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Panama's president Laurentino Cortizo-Cohen (left) and Costa Rica's President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles inaugurated the new General Border Control Center.

- Photo via Casa Presidecial -

New Costa Rica border control facility opens

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Published on Thursday, February 22, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles and Laurentino Cortizo-Cohen, Panama's president, inaugurated the new General Border Control Center headquarters in Paso Canoas Canton in Puntarenas Province.

This facility was financed with a $33 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), located in an international city shared between Costa Rica and Panama to process the crossing of goods and people entering the country from Panama. 

At the center, border police officers will attend to carriers, trade operators, exporters and importers from both countries and other parts of Central America. 

Paso Canoas consists of an integrated control center, with digitized and optimized processes, and a dual-facility system where the two countries carry out joint and simultaneous control at a single point.

"This control post slashes average cargo transit times from hours to minutes, reduces passenger transit times by 50%, lowers transportation costs, and promotes integration," said the bank in its statement.

The new facility has a 150,700-square-foot roofed area where customs, immigration, agricultural, sanitary, police, transportation and logistical support authorities from both countries carry out their tasks.

According to a study released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in October 2023, over 330,000 migrants crossed the Darien jungle in Panama, on their way to North America.

Venezuelans make up more than half of the migrants crossing the Darien, with Haitians accounting for 14%. Other migrants, according to archives, include Ecuadorians, Chinese, Afghans, and Nepalese, among other nations.


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