Costa Rica closes consulate in Managua
The political war between Costa Rica and Nicaragua continues. The latest, as reported by the Tico Times is that the Costa Rican consulate in Managua has been temporarily closed.
It sounds like the consulate was being moved to a less convenient location for the typical Nicaraguan. It's not clear whether the protest was because of that or just a general anti-Costa Rica protest.
As Nicaraguans need a visa to legally enter Costa Rica there will be consequences on both sides. The Chinandega and Rivas consulates remain open.
The consequences are:
- Some Nicaraguans will elect to not travel to Costa Rica.
- More Nicaraguans will opt to illegally enter Costa Rica.
- Some Costa Rican businesses will be hurt by available cheap labor from across the border.
“We had decided to move the consulate to a location that offered better conditions for Nicaraguans, but neighborhood residents were opposed to the relocation of our offices and they blocked the roads,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Castillo told the online daily crhoy.com on Sunday.
The consulate was scheduled to open at a new location on Monday, but Castillo said “xenophobia against Ticos,” which he said was “fostered by the government of Nicaragua,” prevented that from happening.