The Correos de Costa Rica S.A., the nation’s postal service, has begun collecting the annual premium for postal boxes.
Box holders can pay the annual rent through January without additional charge. However, as of Feb. 1, the rate goes up 50 percent. Box holders who do not pay by March can lose the service. The fee is 10,000 colons or about $20.
Many expats and businesses use postal boxes because street delivery is chancy.
The postal service also said that there are post boxes or apartados postales available now at most of its locations.