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

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

San José, September 18, 2018 Local and social media report that last week’s demonstrations against the host government’s fiscal plan likely will continue this week throughout Costa Rica, and particularly in San Jose. Protesters may express their opposition by interrupting government services, creating traffic jams, and disrupting local commerce.  This may occur with little or ...
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Union Protests starting Monday, September 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Consular Section at U.S.  Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce a Consular Outreach event in Tamarindo on October 20, 2016.  Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals, perform notarial services, and answer your quesions. WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Embassy Town Hall at 11:00 a.m. WHERE: ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of San Jose-area Airports Due to Turrialba Volcano

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Costa Rica that recent ashfall from Turrialba Volcano has caused a temporary interruption of service to and from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO) and Tobías Bolaños Airport in Pavas.  The Embassy advises U.S.-bound travelers to avoid going in person to the airport if they do not ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26 – October 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach in Puerto Viejo (Limon)

The Consular Section at U.S.  Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce a Consular Outreach event in Puerto Viejo next month.  Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals, perform notarial services, and answer your questions. WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 1:30-3:00 PM; Embassy Town Hall at 4:30.  WHERE: La Costa de Papito Restaurant ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Anti-Uber Protest and Taxi Driver Strike

The U.S. Embassy in San José, Costa Rica, informs U.S. citizens of a nationwide taxi driver strike against the Uber service to take place starting at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  Current information suggests more than 13,000 demonstrators will participate across Costa Rica, with at least 7,000 individuals participating in the San Jose ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach in Quepos on Thursday, June 23

The Consular Section at U.S.  Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce a Consular Outreach event in Quepos later this month.  Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals, perform notarial services, and answer your quesions. WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 10:00-12:00; Embassy Town Hall at 12:30.  WHERE: Marina Pez Vela Meeting Room (Quepos) RSVP: ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach Event in Perez Zeledon

The Consular Section of U.S. Embassy San José is pleased to announce an upcoming Consular Outreach event in Perez Zeledon.  Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals and to perform notarial services. WHERE:  Hotel Zima, 200 meters North, 100 meters East of McDonald’s San Isidro, Perez Zeledon (2770-1114) WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2016 – ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus. Feb 19

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Costa Rica regarding the Zika virus . There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of any age ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica informs U.S. citizens that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is upgrading its advisories regarding the Zika Virus .  For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website .  To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) travel notices, call the  CDC  at 1-800- CDC -INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Criminal Incident

The Embassy has been notified that on Sunday, November 8th at approximately 9:30 p.m. several apartments in a building housing several expatriates from the United States and Canada were forcibly entered and burglarized by two armed individuals. Two assailants, reportedly wearing dark clothes and masks and armed with pistols, entered the residential compound by way ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Criminal Incident

The Embassy has been notified that on Sunday, November 8th at approximately 9:30 p.m. several apartments in a building housing several expatriates from the United States and Canada were forcibly entered and burglarized by two armed individuals. Two assailants, reportedly wearing dark clothes and masks and armed with pistols, entered the residential compound by way ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Revised message regarding increase in violent criminal activity in San Jose area

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Costa Rica to a small but increasing trend of daytime targeted shootings and other violent criminal acts. While expatriate U.S. citizens were not targeted in the recent shootings, they have previously been the victims of opportunistic crimes. These attacks reflect a rise in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Earthquake Response Simulation

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, informs U.S. citizens that on Thursday, September 3, the Costa Rican National Emergency Commission and the San Jose Municipal Emergency Committee will stage a citywide earthquake simulation in downtown San Jose.  The simulation is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:00 a.m. The simulation ...
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