COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 09/10/2020 Country-Specific Information: Costa Rica continues to see a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases within its borders.  The Government of Costa Rica has implemented a series of restrictive measures to try and curb the number of new COVID-19 infections.  These restrictive measures vary in intensity depending on each area’s alert designation.  For …

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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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U.S. Citizens Living in Costa Rica Can Vote in This November’s General Election

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Press Release The U.S. Embassy in San José can help U.S citizens request an absentee ballot and send it to their election office in the United States U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica can vote in the U.S. general election on November 3 by requesting an absentee ballot and sending it …

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Happy Independence Day, Costa Rica!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I extend congratulations to the citizens of Costa Rica as you celebrate the 199th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Costa Rica is an important regional partner of the United States as we …

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

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

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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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 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 3 Travel Health Notice for Costa Rica due to COVID-19. Travelers to Costa Rica may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business …

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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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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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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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Funding for English Language, STEAM & Entrepreneurship Programs

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

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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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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

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE 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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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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Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Germany, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Florida

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 16, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Germany, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Florida January 18-23. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Berlin on January 19 to attend the jointly hosted German-UN international conference on Libya, as part of the three-point plan UN Special Representative …

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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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Municipalities Have New Motorcycles to Protect Their Communities

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

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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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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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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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Five Exceptional Costa Rican Students to Study in the United States

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

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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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Human Rights Day

 Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 10, 2018 Human Rights Day   Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all persons, and committed to …

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International Anticorruption Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 7, 2018 Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent …

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Balistics Lab Accredited

The international accreditation of the ballistics unit Judicial Branch’s Forensics Science Labs of with the ISO 17020 norm and the re-accreditation of the biochemical, toxicology and analytic chemistry units with the ISO 17025 norms convert Costa Rica in a regional model. The strengthening of forensic capabilities improves the quality of evidence analysis, which in turn …

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A Hackathon for Tourist Security

San José, November 18, 2018 Students from CEDES Don Bosco formed the Vico team that won #DestinoSeguro Hackathon competition, an event sponsored by event that the U.S. Embassy, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), and Ideas en Accion in order to create a tech solution to Costa Rica’s security challenges. Throughout 30 continuous hours, software …

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Children Center Provides Opportunities to At-Risk Youth

Pavas- November 9, 2018 The Carmen Lyra Chidren’s Center opened its doors in Bribri, Pavas, offering a range of academic and extracurricular activities to elementary and secondary students such as tutorials in Math, Spanish and gardening. The home will also offer select at-risk youth between 2 and 8 years old psychological support. The U.S. Embassy’s …

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This week in the Peace Corps: Bricks to Bread – A success story

The Tico Times Brian Davis / Peace Corps Volunteer October 9, 2018 In July 2017, Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) Brian was introduced to Nancy Fitzimons Alvarado, a 1989 Peace Corps Volunteer and the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Bricks to Bread. Brian partnered up with Bricks to Bread with the hopes of bringing a great …

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Food Safety Professionals Receive Training on New U.S. Regulation 

San Jose, September 17th, 2018 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) are conducting in Costa Rica the Intensive Workshop for Lead Leaders in the Fresh Agriculture Products Safety Norm, where more than 60 professionals from 13 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean participate. The main objective of …

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018

The White House /  Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 13, 2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, …

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This week in the Peace Corps: Six Costa Rican students win scholarships to study in United States

The Tico Times Katherine Stanley August 9, 2018 Their outstanding academic performance, English fluency, leadership, and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have paid off: six Costa Rican students have won a scholarship for technical studies in the United States. María Nazareth Mata Castillo, Valeria Saborío Barquero, Diego Hernández Montero, Maxwell Jornae Pita …

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This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating a scout anniversary

The Tico Times July 30, 2018 Many Peace Corps Volunteers across the country have the opportunity to work with the Guías y Scouts, including the troop pictured above, which was formed one year ago. Volunteer Xavier helped celebrate with them by participating in various scout activities including learning how to build a tent, build a …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence in Nicaragua and human rights abuses committed by the Ortega regime in response to protests. After years of fraudulent elections and the regime’s manipulation of Nicaraguan law – as well as the suppression of civil society, opposition parties, and independent media – the Nicaraguan people have taken to …

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Costa Rican Talent Travels to the United States

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program Thanks to the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGrad), five students from Costa Rican public universities will study one academic semester at a higher education institution in the United States. They will participate in pre-academic English language training, academic coursework, service learning opportunities, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities; and …

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This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating English learning

Peace Corps in Costa Rica Katherine Stanley July 16, 2018 Costa Rican public schools are returning from vacation this week, and many students are still riding high on their successes during June’s educational celebrations. ​During that month, one of the more active in the Costa Rican academic calendar, Peace Corps Volunteers we see festivals of …

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Air Advisors conduct first-ever BPC mission in Costa Rica

By Capt. LaDarian Outsey, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron / Published June 19, 2018 JUAN SANTAMARIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Costa Rica (AFNS) — The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron recently conducted their first-ever mission to the Central American country of Costa Rica. The nine member team, executed a three-week building partnership capacity mission with the air vigilance …

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Much Needed Digital Communication Tools

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Universidad Latina, the Costa Rica Journalists’ Guild and the Freedom of Press and Expression Institute (IPLEX) organized a special program for journalist and journalism students on digital tools for journalists. Expert Sandra Crucianelli was the keynote speaker and shared with the audience a number of useful digital tools …

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On Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

Press Release Monday, April 2, 2018 The United States congratulates Carlos Alvarado Quesada on his election as the next President of Costa Rica in free, fair, and peaceful voting that continues to be a model for the region. Our long and enduring partnership with Costa Rica is rooted in a shared history of support for human rights, democracy, …

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Ambassador Day in Costa Rica

Sharon Day presents her credentials to President Solís The new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day presented her credentials to President Solis today and now begins her official duties as the highest ranking representative of the U.S. Government in Costa Rica. In her meeting with President Solis, Ambassador Day reiterated the United States’ commitment …

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Costa Rica’s National Day

Friday, September 15, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON On behalf of the Government of the United States, we congratulate the people of Costa Rica on the196th anniversary of your independence on September 15th. The strength and depth of our countries´ relationship is evident not only in our joint efforts to promote regional prosperity and security, …

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Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica

August 22, 2016 The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release The President attended a meeting today between the Vice President and President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica at the White House to discuss the overall situation in Central America and new steps to improve security and governance and protect vulnerable …

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The U.S. Government Supports Costa Rica’s Security Strategy

August 22, 2016 President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with President Solís at the White House The United States and Costa Rica are longstanding close operational and strategic partners in an impressive range of security cooperation activities. We view our support as part of a holistic partnership with the country and its security forces. …

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