U.S. CHIPS Act Funds to Support Semiconductor Workforce Development in Costa Rica

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 U.S. CHIPS Act Funds to Support Semiconductor Workforce Development in Costa Rica   The U.S. Department of State, through the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, has awarded $13.8 million to Arizona State University (ASU) under the CHIPS Act International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund. “This announcement supports Costa Rica’s …

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Important information from the Federal Benefits Unit for beneficiaries of Social Security in Costa Rica

If you did not get your February 2024 Social Security payment, your benefits have been suspended because the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) did not receive your Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire (FEQ) in a timely manner. To reinstate the benefits, you must take the following actions: Complete  SSA-7162 form  if you receive payments in your own name. Complete  SSA-7161 form  if …

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to Travel to Costa Rica

Press Release Thursday, February 15, 2024   U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to Travel to Costa Rica to Highlight Bilateral Commercial Relationship, Underscore Need for Diverse Semiconductor Supply Chains   U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will travel to Costa Rica next month to highlight the U.S.-Costa Rican bilateral commercial and investment relationship, and …

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Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Toloui to Travel to Costa Rica for Americas Partnership Semiconductor Workforce Symposium

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 24, 2024 Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Ramin Toloui will travel to Costa Rica January 25-26 to launch the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Semiconductor Workforce Symposium and participate in related meetings and events. His visit will advance commitments made during …

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Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Dodd’s Travel to Belize and Costa Rica

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 17, 2024 Special Presidential Advisor (SPA) for the Americas Christopher J. Dodd will travel to Belize and Costa Rica January 17-20. In Belize, SPA Dodd will meet with Prime Minister Briceño, Foreign Minister Fonseca, and members of the business community. In Costa Rica, SPA Dodd will meet with …

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Costa Rican Applicants for U.S. Student Visas Exempted from $43 Visa Reciprocity Fee

Applying for a U.S. student visa just got a little more affordable. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in San Jose secured a waiver of the $43 reciprocity fee previously required in addition to the application fee for Costa Ricans applying for an F student visa. Costa Ricans who wish to apply for an …

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Deputy Secretary Verma’s Meeting with Costa Rican President Chaves

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 14, 2023 On December 14, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma and Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves Robles met to advance shared priorities and cooperation on regional and global issues. Deputy Secretary Verma, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Arnoldo Andre, and President Chaves discussed the …

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Deputy Secretary Verma Leads High-Level Strategic Dialogue in Costa Rica

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 14, 2023   Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma and Costa Rican Foreign Minister Arnoldo Andre led the first U.S.-Costa Rica High-Level Strategic Dialogue (HLSD), in San Jose on December 14. Building on the productive August 29 bilateral meeting between President Biden and President …

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U.S. Embassy Refurbishes Park in Puntarenas 

The Montes de Oro, Puntarenas, neighborhood has a new park thanks to a U.S. Embassy donation.  The U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated a new playground and recreation area, which included a swing set, climbing equipment, benches, and picnic tables. The donation provided significant grounds work.   The donation is …

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United States Supports Altos de Cajon School

The U.S. Southern Command Human Assistance Program, through the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative, donated USD $16,000 in supplies to the Altos de Cajon School in Grecia. New resources include 60 desks, an interactive screen that will connect students with digital technology and innovation, and Books to improve reading comprehension and oral expression. This …

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U.S. Embassy Program Prepares Limonense High School Students for College

The U.S. Embassy announced the new program College Horizon Outreach Program (CHOP) developed jointly with the Foundation for Sustainability and Equity (Aliarse) for 20 students from the Limón Mario Bourne High School and 20 students from the Shiroles Indigenous High School. “This program is a promise of hope, a symbol of dedication, and a commitment …

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Deputy Secretary Verma Travels to Atlanta, Costa Rica, and Brazil

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 8, 2023   Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard R. Verma will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and San Jose, Costa Rica December 11-14.  In Atlanta, he will underscore U.S. anti-corruption priorities at the U.S.-hosted tenth session of the Conference of the …

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Grecia School Receives Donation from the United States

The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative Humanitarian Assistance Program delivered 130 desks and chairs to students from the Francisco Alfaro Rojas School in La Arena, Grecia. The school also received a paper shredder and kitchen appliances, including a grease extractor, integrated kitchen equipment with griddle, electric self-service station, food shelf, two-door vertical refrigeration chamber, …

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For the first time, Canine Police Has Its Own Veterinarian Clinic

