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Perpetual tourism Costa Rica Panama: The new Nightmare Border run for Expats in Costa Rica

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica In response to some emails requesting clarification to my previous article, the following is a brief synopsis regarding visa expiries, the validity of foreign drivers' licenses, and border runs. 1. If you have been in Costa Rica on a Tourist Visa extended several times throughout 2020 and 2021, that visa expired on June 1, 2021. You need to d...

Costa Rica, Perpetual Tourism, Border Runs, Expats Visa Extensions for Tourists in Costa Rica Will Come to an End

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica After repeated visa extensions throughout 2020 and 2021, June 2, 2021 (coming up soon) is the last extension date on visa expiries if you are here in Costa Rica on a tourist visa alone. As a reminder, tourists who enter Costa Rica with a passport from the U.S, Canada, and EU, plus several other countries in the approved country groups, automa...

Real Estate, Land , Property Investment, Costa Rica A Full Legal Cost Breakdown and Guide to Buying a Home or Property in Costa Rica

The current pandemic affecting the world generated an unexpected effect on the real estate market in Costa Rica. Despite travel restrictions and new requirements for tourists such as negative Covid-19 test or insurance with sufficient coverage in case of requiring extended stay due to illness; the truth is that the sale of properties has increased in recent months, especially in the areas near the...

Expat Murders in Costa Rica American Expat Brutally Murdered in Costa Rica

When your lover’s old boyfriend shows up unannounced at your front door, it often means big trouble. This was the case for 57-year old American David Baldino Dominic, who died in a hail of bullets on May 14th, in front of his home in Herradura, Puntarenas. The accused killer is a Nicaraguan by the name of Acuna Centero who came looking for his ex at Dominic’s house early Friday morning. The uniden...

Attack of the snails in costa rica Attack of the Giant Snails in Costa Rica

BOLO (Be on the Look Out) for the highly destructive Giant African Land Snail, announced the Servicio Fitosanorio del Estado, (SFE) in a press release.  They warned of a new plague of giant snails discovered in Liberia, Guanacaste, that are aggressive, long-lived, crop-destroying, and spread human disease among people who come into contact with them. It is suspected that they arrived as stowaways ...

Covid Cases continue to Increase, New Restrictions Go Into Effect May 3

Costa Rica registered 2,781 new cases of Covid-19 this Thursday, April 29, a new record for the country. Under these circumstances, the Government has announced new restrictions that will go into effect May 3 and will continue through May 9. The new restrictions include:' The closure of “non-essential” commercial businesses that offer attention to the public from May 3 through May 9th. ...

Costa Rica Covid19 ICU Capacity Costa Rica Reaches New Record Number of Covid-19 Cases in One Day

Costa Rica registered this Wednesday, April 28th, a new record on the number of new Covid-19 cases a total of 2,434. With this new number, the total cases reach 245,601 out of which 40,184 are active. 351 people remain in intensive care while another 467 are hospitalized. The health system has expressed its concern with the current rhythm of infection and the possibility of a collapse of pub...

Costa Rica COVID19 New Restrictions Go Into Effect Today in Costa Rica as Covid Numbers Rise

The Costa Rican Government announced new restrictions that will go into effect as of this Tuesday, April 27, and through Sunday, May 16. The main change has to do with transit restrictions, starting today the restriction will be in place starting at 9 p.m. ad through 5 a.m. Commercial establishments will have to also close business by 9 p.m. in accordance with the transit restriction. T...

Expat and Tourist Drownings in Costa Rica American Drowns in the Rip Current off Jaco Beach Costa Rica

Image Courtesy of Diario Extra The Costa Rican Red Cross found the body of Nicholas Ray (27), off the Jaco Beach shore, Costa Rica. Ray was reported disappeared last Tuesday, believed to have been swept out to sea by a rip current while he was swimming with friends. His sister Nicole Ray Goldsby, had arrived from the US to help with the search, when the body was discovered. Red Cross and friend...

new Laws for corporations in costa rica New 2021 Obligations for Corporation Holders in Costa Rica

During the next weeks, all those Expats who have a corporation in Costa Rica will have to fulfill some obligations that are relatively recent, making important to take them into account in order to avoid problems and headaches. Certainly, having a corporation is no longer as simple as it was a few years ago, but it still offers advantages, and it is a matter of organizing yourself with the fulfill...

