Foreign travel advice

Costa Rica


The state of emergency declared following Tropical Storm Nate, which passed over north-eastern Costa Rica on 5 October 2017, has been lifted in some areas. It remains in force in some of the worst affected areas of the Provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Cartago and San Jose. Travel in these areas may still be affected. Airports remain open. You should follow the advice of local authorities and check with your airline or tour operator before travelling.

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 recently caused national park and airport closures and this could happen again at any time. See Natural disasters

Around 81,000 British nationals visited Costa Rica in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of violent crime against tourists have increased. See Crime

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

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

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.