Skip to main content

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

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

COVID-19 

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.

As of 1 November 2020, foreign citizens are permitted to enter Costa Rica as long as conditions for entry are met, details here.

You no longer require a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Costa Rica and the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days has been removed. However, health insurance cover will need to meet specific requirements that are expected to be strictly enforced.

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

Emergency assistance

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.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

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.

The possession of drugs and drug trafficking is treated very seriously in Costa Rica.

 

Health

Health

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.

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. 

Zika Virus

There may be a risk of Zika Virus in Costa Rica. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.

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

Contact us