The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica has reopened in a new location after four months of closing its consulate in Managua, with the expectation of meeting at least 1,000 people per day, mainly Nicaraguans.
“We have worked with many binational people (Nicaraguan and Costa Rican). Today I think I had over a thousand people,” said the ambassador of Costa Rica to Nicaragua, Javier Sancho Bonilla, about reopening the venue.
Costa Rica reopened its consulate in Reparto San Juan, near the headquarters of the Central American University (UCA) in Managua, after failing to do so last August in Las Colinas, south of the capital, due the opposition of a group of neighbors who claimed that it would end the tranquility of the area.
In the new seat, six service windows were fitted: three for Nicaraguans and three for Costa Ricans.
The line of people seeking a visa to travel to Costa Rica or other transactions exceeded 200 meters in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Along the line of people were street vendors and a traffic jam of vehicles on the nearby streets.
Sancho Bonilla said the new headquarters, located in a central location in Managua, provides a better location than the former, especially because there are more service windows.
The Costa Rican consulate is able to cater to almost 2,000 visitors per day, since experience indicates that 1,900 people can come in a day in December, the ambassador noted.
Costa Rica has three consulates in Nicaragua: Managua, Rivas and Chinandega. (EFE)
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