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Nicaragua Border Crossings with Costa Rica

The main border crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica is at Peñas Blancas, southeast of Rivas and San Juan del Sur. The crossing is the busiest in Nicaragua and is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. every day. The procedure is basically the same on both sides of the border; you have to fill out a form and pay a fee to receive your exit stamp, then you cross the border and pay for an entry stamp.?

Entering Nicaragua From Costa Rica

Although this process sounds straightforward, there are hassles going in both directions. Entering Nicaragua, immigration and custom officials are particularly eager to stop narcotics smuggling, so you can expect lots of drug-sniffing dogs and bag searches.?

Entering Costa Rica from Nicaragua

Costa Rican officials, meanwhile, work very hard to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants and migrant workers from Nicaragua, erecting roadblocks on the Pan-American and searching every vehicle that passes through. Usually the border crossing can be done in an hour, but around holidays, when thousands of Nicaraguans move across the border, it can take the better part of a day.

Nicaragua Border Crossing between Los Chiles and San Carlos

If all of this still sounds too efficient for your tastes, you can also cross the border at Los Chiles. Leaving Nicaragua, your first stop will be the immigration office in San Carlos. You will have to wait for a few hours to get your exit stamp, and then go to the dock to get one of the two ferries that leaves every day. The trip takes about an hour and costs $10. When you arrive in Los Chiles, you must go to the Costa Rican immigration office to get your passport stamped. Going in the other direction, you need to get a stamp at the immigration office in Los Chiles and then board the boat.

Upon arrival at San Carlos, you must stop at the immigration office to pay your entrance fee and get stamped again. Another river crossing at San Juan de Nicaragua is not really practical for individual travelers; arrangements can be made with the fishing resorts along the Río San Juan, however.

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
10 Dec 2009

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