Travel Advisory: COSTA RICA — Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Costa Rica due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Costa Rica due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Costa Rica due to COVID-19. Travelers to Costa Rica may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business ... Read More»

Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel To Costa Rica. Information on CV-19 Restrictions for August and August Repatriation Flights

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel to Costa Rica.  COVID-19 Related Restrictions for August.  Information on Repatriation Flights for August.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (5 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 20,417 cases of Corona virus as of August 5, ... Read More»

Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel To Costa Rica. Information on CV-19 Restrictions for August and August Repatriation Flights

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Information on Gradual Reopening of Air Travel to Costa Rica.  COVID-19 Related Restrictions for August.  Information on Repatriation Flights for August.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (3 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 19,402 cases of Corona virus as of August 3, ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy and the National Learning Institute Partner to Improve English Teaching

The U.S. Embassy and the National Learning Institute (INA) signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate training in English teaching for the institute’s professors. Both organizations will develop bilateral programs, use of technology, pedagogic materials, exchange of experts and researchers, workshops, and pronunciation practice with English native speakers. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated that this ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Government Announces Plan to Gradually Reopen Costa Rica to Tourists (23 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Government Announces Plan to Gradually Reopen Costa Rica to Tourists.  Information on Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose(23 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 13,129 cases of Corona virus as of July 23, 2020.  On July 23, the Government of Costa Rica announced a ... Read More»

The United States Donates Face Masks to CCSS

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of the Defense Representative donated 145,000 face masks to the Costa Rican Social Security Board (CCSS). This donation includes 38,000 N-95 face masks and 107,000 surgical face masks. The face masks were purchased on the local market, for a total value of USD 60,000. Since the beginning of the sanitary emergency ... Read More»

Make Yourself Heard!

The Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Embassy launched a special campaign to encourage youth to make themselves heard and raise their voice against domestic violence. The Campaign Make Yourself Heard: The Walls Do Not Speak, You Need To! explains what domestic violence is with clear messages on relationships ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces New Restrictions For Greater Metropolitian Area (10 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Ministry of Health Announces New Restrictions of Movement for Greater Metropolitan Area.  Information on Available Repatriation Flights. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose(10 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 6845 cases of Corona virus as of July 9, 2020.  On July 10, The Ministry of Health announced new ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Migration Directorate Announces Extension of Stay for Tourists. (9 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:Migration Directorate Announces Extension of Stay for Tourists.  Information on COVID-19 Related Restrictions and Available Repatriation Flights. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (9 July 2020) The Costa Rica Directorate of Migration has announced that tourists who entered the country after December 17, 2019 have been ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Information on COVID 19 Related Restrictions and United Announces Additional Repatration Flights from San Jose and Liberia (7 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:Travel Alert: Information on Continued COVID 19 Related Restrictions;  United Announces Daily Service from San Jose to Houston and Weekly Service from Liberia to Houston. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed  5486 cases of Corona virus as ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights. (2 July 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (2 July 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 4023 cases of Corona virus as of July 2, 2020.  On July 2, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) placed much of Costa Rica’s Greater Metropolitan Area ... Read More»

Personal Protection Equipment for Local Governments

July 2, 2020 The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative (ODR) donated personal protection equipment supplies to Costa Rican municipalities. Local governments received more than 15,000 face masks, 140,000 gloves, more than 3,000 protective glasses, 77 gallons of hand gel, and 3,000 bottles of half liter of hand gel.   U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces Extension of Border Closing and Information on Repatriation Flights (28 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (28 June 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 3130 cases of Corona virus as of June 28, 2020.  The Ministry of Health has announced the border closure will be extended until August 1, ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces New Preventative Measures and Information on Repatriation Flights (23 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Announces New Preventative Measures and Information on Repatriation FlightsGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23 June 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 2368 cases of Corona virus as of June 23, 2020.  The Health Ministry has announced that as of June 27, all commercial ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE(22 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE   Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (22 June 2020)   Costa Rica has confirmed 2277 cases of Corona virus as of June 22, 2020.  The Health Ministry has announced that as of June 27, all commercial workers who interact ... Read More»

Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Suspends Additional Reopening Measures Due to Increase in CV 19 Cases (21 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Travel Alert: Ministry of Health Suspends Additional Reopening Measures Due to Increase in CV 19 Cases Event:  Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Preventative Measures and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Costa Rica has confirmed 2213 cases of Corona virus as of June 21, 2020.  Due to the recent increase of ... Read More»

The United States Celebrates Costa Rica’s Coast Guard 20th Anniversary

As part of the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Embassy announced the donation of the services of a special adviser to create the comprehensive 10-year strategic plan for Costa Rican Coast Guard Service, maintenance sheets, tutorial videos, and a commemorative book. The Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service of ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (09 June 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Travel Alert: Information New COVID 19 Measures and Additional Repatriation Flights to the United States   Costa Rica has confirmed 1375 cases of Corona virus as of June 9, 2020.  The Health Ministry and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) on June 7 announced an orange alert ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (30 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: MPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON EXTENDED BORDER CLOSING, GRADUAL REOPENING, AND REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.   On May 29, the Costa Rican government announced that the country remains on track to continue its reopening plan with several ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (25 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.     Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  As of May 16, Costa Rica further eased Coronavirus restrictions and ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (21 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.  Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  As of May 16, Costa Rica further eased Coronavirus restrictions and ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (18 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.    Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  As of May 16, Costa Rica further eased Coronavirus restrictions ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (15 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  Beginning on May 16, Costa Rica will further ease Coronavirus restrictions ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (13 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRADUAL REOPENING AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced a plan for a gradual reopening.  Beginning on May 16, Costa Rica will further ease Coronavirus restrictions ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 May 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ADDITIONAL REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY. **Please note that current border restrictions prohibiting foreigners from entering Costa Rica have been extended through June 15. Current vehicle restrictions will also remain in place through May 15. Tourists ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (30 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ADDITIONAL REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE CAREFULLY.   **Please note that current border restrictions prohibiting foreigners from entering Costa Rica have been extended through May 15. Current vehicle restrictions will also remain in place through May 15. ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. **Please note that current border restrictions prohibiting foreigners from entering Costa Rica have been extended through May 15. Current vehicle restrictions will also remain in place through May 15. Tourists who entered Costa ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose (28 April 2020)

Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Event:  United Airlines has resumed limited commercial service between San Jose and the United States through May 15. For more information, please visit their website at www.united.com . For the latest status of the San Jose airport and a list ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer an additional commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (9 April 2020)

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING REPATRIATION FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer a commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to Houston, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy San Jose (7 April 2020)

Due to countrywide travel restrictions routine consular services will not be offered on Wednesday, April 8 and the U.S. Embassy will be closed Thursday April 9 – Monday April 13, due to observance of local holidays. If you have an emergency requiring Consular assistance, please call +506-2519 2000 or visit our embassy website at https://cr.usembassy.gov/ Current ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Essential Equipment to Costa Rican CCSS

The United States Embassy -through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program- did the first of two donations of medical protection equipment to the Costa Rican Social Security Institution (CCSS). The equipment was purchased from local Costa Rican providers and it included: 9.700 medical gowns 57.000 pairs of surgical gloves. There will be a second ... Read More»

AUTHORIZED LEGAL PERMANENCE UNDER THE TOURISM SUBCATGEGORY

The period of legal permanence authorized for foreign persons under the migratory subcategory of Tourism who entered the country after December 17, is extended until May 17, 2020. The Immigration Administration will also limit in-person operations through May 17 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Documents that would have expired during that ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica March 6, 2020 Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide.  On March 6, 2020, the Costa Rican Ministry of Health identified one case of COVID-19 in an American Citizen ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Outreach Event in Golfito

Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce the upcoming Consular event – routine services for U.S. citizens in Golfito.  Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Golfito at the date and times indicated and to answer questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary services, and federal benefits inquiries, please indicate ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Services on Tuesday, January 21

On Tuesday, January 21, the Consular Section will be open for American Citizen Services from 8:00 to 10:00 am and from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  From 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, we will be providing services via phone only.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have an emergency please call 2519-2000.   Read More»

Security Alert: Heightened Middle East Tensions

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose     January 8, 2020 Location: Costa Rica Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. Embassy personnel are instructed to review security, safety, and emergency procedures.  ... Read More»

Fraud Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose

Fraud Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose December 10, 2019 Location: Costa Rica, nationwide Event:  American Citizen Services has received reports from U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica reporting telephone calls from individuals purporting to work for the U.S Embassy in San Jose.  The callers state the Embassy is updating profiles of U.S. citizens for the Costa ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health Alert

Health Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose October 4, 2019 Location: Costa Rica Information:  Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other respiratory viruses tend to be very common in Costa Rica from May through September. Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes more serious health problems in children under 1 year of age, and up to two years of age.   A child with ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Outreach Event in Tamarindo

Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce the upcoming Consular event – routine services for U.S. citizens in Tamarindo. Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Tamarindo at the date and times indicated and to answer questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary services, and federal benefits inquiries, please ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Outreach Event in Tilaran

Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce the upcoming Consular event – routine services for U.S. citizens in Tilaran. Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Tilaran at the date and times indicated and to answer questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary services, and federal benefits inquiries, please ... Read More»

Security Alert-Possible Protests in San Jose September 3, 2019

Subject: Alert: Security Alert-Possible Protests in San Jose September 3, 2019 Security Alert—U.S. Embassy San Jose According to open source information, two protests may occur on Tuesday morning in San José.  Taxis may begin at 0600 in Loma Linda and drive East on Route 39 to La Casa Presidencial in Zapote.  ANEP Unión members may begin ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach Event in Perez Zeledon – September 26 , 2019

Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce the upcoming Consular event – routine services for U.S. citizens in Perez Zeledon. Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Perez Zeledon at the date and times indicated and to answer questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary services, and federal benefits ... Read More»

This week in the Peace Corps: Bricks to Bread – A success story

The Tico Times Brian Davis / Peace Corps Volunteer October 9, 2018 In July 2017, Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) Brian was introduced to Nancy Fitzimons Alvarado, a 1989 Peace Corps Volunteer and the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Bricks to Bread. Brian partnered up with Bricks to Bread with the hopes of bringing a great ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach Events in Uvita, and Perez Zeledon

San José, September 18, 2018 Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce two upcoming Consular events – routine Consular services for U.S. citizens in and Uvita and a Town Hall event in Perez Zeledon.  Our Consular staff will be on hand to provide the below services in Uvita and to answer any questions. To RSVP for passport renewals, notary ... Read More»

Alert: Ongoing Public Strike and Related Protest Activity in Costa Rica

San José, September 18, 2018 Local and social media report that last week’s demonstrations against the host government’s fiscal plan likely will continue this week throughout Costa Rica, and particularly in San Jose. Protesters may express their opposition by interrupting government services, creating traffic jams, and disrupting local commerce.  This may occur with little or ... Read More»

This week in the Peace Corps: Six Costa Rican students win scholarships to study in United States

The Tico Times Katherine Stanley August 9, 2018 Their outstanding academic performance, English fluency, leadership, and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have paid off: six Costa Rican students have won a scholarship for technical studies in the United States. María Nazareth Mata Castillo, Valeria Saborío Barquero, Diego Hernández Montero, Maxwell Jornae Pita ... Read More»

This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating a scout anniversary

The Tico Times July 30, 2018 Many Peace Corps Volunteers across the country have the opportunity to work with the Guías y Scouts, including the troop pictured above, which was formed one year ago. Volunteer Xavier helped celebrate with them by participating in various scout activities including learning how to build a tent, build a ... Read More»
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