The U.S. Embassy coordinated with the Costa Rican Ministry of Justice to establish the first veterinarian clinic of the Penitentiary Police K-9 Unit. It will also serve other police corps K-9 units. The embassy provided the construction materials, and the ministry supplied the labor through its prison work program. In this clinic, canine agents will …

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Under Secretary Lago To Travel To El Salvador and Costa Rica to Advance Commercial Partnerships

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 7, 2023 Contact: Office of Public Affairs Email: publicaffairs@trade.gov Phone: 202-482-3809 WASHINGTON – Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago will travel to El Salvador and Costa Rica from November 8-14, 2023, to advance bilateral partnerships to foster increased trade and investment, strengthen the business environment and promote …

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FACT SHEET: President Biden Hosts Inaugural Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit

November 3, 2023 Today, President Biden hosted the inaugural Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit to establish an enduring forum for bolstering regional competitiveness and mobilizing high-standard investment in our hemisphere. President Biden and Leaders of the eleven other inaugural Americas Partnership countries – Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, …

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East Room Declaration of the Leaders of the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity

November 3, 2023 We, the leaders of Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay hold a common vision for a more open, fair, inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous hemisphere. We envision a brighter future for all the people of the Americas in which vibrant economies …

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United States Collaborates Taking UCR and UNA Admission Test to Alto Guaymí

For the first time, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National University (UNA) admission tests reached students in Alto Guaymí aboard one of the helicopters of the Aviation Program that the U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) developed with the Air Surveillance Service of the Ministry of Public …

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United States Supports Breastfeeding and Gender Equality

“It is vital to recognize the importance of breastfeeding for the development of children and the health of mothers. We hope that these mobile units will facilitate the process for policewomen, by reconciling their work responsibilities with breastfeeding, to promote a healthier and more engaged workforce.” – U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles The U.S.Embassy donated three mobile …

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Peace Corps Celebrates 60 Years in Costa Rica with New Volunteers

The Peace Corps celebrates the 60th anniversary of its arrival in Costa Rica with the swearing-in of 26 new volunteers who will work on Youth Development and Community Economic Development projects. The U.S. volunteers will serve for two years in rural communities in Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Heredia, Cartago, Alajuela, and San José. The group includes people between …

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Costa Ricans can participate in Diversity Visa Program

Costa Ricans who wish to move to the United States as permanent residents can now enroll in the U.S. Department of State’s diversity visa program. Those interested in participating in the program have until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 to apply electronically at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ . To be considered, participants must have a high school …

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New Canine Agents Reinforce Costa Rican Police Corps

Several Costa Rican police corps were reinforced with 17 new drug and explosives detection canine agents donated by the U.S. Embassy International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office. As part of the cooperation with public security authorities, INL also financed the training of eight instructors and 16 dog handlers who work for the Fuerza …

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Ambassador Cynthia Telles celebrates Johnson & Johnson’s investment in Costa Rica 

September 26,2023 The Ambassador of the United States, Cynthia Telles, congratulates Johnson & Johnson on the investment it will make in Costa Rica. The U.S. company announced the construction of a manufacturing plant in Alajuela that will help develop new technologies for the treatment of patients and will generate approximately 3,000 new jobs over the …

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U.S. Embassy San José Warns of Scams Offering Fake Jobs in the United States

Press Release September 22, 2023  In recent months, the Embassy’s Fraud Prevention Unit detected more than 100 cases of apparent scams.  Most of the victims were people seeking temporary work visas to work in the United States.  The scammers trick their victims into believing that they can help them get a job or expedite the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Congratulation Message, Costa Rican Independence Day

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate Costa Rica on the 202nd celebration of its Independence Day.  The partnership between Costa Rica and the United States rests upon our shared commitments to democracy, economic prosperity, environmental conservation, human rights, and security.  On this special day, we are grateful for Costa Rica’s leadership …

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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Meeting with President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica

Release Date Tue, 08/29/2023 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica at the White House today to expand the partnership between the United States and Costa Rica. During the meeting, the leaders committed to drive inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth in the region through the  Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity . Within this …

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CBP moves closer to full Global Entry partnership with Costa Rica

Release Date Tue, 08/29/2023 WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection signed a Joint Statement of Cooperation today to formally initiate negotiations to include Costa Rica among the Global Entry foreign partner countries, an initiative that expedites entry procedures into U.S. ports of entry. The signing took place today at the Costa Rican Embassy. Attendees included …

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Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the Bilateral Meeting Between President Joe Biden and President Rodrigo Chaves Robles

White House – Press Release August 23, 2023 Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the Bilateral Meeting Between President Joe Biden and President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica On Tuesday, August 29, President Biden will host President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica for a bilateral meeting at the White House. During the …

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United States Helps Strengthen Costa Rica’s Cybersecurity  

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander General Laura Richardson and Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves announced a security assistance project that will allow the Ministry of Public Security to establish a Cybersecurity Operations Center by 2026.  The $9.8 million initiative includes state-of-the-art equipment, specialized training and logistical assistance from the United States of America.  The U.S. …

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The United States and Costa Rica: Juntos por Puntarenas!

