Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Renewing Nicaraguan tourist visas has become more difficult

We had to renew our 90 day tourist visa for Nicaragua and did our regular border run, this time, with Zoe's favorite teacher by our side. The moment we presented our passports to the immigration officer we got questioned about our stay in Nicaragua. The questioning and verification process lasted for nearly 2.5 hours. During the questioning period they asked where we lived, what school the kids went to, do we have friends with phone numbers, and so on. They took tons of notes and when the agent went into the back office he called our person of reference and spoke with her for 10 to 15 minutes. Thankfully we were honest with our responses and all the info squared up. We are now in the process of obtaining our residency as this cannot continue. The whole border run took about 4.5 hours not including the drive time. If you are going to renew you tourist visa be prepared for lots of questions and allow extra time.
   As for Costa Rica, they still require proof of onward travel or they will make you purchase a bus ticket prior to gaining entry. To save money, all you need to do is create a free fake ticket, prior to going to the border, by using this link or some similar website Show the Costa Rican immigration officials your e-ticket in your smart phone and you are good to go after that.  

Zoe's first excursion with her cast was going to the border.

I had a sore heal so I took a rickshaw with Sierra. 
Experienced border crosser.

Traffic jam on the Pan-American highway.

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