Foreign travel advice

Costa Rica

Summary

In the aftermath of Hurricane Otto, which passed into the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of Friday 25 November 2016, you should expect disruption to travel and basic services in the affected areas of northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua.

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.

Increased activity of the Turrialba volcano has recently caused airport closures and this could happen again at any time. See Natural disasters

Around 69,000 British nationals visited Costa Rica in 2015. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of violent crime against tourists have increased. See Crime

There is a low threat from terrorism. See terrorism

Since early 2013 there has been a sharp increase in cases of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases. See Health

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.