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: Downtown San Jose

San José, August 20, 2018 The U.S. Embassy has received information about a possible immigration protest today at 4:00 PM in downtown San Jose in the areas of Parque La Merced, Central Park, Plaza de la Democracia, and/or Parque Nacional.  The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to monitor local media for updates. The majority of protests in Costa ...
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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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