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Consular Visas for Honduran Citizens to Costa Rica

Consular Visas for Honduran Citizens to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has initiated the requirement of a visa for Honduran citizens intending to enter the country. Hondurans will be allowed a maximum stay of 30 days, which can be extended to 90 days. This move was officially announced last Friday through a publication in the national newspaper, La Gaceta, making Costa Rica the first Central American nation to implement this immigration policy.

 

 

According to the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME), Honduras has been categorized into the third group of countries, which necessitates obtaining a consular visa. This visa will be valid for 60 days from the date of stamping and permits a single entry, details La Nacion, which adds that some other countries in this category include Albania, Angola, Algeria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Morocco, and Nepal.

Visa Rules

Honduras has now been included in the list of countries requiring a consular visa to enter Costa Rica. Once the visa is stamped, travelers have a 60-day window to enter Costa Rica. Additionally, Honduran citizens can stay in Costa Rica for a maximum of 30 days, with the possibility of extending their stay up to 90 days. La Prensa, Honduras, reports that this new measure has affected a group of 60 Honduran individuals who were in Panama and are now unable to enter Costa Rica.

 

 

 

Foreign Ministry of Honduras issues a statement regarding the announcement by the government of Costa Rica to apply consular visas to Honduran citizens

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation addressed the Honduran populace and both national and international media regarding the unexpected announcement made by the Government of Costa Rica regarding the implementation of consular visas for Honduran citizens.

According to Cancilleria Honduras, this measure was enforced abruptly, without prior notification or a reasonable transition period, disrupting the usual movement of people between our two nations, which should ideally promote Central American integration and unity.

 

 

 

In response to this situation, the Republic of Honduras will take the following actions:

Following discussions between immigration authorities and the Foreign Ministry of both countries, an agreement has been reached to delay the implementation of the visa requirement for Honduran citizens by 72 hours. This extension aims to alleviate the concerns of individuals in transit. This decision has also been conveyed to TIMATIC to ensure that all airlines are informed of this new directive.

Cancilleria Honduras indicated that in the unfortunate event that the situation does not improve for the citizens of both sister nations, internal preparations will be made to swiftly introduce a similar consular visa requirement for Costa Rican citizens traveling to Honduras, as an act of reciprocity.

“While we respect the sovereign decisions of our fellow states, we firmly believe that dialogue should be the foremost approach in resolving any differences in our visions on matters of mutual interest. We hope that by adhering to the principles of Central American integration, normalcy can be restored in our relations,” stated the Cancilleria of Honduras.

Unexpected and Sad

La Prensa, Honduras, reports that Antonio Garcia, the Vice Chancellor responsible for Consular and Immigration Affairs, reacted with surprise to Costa Rica’s inclusion of Honduras in the list of countries subject to this new visa requirement.

 

 

“It is unexpected that Costa Rica is now requesting visas from Hondurans, especially given our close ties as neighboring nations. It’s rather disheartening,” stated the Honduran diplomat in response to Costa Rica’s immigration policy.

 

 

Garcia mentioned that Honduras will assess whether to implement a principle of reciprocity, although he acknowledged that such a move could negatively impact trade, tourism, and strain diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Costa Rica’s approval of visa requirements for Hondurans marks it as the first Central American country to implement such an immigration measure.

 


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