COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 9/16/2022 *** The CDC no longer requires air travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery to enter the United States.  Please note, the CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for all nonimmigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see  Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. Check the ... Read More»

Under Secretary Lago to Lead Trade Mission to Central America

WASHINGTON – Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago will lead a trade mission of 32 U.S. companies to Central America from August 18-22 to promote U.S. exports in the region and strengthen bilateral commercial relations. The Central America Trade Mission and Business Conference will bring together U.S. businesses with pre-screened distributors, sales ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Cynthia Telles on Independence Day

Welcome and good evening to all. Honorable President of the Republic Rodrigo Chaves, President of the Supreme Electoral Court Eugenia Zamora, Vice President Mary Munive, interim President of the Supreme Court Patricia Solano, interim Chancellor Christian Guillermet, Ministers of the State, Ambassadors, Deputies, and very distinguished guests, it is an honor to join you all ... Read More»

Students from La Carpio Surf Safer on the Internet

The bilingual magazine Paper Boat: Exploring my Digital World is now in hands of a group of La Carpio students to learn early in childhood about how to prevent fake news and to safely surf the Internet. This magazine is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and journalist Alberto Barrantes, who received ... Read More»

First Lady Jill Biden to Travel to Ecuador, Panamá, and Costa Rica

Press Release Tuesday, May 17, 2022 First Lady Jill Biden and Ashley Biden will travel to Ecuador, Panamá, and Costa Rica from May 18 – May 23, 2022 in advance of the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas that will take place in Los Angeles the week of June 6-10, 2022. During her trip, the First Lady will emphasize the importance of ... Read More»

INOLASA: 15 Years of Innovation to Protect the Environment

INOLASA, company devoted to the production and marketing of vegetable oils, soy lecithin and flour for animal consumption, began a transformation process in 2007 to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing the use of bunker fuel in its production process.   That year, the company emitted between 55,000 and 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per ... Read More»

United States and Costa Rica Sign Migration Arrangement

U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Cynthia Telles; the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas; and Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado signed an arrangement establishing reciprocal commitments to work collaboratively on migration and protection issues. This arrangement seeks to generate options to strengthen Costa Rica’s Migration Police and Border Police in all their capacities, strengthen ... Read More»

$1 Billion in New U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine This Week

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 16, 2022 In recent days, Russia has escalated its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war on Ukraine, striking hospitals, demolishing schools, leveling civilian infrastructure, and killing hundreds of civilians. As Ukrainian forces bravely continue to combat Russia’s renewed invasion, the United States and its Allies and partners ... Read More»

Ambassador Telles Officially Assumes Her Diplomatic Functions in Costa Rica

Presentation of credential letters to President Alvarado formalizes the beginning of Ambassador Telles’ work in the country She arrived in the country on March 8 and the next day she met with United States Embassy personnel, ​​to meet her work team. Nominated by President Biden and sworn in as United States Ambassador to Costa Rica ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Certain Colones Bills to be withdrawn from Circulation February 1, 2022

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (January 27, 2022) Location:  Costa Rica Subject:  Certain Colones Bills to be withdrawn from Circulation February 1, 2022 On February 1, 2022, the Costa Rican government will be withdrawing ¢20,000 colones bills printed on cotton paper from circulation.  This represents an extension from the previous deadline.  The old ... Read More»

Message For U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (17 December 2021)

 Location: Worldwide  Event:  Passport Fee Increase Effective December 27, 2021 Effective December 27, 2021, the passport security surcharge will increase from $60 to $80 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-82 form or the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who apply after reporting their previous passport lost ... Read More»

Enroll in or update your information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose is conducting an annual verification of STEP enrollments. Please log in to your STEP account to verify that your profile, phone numbers, email address, travel dates, and location in Costa Rica are up-to-date. If you are visiting or living in Costa Rica, and have not yet enrolled in STEP , we strongly ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Nicaragua’s Sham Elections

NOVEMBER 07, 2021• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES What Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, orchestrated today was a pantomime election that was neither free nor fair, and most certainly not democratic.  The arbitrary imprisonment of nearly 40 opposition figures since May, including seven potential presidential candidates, and the blocking of political parties from participation rigged ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Handwashing Stations to Puriscal

