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new police force an days to leave an return

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new police force an days to leave an return

i read that costa rica now has a new police force of federal an customs checking out gringos at bars they are not accepting photo copies of pass ports i hear they have ben aggresive.any body hear about this also whats the no. of days you have to leaveso you can stay 3 months more

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1. Re: new police force an days to leave an return

Costa Rica does not have a "new" police force. They have added more police in certain areas. The police force in Costa Rica is all "federal."

And yes, you are supposed to carry your passport with you while you are in Costa Rica. Since this is not really workable, many people recommend carrying a copy. This will suffice for anyone except the most uptight police officers.

There is no "number of days you have to leave." To renew your 90-day tourist visa, you need to leave the country. Many people who do that use the occasion for a mini-vacation in Nicaragua or Panama. But you don't have to stay out of the country any set time. Some people just go across the border, have lunch and return. Others just go across the border and return.

Getting to the border can take several hours so in this case, they may decide to spend a day or two in either country. Of course, you could go anywhere out of the country, not just Panama or Nicaragua but they are the closest.

Note that a new trend is that if the border agent sees a pattern of leaving the country every 90 days, you may not get a 90 -day visa when you return. There have been cases of 30, 15 or even 5 days.

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2. Re: new police force an days to leave an return

We've lived her for 3 years and the only police that have been "annoying" at all are the traficos (traffic cops), other than that the police that walk around are here to protect us so I'm happy to have them around-never been hassled by them. For the passport, as Hattie says, we don't carry ours with us but we do keep a copy of our

Passport on us-the front page with your photo AND the page of your last date of entry (this is very important as this is what they're looking for).

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Keep in mind that when the police do a "sweep" of known "gringo hangouts," rather than trying to hassle you, they are trying to protect you from drug dealers, known criminals and other illegalities as well as looking for other foreigners who might not have the proper documentation. Don't feel "picked. on." Just carry the copy of your passport with you as described by The Villa Hermosa above.

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No new police force...but now days are more popular roads blocks to check on every body...us natives or any nice visitor...IMO...it is great I feel safe...the police like to know who is in our roads... that is great...

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Like many countries in the world, Costa Rica is trying to prevent illegal immigrants and so there are crackdowns on those who have overstayed their 90 days. I have seen a bus load of police officers before now in Cahuita just to check the ID of those living here. As Hattie points out, carrying ID or at the very least, a copy of your passport is obliged. It may be some comfort to know that police officers are generally just as hard on Ticos not carrying their ID cards as on foreigners who fail to carry theirs.

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