The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica has reopened the doors of its Consulate in Puerto Rico, which was closed for five years, to provide services to Costa Rican residents on the island.

The Consul of Costa Rica in Puerto Rico, Andrea Arroyo Mora, said Monday that the new office, located in Old San Juan, the historic center of the capital of Puerto Rico, will offer services such as passports, visas and Costa Rican bonds to residents on the island.

He explained that the consulate returns after five years of being closed, which was due to financial problems in the Central American country and that they will now be able to help the nearly two thousand Costa Ricans living on the island, so they don’t have to travel to Miami or Costa Rica to complete certain services.

Puerto Rican Secretary of State, David Bernier, also said that reopening the Costa Rican consulate on the island was something that the local government has wanted this to happen since Alejandro García Padilla took power in January of 2013.

For his part, the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Enrique Castillo Barrales, who traveled from his country to be in Puerto Rico for the reopening of the consulate, told reporters that this is a first step for both governments to “reopen the relations between two brotherly peoples”.

With its reopening, Costa Rica is the seventh general consulate established in Puerto Rico, along with Spain, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela and Mexico. (EFEUSA)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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