The U.S. hospital ship Comfort finally got permission to tie up in Costa Rica. The legislature approved the visit Wednesday.
The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública requested the legislative approval as is required by the Costa Rican Constitution. But it said a vote July 18 did not include giving official protection to the medical crew on the boat.
The Comfort is ending a five-month series of humanitarian missions to Latin countries. The U.S. Embassy said last week that plans call for delivering some $200,000 in medicines, school supplies and other items to the Puntareanas area.
The boat is expected to arrive Aug. 1. The boat was on the Caribbean coast April 8 at the start of its mission. Some Costa Rican health professionals are part of the staff.