The U.S. Embassy announced Juntos por Puntarenas (Together for Puntarenas), an initiative that highlights our contribution to the province of Puntarenas’s security and prosperity jointly with the government of Costa Rica. Investments are nearly USD $11 million in new security assistance, as well as economic and educational opportunities. Working with Puntarenas residents, legislators and mayors, …

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Scholarship Alumni Conference Forges new U.S.-Costa Rica Ties

A group of 200 Costa Rican former U.S. government scholarship recipients met to talk about current issues and create an association that helps them work together for Costa Rica’s wellbeing as well as strengthen U.S.-Costa Rica relations.  Participating alumni hailed from more than five decades of programs in a variety of fields. U.S. Ambassador Cynthia …

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Partnership with Costa Rica to Explore Semiconductor Supply Chain Opportunities

Press Release Friday, July 14, 2023 The State Department will partner with the Government of Costa Rica to explore opportunities to diversify and grow the global semiconductor ecosystem and create a more transparent, secure, and sustainable global semiconductor value chain. This partnership is enabled by the International Technology Security and Innovation Fund (“ITSI” Fund”), created …

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United States Opens Safe Spaces in Limón 

Limón residents have four new Safe Spaces where they receive lessons to develop their skills in arts, music, and sports.  U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles officially inaugurated the spaces, which were funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and are located in Matina, Siquirres, Sixaola, and Limoncito.   “Limón is a province with a lot …

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Limón Will Have New Coast Guard Station and Dock in JAPDEVA

On June 30, the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic Coast (JAPDEVA) officially announced the signing of an agreement that will allow the construction of a new Coast Guard Station and a dock at JAPDEVA’s facilities in Moín, Limón. “These projects are …

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United States and Costa Rica Announce Juntos por Limón

On June 30, U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles and Minister of Public Security Mario Zamora announced Juntos por Limón (Together for Limón), a joint effort between the United States and Costa Rica to bring more prosperity and security to the Costa Rican Caribbean province. Juntos por Limón reflects the U.S. commitment to strengthen public security and …

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United States Opens Safe Spaces in Limón 

Limón residents have four new Safe Spaces where they receive lessons to develop their skills in arts, music, and sports.  U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles officially inaugurated the spaces, which were funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and are located in Matina, Siquirres, Sixaola, and Limoncito.   “Limón is a province with a lot …

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United States and UNHCR Donate Vans to Assist Refugees

The U.S. Embassy and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated two equipped vans to serve people who have applied for refugee status but are unable to continue in-person service at designated UNHCR centers. The Costa Rican General Migration Directorate will use the vehicles to provide services in communities that are difficult to …

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English Teachers Improve Their Skills   

“As English teachers, you build the foundation for your students’ development.  Your teachings will open employment and academic doors for them.  You are their mentors, and your participation in this conference strengthens your skills”.  With these words, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Flores highlighted the importance of the 38th National Conference for Teachers …

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U.S.-Costa Rica Joint Commitment to Address the Hemispheric Challenge of Irregular Migration

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 12, 2023 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Costa Rica. Begin Text On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection and in furtherance of our strong bilateral partnership, the United States and …

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Ambassador at Large Fick’s Travel to Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 2, 2023 From June 5 to 9, Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP) Nathaniel C. Fick will travel to Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia for meetings with government and industry leaders, as well as members of civil society. Ambassador Fick will meet with counterparts to …

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Peace Corps Volunteers Will Teach English in Costa Rican Public Schools

Students from Puntarenas, Cartago, Alajuela, and San José will learn English thanks to the lessons that a group of 28 Peace Corps Volunteers will teach over the course of the next two years, in close coordination with the Ministry of Public Education. U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles highlighted the importance of the contributions made by the …

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Ambassador to the United Nations Participated in the Second Summit for Democracy in Costa Rica

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Linda Thomas-Greenfield led the U.S. delegation that participated in the second Summit for Democracy organized by the United States. Costa Rica co-hosted the summit, together with the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Zambia. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield participated in activities held in San José, …

