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Travel Restrictions

drivers license update

2020-000536 MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION. – San Jose, April 28, 2020 5:00 p.m. Official Letter No. DVT-DGEV- 2020-195 of March 16, 2020 from Lic. María Eugenia Salazar Salaverry, Deputy Director a. i. of Traffic Education to the Vice-Minister of Transport and Road Safety requesting the declaration of state

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entry stamps 1

The Immigration Department issued this morning, April 24th, 2020 Resolution N° DJUR-0069-04-2020-JM, which, in summary, states: The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications from now on and until May 17th, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are suspended until May 17th, 2020. Consequently, documents which will expire

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residency status updates - outlier legal services

There continues to be confusion regarding the initial statement made by President Carlos Alvarado that any Resident (or person with legal status or application in progress) who departs the country during the COVID19 crisis will have their status cancelled. This has been published in various newspapers, it was even mentioned

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Border closing and other measures extended until April 30th, 2020.

Update: On April 20, the Health Minister, Daniel Salas, reported that the closing of borders for foreigners continues in force in the country until May 15. The following measures have been extended until April 30th, 2020: As a result of the COVID19 crisis, only Costa Rican nationals and Residents will

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Sanitary Vehicle Restriction by COVID-19 and the Fundamental Right to Free Transit

On March 16, a State of Emergency was declared in Costa Rica due to the COVID-19 disease, which causes coughing, fever, and serious respiratory problems. Given this unusual situation, the Executive Power of Costa Rica, in compliance with current regulations and being responsible for protecting the lives of the inhabitants

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Holy Week Vehicle Restriction & Curfew

This afternoon, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the President announced the following new restrictions aiming to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus: 1. Long-distance transportation services (buses) will be restricted to travel less than 75 kilometers. 2. Places with sanitary operation permits (restaurant, cafes, sodas) must remain closed. Home delivery services are

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vehicle restriction and exceptions

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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legal considerations
ConstitutionGovernmentHuman RightsImmigrationTravel

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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