Costa Rica Travel Warnings

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments throughout. The overall level of the advice has not changed.

Around 25,000 British nationals visit Costa Rica every year (Source: Institute of Tourism Costa Rica). Most visits are trouble-free. The main type of incident for which British nationals required consular assistance in Costa Rica in 2006 was to replace stolen passports and travel documents.

Incidents of violent crime against tourists are increasing.

There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

The rainy season in Costa Rica normally runs from May to November, coinciding with the hurricane season in the Caribbean. See the Natural Disasters (Hurricanes) section of this advice for more details.

Dengue Fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year. In 2007 there has been a marked increase in the number of reported cases of dengue. See the Health section of this advice for more details.

We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check for any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. See the General (Insurance) section of this advice and the Travel Insurance for more details.