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Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases

Press Release Publication of Final Rule on Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States for both immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers. The Department of State published a Final Rule regarding increases to certain nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees and the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for …

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United States Donates Early Childhood Stimulation Kits to 1,800 Families

The United States Government and UNICEF Costa Rica donated 1,800 kits with learning materials to families belonging to the National Care and Children Development Network (REDCUDI). The resources will allow children ages 0 through 6 to play and perform activities that support skills improvement in different developmental areas. The kits were distributed in state-funded childcare …

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United States Helps Improve Sarapiqui and Coto Brus’ School Conditions

The 2023 school year arrived with new desks, appliances for the school cafeteria, and construction materials for students in Puerto Viejo of Sarapiquí and Limoncito of Coto Brus. The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative Humanitarian Assistance Program donated the equipment that benefits approximately 200 students, who did not have adequate infrastructure or furniture in …

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Release of Political Prisoners from Nicaragua

PRESS STATEMENT February 9, 2023 ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States welcomes 222 individuals who had been imprisoned by the Government of Nicaragua for exercising their fundamental freedoms and have endured lengthy unjust detentions. The release of these individuals, one of whom is a U.S. citizen, by the Government of Nicaragua …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoiding Road Rage San Jose Metropolitcan Area

The Embassy has received increased reporting of road rage incidents in the metropolitan San Jose area.  The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration defines road rage as “anassault precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway.”  These assaults can take the form of aggressive driving with the intent to cause harm or fear, verbal …

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Important information from the Federal Benefits Unit for beneficiaries of Social Security in Costa Rica

Important Message to Social Security Beneficiaries in Costa Rica The U.S. Embassy in San Jose is sharing important information from the Federal Benefits Unit for beneficiaries of Social Security. If you receive Social Security benefits and live in Costa Rica, you may need to contact the Embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit to continue receiving benefits. In addition …

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Important Message for Social Security beneficiaries in Costa Rica:

If you receive Social Security benefits and live in Costa Rica, you may need to contact the embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit to continue receiving benefits. The Social Security Administration resumed mailing Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires [forms SSA-7161 (Pdf – 74 KB) and SSA-7162 (Pdf – 59 KB)] in late June 2022.  Forms were mailed to individuals whose last two …

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DHS Announces New Migration Enforcement Process for Venezuelans

Release Date: October 12, 2022 Venezuelans who seek to enter the U.S. illegally will be returned to Mexico; New lawful pathway created for some Venezuelans WASHINGTON – Today, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing work to build a fair, orderly, and secure immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is announcing joint actions …

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Conferencia Centroamericana de Comercio se realizará en Costa Rica

Invitación para la prensa La Embajada de Estados Unidos invita a la ceremonia de apertura de la Conferencia Centroamericana de Comercio. ¿Cuándo? Lunes 22 de agosto del 2022 ¿A qué hora?  8:30 a.m. ¿Dónde?  Hotel Real Intercontinental, Salón Real 3. La Subsecretaria de Comercio Internacional de Estados Unidos, Marisa Lago; la Embajadora de Estados Unidos, Cynthia …

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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 …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy, San Jose

Location: Countrywide  Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .  The World Health Organization has determined the multi-country outbreak of  monkeypox  is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern ( click here  to view the WHO’s determination). Actions to Take:​ Travelers should AVOID: Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy, San Jose (June 13, 2022)

Location: Countrywide   Event:  As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to show …

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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 …

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Launch of Pay.gov DS-82 Passport Renewal Online Fee Payment Program

Message for U.S. Citizens The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy San Jose will begin supporting online payment for DS-82 passport renewal fees.  Qualified applicants will no longer need to make an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy.  Beginning March 21, 2022, passport applicants wishing to pay for their DS-82 renewal …

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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 …

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$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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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United States Supports Women Entrepreneurs and Students in Costa Rica

The U.S. Embassy’s support allows 69 students from science high schools and public teaching centers that are part of the Ministry of Public Education’s National STEAM Education Strategy to participate in the virtual Central American STEAM Women in Science camp. In addition, 120 women entrepreneurs are participating in the 2022 version of the Academy of …

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Event: Travel Advisory – Costa Rica Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Costa Rica due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Costa Rica due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4  Travel Health Notice for Costa Rica  due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms …

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Event: Travel Advisory – Costa Rica Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose, Costa Rica (January 19, 2022) Reconsider travel to Costa Rica due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Costa Rica due to crime.    Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Travel Health Notice  for Costa Rica due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. …

