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Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Struggles With Outbreak of 86 new COVID Cases Around the Nicaraguan Border

During the daily press conference carried out by the health authorities in Costa Rica this Wednesday, June 10, they confirmed 86 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, this is the highest number registered since the virus reached the country. This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive cases to 1,461, out of which 722 are already recovered and 12 have died. 1,146 are Costa Rican citizens w...

Immigration Costa Rica, Expats, Americans, Canadians Why Costa Rica is the Undisputed Best Place for Expats to Live in Latin America

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica Over the past ten years, there have been many exchanges between myself and clients or would-be clients about the advantages of living in Costa Rica vs other so-called popular countries recommended by such sources as International Living. The list includes but is not limited to Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Uruguay. Inquirer...

Illegal Immigration, President Trump How Illegal Immigration to the USA Affects Costa Rican Immigration Policies

“What bloody business has the USA to do with the Costa Rican immigration policies on border crossings?” - Posted reaction to a recent article published in TCRS (The Costa Rica Star) The answer: Plenty. The Bigger Picture: The issue is not just about border runners seeking to stay under the radar as Perpetual Tourists, or those needing to keep their foreign driver's licenses valid. Those con...

The Realities of Socialism in Global Politics

There is a strong effort underway in the British parliament to remove Prime Minister Theresa May from office and then conduct a second referendum vote on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? The British people already voted last year to exit the EU, but the pro-EU forces cannot accept the vote and they are fighting tooth and nail to remain in the EU despite th...

Nicaragua Covid19 Nicaraguan Government Sends Message to Costa Rica:”Mind Your Own Business”

On Sunday, October 14 the Nicaraguan Police repressed protesters  in a violent manner, a situation that concluded with the arrest of 38 people, among them a Costa Rican and an American. In response to the situation, the Costa Rican government called on an immediate cease of the repression and arbitrary detentions against those participating in protests. “Costa Rica backs the concerns express...

Nicaragua Covid19 US Embassy in Nicaragua Urges Citizens to Stay Informed of Demonstrations and Take Precautions

The U.S.Embassy in Managua Nicaragua urges American citizens living or visiting Nicaragua to stay informed of scheduled demonstrations, which many times are also subject to change with little or no notice. The U.S. Embassy constantly provides information on these activities through their website and social media channels with the idea that citizens take all necessary precautions. These are so...

Nicaragua Covid19 Statement From the U.S. Department of State on Nicaragua Crisis

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the Ortega government’s recent arbitrary detention of six prominent student members of the National Dialogue. These students are the latest example of the thousands of citizens who are peacefully and democratically protesting government actions, only to be harassed, detained, disappeared, or even killed. Five of these students...

Nicaragua Blames United States President of Nicaragua Blames the United States and Drug Trade for Violence in the Country

President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega denied in an exclusive interview with EFE in Managua that his government has used repressive measures to suppress protests and said he does not feel responsible for the deaths that have resulted from the confrontations on the streets between the civil and the authorities that began back in April this year; Ortega, instead, blames the United States and internat...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Xenophobia Costa Ricans Take A Stand Against Xenophobia and Racism

Hundreds of people marched today in San Jose, Costa Rica to express their rejection to xenophobia and the violent acts that took place a week ago when a group of protesters yelled offenses against Nicaraguans and took to physical aggression. The activity began at 10 a.m., a group began their walk from the University of Costa Rica and another one from La Merced Park, they then met and walked tog...

San Jose Costa RIca Protests A Total of 44 People Detained During Protests in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, confirmed the detention of a total 44 people, 38 Costa Ricans and 6 Nicaraguans, many of them with criminal records, during the protests in San Jose, this Saturday, August 18. A group of Costa Ricans organized the event to protest against the presence of Nicaraguans in La Merced Park and other areas of San Jose, the protest was organized ...

