Important Costa Rica Health Information for travelers


All travelers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some of these routine vaccines are: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and the yearly flu shot.


Yellow Fever Vaccine

If you are coming from a country in Africa or in South America, such as Colombia, Venezuela, Peru or Brazil), as well as Panama, you need a Yellow Fever vaccine shot to enter Costa Rica. This shot has to be at least two weeks old. There is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US.

Remember to bring proof for your Yellow Fever Vaccination. For more information about vaccines please visit the official site.


Health system in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a pretty good health care reputation. Actually, Costa Rica has lots of people coming from the US and Canada each year to undergo medical procedures, including dentistry, ophthalmology and plastic surgery. One of the main reasons is its quality versus its price. There are very good private clinics that offer a top nudge service. However, we do recommend to have health insurance while traveling to Costa Rica so that you are completely safe and do not expend more money that you should in case of a health emergency.


Tips to stay health while traveling to Costa Rica

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Eat and drink safely, avoid street food.
  • Prevent bug bites with repellent.
  • Reduce your exposure to germs washing your hands as much as you can, and use hand sanitizer.
  • Bring your prescription medicines you take for existing conditions. Also bring copies of all your prescriptions.
  • Reduce you unsafe exposition to sun. Sun burns can be something that would damage your vacations.


Some of the Over-the-country medicines sold in Costa Rica are:

  • Antacid
  • Diarrhea medicine (for example, loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol])
  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Cough suppressant/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Medicine for pain and fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Saline nose spray
  • Condoms

We highly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment and to provide yourself with international emergency medical coverage. For an estimated cost please ask. Click here for complete information of the coverage!