Costa Rica will share data with agents at national borders

Expats on the run and looking to flee their country and live in Central America may no longer be able to consider Central America as an option as border agents in the regions will begin to share data and security information.

All the information border employees need to know resides in the magnetic strip at the bottom of a person’s information page inside their passport.

With one swipe, a system called Sistema de Movimiento Migratorio Electrónico captures information contained in the strip and recalls any impediments the traveler may have, either inbound or outbound. It can also detect people with arrest warrants issued by the international police agencies or the judiciary.

Next a system of the U. S. immigration agency called the Advantage Passenger Information System scrolls through an electronic register of entries and exits of people and their nationality and finds verification of permission to leave the country for national or resident minors.

Currently Costa Rica is using these two different platforms at their borders, and will begin to share what immigration considers the good experience with agencies of immigration, customs, police, and focal points of Programa Regional de Seguridad Fronteriza en América Central.

“Costa Rica is at the forefront in immigration security issues and it is an honor to share with our brothers in the region, our experience in this field,” said Freddy Montero, subdirector of Migración y Extranjería.

The purpose is to share best practices of the Costa Rican immigration department and promoting it in other countries of the region. The goal is to establish a common frame of reference based on actions that positively affect migratory processes here, spokespersons say.

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