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Costa Rica’s Best Snakebite Tips and Prevention

Tips on how to avoid a terciopelo attack and what to do in the unlikely event that you do get bitten.

Immigration to charge $100 per month for overstaying visa in Costa Rica

People who do not pay the fee will be denied reentry to Costa Rica for a term equivalent to three times the period of time he or she spent in the country without a permit.

What’s open, closed during the holidays

A rundown of the hours of banks and other key services over the holidays.

Civil Registry now issues digital birth, marriage and death certificates

Costa RIca's new digital certificates include an alphanumeric security code that allows any interested party to confirm the certificate’s validity.

Collection of ‘marchamo,’ vehicle circulation fee, starts Monday

Vehicle owners in Costa Rica can find out exactly how much they owe for the yearly circulation permit, "marchamo," starting Monday on the INS website, by text or by calling a toll free number.

Power and Light Company to phase out paper bills

The National Power and Light Company (CNFL) on Wednesday will launch an 11-month plan to eliminate printed monthly electricity bills for almost all of its customers.

Government seeks to curb reselling of online appointments for driving tests

Changes in the online registration system aim to prevent users from snatching up appointments en masse and then reselling them.

Nearly one-quarter of car owners fail to pay marchamo on time

The National Insurance Institute (INS) at noon Wednesday closed collection at their facilities of the year-end auto registration fee and mandatory vehicle circulation permits, known as marchamos, and reported that some 78.9 percent of motorists made the payment on time.

Costa Rican transit officials say higher fines in 2015 will help reduce roadway accidents

The highest traffic fine – Class A – will increase from ₡293,000 ($553) to ₡306,000 ($578), the Public Works and Transport Ministry's Traffic Department reported. Class A fines include driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an expired license.

14 upcoming changes you should know about for Riteve auto inspections

Costa Rica’s Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI) has published a new manual for mandatory technical vehicle inspections, conducted by the Spanish-Costa Rican company Riteve SyC. A total of 14 changes were published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta on Nov. 21, and will take effect in January 2015.

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