Central Authority: The United States and the Costa Rican Central Authority have a strong and productive relationship.
Location: The competent authorities regularly took appropriate steps to locate children after a Convention application was filed. On average, it took less than one week to locate a child. As of December 31, 2019, there were no open cases where the Costa Rican authorities remain unable to initially locate a child.
Judicial Authorities: Delays by the Costa Rican judicial authorities affected cases during 2019. The Department is not aware of any cases where a child was returned to the United States pursuant to a court order under the Convention in the eleven-year history of the United States’ partnership with Costa Rica under the Convention.
Enforcement: The United States is not aware of any abduction cases in which a judicial order relating to international parental child abduction needed to be enforced by the Costa Rican authorities.
Access: In 2019, the U.S. Central Authority acted on a total of two open access cases under the Convention in Costa Rica. Of these, two cases were opened in 2018. Both cases were filed with the Costa Rican Central Authority in 2018. By December 31, 2019, both cases (100 percent) had been resolved. No access cases have been pending with the Costa Rican authorities for more than 12 months.
Department Recommendations: The Department and the Costa Rican Central Authority will continue the processing and resolution of cases under the Convention. The Department will continue working with the Costa Rican authorities to raise awareness of and compliance with the Convention in Costa Rica.