Costa Ricans Protest Against Nicaraguans Riots in San Jose As a Group of Costa Ricans Protest the Presence of Nicaraguans in La Merced Park

The Costa Rica Public Police Force (Fuerza Pública) had to intervene in riots this Saturday afternoon in the center of San Jose, more specifically in the La Merced Park and surrounding areas, after what began as a pacific protest ended up in acts of violence. A group of Costa Ricans organized the event to protest against the presence of Nicaraguans in La Merced Park and other areas of San Jose....

Nicaragua UN Human Rights Nicaragua Rejects Presence of OAS’ Working Group in the Country

The Nicaraguan government announced that the Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS) is “not welcome” in their territory. “They are not welcome in our country, and for this reason they will not be received in our Nation’s soil”, stated the release read by chancellor Denis Moncada during a government’s act. The Working Group, formed by representatives of 12 countries, among...

Costa Rica Refugees Nicaragua Border Police and the Ministry of Public Security Have Sent Back Over 1000 Nicaraguans Attempting to Enter Costa Rica Illegally

In the past three months the Ministry of Public Security, Border Police and Migration Police have rejected over one thousand Nicaraguan nationals that have attempted to enter Costa Rica illegally, while they have detected at least 20 cases of people smuggling. “The Government of Costa Rica is working persistently in coordinated actions to guarantee national security in reason of the crisis in ...

Migration Costa Rica Nicaragua General Directorate of Migration in Costa Rica Will Rent Another Building to Provide Services to Refugee Applicants

The General Directorate of Migration in Costa Rica will be renting a new building near the current headquarters in La Uruca with the purpose of giving service to the increasing number of people requesting refugee status in the country, the majority of them Nicaraguan natives. According to recent information released by Migration authorities, since April close to 8 thousand asylum claims have be...

Costa Rica Refugees Nicaragua UN Refugee Agency Calls for International Solidarity for Costa Rica and Other Countries Hosting Nicaraguan Refugees

Recently, the General Directorate of Migration in Costa Rica had to implement a call center service to handle the large number of appointments for refugee applications, the majority of which come from Nicaraguan citizens. Even though, the Director of Migration, Raquel Vargas and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Epsy Campbell have stated in different occasions that the situation is still not con...

Costa Rica Refugees Nicaragua Costa Rica Opens Two Shelters For Nicaraguans Seeking Refuge

Epsy Campbell, Vice-President of Costa Rica and Minister of Foreign Affairs announced today that Costa Rica has opened two shelters for the assistance of Nicaraguans that are fleeing this country as a result of the violence and social-economic crisis. One of the shelters is in the North Zone close to the Nicaraguan frontier and the other one is in the South Zone in Golfito, since according to C...

American Citizens Living in Costa Rica U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua Security Alert: Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution on Thursday, July 19

(Press Release - US Embassy Managua) On Thursday, July 19, the celebration of the Sandinista Revolution will take place in Managua. The event is scheduled to take place at 2:00 p.m. at Plaza la Fe, although attendees will likely gather before noon. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to remain in their neighborhoods during the celebration. Road closures and traffic disruptions are expe...

OAS Nicaragua Violence Permanent OAS Council Approves Resolution Promoted by Costa Rica Regarding Violence in Nicaragua

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) presided by Ambassador of Costa Rica Rita Hernandez approved a resolution condemning the acts of violence in Nicaragua and called on all parties to participate “actively and in good faith” in the National Dialogue and urged the Government “to support an electoral calendar”. The resolution approved by the Permanent Council with 2...

Nicaragua Tourism Crisis More Hotels Close Doors in Nicaragua As Clashes Between the Government and Protesters Continue

The tourism industry in Nicaragua is one of the most affected as a result of the crisis that goes now on three months and has left close to 350 people dead and thousands injured. During the month of June, Volaris Airlines had announced the suspension of its flights from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, and hotels such as Mukul Auberge Resorts Collection in Rivas, the Seminole Hotel and the Teodolinda M...

US Nicaragua Rosario Murillo President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, Rules Out Bringing Forward General Elections

Thousands of supporters of the government of President Daniel Ortega marched this Saturday in Managua, Nicaragua to chants of “He stays, my commander stays!”, “We want peace!”. President Ortega finally broke silence with regards to the demands of early elections made by protestors and ruled out this possibility, speaking to supporters and state employees, he stated: “The rules here are set b...

