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CP-230-2020 1 April 2020
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Measures do not restrict access to basic services. Night-time vehicle restriction nationwide is extended between Friday April 3-Tuesday April 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Long-distance public transportation is also restricted, and closure of establishments holding sanitary permits and open to the public will be carried out. Home delivery

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vehicle restriction and exceptions
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Note: As informed on Friday 27th, the nationwide vehicle restriction, now runs from 8 p.m to 5 a.m on weekends and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights. Attention: Only these vehicles will be permitted in traffic nationwide from 10:00 p.m.–5 a.m.  To be enforced nationwide between 10:00 p.m – 5 a.m. Emergency,

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if I travel my status would be cancelled
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As announced earlier in the week, the President alerted that any foreign national with legal status (meaning Residents, people with Special Categories, Estancias or applications in progress) who departs the country during the COVID19 crisis will automatically lose their immigration status. The summary of the press conference can be found

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legal considerations
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Traveling abroad versus losing your immigration status, is it legal? The measures declared by the Government of Costa Rica today brought to my mind some memories about my Law school days as of what are the limits the Public Administration should have when it comes to restricting fundamental rights. If

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health order
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As many Expats have been wondering, people who are allowed back into the country during this period (meaning between now and until April 12, 2020, at 23:59, when borders are supposed to reopen) will be asked to complete a 14-day quarantine at their place of residency. People who are asked to complete the

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Exceptions to the Entry Ban Rule
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As announced: Starting March 18, 2020 at 23:59 and until April 12, 2020 at 23:59, only Residents and Costa Rican nationals may enter the country as a result of the COVID19 crisis. Some of the exceptions to the rule, per Decree N° 42238 – MGP – S are: Costa Rican

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dgme covid19
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The Immigration Department issued this evening Resolution N° DJUR-043-03-2019-JM, which, in summary, states: The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications going forward and until May 17, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are suspended until May 17, 2020. Consequently, documents which will expire within this period will
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Penalties and Fines 2020
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As usual, every year the Department of Immigration tries to figure out a way to impose fines and penalties on those who have overstayed their visa permission in the country. These attempts have been going in since March 2010. Almost every year, Immigration announces that the law will now be

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TaxesTourismTravel

Two congress women put two separate bills in congress with the intention to charge additional taxes to tourist, as well as implementing other requirements.  One of the bills was brought by Shirley Díaz from the PUSC and the other by Paola Vega from PAC. The intention of the bills is

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ImmigrationResidencyTravelVisa

As part of their sovereignty, every nation enacts laws in order to regulate the migration of people along its borders. The instrument used to demonstrate the approval of entry and legal stay in a country is generally known as a visa (not to be confused with Residency for the purposes

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