New Bridge Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica

With cooperation from the Japanese government, the construction of a new bridge between the towns of Santa Fe and Las Tablillas is being planned in order to integrate both areas.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Director of Immigration in Costa Rica, Mario Zamora, explained to "This would give many advantages to Nicaraguan exporters because they would not have to go through the Central Valley. From Las Tablillas, there is a route that connects to Sarapiquí and then to the port in Limón. This is important because the area would also become a place for more fluid commercial interchange between the border communities."

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The Santa Fe Bridge, built in Nicaragua over the San Juan River, 5 kilometers from the border with Costa Rica, will not be opened as long as the confrontation between the two governments continues.

362 meters long and 40 meters high, the Santa Fe Bridge required a $30 million investment donated by the Government of Japan.

Japan Announces Bridge Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

May 2010

The $30 million bridge over the San Juan river will be 260 meters long.

Called “Puente Santa Fe”, it was announced by Shinichi Saito, Japanese ambassador in Nicaragua, and Takeo Ishikawa, delegate from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“Saito assured that there is strong competition among 150 countries to get some of Japan’s cooperation funds, so they will assess the country’s economic, political and democratic aspects to decide if they maintain their cooperation”, reported

New Bridge to Connect Nicaragua and Costa Rica

December 2009

A $15 million donation by the Japanese Government will be used to design the "Santa Fe" bridge over River San Juan.

It will span 260 meters, connecting the Municipality of San Carlos, on the Nicaraguan side, with the village of Las Tablillas in Costa Rica.

Samuel Santos, Nicaraguan chancellor, commented that "this bridge will foster regional trade and tourism, as well as improving transportation in the area.

Costa Rica - Nicaragua: Border Post Under Construction

September 2014

The border post to be opened by the government of Costa Rica in early 2015 in Las Tablillas will be used temporarily, until the permanent post has been built.

The border post is located in the north of Costa Rica, in an area near the bridge built by the Nicaraguan government in the San Juan area.

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