Foreigners have been able to renew DIMEX through Banco de Costa Rica
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Published Monday, July 20, 2020

24,000 foreigners renewed
Immigration ID during the pandemic



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic, 24,000 foreigners have renewed their Immigration ID, so-called DIMEX, announced by the General Directorate of Migration.

According to Migracion, from March 17 to July 13, foreigners have been able to renew DIMEX through Banco de Costa Rica and Correos de Costa Rica, both government institutions that provide this service.

Both institutions can attend the renewal of migratory categories, from specific occupation workers such as domestic workers, permanent residents, or temporary workers such as executives, pensioners and investors, among others, Migracion said in its statement.

The Banco de Costa Rica offers the processing and collection of the DIMEX renewal request, which are then validated by Migration. The renewed ID is then delivered by Correos de Costa Rica.

"These partnerships allow the institution to provide continuity of service, avoiding a large influx of national and foreign people in the Migracion offices," Migracion said in its statement.

This month, Migracion has extended the permits to stay in the country for tourists until November 18, 2020.

"The period of legal permanence authorized for foreigners under the migratory tourism category who entered the country after December 17, 2019, is extended until November 18, 2020," the General Directorate of Migration said in its statement. "This extension is settled automatically."

Also, the Ministry of Public Transport has extended the driving license for tourists until November 18, 2020.

"It has been established that people who have entered the country after December 17, 2019, and stay as a tourist or in transit condition, will be able to drive using their own country's driver's license without being fined, until next November 18, 2020, " the Ministry said in its statement.




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