Security Alert: Protests Continue Across Costa Rica

Security Alert: Protests Continue Across Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica (9 October 2020) 

Event: Continued Nationwide Protests 
Costa Rican media and other open source and social media sites continue to publish information indicating numerous and sporadic protests will continue throughout Costa Rica for the foreseeable future.  Sources indicate the demonstrations are meant to protest government measures to address economic problems related to COVID-19 (tax increases, suspension of social benefits, reduction of labor hours etc.). 

Many of these demonstrations are blocking roadways, thereby increasing travel time.  Additionally, there has been a marked uptick in violence associated with these protests, particularly against security services personnel.  The U.S. Embassy recommends all travelers review their travel plans to avoid protest areas and use real-time GPS mapping applications such as Waze or Google Maps prior to departure to help provide additional information on travel times.   

While the majority of protests in Costa Rica are non-violent in nature, you should exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Avoid such large gatherings whenever possible; do not attempt to enter or pass through them.  The Embassy will continue to review the situation and will provide additional information as needed.

Actions to take:

·         Avoid crowds.   
·         Avoid demonstrations.  
·         Monitor local media for updates.  
·         Be aware of your surroundings.  
·         Keep a low profile. 
·         Review your personal security plan


U.S. Embassy San Jose    
State Department - Consular Affairs 
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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