Students, professors, and representatives from the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) thanked the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative (ODR) for the donation of 728 handwashing stations for 138 public schools in seven Puriscal districts. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Marcos Mandojana highlighted the importance of education for any nation. “This donation will keep students and ... Read More»

Weather Alert

July 23, 2021 Location: Costa Rica Event: Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) has placed all of Costa Rica under weather alerts due to heavy and persistent rainfall for the next 12 to 24 hours.  The entire Caribbean and Northern regions of the country are currently under an Orange Alert, indicating there may be localized evacuations or ... Read More»

The United States Donates Half a Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Costa Rica

Press Release Tuesday, July 13, 2021 The United States Embassy in San Jose is pleased to announce the arrival of half a million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses at Juan Santamaria Airport on July 13, donated to Costa Rica by the United States Government as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global vaccine sharing framework. The donation ... Read More»

Safe Tourists

The United States Embassy joined the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), the National Tourist Security Council (CONSETUR), and the National Women Institute (INAMU) to create the Guide to Good Security Practices in Tourism Operations, a document that supports the work of tourism services operators on safety and security issues. These guides will contribute to enhancing ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Costa Rica

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 27, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel on June 1-2 to San José, Costa Rica, where he will engage with senior leaders from Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as Costa Rican government officials and civil society. While in San José, Secretary ... Read More»

Funding for English Language, STEAM, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Media Literacy/Countering Disinformation Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program (or project) in one or more of the following focus areas: Improve the quality of English language education at the preschool, elementary, secondary and higher education levels; ... Read More»

Federal Aviation Administration Upgrades Costa Rica’s Safety Assessment Rating

FAA News Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC 20591 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 11, 2021 Contact: Pressoffice@faa.gov Federal Aviation Administration Upgrades Costa Rica’s Safety Assessment Rating WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that the Republic of Costa Rica complies with international safety standards and has been granted the ... Read More»

Joe Biden sworn in as 46th U.S. president

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, January 20. Minutes before, Kamala D. Harris took the oath of office to become the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected vice president. “We’ll be a strong and trusted ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for December 31-January 31. Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  IInformation on COVID-19 Restrictions for December 31-January 31.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23 December 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 161,942 cases of COVID-19 as of December 23, 2020.  634 people are hospitalized with ... Read More»

Safety Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose

December 22, 2020 Location:  San Jose, Costa Rica Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is aware of the reports regarding recent deaths in Costa Rica associated with the consumption of tainted alcohol.  At this time, we are not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.  The ... Read More»

United States Supports Costa Rica to Purchase Police Vessels

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CdA) Gloria Berbena highlights the United States’ role in the Ministry of Public Security’s purchase of three vessels from the U.S. company Metal Shark, a firm specialized in the design of vessels for law enforcement purposes. CdA Berbena indicated that for decades both Costa Rica and the United States have fought ... Read More»

San Carlos, Heredia, Cartago and Desamparados Have More Voices against Domestic Violence

Thanks to the program Hacete Escuchar (“Make Yourself Heard”) developed by U.S. Embassy San Jose’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) office, 296 young people received virtual training to learn to detect domestic violence, seek help, develop self-esteem, build trust, recognize signs of abusive relationships, learn about 9-1-1, and how not to be afraid to ... Read More»

Offices of Women’s Affairs Across the Country Receive Personal Protection Equipment

The U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated hand sanitizer, gloves, face shields and digital thermometers to Offices of Women’s Affairs located in 72 municipalities nationwide. The donation, valued at USD 8,700, brings support to the vital work that the Office of Women’s Affairs performs in the country.  The office ... Read More»

Expanding Interview Waivers to Include NIV Applicants Renewing within 24 Months of Expiration

Effective August 25, 2020 through December 31, 2020, the United States Department of State has expanded the field of individuals eligible for visa renewal to those who have had a valid visa expire within the last 24 months. The previous requirement was to have had a valid visa expire within 12 months. Accordingly, the Consular ... Read More»