Nicaragua Covid19 The US Department of State Updated its Travel Advisory for Nicaragua

PRESS RELEASE Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime, civil unrest, and limited healthcare availability. On July 6, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel. The U.S. Embassy remains open to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens. Heavily armed, government-controlled parapolice forces in civilian clothing, sometimes numbering i...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Number of Deaths in Nicaragua Rises to 285

A new report released today by the non-governmental organization, Nicaraguan Pro Human Rights Association (ANPDH in Spanish), confirms that the total number of victims that the conflict in this country has left since April 18 is 285, while 2500 have been injured, 156 are missing and 42 are permanently disabled; the report also details that among those who lost their live are 20 minors, 1 journalis...

Nicaragua Covid19 United States Issues Level 3 Travel Advisory For Nicaragua

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States Department of State issued a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) advisory for Nicaragua due to “crime, civil unrest and limited healthcare availability”. Nicaragua has been facing a serious crisis that began in April 18, when college students took to the streets to protest the revocation of the social security and pension reforms approved unilaterally...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Violence in Nicaragua Leaves Three More Dead, One of Them an American Citizen

Violence in Nicaragua continues, and this Saturday it left another three fatal victims, among them, a United States citizen. The death of the three men occurred in confusing circumstances during conflict between mobs. The American citizen was identified by Nicaraguan authorities as Sixto Henry Vera, 48 years of age and it was attributed to “delinquent groups that operate in the area with fi...

Nicaragua Protests, Daniel Ortega Anti-Government Protests Continue in Nicaragua 15 More Killed in Last 2 Days of Protests

Photo: Archives The crisis continues in Nicaragua as the government and the opposition fail to come to terms. According to EFE, the Nicaraguan Health Minister Sonia Castro confirmed Thursday that 15 people have died and 199 have been wounded over the past two days of protests around the country. While the Nicaraguan Center of Human Rights (CENIDH) detailed in a preliminary report that enco...

Nicaragua Protests, Daniel Ortega Tension in Nicaragua Continues, Nicaraguans in Costa Rica Raise Their Voice

Tension continue in Nicaragua where after three weeks the protests against the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.    The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) has the death toll raised to 50, however, other humanitarian organizations register as many as 63 dead. The protests are led by the group “April 19 Student Movement” formed by university students which has also receive...

Nicaragua Protests, Daniel Ortega Nicaragua is the Latest Central American Country to Begin Falling Apart

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff This caravan of illegal immigrants from Central America that Mexico allowed through their southern border a month ago has arrived in Tijuana, Mexico seeking asylum. The standoff has begun. News reports claim this caravan started out with about 1,500 men, women a...

Costa Rica New Map Costa Rica Presents its New Map Including Additional Maritime Territory That Used to be in Dispute With Nicaragua

The sentence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) received earlier this year in favor of Costa Rica, regarding the cases of “Maritime Delimitation Claim in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” and “Terrestrial Frontier in the North Area of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)”, allowed Costa Rica to update the map of the country to include 36, 000 km2 of maritime t...

Nicaragua Violence Protests and Violence Continue in Nicaragua, Costa Rica Expects Increase in Refugee Requests

The Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, announced Monday the revocation of the social security and pension reforms (approved unilaterally without the approval of congress), that sparked the protests last week which have left close to 30 fatalities. Despite this measure, the street protests and violence have not seized in the Central American country, thou...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Protests Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Recommends Not Traveling to Nicaragua as Violence Escalates

Protests in Nicaragua began three days ago when citizens took to the streets to protest changes in the country’s pension system and social security reforms. The government of Nicaragua finally accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector. The protests have led to widespread  violence in the country that have killed at least 10 people (the official number reported by the government) and in...

