New facilities help to speed crossing border at Peñas Blancas

Ministerio de Gobernación. Policía y Seguridad Pública photo
A flood of travelers can be seen at the border crossing station each day

More than 15,000 persons a day are crossing from Costa Rica into Nicaragua as many residents here head to their homeland for the holidays. That is about 9,000 more persons a day than normal.

Costa Rican officials are working from 6 a.m. to midnight most days to accommodate the crush. They have new facilities and 14 separate windows from which they can attend travelers.

The Fuerza Pública has the Unidad Canina at the border crossing and also the Policía de Control de Drogas, as well as the Policía de Fronteras. Saturday officers encountered a man who is wanted to answer a charge of homicide. He was detained until police were able to confirm that the warrant no longer was active, officers said.

Ministerio de Gobernación. Policía y Seguridad Pública photo
A lot of baggage also has to be checked by police and
customs agents.

Hours today are different: From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas and New Year’s Day when the hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Otherwise, the 6 a.m. to midnight rule is in effect.

Officials are preparing for a similar crowd at the end of the holidays when travelers are returning to Costa Rica.

Generally during the last two weeks of December each year some 60,000 persons make the trip to Nicaragua. The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería confronts a similar crush each Semana Santa.

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