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Costa Rican No. 1 in US Passports Stolen
The data on the number of passports stolen in Costa Rica and around the world is not readily available to the public, however,  the United States Embassy in San Josť, though like other US embassies around the world, keep track.

In a letter by Nicholas J. Manning, Consul-Deputy Chief of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy San Josť, Costa Rica, he offers the following information:

- Stolen US passports reported to the US Embassy San Josť in calendar year 2006: 1.308

- Stolen US passports reported to the US Embassy San Josť in calendar year 2005: 1.417

- Stolen US passports reported to the US Embassy San Josť in fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006): 1.309

Manning further tells in his letter that the number of US passports reported stolen in embassies in Nicaragua, Panama and Guatemala are, during the same periods, less than 100 in each country.

And Costa Rica also tops other US embassies around the world: Rome, 1.168; London, 1.054; and, Paris, 1.158.

Manning says that he can go on with the list, however, one thing is very clear - that many more US passports are stolen in Costa Rica than in any other country in the region and that the number of stolen passports in Costa Rica exceeds the number of US passports stolen in the major tourist destinations of Europe (where millions of American tourists visit each year).

The US embassy officials adds that in addition to the loss of passports, one has to be realize that each robbery involves wallets, purses, laptop computers, luggage, etc. and that the US passport may be the tip of the iceberg in terms of what a traveller actually loses.



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