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Message For U.S. Citizens: Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (January 3, 2022) Location:  Costa Rica Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States …

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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 …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Information for Air Travelers

For comprehensive information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html# . 1. Who must be vaccinated to travel to the United States? If you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant, you must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane. Only limited exceptions apply. The vaccination requirement does not apply …

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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 …

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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 …

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Alert:New CDC Requirements for Entry to the United States Beginning November 8, 2021

Subject: Alert:New CDC Requirements for Entry to the United States Beginning November 8, 2021 Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (26 October 2021) Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event: New CDC requirements beginning November 8, 2021, that all airline passengers traveling to the United States must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in addition to …

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Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Releases Additional Detail for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System

OCTOBER 25, 2021• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES As we continue to work to protect people from COVID-19, today, the Biden Administration is releasing additional detail around implementation of the new international air travel policy requiring foreign national travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated. This updated policy puts in place an international travel system that is stringent, …

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Travel Alert: Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements. Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 31

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (15 October 2021) Event:Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements Through October 31, 2021.  Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 31, 2021.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel COVID 19 In Costa Rica: Costa Rica has confirmed 550,134 cases of COVID-19 as of …

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Travel Alert: Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements. Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 15

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (30 September 2021) Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event:  Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements.  Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 15.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. COVID 19 In Costa Rica: Costa Rica has confirmed 530,119 cases of COVID-19 as of September 30, 2021.  1,335 people are …

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Costa Rican Students Awarded with a Scholarship to Study in the United States

Costa Rican Students Awarded with a Scholarship to Study in the United States   Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, networks, and telecommunications are the main areas of interest of eight students from technical high schools and public high schools that are part of the International Baccalaureate program who were awarded with scholarships to study at community …

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Travel Alert:  Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements. Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through September 30

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (31 August 2021)  Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event:  Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements.  Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through September 30.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. COVID 19 In Costa Rica: Costa Rica has confirmed 461,145 cases of COVID-19 as of August 31, 2021.  1,154 …

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 Travel Advisory: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for March 2021. Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.

Location: Costa Rica Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports.  Expired passports cannot be used for travel outbound from the United States. Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (May 25, 2021) If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be …

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Media Reporting Sporadic Protests and Road Blocks Across Costa Rica. Government of Costa Rica Extends Nationwide COVID-19 Related Driving Restrictions

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event: Media Reporting Sporadic Protests and Road Blocks Across Costa Rica.  Government of Costa Rica Extends Nationwide COVID-19 Related Driving Restrictions.  Please Read Entire Message. Travel Alert: Tuesday May 11, 2021  Nationwide protests:   Costa Rican media outlets and social media sources are reporting that Rescate Nacional …

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Travel Advisory: Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Daily Driving Restrictions. Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event:  Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Daily Driving Restrictions.  Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.   PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (26 April 2021 Costa Rica has confirmed 236,930 cases of COVID-19 as of April 26, 2021.  641 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, …

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Travel Advisory:Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Weekend Driving Restrictions. Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Weekend Driving Restrictions.  Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.   PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (17 April 2021)  Costa Rica has confirmed 227,553 cases of COVID-19 as of April 16, 2021.  507 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 236 …

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Costa Rica Announces COVID-19 Security Measures for April and Date for Opening of Land Borders

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Costa Rica Announces COVID-19 Security Measures for April and Date for Opening of Land Borders.  Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.   PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 March 2021)  Costa Rica has confirmed 215,178 cases of COVID-19 as of March …

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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; …

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Costa Rica Extends Tourist Visa Validity Until June 2, 2021 With Proof of Purchase of COVID-19 Medical Insurance …

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Costa Rica Extends Tourist Visa Validity Until June 2, 2021 With Proof of Purchase of COVID-19 Medical Insurance and Notification to Costa Rica’s Tourism Institute (ICT).  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (2 March 2021)  Costa Rica has confirmed 205,086 cases of …

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 Travel Advisory: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for March 2021. Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for March 2021.  Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (26 February 2021) Costa Rica has confirmed 203,914 cases of COVID-19 as of February 26, 2021.  266 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 150 of them …

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Travel Advisory: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for February 2021. Information on Entry and Exit Requirements for Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for February 2021.  Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 January 2021) Costa Rica has confirmed 151,382 cases of COVID-19 as of January 28, 2021.  441 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 175 …

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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 …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)    

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)     Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older …

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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 …

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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 …

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Cessna Grand Caravan Added to Ministry of Public Security’s Aerial Fleet