Costa Rica Police Corruption Costa Rica has Seized 19 Tons of Illegal Drugs This Year…..Where are the Drugs?

In the first three months of 2021, Costa Rican authorities have seized 19 tons of illegal drugs which is excellent, but what happens to those drugs? The Minister of Security Michael Soto and individuals involved in drug trafficking seem to disagree on the fate of confiscated drugs in Costa Rica. Soto claims that under Costa Rican law, the storage and destruction of all seized drugs – regardless...

MTB Kivelix Trophy The Kivelix Trophy All Women MTB Event Will Take Place in Costa Rica May 15th

Mountain Bike Event Kivelix Trophy, a sporting event directed exclusively to women will be taking place between May 15 and 16 in Hacienda Guachipelin Hotel in Rincón de la Vieja, Guanacaste. This MTB competition expects to gather at least 150-200 cyclists. Kivelix Trophy consists of two timed stages and general classification, stage 1 scheduled for May 15th starting at 7 a.m. for the first bloc...

Costa Rica models, Maximum magazine, playboy Costa Rican Wins Coveted Cover of Maxim Magazine’s April Edition

Costa Rica is famous for its beautiful women. Finally, a Tica will grace the cover of the April issue of the US men’s magazine Maxim, and later become the first Costa Rican to appear in Playboy Magazine. Her name is Lucy Hislop, and she is originally from Guanacaste. Ms. Hilsop is a model and entrepreneur, currently living in Miami. She was selected in a virtual competition, where she competed wi...

Costa Rica Tuna Fishing Costa Rica Delays Protection of Dolphins

The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP), expressed their disappointment in the delay of a tuna law reform that would have given better protection to dolphins and other marine life that is captured as bycatch in the process of purse seine tuna fishing in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is one of the few countries that still allow tuna purse seine boats to capture dolphins while fishing for yellowfin ...

Costa Rica Vaccine Covid19 Vaccination in Costa Rica at Slow Pace

According to data published by Our World in Data Costa Rica’s ratio of Covid-19 vaccinated population is 4.8 per 100 inhabitants, slightly under the world average of 5 per every 100. The country registers over 250 thousand vaccines applied, 77% of which correspond to first doses while 23% to second doses. On March 23 Costa Rica received the biggest lot of vaccines yet, a total of 119 thousand...

Joe Biden President Biden Invited 40 World Leaders to Summit on Climate, Costa Rica Isn’t on the List

On March 26, U.S. President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will be hosting on April 22 and 23, the White House informed; this is the first action taken by Biden to return the United States to the Paris Agreement after former President Donald Trump announced the decision to leave in 2017 which didn’t become effective until November 2020. “The Leaders Summi...

Expats, Driving in Costa Rica Expats With Residency Applications in Costa Rica Have Drivers Licenses Extended Until September 1st

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica In my March 14th article about the validity of foreign drivers’ licenses used by tourists, I also mentioned that it was pending an official resolution. At long last, we finally have that resolution, and it will be published in the official newspaper La Gaceta in the next few days, according to the MOPT website. The resolution covers two categ...

Costa rica Land borders Costa Rica Reopens Land Borders on April 5th

The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, announced that Costa Rica will be ready to open land borders as of April 5th for tourism purposes. The country reopened its air and sea borders in August 2020. The Costa Rican Tourism Board considers it is ready to proceed with the normal operation of land borders, which also allows European tourists to move freely between Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua...

Foreign Tourist Drivers Licenses in Costa Rica Have Been Extended Until June 1st

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica While unofficial at this writing, MOPT (Costa Rica Ministry of Public Works and Transportation) has issued a recent communication. The validity of foreign drivers’ licenses for TOURISTS with valid visas has been extended to June 1, 2021. This is in keeping with the recent TOURIST visa extensions from March 2, 2021, to June 1, 2021. The offici...

Expat Driving in Costa Rica No Drivers License Extension YET for Foreign Tourists in Costa Rica

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica If you go to the MOPT (Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works & Transportation) website (English translation), you will see a very misleading headline: “Drivers can use foreign license for 6 more months.” https://www.mopt.go.cr/wps/portal/Home/inicio/ We wish. Not true for those of you who just had your TOURIST visa extended to Ju...

