Irene Brenes
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Irene Brenes

Attorney with more than 10 years of experience in customer service, team management and team building at an international level. Has worked immigration cases in various countries, including Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama.

Immigration

On Thursday August 06th, 2020, we received a call from a Costa Rican woman seeking help. Her husband, a US national with Permanent Residency as Parent of a Costa Rican national, flew in from the US on a repatriation flight (flight UA2448) coming from Houston. This US national had departed

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More Restrictions to Enter the Country
ImmigrationTourismTravel

Costa Rica’s borders are opened solely to travelers coming from Canada, the EU, and the UK by air, through the Juan Santamaria or Daniel Oduber airports, until August 31st, 2020. This means that only people that have been in these countries for the past 14 days will be able to

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Immigration

Travel restrictions remain for land and sea travel. Travel restrictions are lifted for residents who arrive by plane.  No indication of how the travel restrictions affect people with pending applications for residency.  Yesterday a note was published stating that travel restrictions were lifted according to the regulations published by the

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driving during covid costa rica
ImmigrationLiving

It has been challenging to keep up with all the rules pertaining to driver’s licenses and driving restrictions during COVID. The rules are constantly changing, and it seems that not even the Police knows what is going on. So perhaps a little summary of the frequently asked questions we have

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dgme
GovernmentImmigrationResidency

Update: As announced a few days back, the Immigration Department issued Resolution N° DJUR-0105-07-2020-JM, confirming that they will remain closed until September 18, 2020. The Resolution had three mistakes corrected this morning. The corrections are: 1. Documents issued abroad that were valid by March 17, 2020, will be deemed valid

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BusinessGovernmentHealth Care

MEASURES APPLICABLE FROM FRIDAY JULY 03 AND UNTIL MONDAY, JULY 13 The entire country (cantons on yellow and orange alert) will have night vehicle restrictions Monday through Sunday from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, except for the cantons in the border area, which will maintain from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am.

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border open
GovernmentImmigrationTravel

Decree 42432-MGP-S extending the closure of our borders until August 01st, 2020 was published on June 30th, 2020. The Decree states that Costa Rican borders are closed until August 01st, 2020. The date may be extended if Authorities deem it necessary. Until our borders reopen, only Residents and people with

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NEW PHASE OF REOPENING and Updates
BusinessGovernment

Cantons in the yellow zone, with some exceptions, may advance to phase 3 from midnight onwards today. The canton of Curridabat is excluded from this provision; the districts of the canton of San José: La Uruca, La Merced, Hospital, Hatillo, Mata Redonda, Catedral, Zapote, San Francisco de Dos Ríos and San

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entering costa rica during covid19
GovernmentImmigrationTravel

Update June 30, 2020: Our borders will remain closed until August 01, 2020 (this date may be extended and may not apply to all travelers).  In the past few weeks, we have received many questions and seen various posts on the Facebook groups regarding the possibility of entering Costa Rica

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GovernmentImmigrationTravel

Decree 42374-MGP-S extending the closure of our borders until June 30th, 2020 was published on May 31st, 2020. The Decree simply states that Costa Rican borders are closed until June 30th, 2020. The date may be extended if Authorities deem it necessary. Until our borders reopen, only Residents and people

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