The purpose of the American Connections Newsletter is to provide American citizens with pertinent embassy information and to highlight some of the work that both the embassy and American citizens are doing in Costa Rica. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on the newsletter. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
Reaching Out to U.S. Citizens Where You Reside
On January 14 and 15, ACS traveled to Puerto Viejo and Bribri to meet with U.S. citizens and Costa Rican officials from the Ministry of Public Security. ACS will be traveling to Golfito to meet with U.S. citizens during the second week of March. In an effort to improve our services, we want to hear from you. If you have a group of U.S. citizens that would like to meet with someone from the consular section, please send us an email. We will do our best to schedule a visit to your community.
In Case of Emergency: Tune In
The ACS Section of the U.S. Embassy is prepared to assist U.S. citizens in case of a natural disaster, be it an earthquake, volcanic eruption, flood, landslide, etc. If there is a major earthquake or another natural disaster, please tune in to Radio Dos (99.5) or Radio Columbia (98.7) or go to our webpage for more information.
ACS In the Field: Let us speak to your student groups
Consular Officers at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica look forward to opportunities to speak to U.S. citizen students who are studying in Costa Rica. Presenters provide tips to help students avoid becoming victims of crime, outline potential dangers, and provide information on services provided by the U.S. Embassy to U.S. citizens. If you are expecting a group of students and you would like them to receive a security briefing, please email ACSSanJose@state.gov.
Supporting Costa Rican Police
As only one example of U.S. programming to support Costa Rican law enforcement, the U.S. donated 19 canines and four vehicles to the Costa Rican Penitentiary Police as part of our bilateral assistance program. The four vehicles, Toyota Hiluxes, are equipped to transport the dogs. The donation, valued at over $200,000, will help ensure a more humane and safe environment with Costa Rica’s prison system.
Sadly, several U.S. citizen families have returned from their vacation to Costa Rica without a loved family member who was lost in a drowning. This year, more than a dozen U.S. citizens have died as a result of drowning. Several of the victims were young, in good health, and strong swimmers. Riptides are often to blame, pulling otherwise good swimmers away from shore and under the water. Please be mindful of riptides and warn your guests of the dangers of the ocean.
Winter 2014 Edition
The Embassy welcomed a colleague from the Department of Defense who trained local volunteers from the Republican and Democratic parties and other civic groups how to register American voters to participate in elections. Americans can reach out to local parties to learn more or they can register to vote absentee on their own.
How to Transmit U.S. Citizenship
Have you registered your child as an American citizen? Although your child may not have been born in the United States, he or she still may have acquired U.S. citizenship by birth abroad to U.S. citizen parents. American Citizen Services in San Jose has created a video to help explain the process to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and a U.S. passport. We recommend setting up an appointment to register your child as soon after birth as convenient.
IRS Now Offers Download of Prior Year Tax Filing
The IRS now allows U.S. citizens to download their “tax transcripts,” which basically means all of their prior years’ tax filings. This could be useful for applicants for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad to assist them in proving physical presence in the United States and gleaning other information. This might help speed things up a bit for applicants who may not be the best record keepers!
The State Department has relaunched its website, https://travel.state.gov , for Americans living and traveling abroad. Interested travelers can learn about travel warnings, conditions in countries of destination, applying for or renewing passports, and other important information for potential travelers.
ACS In The Field: Let us speak to your student groups
Consular Officers at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica look forward to opportunities to speak to U.S. citizen students who are studying in Costa Rica. Presenters provide tips to help students avoid becoming victims of crime, outline potential dangers, and provide information on services provided by the U.S. embassy. If you are expecting a group of students and you would like them to receive a security briefing, please email ACSSanJose@state.gov.
It Is You, Our Citizens, Who Make the State of Our Union Strong
On January 28, President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address. Many did not have the opportunity to watch the address, but interested Americans can read the full text online. Costa Rican Carlos Arredondo was a personal guest of First Lady Michelle Obama for his role in helping victims of the Boston Bombings.
Fall 2013 Edition
- Welcome Chargé D’Affaires, Gonzalo Gallegos!
- Check out our new Residing In Costa Rica webpage and Costa Rican Visa information in English
- Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Abroad?
- FDA Warning: Ortiga Dietary Supplement
- Help reduce risk from the Dengue Fever Epidemic
- Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)