Immigration prepares for a rush from holiday travelers

The immigration service is the first to announce it will be closed for administrative purposes all of Semana Santa.

The agency, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, said it would be closed from April 18 to 22. Easter is April 24 this year.

The immigration agency routinely makes these announcements because there generally is a last-minute rush by Costa Ricans for passports because of holiday vacations out of the country.

The agency said that it would provide appointments for
passports for those who call 900-1234567 or 800-2272482 or via its Web site at In addition Monday and Tuesday the central offices will see 250 persons who do not have appointments. Usually there is a five-day delay in delivery in passports.

In addition, the agency is the place where adults can obtain permission to take children out of the country. That not only includes Costa Rican children but the children of foreigners who are legal residents of the country.

The Easter holiday week is a busy time for immigration workers at airports and at border crossings.

These services will operate normally, the agency said.

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