With the assistance of the United States, the Aerial Surveillance Service (SVA) is adding a new aircraft to facilitate law enforcement and counter-narcotics operations and a new hangar for the U.S. embassy-supported fleet of four UH-1ST helicopters that participate in counter-narcotics operations. The Cessna Grand Caravan will support the Ministry of Public Security Air Surveillance …

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Modernization of the Murcielago Police Training Center

The U.S. Embassy supports the professionalization of Costa Rican police forces. Thanks to this support and a donation of more than USD $1 million, the dormitories for female officers were remodeled and a 59-foot high rappelling tower was built at the Murcielago Police Training Center. “The work we do together is vital to ensuring the …

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Donation for Los Santos Mobile Quarantine Center

Donation for Los Santos Mobile Quarantine Center The Los Santos area has a mobile quarantine center for patients positive for Covid-19 who cannot fulfill a quarantine in their homes. Aware of the importance of this service for public health, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States Embassy San …

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Sirens and Signals in Case of Tsunami

The donation of five sirens and 300 signals indicating where to go in case of a tsunami will help Quepos, Tivives, Jaco and Esterillos be better prepared to face such natural disasters. This project is the result of the joint work of the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative Humanitarian Assistance Program and the Costa …

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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 …

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Travel Alert: Information on November COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on Current COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (19 November 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 127,012 cases of COVID-19 since March 2, 2020.  U.S. citizens from all 50 U.S. States and Washington, …

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Travel Alert: Information on November COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on Current COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (10 November 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed  118,566 cases of COVID-19 as of November 10, 2020.  U.S. citizens from all 50 U.S. States and Washington, …

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Students and Professors Receive Supplies for Their Return to the Classrooms

The Office of Defense Representative’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, the Humanitarian Assistance Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are assisting Costa Rican students and professors so that  they have personal hygiene supplies when they return to in-person instruction in classrooms. U.S. SOUTHCOM Commander Admiral Craig …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on October COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event: Information on Current COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Commercial Flights in November.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (22 October 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 100,616 cases of COVID-19 as of October 22, 2020.  Costa Rica’s Ministry of …

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Security Alert: Protests Continue Across Costa Rica

Security Alert: Protests Continue Across Costa Rica Location: Costa Rica (9 October 2020)  Event: Continued Nationwide Protests    Costa Rican media and other open source and social media sites continue to publish information indicating numerous and sporadic protests will continue throughout Costa Rica for the foreseeable future.  Sources indicate the demonstrations are meant to protest government measures …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Appointments for Routine Services Now Available

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Appointments for Routine Services Now Available Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (1 October 2020) Event:  Effective October 1, the American Citizen Services division of the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica will open a LIMITED NUMBER of appointments for …

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 Travel Alert: Information on October COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on October COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Commercial Flights in October. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE.. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 74,604 cases of COVID-19 as of September 29, 2020.  Costa Rica’s National Emergency …

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U.S. Embassy Donates School Supplies

Students from Pochotal School in Jaco received school supplies that will facilitate and improve their learning process. Thanks to the United States Embassy Office of Defense Representative Humanitarian Assistance Program, students have now iPads, scientific calculators, fans, tables, folding chairs, dry erase boards, backpacks, hand sanitizers, soccer balls, and other supplies valued at USD 15,000. …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Commercial Flights in September.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 68,059 cases of COVID-19 as of September 23, 2020.  From September …

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Indigenous Community Rey Curre Receives Donation from the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy donated personal protection equipment to nine schools from indigenous territories of the Brunca Region in the southern zone of Costa Rica. The donation done through the Office of Defense Representative Humanitarian Assistance Program includes hand washing stations, face shields, digital thermometers, paper towels, liquid soap, gel sanitizer, surgical masks, cloth masks, gloves, …

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 Travel Alert: Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE.. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (16  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 59,516 cases of Corona virus as of September 16, …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (10  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 52,549 cases of Corona virus as of September 10, …

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The United States Donates Medical Supplies to Costa Rica

Tuesday, September 10, 2020 Press Release The U.S. Embassy donated medical supplies to the National Emergencies Committee (CNE) through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program. The donation includes: 40,300 surgical masks 6,700 N95 masks 6,000 face shields 165 portable hand washing stations 16 field tents for 16 people 10 field tents for 40 people. …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (1 September 2020)   Costa Rica has confirmed 42,184 cases of Corona virus as of September 1, …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 38,485 cases of Corona virus as of August 29, …

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U.S. Imposes Restrictions on Certain PRC State-Owned Enterprises and Executives for Malign Activities in the South China Sea

