Summary

A national strike has been ongoing since Monday 10 September 2018, which the organisers have described as “indefinite”. Participation so far has been limited to some unions and workers groups. There have been roadblocks in a number of locations across the country, causing significant delays and, for a short while, affecting access to the airport. The disruption caused a cruise ship to cancel a stopover in Puntarenas on the Pacific coast. Some confrontations between police and protestors have occurred, as well as instances of vandalism. You should avoid large gatherings and be aware of possible road obstructions and delays, particularly in and around cities. If travelling within the more populated areas, you should check local travel information and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Around 86,500 British nationals visited Costa Rica in 2017. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of violent crime against tourists have increased. There have been incidents of robbery at gunpoint involving groups of British visitors, and 2 incidents in August 2018 which led to the deaths of tourists. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Costa Rica, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

While air accidents are rare, there have been 2 fatal accidents since September 2017 involving light passenger aircraft. See Air travel

UK health authorities have classified Costa Rica as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Cases of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases continue to be reported, particularly during the rainy season (May to November). See Health

Increased activity of several volcanoes has caused national park and airport closures and this could happen again at any time. See Natural disasters

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 911 (English speaking operators are available).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel, particularly if undertaking adventure sports where safety standards can be variable. Beaches in Costa Rica may have dangerous currents and these aren’t always indicated by signs. Life guards aren’t usually present. Seek local advice and take extreme care. See Safety and Security – Swimming and Watersports.