Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 April 2020)

Due to countrywide travel restrictions routine consular services will not be offered on Wednesday, April 8 and the U.S. Embassy will be closed Thursday April 9 – Monday April 13, due to observance of local holidays. If you have an emergency requiring Consular assistance, please call +506-2519 2000 or visit our embassy website at https://cr.usembassy.gov/ Current …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose (6 April 2020)

Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Event: Costa Rica has now confirmed 467 cases of COVID-19 in the country. Costa Rica today announced that the borders will remain closed to non-citizens and residents until April 30, an extension of the previous closure announcement. Commercial flights between …

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COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information: Costa Rica has 454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, as of 4/05/2020. Entry and Exit Requirements: Currently, and continuing until April 12, only Costa Rican citizens, residents, those whose residency is in process, minor children of Costa Rican citizens, and foreign diplomats will be able to enter Costa Rica. This restriction …

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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.  …

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AUTHORIZED LEGAL PERMANENCE UNDER THE TOURISM SUBCATGEGORY

The period of legal permanence authorized for foreign persons under the migratory subcategory of Tourism who entered the country after December 17, is extended until May 17, 2020. The Immigration Administration will also limit in-person operations through May 17 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Documents that would have expired during that …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica March 6, 2020 Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide.  On March 6, 2020, the Costa Rican Ministry of Health identified one case of COVID-19 in an American Citizen …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Outreach Event in Golfito

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

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Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Services on Tuesday, January 21

On Tuesday, January 21, the Consular Section will be open for American Citizen Services from 8:00 to 10:00 am and from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  From 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, we will be providing services via phone only.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have an emergency please call 2519-2000.  

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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 …

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Security Alert: Heightened Middle East Tensions

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose     January 8, 2020 Location: Costa Rica Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. Embassy personnel are instructed to review security, safety, and emergency procedures.  …

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Fraud Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose

Fraud Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose December 10, 2019 Location: Costa Rica, nationwide Event:  American Citizen Services has received reports from U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica reporting telephone calls from individuals purporting to work for the U.S Embassy in San Jose.  The callers state the Embassy is updating profiles of U.S. citizens for the Costa …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health Alert

Health Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose October 4, 2019 Location: Costa Rica Information:  Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other respiratory viruses tend to be very common in Costa Rica from May through September. Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes more serious health problems in children under 1 year of age, and up to two years of age.   A child with …

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Security Alert-Possible Protests in San Jose September 3, 2019

Subject: Alert: Security Alert-Possible Protests in San Jose September 3, 2019 Security Alert—U.S. Embassy San Jose According to open source information, two protests may occur on Tuesday morning in San José.  Taxis may begin at 0600 in Loma Linda and drive East on Route 39 to La Casa Presidencial in Zapote.  ANEP Unión members may begin …

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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 …

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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 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach Events in Uvita, and Perez Zeledon

San José, September 18, 2018 Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce two upcoming Consular events – routine Consular services for U.S. citizens in and Uvita and a Town Hall event in Perez Zeledon.  Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Uvita and to answer any questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary …

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Alert: Ongoing Public Strike and Related Protest Activity in Costa Rica

San José, September 18, 2018 Local and social media report that last week’s demonstrations against the host government’s fiscal plan likely will continue this week throughout Costa Rica, and particularly in San Jose. Protesters may express their opposition by interrupting government services, creating traffic jams, and disrupting local commerce.  This may occur with little or …

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Union Protests starting Monday, September 10, 2018

San José, September 7, 2018 Local media report that Costa Rican unions are planning to strike starting on Monday, September 10, in downtown San Jose. Strikes will continue throughout the week.  Protestors may express their opposition to the new fiscal plan being discussed in National Assembly by shutting down certain government services and creating traffic jams …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose – Location:  Nicaragua and its border areas

Location:  Nicaragua and its border areas Event:  Roadblocks are present throughout Nicaragua, including the border crossings with Costa Rica, making overland travel unpredictable; road travel is even more dangerous after dark, when the likelihood of violence at roadblocks, and other crime, increases.  Nicaraguan authorities may deny entry to travelers attempting to cross into Nicaragua via …

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Staying Safe This Summer in Costa Rica

Coming to Costa Rica soon? Follow the below tips and exercise caution and good judgment to make your stay a pleasant and safe one. Know Your Environment Costa Rica lies in an active seismic zone; small earthquakes are commonplace and authorities sometime limit access to national parks near active volcanoes for safety. During the rainy …

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Fraud Alert

There have been recent cases of fraud related to the visa fee payment system in which visa applicants found their visa fee receipts were already used and therefore invalid for booking a visa appointment. The Embassy is investigating, and reminds applicants to protect their fee receipt carefully and not share it with anyone. There is …

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Primary Elections Begin This Month

Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at  FVAP.gov This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace the formally used Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CDC Travel Notice on Malaria in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has reported limited local transmission of malaria in Matina Canton in Limón Province, Sarapiquí Canton in Heredia Province, and Pital District in San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province.  Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with malaria and spreading it to people.  Other than a small …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika-affected areas, please visit CDC’s interactive map . For more information about travel guidance for pregnant women , visit the …

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