Economic Impact Payments for U.S. Social Security Recipients

If I live outside the United States and not in a U.S. Territory, how and when will I get my economic impact payment (EIP)? Social Security beneficiaries with a foreign address whose monthly benefit is deposited in a foreign bank will receive their EIP by paper check in the mail, because the IRS does not ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Lab Supplies

The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative donated lab supplies to the Costa Rican Social Security Council (CCSS). June 25, 2020 These devices include a mixing scale, a blood bag tube sealer, plasma separators and automatic tubing homogenizers (auto-roller), which are required for Costa Rica to continue the production of coronavirus antigens (proteins) and to ... Read More»

Funding for English Language, STEAM & Entrepreneurship Programs

Notice of Funding Opportunity  Funding Opportunity Title:  Funding for English Language, STEAM & Entrepreneurship Programs Funding Opportunity Number: 4112-FY20-01 Deadline for Applications: July 8, 2020 CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $100,000 (minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000 per award) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition ... Read More»

Donation for the CNE

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) donated 1,200 reusable protective face shields to Costa Rica’s National Commission for Risk Prevention and Disaster Response (CNE). The donation is for all member institutions of the National Risk Management System, currently attending the pandemic caused by COVID19 in the country. The face shields are valued ... Read More»

Second Generation of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Graduates in Costa Rica

A group of 27 Costa Rican women entrepreneurs graduated from the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). This program allowed this group of entrepreneurs to learn new skills, create business plans and explore fundamental topics to help their commercial activities grow as they build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. U.S. Ambassador ... Read More»

Virtual Conference Gathers Central American Strategic Partners

The United States government is organizing the virtual conference ‘Smart Cities and Digital Transformation’ to gather with its Central American counterparts and jointly develop a roadmap to the future, in preparation for new global industry trends and technologies, the economic impact on emerging markets, current infrastructure, and national security. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted the ... Read More»

Diversity Visas: New Date to Verify Entrant Status Check

Department of State Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is postponing the opening of the Entrant Status Check for applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. Beginning June 6, applicants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ to see if their entry was ... Read More»

The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

This rolling collection of photos, tweets and articles offers a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide. We will update frequently. Follow this link for more information: https://share.america.gov/u-s-fights-coronavirus-worldwide-live-updates-2/ Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

U.S. scientists work tirelessly on coronavirus vaccines

By Dave Reynolds -Mar 19, 2020 U.S. innovators are rushing to combat the new coronavirus, with vaccines already in development and new treatment options being tested in the United States and Asia. The rapid response received a boost this month as President Trump signed into law $8.3 billion in federal funds to fight COVID-19. The ... Read More»

The United States Embassy in Costa Rica is reducing or cancelling nonimmigrant visa appointments

Beginning March 18, the United States Embassy in Costa Rica is reducing or cancelling nonimmigrant visa appointments with exceptions for emergencies and some H-2 visa applicants. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The visa application fee is valid and may ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Building and Armored Vehicles to Costa Rican Police Force

San Jose, February 7th, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated a K-9 building to Costa Rica’s investigative police, as well as four armored vehicles to the Ministry of Public Security and the Judicial Police. The building will provide a space for judicial officers to receive canine training ... Read More»

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado at a Press Availability

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA JANUARY 21, 2020 MODERATOR:  (Via interpreter)  Good afternoon.  We would like to welcome to the president’s house in Costa Rica His Excellency the Secretary of State of the United States of America Mr. Pompeo and his delegation.  We will also extend our greetings to the president, Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Visit Reaffirms the Relationship between the United States and Costa Rica

San José- January 21, 2020 With his visit to Costa Rica, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo reaffirms the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Costa Rica. During his meeting with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura, and Minister for Public Security Michael Soto, Secretary Pompeo discussed U.S.-Costa Rica efforts ... Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistance Secretary Julie Chung Visits Costa Rica

Principal Deputy Assistance Secretary (PDAS) Julie Chung visited Costa Rica for the first time to discuss top U.S.-Costa Rican priorities, such as security, trade and foreign policy. During her official three-day visit, PDAS Chung met with Costa Rican government officials and visited several U.S. companies in Costa Rica. “Costa Rica and the United States share ... Read More»

