Passports in Costa Rica

Old Oct 29th, 2004, 06:13 AM
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Passports in Costa Rica

This is from the online edition of today's Tico Times. I think it clarifies a point about which I've heard a lot of debate.

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Tourists Can Carry Copy of Passport

Visitors to Costa Rica can now carry a copy of their passport instead of the original while traveling within the country.

Vice-Minister of Security Ana Chacón announced Wednesday that the new regulation, which applies to non-residents from any country, is designed to reduce the number of passport thefts. She said 236 passport thefts were reported to the U.S. Embassy in San José between January and June of this year.

Previously, tourists were required to carry their passports with them at all times.
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Thanks for the great info! It is what I have been doing anyway for years. I never feel safe carrying my passport around.
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Does this just mean a simple photocopy?
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Yes. Not a certified copy that has been endorsed. Same photocopies that people have been using. As usual, keep the original in the hotel safe, or room safe.
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