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Health & safety
While corruption and fraud are common crimes in Costa Rica, a tourist is unlikely to experience these issues.
The most common issues for tourists are insect and water-borne illnesses. Be sure to only drink bottled water and sodas, and make sure to order drinks made without tap water and ice. Be sure to pack bug sprays and sunscreen as bug bites, infection and sunburn can ruin a trip.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Costa Rica.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Visas & documentation
If you're visiting Costa Rica for more than 90 days, you'll be required to obtain a visa. If you're visiting Costa Rica for 90 days or less, the visa requirement may be waived depending on your home country.
You may also be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel depending on your home country.