Around 81,000 British nationals visited Costa Rica in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of violent crime against tourists have increased, including a robbery at gunpoint on a tourist bus in Limon Province in January 2018. 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 in the last 12 months 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.
Since early 2013 there has been a sharp increase in cases of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases. See Health
Increased activity of several volcanoes has recently 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.