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Costa Rica implements stricter immigration, passport checks for travelers; causes airport delays

The new checks caused severe delays at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on Friday. (Twitter)

The new checks caused severe delays at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on Friday. (Twitter)

November 24th, 2015 (ICR News) Costa Rica’s Directorate General of Immigration has implemented more stringent immigration and passport checks for those entering and leaving the country.

 

The new checks, which include a manual instead of a less-reliable automatic check of the INTERPOL database, began Thursday afternoon.  The new checks will be in effect at all of the country’s border posts, either by land or air.

 

The new checks caused severe delays at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on Friday, with some travelers complaining it took them up to four hours to leave the airport after their flights arrived, with lines backed up from immigration to the boarding gates.

 

Authorities said the delays were caused because agents were still being trained to conduct the new checks, and that the checks should ordinarily take no longer than 50 or 60 seconds per passenger.

 

The new checks come after five Syrian men arrested last week at an airport in Honduras while traveling on stolen and doctored Greek passports were discovered to have flown to that country from Costa Rica.

 

Another Syrian national was arrested at a small San Jose hotel last week after authorities discovered that she had also entered Costa Rica using a stolen and doctored Greek passport.

 

The woman had arrived on a flight from Argentina, and may have been headed to Spain, authorities said.

 

 

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  • gc

    lol. less and less left every day

  • duke ster

    wish the USA could catch so many Syrian Muslims and stop them from entering> Hooray Costa Rica!

    • I love CR

      Leave Costa Rica asap.

  • duke ster

    Remember what the Koran says:
    Koran 9:123 “When opportunity arises,
    > > kill the infidels wherever you catch them.”

    • I love CR

      Bigot

      One who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

  • Michael C

    This is ridulous and unneccesary, and probably resulted from U.S. government “be very afraid” pressure! First, the “exit tax” people check your passport as you cheerfully hand over $29 (or did the increase to $33 go through?) per person. Next, the airline agent scrutinizes each passport before issuing a boarding pass. Next, to Fuerza Publica who further stare at your passport before allowing you to pass to the terminal. And, FINALLY, an airline agent checks your passport before you are allowed to board the plane. All of this checking was SOP before the Paris attack! So, how much review could security officials make???

    • Andrew

      Hey Mike: You might want to re-read the article. The time consuming background checks are for people ENTERING Costa Rica not EXITING. Here is the sentence that tipped me off: “The new checks caused severe delays at SJO on Friday, with some travelers complaining it took them up to four hours to leave the airport after their flights ARRIVED.” Maybe you are just an Obama supporter who has said that: ISIL is the “JV”, are just “bad guys with guns” and are “contained”?

      • Andrew

        Further, the “scrutinizing” and “staring” that you sited along with payment of the airport tax adds about 5 minutes to the travel process ( not including the time spent in lines, which last I checked is an unavoidable occurrence of air travel). It seems like a pretty small price to pay for not having a Jihadist occupying the seat neat to you!

        • Michael C

          My point was and is that passports were being checked multiple times, at various checkpoints, before a passenger ever reaches the plane, before these “more stringent” enforcements were implemented.

        • I love CR

          Bigot

          One who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

          • Andrew

            Excellent use of the dictionary, Ben/Joe….
            Not sure of its applicability here, but excellent copying of definition without any misspellings!
            Now, if you could just move out of your mom’s house!

          • I love CR

            Your a Bigot.

          • Andrew

            Oh Ben/Joe/I love CR!
            Once again your inability to use apostrophes correctly gives you away!
            “You are a bigot.”
            Or
            “You’re a bigot”
            Either one is acceptable in third-grade English.
            “Your” denotes possession or ownership.
            Example:”Your mom wants you to move out of her house.”
            Your other post is confusing: What would you like me to grow a pair of?
            A pair of pear trees?
            Still awaiting your visit to Connecticut Ben/Joe/I love CR…..

          • I love CR

            Grow a pair.

      • Michael C

        The very first line in of the story reads “………more stringent immigration and passport checks for those entering and leaving the country”

        • http://insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

          Sorry for any ambiguity in the story, guys. Michael is correct, the additional checks are (supposed) to happen both on entry and exits.

