. In a statement, the Guatemalan government stated...

‘Please, Wait’: Biden Administration Pleads to Be Patient, as Migrant Camp on US-Mexico Border Grows

Q REPORTS - US President Joe Biden’s senior aide Roberta Jacobson said on Friday, January 29, that the administration is working on a system to process the migrants who are waiting in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. "We're reviewing now how we...

Trump’s Right wing supporters seek what to do with their anger

AFP - WASHINGTON: The American far right is angry: Angry at Joe Biden, angry at Donald Trump, angry at the enigmatic “Q” and angry with themselves. The online postings and chatrooms of extremists have been brimming with disappointment and dissent since the failed Jan 6...

The US, Mexico and Guatemala agree to prevent the passage of migrant caravans

Q24N (Guatemala city) The governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala agreed on Friday to prohibit the passage of migrant caravans through their territory due to the pandemic, days after one from Honduras was forcibly dissolved at the Guatemala border with Honduras. "Regarding any...

Covid-19: Private labs will test anyone who travels to countries that require testing

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, announced this Tuesday afternoon an agreement for private laboratories to help in conducting covid-19 tests for travelers bound for the United States, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries that require a negative covid-19 test...

Guatemala uses tear gas and sticks to stop migrant caravan

Q24N - With a new administration in sight and the possible relaxation of immigration policies, thousands of migrants from Central America have decided to once again make their run at the United States border. Entering eastern Guatemala on foot, on their journey from Honduras, they...

Tourist arrivals to Costa Rica fell 68% last year compared to 2019

QCOSTARICA - Arrivals of foreign tourists to Costa Rica by all routes fell 67.7% last year, compared to 2019 figures, although that third is estimated to be a good result in the middle of a pandemic. According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de...

ICT seeks to make COVID-19 tests cheaper for tourists returning to the United States

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica's Tourism Board, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) said Wednesday that is coordinating with private laboratories the lowest possible cost of covid-19 tests for Americans visiting the country and locals who want to travel to the United States. The ICT announcement...

Costa Rica condemns acts of violence in the United States Capitol

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Costa Rica condemned the acts of violence that took place Wednesday in the United States Capitol, in Washington D.C. "Costa Rica reiterates its condemnation of any act of violence that interferes with the healthy development of the democratic system," the...

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to attend Covid-19 crisis, despite warnings from the U.S.

TODAY PANAMA – A group of 220 Cuban health workers arrived in Panama, despite calls from the United States not to hire them. The U.S. government considers the sale of Cuban medical services as “a government pattern of forced labor, which serves as propaganda for...

First Costa Rican vaccinated against covid-19 in the US: ‘I did it and I feel good’

QCOSTARICA - Carlos Abarca is the first Costa Rican who received the vaccine against covid-19 in the United States. The Costa Rican, a resident of Houston, Texas, was vaccinated Thursday morning at his workplace, the Texas Children's Hospital, where he works in the financial area...

Jill Biden, the future first lady who wants to continue teaching

QREPORTS -  Jill Biden is no stranger to the glare of the political spotlight. Her husband was a part of Washington when she met him, and she was already America's second lady. However, now that Joe Biden has won the White House, his wife will...

Biden’s victory marks a setback for Bolsonaro

(Q24N) Brasilia - Joe Biden's victory in the US elections marks a setback for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called “tropical Trump” who professed fervent support for Donald Trump and, according to analysts, is isolated abroad and more vulnerable at home. So far, the Brazilian...

Former Costa Rican presidents celebrate Biden’s victory

QCOSTARICA - Far from the neutrality on political and international issues to which they were obliged when they held the Presidency, several former presidents of Costa Rica celebrated the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential elections. Although in-person voting took place on...

Biden to bring benefits to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The arrival of Joe Biden to the White House in January will imply, for the world economy, the return of the United States to respect and strengthen multilateral entities such as the World Trade Organization (WTO). The shift to the policy established by...

Enigma persists due to the disappearance of an American in Heredia for 18 days

QCOSTARICA - An employee saw him leave San Isidro de Heredia in his car on the morning of Sunday, September 27, without imagining that from that day his boss, Albert George Lusk, 67, would disappear. This Thursday, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) redistributed his...

The U.S. votes on Tuesdays to comply with God and Caesar

QREPORTS - Why is election day in the United States on a Tuesday in November? For the answer, let's go back to 1845. That year, the United States Congress passed a law that established when the presidential and legislative elections are held: the Tuesday next...

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