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Costa Rica

If you’re travelling to Costa Rica our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Entry requirements (visa/passport)
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security status

High degree of caution.

Latest Travel Alert

Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.

If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Costa Rica

Please note that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should properly research and verify the information below when booking and undertaking travel.

Commercial flight options to and from Costa Rica remain limited. Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia and United Airlines may run flights. We recommend you contact these airlines directly for information.

Irish citizens are permitted to enter Costa Rica by land, sea, or air.

All travellers must complete an advance epidemiological information form.

As of August 2021 visitors who are fully vaccinated are eligible to enter without mandatory insurance. All other visitors will need to buy insurance with specific cover requirements.

The government maintains a clear website in English detailing all requirements regarding entry forms, quarantine, testing, insurance and vaccination here.

These requirements are likely to be strictly enforced. If you have questions about these requirements you should consult your airline.

The government of Costa Rica has introduced a number of restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19. You are advised to follow official government sources for updates, including from the Ministry of Health: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/ Restrictions may include the use of face masks in public areas. We strongly recommend that you comply with local restrictions and follow the advice of local authorities. Restrictions may vary depending on the level of COVID-19 in Costa Rica and restrictions may affect the use of cars and private vehicles, as well as the operation of businesses including hotels.

For tourist advice, including on accommodation and travel, call +506-2299-5827 or via WhatsApp at +506-8628-3247. Emergency contact numbers are: Police Emergency - 911; Ambulance - 911 or 128; Fire Service - 911 or 118; Police Investigative Service - 911 or 2221-5337.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call 1322 and follow the advice of the authorities.

General Travel Advice 

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Costa Rica, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency situation.  However, if there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico on +52 55 5520 5803.

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Safety and Security

Safety and security

General Security

You should remain vigilant and aware, including when using ATMs. Petty theft of passports and other personal belongings is common. You should be particularly aware when on the beach and when travelling on public transport as bags left in overhead compartments can be stolen.

Only use official taxis and avoid poorly lit or remote areas.

Exercise caution when purchasing spirit-based drinks as there have been a number of cases of serious illness or death caused by alcoholic drinks containing methanol. If you, or someone you are travelling with shows symptoms of alcohol-induced methanol poisoning (including headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting), seek medical attention immediately.

Hurricane season 

The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Don’t get involved with drugs of any kind in any way. Penalties for drug offences are severe in Costa Rica, with convictions for drug possession or trafficking carrying very long sentences.

Health

Health

Take all relevant precautions in relation to Covid-19. Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country and consult them on any other health related concerns.

Medical care in Costa Rica is generally of a good standard but can vary, particularly in remote areas. Make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance and access to funds in order to cover the cost of any medical treatment. If you require medical attention, you should promptly contact your healthcare provider.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country's nearest Embassy or Consulate.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays.

If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803.

Embassy of Ireland
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 México D.F.

Tel: +52 55 5520 5803
Fax: +52 55 5520 5892

Monday to Friday 09:30 to 13:30

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