Travel Advisory- Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy San Jose January 13, 2020 Location: Costa Rica Event: Level 2 Travel Advisory: Exercise Increased Caution Country Summary: While petty crime is the predominant threat for tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault, occurs in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government provides additional security resources ... Read More»

The United States Continues to Support Costa Rica’s Fight against Drug Trafficking by Donating Eight Canines

The U.S. Embassy through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated eight canines to Costa Rica’s police forces. The official donation took place during the promotion ceremony of the National Police Academy, where U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted that the curriculum of the Police Academy now includes a course on K-9 ... Read More»

New Plane Reinforces Costa Rica’s Fight against Transnational Crimes

For the first time in history, Costa Rica purchased a Maritime Patrol Aircraft using Air Surveillance Service funds. This aircraft, thanks to the U.S. government, is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This King Air 250 is joining the fight against drug trafficking and other illicit transnational activities and will also support humanitarian missions such as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy San Jose Joins a Worldwide Initiative to Promote Clean Air!

U.S. Embassy San Jose is joining the worldwide initiative AirNow that provides real time data on air quality via the website  https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.global_summary . The U.S. Embassy has recently installed an air quality device that measures air quality in order to protect our health and contribute to air monitoring efforts by scientists and the Costa Rican government. ... Read More»

Municipalities Have New Motorcycles to Protect Their Communities

The Bureau of International Narcotics Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated six Suzuki DR-650 motorcycles to the municipalities of Alajuelita, Mora and Desamparados. Each municipality received two motorcycles that, according to mayors, will support and improve their citizen security programs. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach Event in Dominical – September 25 , 2019

Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce the upcoming Consular event – routine services for U.S. citizens in Dominical. Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Dominical at the date and times indicated and to answer questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary services, and federal benefits inquiries, please ... Read More»

Central American Firefighters Sharing Operational Knowledge with U.S. Counterparts

August 19, 2019, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras SOTO CANO AIR BASE, HONDURAS – The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron will be hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at Soto Cano Air Base, August 19-23, with the participation of 25 firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. The Central America Sharing ... Read More»

Six Talented Costa Ricans Will Study for Two Years in the United States

CRUSA Foundation announced the names of the six Costa Rican students that will study two years at U.S. Community Colleges on a full scholarship. The grantees are: Alison Agüero Sánchez Raquel Angulo Morales Amanda McNeil Huertas Geovanny Romero Jiménez Diego Martínez Gutiérrez Brayner Jirón Arias. Each of the grantees studies at either a professional technical ... Read More»

First National City Planning Meeting

The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) organized the first national city planning encounter, a space to reflect on the importance of social inclusion and a space to impact people’s lives positively. INL has invested $140,000 in this project and expects to invest half a million dollars more in the upcoming years ... Read More»

Weather Alert — U.S. Embassy San Jose

Weather Alert — U.S. Embassy San Jose August 13, 2019 Location: Costa Rica Event:  The United States National Weather Service has identified the potential for heavy rainfall for Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua from early Wednesday, August 14, through Friday, August 16.  Rain accumulation of 1-3 inches/day with maximum of 4-6 inches/day is forecasted.  The highest risk ... Read More»

Mission Accomplished!

The USNS Comfort hospital ship visited Costa Rica from July 21-29 to provide free medical attention in Chacarita and Barranca, Puntarenas. The humanitarian mission of the ship concluded with excellent results: the Comfort staff attended 5,548 patients, performed 138 surgeries aboard and transformed thousands of lives. Over five days of medical attention, the ship specialists ... Read More»

Safety Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose

July 23, 2019 Location:  San Jose, Costa Rica Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is aware of the reports regarding recent deaths in Costa Rica associated with the consumption of tainted alcohol.  At this time, we are not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.  The ... Read More»

Safety Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose

Location:  San Jose, Costa Rica Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is aware of the reports regarding recent deaths in Costa Rica associated with the consumption of tainted alcohol.  At this time, we are not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.  The deaths have reportedly ... Read More»

