COVID-19 entry restrictions for Costa Rica
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Costa Rica’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
If you’re planning travel to Costa Rica, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
The hurricane season usually runs from June to November. Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 (Bonnie) is expected to reach the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica later on Friday 1st July 2022 and could bring hazardous sea and weather conditions. This may include rainfall in excess of 4 inches and a storm surge of up to 3 feet in coastal areas. There is potential for flash flooding and landslides. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and the US National Hurricane Centre. Follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. Keep up to date with FCDO travel advice and social media. Plan any local travel carefully.
Commercial flights have returned to almost pre-pandemic levels.
Around 91,000 British nationals visited Costa Rica in 2019. 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 that led to the deaths of tourists. See Crime.
Although there’s no history of terrorism in Costa Rica, attacks can’t be ruled out. Attacks involving an explosive device occurred in front of a parliamentary office building and a TV station in San Jose in June and July 2019 respectively. See Terrorism.
There have been a number of deaths and cases of serious illness in Costa Rica caused by drinking alcoholic drinks containing methanol. See Methanol poisoning.
Beaches in Costa Rica may have dangerous currents and these are not always indicated by signs. Life guards are not usually present. Seek local advice and take extreme care. See Swimming and water sports.
Cases of dengue in Costa Rica have been increasing year-on-year. The rise in cases in 2020 has been significant and is most pronounced in the provinces of Limon and Puntarenas. See Health.
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 several volcanoes has caused national park and airport closures and this could happen again at any time. See Natural disasters. See our tropical cyclones page for advice about what to do if you are caught up in a storm.
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.