Tourist Visa’s Extended Until June 1st in Costa Rica: Will Drivers Licenses Follow ?

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica As mentioned again in my February 24 article here, throughout 2020, the Costa Rica government repeatedly extended visa expiry dates. That last extension, up until last night, was until today: March 2, 2021. They had announced that there would be no further extensions. The previously announced land border openings to tourists were also push...

Costa Rica, Perpetual Tourism, Border Runs, Expats No Border Runs for Tourists in Costa Rica Before March 2nd: Residency Time

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica With the impending March 2 visa expiry looming, people are understandably getting very stressed out. Due to fear of COVID, many do not wish to move about unnecessarily, let alone leave Costa Rica to get a renewed visa stamp. Understandably, the idea seems preposterous and counter to so-called COVID safety initiatives. Foreigners also wish to ...

Crime, Murder Costa Rica Six More Months of House Arrest for Accused Expat Murderer Harry Bodaan in Costa Rica

The owner of the luxury hotel La Mansion Inn of Manuel Antonio, Harry Bodaan, has received a six-month extension of his house arrest, accused of the murder of anesthesiologist Dra. Maria Luisa Cedeno Quesada at his hotel in July. The doctor’s family has commented, “This is a very painful crime, terribly atrocious and terribly violent. What the family wants is justice – that is swift and final.” ...

Complete Immigration and Residency Update for Costa Rica: Where do you Stand?

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica Tensions are running high as we continue to endure COVID and its impact on tourists and those seeking legal residency in Costa Rica. Readers under stress are least capable of absorbing reams of information, so I will be as concise as possible in addressing or re-addressing some key issues. March 2 visa expiry date: Out of compassion for tour...

Non Active Corporation Costa Rica How to Protect Your Assets Without Having a Corporation in Costa Rica

It has been a common practice for expatriates to buy real estate property and vehicles in Costa Rica and proceed by placing the title on a corporation created with the sole purpose of protecting said assets from possible liabilities, liens by creditors and other contingencies. Then these corporations do not generate any type of income and therefore maintain the status of inactive for tax purposes....

Costa Rica Drugs Costa Rican Authorities Seize $30 Million in Cocaine Inside Container

Costa Rican authorities seized 2 tons of cocaine that were found hidden inside a container in APM Terminals in Moín, Limón. Scanners showed something suspicious and the Drug Control Police proceeded to inspect the container which was loaded with pineapples in route Costa Rica – Belgium, among the cargo police officers found 2,000 packages of cocaine each weighing approximately 1 kilogram. ...

Covid-19, Costa Rica Costa Rica has Developed a Rapid $20 COVID-19 Test

Costa Rican scientists are aggressively developing a rapid molecular saliva-based test for COVID-19 that will yield results in only one hour, and will cost $15-20. No elaborate equipment will be required to amplify the generic material, making the test much simpler to process. The first prototype has been created and scientists are calling the RT-LAMP test “tiCOVID-19”, after the affectionate name...

Costa Rica Corcovado Park Costa Rica Listed Among Nat Geo’s Best Places For Travel In 2021

Costa Rica appears in National Geographic Traveller magazine “Best of the World 2021” list, in which international editorial teams selected “35 incredible places to discover in 2021 and beyond”, under five categories: sustainability, family, nature, adventure and culture. “The joy of travel comes from the unexpected. And while the pandemic was just that, brining journeys to a standstill, it has...

february restrictions costa rica Changes in Restrictions for February in Costa Rica

For the month of February, the Costa Rican Government announced some changes in the sanitary restrictions. When it comes to vehicular transit restrictions the weekend schedule will be extended for an additional hour, which means cars (restricted still by plate number) will be allowed to transit between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The weekend restriction by plate number remains in place for Februar...

Sloths in Costa Rica 3-Toed Sloth Adopts a 2-Toed Sloth in Costa Rica

Tour guides Gerald Pereira and Oscar Solano Rojas were conducting the “Sloth Tour” for the Sloth Conservation Foundation early on the morning of December 20th last year, when they saw something that stopped them dead in their tracks. Tucked into the leaves of a Cecropia (Guarumo in Spanish) tree was a mama sloth tending to a baby sloth, but the two sloths were from totally different species. Mama ...

