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, infections and preventions, see our vaccination pages.
Protection is key to a happy trip. Start your journey on the right path today and book an appointment at your local Passport Health by calling or scheduling online today.
The yellow fever immunization is not recommended for travelers to Costa Rica. However, a yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry to Costa Rica. If you are coming to Costa Rica from a country where yellow fever is present you may be required to show proof of immunization. For example, if you are traveling from Brazil to Costa Rica, proof of yellow fever immunization may be required.
Zika virus is present in Costa Rica. While relatively few cases have been confirmed compared to other nations bordering the Caribbean, the virus is still a threat.
The CDC recommends the following to prevent Zika while in Costa Rica:
For more information on Zika, please see our Zika virus page.
You will need a passport to enter Costa Rica. But, a visa is not required for stays less than 90 days. Costa Rican authorities do require proof of either a round-trip ticket or onward travel to another country.
Please remember, your passport needs to be in good condition otherwise Costa Rican authorities may deny entry.
If you are coming from a country where yellow fever is present (South America or Sub-Saharan Africa) you will be required to show proof of yellow fever immunization.
Is your passport up-to-date? Is it clean and ready for travel? If not, our Passport and Visa Expediting team will help you get ready for your upcoming trip. Simply call us at 1-844-366-8472 or contact us online today to get your passport process started.
Having an the Pacific Ocean to the west and Caribbean Sea to the east has given Costa Rica a very unique climate. There is no ‘real’ summer or winter in the country, just a ‘rainy’ and ‘dry’ season.
Incidence of tourist-related crime is high in Costa Rica, according to the U.S. State Department. Many of these crimes are theft and pickpocketing, but more violent ones have been known to occur. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid wearing anything that may attract unwanted attention.
Most beaches in Costa Rica have no lifeguards nor warning signs. In 2013, 118 drownings were reported, many due to riptides. Take extra precautions if you are at an unprotected beach. Remember to never swim alone.
In addition to vaccinations and medications, there are a few other things you should bring to Costa Rica:
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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