Message For U.S. Citizens: Extension of expired passport program

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (April 8, 2022) Location:  Costa Rica Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. PassportsIf 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 through June …

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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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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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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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Weather Alert

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

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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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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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Fraud Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose

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

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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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