August 26, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day: “Costa Rica has experienced the misdeeds of CCCC, having worked with its subsidiary CHEC on the project to widen Route 32.  CCCC and its subsidiaries are a threat to every country’s sovereignty, economic growth, and environmental quality.” MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United …

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Updated Information on Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens and Holders of Temporary and Permanent Residency in Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Updated Information on Entry Requirements from U.S. Citizens and Holders of Temporary and Permanent Residency in Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAG Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (24 August 2020)   Costa Rica has confirmed 34,463 cases of Corona virus as of August 24, …

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The United States Donates Three Field Hospitals to CCSS

The United States Southern Command is donating three field hospitals to the Costa Rican Social Security Board (CCSS), as part of the U.S. government ongoing assistance to nations responding to the global pandemic. “In times like these we can only overcome the difficulties we face together as neighbors, communities, and governments. We stand shoulder to …

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Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel To Costa Rica. Information on CV-19 Restrictions for August and August Repatriation Flights

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  New Commercial Repatriaion Flights Announced.  Information on Current COVID-19 Related Restrictions.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (18 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 29,643 cases of Corona virus as of August 18, 2020.  The Ministry of Health has announced gradual …

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Security Alert: Escazu Municipal Police Announces Temporary Suspension of Services

Location:  Escazu, San Jose  Events: Temporary Suspension of Municipal Police Services in Escazu (San Jose). August 12, 2020  Embassy contacts have confirmed the Policia Municipalidad Escazu (Escazu Municipal Police or PME, which is the largest police force in Escazu) has temporarily suspended public services after staff tested positive for COVID-19.  PME officials have reported that all …

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Costa Rica Announces Changes to Closed Phase of COVID-19  Restrictions. Information on Current Restrictions and Repatriation Flights.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Costa Rica Announces Changes to Closed Phase of COVID-19  Restrictions.  Information on Current Restrictions and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (10 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed  23,872 cases of Corona virus as of August 10 , 2020.  …

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Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel To Costa Rica. Information on CV-19 Restrictions for August and August Repatriation Flights

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel to Costa Rica.  COVID-19 Related Restrictions for August.  Information on Repatriation Flights for August.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 22,081 cases of Corona virus as of August …

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INL Project Receives National Recognition

The U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) project Prevention Homes was rewarded with the National Jorge Debravo Youth Award. The Prevention Homes offer academic tutoring, music, gardening, cooking, handicrafts, silk screen print-making, and karate classes to young students, as well as psychological support for minors whose development and welfare are at risk. INL supports these homes …

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Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel To Costa Rica. Information on CV-19 Restrictions for August and August Repatriation Flights

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel to Costa Rica.  COVID-19 Related Restrictions for August.  Information on Repatriation Flights for August.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (5 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 20,417 cases of Corona virus as of August 5, …

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Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel To Costa Rica. Information on CV-19 Restrictions for August and August Repatriation Flights

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel to Costa Rica.  COVID-19 Related Restrictions for August.  Information on Repatriation Flights for August.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (3 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 19,402 cases of Corona virus as of August 3, …

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The U.S. Embassy and the National Learning Institute Partner to Improve English Teaching

The U.S. Embassy and the National Learning Institute (INA) signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate training in English teaching for the institute’s professors. Both organizations will develop bilateral programs, use of technology, pedagogic materials, exchange of experts and researchers, workshops, and pronunciation practice with English native speakers. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated that this …

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Travel Alert: Government Announces Plan to Gradually Reopen Costa Rica to Tourists (23 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Government Announces Plan to Gradually Reopen Costa Rica to Tourists.  Information on Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose(23 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 13,129 cases of Corona virus as of July 23, 2020.  On July 23, the Government of Costa Rica announced a …

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The United States Donates Face Masks to CCSS

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of the Defense Representative donated 145,000 face masks to the Costa Rican Social Security Board (CCSS). This donation includes 38,000 N-95 face masks and 107,000 surgical face masks. The face masks were purchased on the local market, for a total value of USD 60,000. Since the beginning of the sanitary emergency …

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Make Yourself Heard!

The Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Embassy launched a special campaign to encourage youth to make themselves heard and raise their voice against domestic violence. The Campaign Make Yourself Heard: The Walls Do Not Speak, You Need To! explains what domestic violence is with clear messages on relationships …

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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 …

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Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces New Restrictions For Greater Metropolitian Area (10 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Ministry of Health Announces New Restrictions of Movement for Greater Metropolitan Area.  Information on Available Repatriation Flights. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose(10 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 6845 cases of Corona virus as of July 9, 2020.  On July 10, The Ministry of Health announced new …

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Travel Alert: Migration Directorate Announces Extension of Stay for Tourists. (9 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:Migration Directorate Announces Extension of Stay for Tourists.  Information on COVID-19 Related Restrictions and Available Repatriation Flights. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (9 July 2020) The Costa Rica Directorate of Migration has announced that tourists who entered the country after December 17, 2019 have been …

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Travel Alert: Information on COVID 19 Related Restrictions and United Announces Additional Repatration Flights from San Jose and Liberia (7 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:Travel Alert: Information on Continued COVID 19 Related Restrictions;  United Announces Daily Service from San Jose to Houston and Weekly Service from Liberia to Houston. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed  5486 cases of Corona virus as …

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Travel Alert: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights. (2 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (2 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 4023 cases of Corona virus as of July 2, 2020.  On July 2, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) placed much of Costa Rica’s Greater Metropolitan Area …

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Personal Protection Equipment for Local Governments

July 2, 2020 The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative (ODR) donated personal protection equipment supplies to Costa Rican municipalities. Local governments received more than 15,000 face masks, 140,000 gloves, more than 3,000 protective glasses, 77 gallons of hand gel, and 3,000 bottles of half liter of hand gel.   U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated …

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Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces Extension of Border Closing and Information on Repatriation Flights (28 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (28 June 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 3130 cases of Corona virus as of June 28, 2020.  The Ministry of Health has announced the border closure will be extended until August 1, …

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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 …

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Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces New Preventative Measures and Information on Repatriation Flights (23 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces New Preventative Measures and Information on Repatriation FlightsGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23 June 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 2368 cases of Corona virus as of June 23, 2020.  The Health Ministry has announced that as of June 27, all commercial …

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Travel Alert: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE(22 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE   Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (22 June 2020)   Costa Rica has confirmed 2277 cases of Corona virus as of June 22, 2020.  The Health Ministry has announced that as of June 27, all commercial workers who interact …

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Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Suspends Additional Reopening Measures Due to Increase in CV 19 Cases (21 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Suspends Additional Reopening Measures Due to Increase in CV 19 Cases Event:  Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Costa Rica has confirmed 2213 cases of Corona virus as of June 21, 2020.  Due to the recent increase of …

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The United States Celebrates Costa Rica’s Coast Guard 20th Anniversary

As part of the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Embassy announced the donation of the services of a special adviser to create the comprehensive 10-year strategic plan for Costa Rican Coast Guard Service, maintenance sheets, tutorial videos, and a commemorative book. The Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service of …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (09 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Travel Alert: Information New COVID 19 Measures and Additional Repatriation Flights to the United States   Costa Rica has confirmed 1375 cases of Corona virus as of June 9, 2020.  The Health Ministry and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) on June 7 announced an orange alert …

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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 …

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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 …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (30 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: MPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON EXTENDED BORDER CLOSING, GRADUAL REOPENING, AND REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.   On May 29, the Costa Rican government announced that the country remains on track to continue its reopening plan with several …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (25 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.     Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  As of May 16, Costa Rica further eased Coronavirus restrictions and …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (21 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.  Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  As of May 16, Costa Rica further eased Coronavirus restrictions and …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (18 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.    Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  As of May 16, Costa Rica further eased Coronavirus restrictions …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (15 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  Beginning on May 16, Costa Rica will further ease Coronavirus restrictions …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (13 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  Beginning on May 16, Costa Rica will further ease Coronavirus restrictions …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ADDITIONAL REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY. **Please note that current border restrictions prohibiting foreigners from entering Costa Rica have been extended through June 15. Current vehicle restrictions will also remain in place through May 15. Tourists …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (30 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ADDITIONAL REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.   **Please note that current border restrictions prohibiting foreigners from entering Costa Rica have been extended through May 15. Current vehicle restrictions will also remain in place through May 15. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose (28 April 2020)

Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Event:  United Airlines has resumed limited commercial service between San Jose and the United States through May 15. For more information, please visit their website at www.united.com . For the latest status of the San Jose airport and a list …

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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 …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer an additional commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (9 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer a commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to Houston, …

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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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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/

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U.S. Embassy Donates Essential Equipment to Costa Rican CCSS

The United States Embassy -through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program- did the first of two donations of medical protection equipment to the Costa Rican Social Security Institution (CCSS). The equipment was purchased from local Costa Rican providers and it included: 9.700 medical gowns 57.000 pairs of surgical gloves. There will be a second …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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