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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Costa Rica Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Costa Rica is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 2.0 / 5

Travelling Costa Rica is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.4 / 5

Costa Rica shares land borders with Nicaragua and Nicaragua. For these countries, the individual warning index is 3.4 (Nicaragua) and 1.8 (Panama).

Risk scoring history for Costa Rica

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Costa Rica.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Costa Rica from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Costa Rica. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.            Exercise increased caution in: Central neighborhood in Limon due to crime. Liberia city due to crime. Desamparados neighborhood in San Rafael due to crime. Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods San ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/costa-rica-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to note that while Costa Rica is considered to be a relatively calm country, Maltese travellers should nonetheless exert vigilance especially in particular areas where thefts and violent incidents are more frequent then in other places.

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution in Costa Rica due to violent crime.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/costa-rica

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Relativt tryggt land. Var allmänt försiktig. Orkansäsong i juni–november.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/CR

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/costa-rica

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica with its capital San José is a country in North America (Central America), slightly smaller than West Virginia (51,100 km²). The country is located Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama. The climate can be described as tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands. The landscape is coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes. With a population of about 4.19 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital San José
Population about 4.19 million
Size 51.100 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than West Virginia
Common languages English, Spanish
Currency Colon (short: CRC)
Common voltage (electricity) 120V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 1800
International phone prefix +506
Internet Top Level Domain .cr
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 CR
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 CRI
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 188

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Costa Rica is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution
  • coastal marine pollution
  • deforestation and land use change
  • fisheries protection
  • largely a result of the clearing of land for cattle ranching and agriculture
  • soil erosion
  • solid waste management

Natural hazzards

  • active volcanoes
  • Arenal (1,670 m), which erupted in 2010, is the most active volcano in Costa Rica; a 1968 eruption destroyed the town of Tabacon; Irazu (3,432 m), situated just east of San Jose, has the potential to spew ash over the capital city as it did between 1963 a
  • frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides
  • occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Costa Rica. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. clothing
  2. construction materials
  3. fertilizer
  4. food processing
  5. medical equipment
  6. plastic products
  7. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. beans
  3. beef
  4. coffee
  5. corn
  6. dairy
  7. melons
  8. ornamental plants
  9. pineapples
  10. potatoes

Costa Rican Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Costa Rica.

Export products

  1. bananas
  2. beef
  3. coffee
  4. electronic components
  5. medical equipment
  6. melons
  7. ornamental plants
  8. pineapples
  9. seafood
  10. sugar

Import products

  1. capital equipment
  2. construction materials
  3. consumer goods
  4. petroleum
  5. raw materials

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is currently rated at 2,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. Travelling Costa Rica is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Costa Rica in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Costa Rica.

How many travel advisories do you know for Costa Rica?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Costa Rica.

What is the size of Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a size of 51,100 km² or 19,730 mi² which is slightly smaller than West Virginia.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.