Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
Learn more about your flu vaccine options
Learn more about the travel visa requirements for top destinations
Costa Rica has something for everyone. Beaches for a relaxing holiday. Rivers and jungles for adventure travelers. Mountain resorts for those who want something in-between. It is one of the most popular destinations in Central America and a favorite among travelers.
But even popular destinations need a little preparation before you’re ready to go
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Costa Rica. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Costa Rica:
measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
Vaccine-preventable diseases are not the only threats. Dengue fever and chikungunya, two mosquito-borne diseases, are also present. Take proper precautions to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites such as using repellents and netting.
Traveler’s diarrhea is another threat. The CDC estimates as many as 70 percent of travelers will fall ill to traveler’s diarrhea. Avoid questionable eateries and bring a remedy like DiaResQ or a traveler’s diarrhea kit.
To find out more about these vaccines, see our vaccinations page. Ready to travel safely? Book your appointment either call or start booking online now.
U.S. citizens do not need a Visa for Costa Rica. But, they need to hold a passport valid for at least one day from the day of entering Costa Rica. A return ticket back home or to another country is required upon entry. The length of Visa-free stay is up to 90 days.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The climate in Costa Rica is tropical and the sun is shining all year long. But, the mountains create many microclimates. Seasons might appear differently in different parts of Costa Rica. The variety of climates makes it a great destination all year round.
The country has two identifiable seasons – summer, the dry season, from November to April and winter, the wet season, from May to November. The temperatures vary around 80℉ in summer and 60℉ in winter.
Costa Rica is a particularly safe country, often referred to as the safest country in the Latin America.
Despite the lack of crime, it is still wise to practice caution in crowded places, keep all the valuables in a safe place and avoid going out after dark.
The roads in Costa Rica are in a bad condition, so it is necessary to the particularly careful when driving.
The biggest threats in Costa Rica are active volcanoes and venomous snakes and frogs. Make sure to find the most recent safety information before going near the volcanoes and be extremely cautious with the wild animals.
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There is only one U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica and no consulates. The embassy is located at:
U.S. Embassy San José
Calle 98, Via 104
San José, Costa Rica
Telephone: +(506) 2519-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(506) 2220-3127
Fax: +(506) 2220-2455
The State Department recommends all travelers to Costa Rica register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program alerts travelers of any new risks or threats that may occur in the region.
If you do have a serious issue, such as a lost passport, contact the U.S. Embassy in San José immediately.
Beach, jungle, adventure, Costa Rica has something for almost every type of traveler. Make sure your journey is protected by visiting your local Passport Health. Our travel health specialists will help you receive everything you need to help you stay healthy as you go. To schedule your appointment today, call or book online now.
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