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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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It is well known that we are all facing difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. These are complicated times which have forced governments around the world to make harsh decisions in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Speaking specifically about Costa Rica, the number of cases has

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Border closing and other measures extended until April 30th, 2020.
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The following measures have been extended until April 30th, 2020: As a result of the COVID19 crisis, only Costa Rican nationals and Residents will be allowed in the country. This measure will be in effect until April 30th, 2020. Some of the exceptions to the rule, per Decree N° 42238

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Sanitary Vehicle Restriction by COVID-19 and the Fundamental Right to Free Transit
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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
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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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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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Efforts done so far
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Outlier Legal Services has been working on getting answers to outstanding questions that remain unaddressed during the COVID19 crisis. So far, we have filed or will file clarification requests on the following items: Will foreign nationals be allowed to drive with a valid foreign driver’s license but an expired entry

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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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