Costa Rica Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneur

The Academy for Women Entrepreneur (AWE) is an initiative that empowers women around the world and it is available now for 30 women entrepreneur in Costa Rica. Participants in this initiative will receive personalized guidance, visit companies, and have the opportunity to receive non-reimbursement funds to invest and in addition to strengthen their businesses, participants ... Read More»

News Release: USNS Comfort Mission Stops Announced

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Operations Release No: 19-008 May 23, 2019 MIAMI – The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will return for another deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic ... Read More»

Restorative Justice: An Alternative for Juvenile Offenders

The U.S. Embassy, through the office of International Narcotics and Law, donated $650,000 to the National Center of State Courts in order to expand resources available for juvenile offenders and victims of juvenile offenders going through restorative justice proceedings. The donation will also go towards providing restorative justice training to justice sector officials, as well ... Read More»

Four Helicopters Donated by the U.S. Government Are Now Operational

Four helicopters arrived in Costa Rica nearly a month ago as part of a two-year program between Costa Rica and the U.S. Embassy. The Costa Rican government will use these aircrafts to enhance their fight against illegal drug trafficking and increase the country’s capability to attend to crisis related to natural disasters. During this two-year ... Read More»

Interceptors Enhance Security in Costa Rica

The Bureau for Antinarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated the two 38’ interceptors, equipped with state of the art technology to the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service. The two vessels are valued at USD 750,000 each. With this donation, the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service will have an increased capacity to survey ... Read More»

Play Like a Girl

The U.S. Embassy is aware of the importance of sports to generate a real and longstanding change in lives of those practicing them. In order to support young Costa Ricans to work as a tem, solve conflicts and develop their communication skills, we developed the program Play like a Girl with which we reached more ... Read More»

Four Helicopters Arrived in the Country to Be at the Service of Costa Rica

Four UH-IST helicopters arrived in the country aboard a Globemaster C-17. These aircrafts are part of the Aviation Program that the United States has with Costa Rica. Once the two-year program has ended, the aircrafts will be transferred permanently, after two years, to the Air Surveillance Service (SVA) of the Ministry of Public Security. The ... Read More»

The Access Program Bears Fruit

Seventy students had or will have the opportunity to learn English thanks to the English Access Microscholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. After a two-year intensive English program, 40 students will finally graduate with an advanced intermediate level of English proficiency. As the forty students say goodbye to the Access program, we welcome 30 ... Read More»

Happy Anniversary, American Corner!

The U.S. Embassy American Corner in Limon is celebrating its 12th anniversary. This American Space offers free information about the United States through books, magazines, CDs, free access to Internet, and cultural programs. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted in her speech the importance of the programs realized at the American Corner, programs that have benefitted the ... Read More»

Five Exceptional Costa Rican Students to Study in the United States

In 2012, the U.S. Embassy created a special scholarship program for students at Costa Rica’s Scientific High Schools. The Embassy created this program to give exceptional Costa Rican students an opportunity to develop their English skills while learning more about U.S. culture. This year, 5 students received the scholarship, which means they will have the ... Read More»

Back to Normal Business!

Embassy San Jose reports the situation has been resolved and normal operations have resumed. Those clients with routine and prescheduled appointments may present themselves for services as planned. Anyone who needs to reschedule an appointment from this morning, or U.S. citizens with unscheduled emergencies in need of Consular services, may contact the Embassy via 2519-2000 ... Read More»

For your security, for our security

Embassy San Jose has received credible information regarding an evolving security situation in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Pavas, specifically at the Plaza del Oeste shopping center across the street from the main Embassy entrance. Embassy San Jose directs all individuals with routine and prescheduled appointments today to reschedule. Those U.S. citizens with ... Read More»

The New Youth Ambassadors Are from Perez Zeledon

Nine young students from Perez Zeledon are participating in the Department of State Youth Ambassadors exchange program. These students participate in workshops, community service activities, team-building exercises, and meetings with community leaders in Iowa and Chicago. Once students return to Costa Rica, they have the opportunity to apply what they have learned during the exchange ... Read More»
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