          The reason we only cited delays on entry was because we were reporting the situation as it was on Friday, and there were no significant delays on departures that day, just arrivals, as far as we were aware (likely because there were several more arrivals than departures that day).

          • Michael C

            Thanks Tim! I enjoy your publication very much!

  • Larry Kirkendall

    The powers that be here are too stupid to run a country, and that’s from someone that lives here. Hmm, maybe I’m the stupid one,

  • duke ster

    True,”I love CR”, by the very words of the Koran the Muslims are Bigots-thanks for pointing that out, Here are more verses from the Koran regarding Mohammad:How he kisses the penis of a little boy and more:
    > > He (the Prophet) lift up his (al Hasan’s) shirt
    > &
    > > kissed his (little) penis..”
    > > روى أنه صلى الله عليه و سلم
    > قبل
    > > زبيبة الحسن أو الحسين
    > > He (the prophet) kissed the (little) penis of al Hasan
    > or al
    > > Husein
    > > رأيت النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم
    > > فرج ما بين فخذي الحسين و قبل
    > > زبيبته
    > > He (the prophet) put Husein’s legs apart & kissed
    > his
    > > (little) penis
    > >
    > > Another Hadith. Majma al-Zawa’id, Ali ibn Abu Bakr
    > > al-Haythami, 299/9 مجمع الزوائد لعلي
    > بن
    > > أبى بكر الهيثمي
    > >
    > > رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و
    > > سلم فرج ما بين فخذي الحسين و
    > قبل
    > > زبيبته
    > > رواه الطبراني و إسناده حسن
    > > translated in English: “I saw the Messenger of Allah
    > pbuh
    > > putting Husein’s legs apart & kissing his
    > (little)
    > > penis.”
    > > Related by Al-Tabarani & it’s authentication is
    > good.
    > >
    > > Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/islam/2296432-mohammed-gay-verses-hell-prayer-rahman.html#ixzz3rcnESD4I
    > >
    > >
    > > (1) Musnad Ahmad 16245—[Mua’wiya
    > > said]: I saw the prophet sucking on the tongue or
    > the
    > > lips
    > > of Al-Hassan son of Ali, may the prayers of Allah
    > be
    > > upon
    > > him. For no tongue or lips that the prophet sucked
    > on
    > > will
    > > be tormented (by hell fire).
    > >
    > > (2)Al-Adab al-Mufrad al-Bukhari 1183—It is
    > related
    > > that
    > > Abu Hurayra said, “I never saw al-Hasan without my
    > > eyes
    > > overflowing with tears. That is because the
    > Prophet,
    > > may
    > > Allah bless him and grant him peace, went out one
    > day
    > > and
    > > I
    > > found him in the mosque. He took my hand and I went
    > > along
    > > with him. He did not speak to me until we reached
    > > the
    > > market
    > > of Banu Qaynuqa. He walked around it and looked.
    > Then
    > > he
    > > left and I left with him until we reached the
    > mosque.
    > > He
    > > sat
    > > down and wrapped himself in his garment. Then he
    > > said,
    > > ‘Where is the little one? Call the little one to
    > > me.’
    > > Hasan
    > > came running and jumped into his lap. Then he put
    > his
    > > hand
    > > in his beard. Then the Prophet, may Allah bless him
    > > and
    > > grant him peace, opened his mouth and put his
    > tongue
    > > in
    > > his
    > > mouth. Then he said, O Allah, I love him, so love
    > him
    > > and
    > > the one who loves him!’” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad
    > > Al-Bukhari,
    > > Number 1183)
    > >
    > > As for the prophet, peace and prayer of Allah be
    > upon him,
    > > thighing his fiancée Aisha. She was six years of
    > age and
    > > he
    > > could not have intercourse with her due to her
    > small age.
    > > That is why [the prophet] peace and prayer of
    > Allah be
    > > upon
    > > him placed his [male] member between her thighs
    > and
    > > massaged
    > > it softly, as the apostle of Allah had control of
    > his
    > > [male]
    > > member not like other believers..

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