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  1. tresamigos

    New ARCR ID Cards

    Yes, I got mine this week.
  2. Has anyone used Goggle's Project fi service here in Costa Rica ? If so how did it work for you and how much were the charges. Thanks in advance, Dan
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    Television in CR

    Which VPN are you using ? I use Witopia, but early this year Netflix started blocking VPNs.
  4. I completed mine this month 1. I took proof of income letter from SS. You get this online from the Embassy website. It took about 2 days. 2. printout of the last three months of my bank statement. I only took the printout of my dollar account, showing the deposits There was no need to show the conversion to colones. 2. my last caja receipt and the Carne de Asegurado to show it was not expired.
  5. Look at USTVNOW. It's for expats and military people stationed overseas.
  6. I'm a little confused. I just went into BN yesterday and withdrew 250,000 colones from my US account. I've done it other times in the last 30 days. Is this only a problem for Canadians ?
  7. I got real lucky. I applied through ARCR in May of 2010 and received my Cedula in September of 2010.
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    yellow fever vaccination

    I called the Embassy in Los Angeles. They referred me to the Costa Rica Washington DC website. You can get a waiver if you're over 60, but it requires a letter from a doctor with validation stamp. I hope this link works. http://www.costarica-embassy.org/index.php?q=node/97
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    yellow fever vaccination

    I'm planning on a trip to Cartagena next month and found this thread evry interesting. I decided to call Copa and Avianca. Copa told me over 60 no vaccination required. Avianca told me everyone requires the vaccination.
  10. I just installed Chromebleed Extension and when I came back to this site i got a warning "This site is vulnerable".....LOL
  11. That's true of apps, but try accessing the devices option. I get a message that says not available from your country.
  12. I bought the Nexus 4 last year. It's my first smartphone and I love it. If I wanted to upgrade I'd get the Nexus 5 over the the IPhone 5s in a New York second. The only problem is the Google Play Store website is not available from Costa Rica. The Nexus 5 starts at $349.00 unlocked Android updates come in a timely manner..My Nexus 4 got the 4.4 upgrade last week. http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/11/13/5-ways-nexus-5-beats-iphone-5s/
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    Blue Cross/Blue Shield

    I'm sorry I forgot to add that I have my cedula...In the past I've been using a United Healthcare policy that covers me here in Costa Rica. The problem is that it requires me to pay up front for care and submit the bills. It is also costly. I'm looking for an alternate plan than using the public hospitals for emergencies. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. Thanks for the quick response...Dan
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    Blue Cross/Blue Shield

    I'm in the process of picking a Medigap insurance that will cover me for the first 60 days of a visit into Costa Rica for emergency visits only. I planned on using Caja for non-emergency doctor visits. These problems with BCBS referred to in this thread are they mainly with BCBS International policies only?
  15. I fly between LAX and SJO and use Orbitz to find fares. Before purchasing the ticket I double check with the airline website to make sure they don't have a lower fare. Taca flies one non-stop a day leaving early (about 1:00 am). The return departs SJO about 6:00pm. Recently I've found RT fares as low as $350 and as high as $750. The lower fares were for travel in July and August. I've been told Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days to check for flights. I prefer the Taca non-stop, but have been using United because of the fare difference. There is layover in Houston on these flights.
  16. Hello All, I've been to my local Auto Mercado here in Escazu and couldn't find CLR. Does anyone know of a similar product here in CR. I've tried vinegar with water and that didn't work. When I'm brewing coffee about a cup of water overflows from the top of the coffee maker.
  17. I'm getting Netflix over a wireless connection with rare buffering. The other things I get due to the VPN are HBOGO,HULU and ESPN3. I was shocked the first time I logged onto ESPN3 back in September and had my choice of 20+ college football games. I use a ISP in Los Angeles if the game was blocked there I just moved to a different ISP. When I want to watch NBA basketball (I purchased NBA International package) I just turn off the VPN and presto I have my choice of every NBA game played. The price was $99 for the regular season and $49 for all playoff games. p.s. I'm able to get HBOGO and ESPN3 because I still have them in California on my FIOS account.
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    One way tickets?

    My brother gave ARCR his application with all required documents in late September of this year and received his Folio Number in about 5 weeks.
  19. My brother who is moving to Costa Rica with me has a Wells Fargo ATM Card(not debit). When used in Costa Rica will he be able to withdraw funds from his savings account. I did a web search and found that in some countries ATM systems only linked to Checking Accounts. The posts were a few years old so this might of changed. Also his pin starts with a zero which was also a no-no in some places. Thanks,Dan
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    JulieH and others

    Julie, I'm going to be looking at a rental with the following address. "carretera a Sabanilla, del supermercado AM-PM 50 mts Norte y 50mts Este". If I'm not mistaken you live or lived in San Pedro. The landlord says it is in San Pedro. Is the Sabanilla in the address a section of San Pedro? Do you know about the safety of the area and what about dining and nightlife? Thanks, Dan
  21. I've heard that ICE has prepaid cards for GSM phones. If this is true will any unlocked GSM phone work or do I have to be concerned about frequency of the phone. Thanks,Dan
  22. Well once again a load of good info. My flight arrives Sunday 7:45PM. If ICE kiosk is closed on Sunday I'll try Monday. I'm sure the apartment hunting will go a lot easier with a cell phone. Thanks, Dan
  23. Thanks for all the info..I looked on line for a GSM unlocked phone and oh my do they cost. I found this article in the Tico Times and at the end it mentions GSM cell phones being as low as c30,000. Just need to know where to find one. Getting nervous...6 days to take off...Dan forgot to add the link http://www.ticotimes.net/business.htm
  24. I was thinking of buying a USB printer for my laptop here in Los Angeles. I looked at Pricesmart's web site, but didn't see any USB printers. Will I be able to find one for under $200 in San Jose? If so where? Thanks, Dan
  25. Thanks for the quick replies. I was planning on getting VPN from Strong. I'll look into Witopia.

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