Costa Rica details plans for new facilities at border crossing with Nicaragua

April 30, 2015

Costa Rica’s Casa Presidencial announced Tuesday plans to build new state-of-the-art facilities along the country’s northern border with Nicaragua. Foreign Trade (COMEX) Vice Minister Jhon Fonseca presented plans for a $4 million checkpoint months after Nicaragua completed its own facility and a bridge crossing the San Juan River.

The Las Tablillas checkpoint will be located at Los Chiles, Alajuela, and could be provisionally operational as early as April.

The COMEX official estimated that Las Tablillas could absorb 40 percent of the cargo and migration traffic from the Peñas Blancas crossing, currently the only official land crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Fonseca said the new border crossing, along with completion of the Vuela Kooper-Chilamate Highway would shave off 120 kilometers of travel for drivers hauling goods overland from the Caribbean coast into Nicaragua.

“This checkpoint will regulate the movement of people and give us greater certainty in areas that concern us, such as children crossing the border alone, illegal migration, illicit trade, contraband [and] drug trafficking. The checkpoint will allow the Costa Rican government to better address these dynamics,” Fonseca said.

The crossing will be monitored by border, customs, drug control and immigration police, as well as officials from the Health Ministry. Exit and export taxes provided the funds for the project.

President Luis Guillermo Solís said he hopes the new facilities will create jobs in the north-central region of the country, as well as bring new infrastructure improvements, including electrical, telecommunications and water lines.

According to Immigration Administration spokeswoman Heidy Bonilla, currently there is no migration checkpoint at Las Tablillas. National Police patrol the Costa Rican side, but only a simple fence blocks people or traffic from crossing the bridge.

Nicaragua, meanwhile, has completed its half of the border crossing. The government inaugurated on Aug. 31 the Santa Fe Bridge over the San Juan River, the daily La Nación reported. The bridge was built with funds from the Japanese government.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Eight dead in car bomb attack at Colombian police school
Colombia
89 views
Colombia
89 views

Eight dead in car bomb attack at Colombian police school

AFP - January 17, 2019

A car bomb attack on a police cadet training school in the Colombian capital Bogota left at least eight people…

Throwback Thursday
290 views

Throwback Thursday: Pocho the crocodile funeral

The Tico Times - January 17, 2019

This article was originally published on Oct. 17, 2011 The final time Chito and Pocho took center stage seemed no…

Public Security head decries failure to enact stricter gun control in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
806 views
Costa Rica
806 views

Public Security head decries failure to enact stricter gun control in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 16, 2019

Minister of Public Security Michael Soto decried Costa Rica’s failure to enact stricter gun-control legislation this week, arguing that the…