Costa Rica Travel Vaccines 2023

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May 24, 2023
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Costa Rica travel disease outbreaks include malaria, dengue in May 2023

Costa Rica Travel Vaccines May 2023

International visitors may be exposed to several infectious diseases depending on their destination in Costa Rica in 2023. Your risk of becoming infected varies by location and vaccination status. When visiting the Republic of Costa Rica in 2023, health organizations suggest discussing vaccine options with a healthcare provider. 

As of May 2023, Costa Rica has developed a national pandemic plan for influenza, coronavirus, and other respiratory viruses. In addition, Costa Rica conducted a simulation exercise package designed by WHO in line with the Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats Initiative Module on planning for respiratory pathogen pandemics. 

Costa Rica's health ministry posts May 2023 health alerts at this link, as do Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Costa Rica U.S. CDC

As of May 24, 2023, the U.S. CDC has issued disease travel alerts for Costa Rica, including Malaria and Dengue. Additionally, if you are visiting Costa Rica from South America and/or sub-Saharan Africa, a Yellow Fever vaccination is required. When you enter Costa Rica, an official certificate (ICVP) must be presented at the airport.

Costa Rica U.S. Department of State

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution for the Republic of Costa Rica, highlighting petty crime as the predominant threat to tourists in Costa Rica. However, violent crimes and sexual assaults do occur in Costa Rica. Consequently, the Costa Rican government provides additional security resources in tourist areas. And the U.S. Embassy in San Jose has issued related notices and suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Program to receive Alerts during an emergency.

The President of Costa Rica is both the head of state and head of government. AFP reported on May 5, 2023, Costa Rica President Rodrigo Chaves stated the country is no longer free of organized crime. On May 13, 2023, local media reported Costa Rican authorities might create an integrated security plan to prevent violence through public policies.

Costa Rica Pan American Health Organization

The Health in the Americas country profiles are based on interagency indicators, with the latest news posted at this link. In addition, the PAHO vaccination data is posted at this link.

Costa Rica World Health Organization

The WHO lists general precautions to prevent infections in publishing PAHO/WHO international travel, vaccination, and health. 

Costa Rica Tourist Information (Sponsored)

Costa Rica is in Central America, bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Nicaragua, and Panama. It is politically divided into three levels: 7 provinces, 81 cantons, and 463 districts. And San José is the capital city.

Various organizations offer travel advice when planning a visit to Costa Rica, such as In addition, the Costa Rican Tourism Board provides an exclusive collection of hotels that have fulfilled a verification process.

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