Gold Mining Costa Rica Crucitas in Costa Rica Continues to Suffer Environmental Damages Due to Illegal Gold Mining

Sadly, the problem is not new, the area of Crucitas in the North Zone of Costa Rica continues to be exploited by illegal gold miners who have caused incredible environmental damage. The area has suffered environmental damages since 2012 as a result of a failed mining project; back then, the damages were estimated in close to 10 million dollars mainly as a result of logging. The presence of g...

Nicaragua Forest Fire Costa Rica Nicaragua Rejects Help From Costa Rica to Control Forest Fire at Indio Maiz Biological Reserve

A group of 40 Costa Rican firefighters was already at the border with Nicaragua this Monday morning ready to help the neighbor country to control the forest fire that has been affecting the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve for several days which has reportedly destroyed over 7,000 hectares of protected land, however, they were sent back after being informed that President Daniel Ortega had decided to...

Nicaragua Forest Fire Costa Rica Costa Rican Firefighters Head to Nicaragua to Help Put Out the Fire affecting Indio Maíz Biological Reserve

Photo Credit: Fundacion del Rio A team of 40 Costa Rican firefighters will travel to Nicaragua this Monday at 6 a.m. to offer their assistance in helping control the fire that is affecting the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve for several days now and that has already destroyed over 7,000 hectares of protected land. President Daniel Ortega declared yellow emergency. This Biological Reserve is t...

Costa Rica v Nicaragua Dispute International Court of Justice Awards Costa Rica Disputed Territory

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dictated today a historical sentence regarding the cases of “Maritime Delimitation Claim in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” and “Terrestrial Frontier in the North Area of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)”, in which it established the delimitation of the maritime frontier between both countries and ordered Nicaragua to move...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Dispute Nicaragua Must Pay Costa Rica $378,890 According to International Justice Court

The International Court of Justice, the main judicial organ of the United Nations, which has its seat in The Hague, Neatherlands, defined this Friday, that Nicaragua has to pay $378,890 to Costa Rica for the damages caused in Calero Island, also known as Portillos Island or Harbor Head Lagoon, as it is called in Nicaragua, between 2010-2015. The international court had ruled on December 16, 201...

Homicide Rates Homicide Rates in Central America-Where does Costa Rica Stack Up

The foundation Insight Crime, which is dedicated to the study of organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean published its yearly “InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up”, with the purpose of giving a snapshot of murder rates in the Latin America region. Murder rates are calculated by InSight Crime, based on the number of reported homicides and the country’s 2017 estimated population tot...

Costa Rica Earthquake 6.1 Earthquake Was Felt in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake was registered at 9:03 a.m. according to data by the National University's Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (OVSICORI) 96 km west from Conchal, Guanacaste or 78 km southwest of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The movement was felt mostly in the Central and North Pacific of Costa Rica. Earlier this Tuesday at 7:34 a.m. another earthquake of magnitude 4.4 ...

Costa Rica Economy Costa Rica Pays the Highest Minimum Salary in Central America, Nicaragua the Lowest

According to information provided by the Ministries’ of Labor the Central American countries, Costa Rica pays the highest minimum wages in the region, while Nicaragua the lowest. Minimum wage is defined as the lowest remuneration that employers can legally pay their workers; equivalently it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labor. This amount should allow workers to cov...

Free Checked Bag on Volaris’ Central America Flights for Limited Time

Hopping from one Central American country to another has never been easier, with cheap flights on Volaris, Costa Rica's airline. And the company just announced that your first checked bag flies free on regional flights purchased between now and November 20. The promotion applies to travel undertaken between now and February 28, 2018, as long as tickets are purchased within the time-frame of ...

6 Sex Slaves Freed in Northern Costa Rican; 2 Police Officers Nabbed for Human Smuggling

Six Nicaraguan women, including a minor, who were sexually exploited in a bar in Upala, Costa Rica, were rescued in mid-September by the Costa Rican Immigration Police in a sting operation in coordination with the public prosecutor's office and the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME). During the operation, five suspects were arrested at the Pino Bar in Santa Clara de Upala f...