Costa Rica US Ambassador Costa Rica Recognizes Labor of US Ambassador Sharon Day

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodolfo Solano, presented the US Ambassador to Costa Rica, Sharon Day with the award of the “Juan Mora Fernandez National Order in the level of Great Cross of Silver Plate” in honor of the conclusion of her diplomatic mission in Costa Rica. The ceremony was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of President Carlos Alvarado. Chancellor Solano e...

COvid-19 Vaccine Costa Rica, Fake, Not real, bootleg Fake Blackmarket COVID-19 Vaccines in Costa Rica

Organized crime in Costa Rica and throughout Latin America has discovered a way to take advantage of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, while keeping their profits high and their traffickers gainfully employed. INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) has discovered substandard facemasks, counterfeit hand sanitizers, and most recently, bogus COVID-19 injections that traffickers refer ...

new Laws for corporations in costa rica A Complete Guide to Opening up a Corporation in Costa Rica

Many expats coming to live or invest in Costa Rica decide or receive advice that creating a corporation is the best way to operate and protect their investment here. There are numerous reasons why they decide to proceed with that, but establishing a business, opening a bank account, or obtaining asset protection seem to be the most common ones. The initial process of a creating a new corporation i...

Immigration Costa Rica, Expats, Americans, Canadians How COVID-19 Changed The Residency Process in Costa Rica

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica Happy New Years Everyone Costa Rica Entry Requirements… For entry requirements and recently announced new restrictions within Costa Rica, please click on the links below and also read part one "How COVID-19 Changed Costa Rica Immigration in the Eyes of Residency Expert Laura Gutierrez" a recently published article on December 29th. You ...

Costa Rica Retirement Costa Rica Ranks as the No.1 Retirement Destination in 2021

Costa Rica took the top spot this year in InternationalLiving.com’s 2021 Annual Global Retirement Index. which scores the world´s top 25 retirement destinations across 13 categories, including, including cost of living, governance, retiree benefits, climate and healthcare, among many other aspects that are important for those looking for a place to retire. It also topped the healthcare category. ...

Costa Rica Flights International Airport in Guanacaste Costa Rica Back in Action

The Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste received two new routes operated by United Airlines proceeding from the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, USA; it also received four flights from routes previously suspended due to the pandemic. The inaugural flight arriving from Los Angeles arrived at Liberia on Friday at 15:37 hours, while the flight from San Fr...

Costa Rica Concerts Events in Costa Rica With a Maximum 15,000 People Will Resume in Second Semester

The Ministry of Culture in Costa Rica has informed they expect to allow small public events starting July 2021 following, of course, new sanitary protocols to guarantee the security of the attending audience. Ada Acuña, director of Artistic Production of the Ministry of Culture explained that a massive event is “financially viable when it’s for a minimum 10,000 to 15,000 people”. Meetings ...

Costa Rica Tourism Industry These are the Holidays that are Moved to Mondays During 2021 in Costa Rica

Last year President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, signed Law number 9875 to Transfer the Holidays (that fall on weekends or mid-week) to Mondays with the purpose of promoting national tourism during the years 2020 through 2024 with the purpose of helping reactive the tourism sector. Below you will find the list of holidays that fall on weekends or mid-week that will be transferred to Mondays:...

Costa Rica USA Security Collaboration United States Supports Costa Rica to Purchase Police Vessels and New Aircraft

With the assistance of the United States, the Ministry of Public Security purchased three vessels from the U.S. company Metal Shark, a firm specialized in the design of vessels for law enforcement purposes. Also with the assistance of the United States, the Aerial Surveillance Service (SVA) recently added a new aircraft to facilitate law enforcement and counter-narcotics operations and a new hang...

debt collection costa rica Major Increase in Illegal Debt Collectors in Costa Rica going into 2021

Costa Rica, like many Latin American countries, is experiencing tough economic times as the year 2020 comes to an end. Unemployment is at 25% (Our last report here was 24.4%), and many businesses have been forced to close down, of which most never to reopen. COVID-19 hit the country hard beginning in March, and lots of individuals were caught unprepared. Many people had already taken out loans fro...