Health & Safety

Pasión Costa Rica, July 2020

COVID-19 Measures

In response to the worldwide situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), we recommend that you consider the following measures provided by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health. If you have any questions about this information, please Contact Us.

  • Disinfect your hands before and after leaving tourist sites and transport vehicles.
  • Remember to have alcohol gel and/or disinfectant towels for personal use.
  • Intensify cleaning and hygiene measures for surfaces that you frequently touched (vests, binoculars, flashlight, etc.).
  • Avoid sharing your personal items, otherwise disinfect immediately after providing it.
  • Be aware of the protocol signs authorized by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health.
  • Keep records of places visited and services received.
  • Remember to use of personal protection equipment.
  • Always prefer contactless payment.
  • Maintain a minimum distance between other people.
  • Make sure you follow the correct protocol in case of coughing or sneezing (View Protocol)
  • Be sure to follow correct hand washing protocol. (View Protocol)

Actions in case of a confirmed case of COVID-19

  • Register the case and report it to line 1322.
  • Create a list of people who had contact with the confirmed person.
  • Guarantee the confidentiality of information and protect the identity of individuals.

Safety Measures

The Costa Rican Tourist Board Security Passport contains key information for tourists to have a more pleasant visit in our country, which is why we have highlighted some key points of this document below. (View Full Document)

  • Belongings: Always be aware of your belongings. Don’t leave unattended your possessions whenever you are in a public area.
  • Money: When using ATMs, be sure to count and put away your money before you leave. The ATMs are closed from 22:00 to 06:00.
  • Documents: Have a copy of your passport and relevant information as a backup. If you misplace your passport during your stay, immediately report it to your embassy or consulate and to the closest Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) office.
  • Buses: Verify your route and destination prior to boarding. Never leave your luggage unattended at the bus terminal.
  • Horseback riding: Wear long pants, durable shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent. Do not shout or make sudden movements near the horse, as you could startle it. Horses respond best to riders that are gentle, but firm. Make sure that the saddle, reins, and stirrups are firmly in place.
  • Canopy: It is recommended to wear long pants. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Verify that the equipment, cables, and platforms are in good condition. Always check that the harness, helmet, and security cable are properly in place before pushing off.
  • Walking: Wear hiking boots, with tread. Wear light pants and shirt (avoid wearing jeans), cap or brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and bring a poncho. Bring a small knapsack with snacks and water. Dehydrated fruits or canned products are best. If weather forecasts predict rain, or if there is mud, bring a change of clothes.   

Emergency Contacts

  • Emergencies: 911

  • Costa Rica Tourism Board: +506 2299-5800

  • Canadian Embassy: +506 2242-4400

  • French Embassy: +506 2224-4105

  • German Embassy: +506 2290-9092

  • Great Britain Embassy: +506 2258-2055

  • Italian Embassy: +506 2224-6574

  • Netherland Embassy: +506 2296-1490

  • Spanish Embassy: +506 2221-0137

  • United States Embassy: +506 2519-2000

If the number of your embassy is not in the list, you can call 800-tourism 800-868 7476

In addition, this is the Official Website of the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica:

Laboratories for Covid Test

List of laboratories authorized in Costa Rica to test SARS-CoV-2. View the PDF file.

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