From November 4 2016 to May 2017 Colombian tourists arriving in Costa Rica as cruise passengers will not require a consular visa to enter the country.
The measure aims to boost trade and tourism in the province of Limón, providing more facilities and agility to Colombian tourists visiting the country for a few hours while the cruise makes its stop in Puerto Limon.
The Immigration Department has improved systems at the consulate in China in order to make it easier for Chinese citizens to obtain the visa they need to visit the country.
As part of a strategy to promote tourism being carried out by Costa Rica in China, the immigration systems operating in the consulate are being updated in order to provide a more streamlined service for issuing visas.
In the first five months of the year the country received 215,581 cruise tourists, who generated $27 million in revenue.
The PanamaTourism Authority notes that in the first five months of the year, "... an average of 45,000 monthly cruise passengers disembarked at the port at the edge of the city of Colon and in the port in Amador on the Pacific entrance to the Canal. "
As the nation with the greatest potential visitors, the U.S. has chosen Costa Rica as the site of an Advisory Council to promote the northern country as a tourist destination throughout Central America.
After receiving complaints about the amount of paperwork that has to be filled out and visa requirements needed in order to visit the country for tourism as well as the slow speed of processing, the government has decided to implement the Brand USA Act, to streamline procedures and facilitate the promotion of the country as a tourist destination.
Miguel Miranda, owner of Mondaisa, was going to board a plane that would take him to Peru where he has business deals for exporting his products, however, because he lacked the visa that the country requires Costa Ricans to have, he had to postpone his trip, not having been aware of the requirement. After several efforts in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of Peru, he was able to board a few hours later.
The $1.5 billion oil refinery project in Costa Rica has been severely questioned and has not yet had its economic feasibility demonstrated.
Costa Rican economists and politicians have questioned the project believing that the money would be better spent in finding alternative forms of energy.
On the other hand, there are still not any final costs for the project, or the price of the lease of the plant to the Costa Rican state run company RECOPE, leaving its economic viability still in doubt.
As part of the campaign launched by the administration of Pérez Molina so that Guatemala can be admitted to the Pacific Alliance, the visa requirements for Colombians and Peruvians to enter the country have been removed.
The General Migration and Foreign Affairs Office issued new regulations and guidelines for entry visas.
A press release by Lexincorp Central America reads:
On May, 17th, the highly anticipated Alien Bylaws were finally issued as a complement to the General Migration and Foreign Affairs Law, which is in force since March, 10th 2010. In these bylaws, several aspects of the law are specifically regulated such as residencies, visas, guest workers, among others mentioned.
The Commission on Sustainable Tourism (Comiturs) has requested free entry for every tourist that has a U.S. visa in order to facilitate immigration procedures.
"We are trying to bring more tourism revenue into the country, by helping tourists come to Guatemala," said Alfonso Muralles, president of Comiturs, attached to the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport).
The government will grant special visas to representatives of foreign companies in the country and to those interested in investing.
Through a decree signed by President Chinchilla and Ministers of Foreign Trade and Public Security, foreign business executives and investors may remain in the country with "temporary resident" visas.
This will benefit businessmen entering the country by making it a possibility for them to have their documents processed in an expedited manner and therefore speed up the establishment of their businesses.
New immigration regulations state which foreigners require visas to enter the country and the length of their stay.
The Department of Immigration of Costa Rica issued on Jan. 14, Regulation DG-3312-2010, which details visitors of which countries require an entry visa and the duration of those visas, according to the nationality of the traveler.
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