COVID-19 Information

Last updated:10/06/2022 The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers . Check the CDC website for additional information and  Frequently Asked Questions . Entry and Exit Requirements Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? No The Costa Rica Tourism Board …

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Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022.

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2022 are as early as October 5th.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in …

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Welcome to the September 2022- Quarterly U.S. Citizen newsletter!

Stay up to date on key topics important to the U.S. citizen community in Costa Rica: Welcome to the Quarterly U.S. Citizen newsletter! Stay up to date on key topics important to the U.S. citizen community in Costa Rica September 2022 Edition Costa Rica’s pristine coasts and natural parks attract tourists from around the world.  …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy, San Jose

Location: Countrywide  Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .  The World Health Organization has determined the multi-country outbreak of  monkeypox  is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern ( click here  to view the WHO’s determination). Actions to Take:​ Travelers should AVOID : Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions. …

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Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! 

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida.  Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Weather Alert

June 29, 2022 Location: Throughout the country Event: The U.S. National Hurricane Center and Costa Rica’s National Commission on Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE) are tracking the development of a tropical storm forming in the southern Caribbean Sea that could affect Costa Rica. This event is projected to bring heavy rain to parts of …

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Welcome to the Second Quarterly U.S. Citizen newsletter!

Stay up to date on key topics important to the U.S. citizen community in Costa Rica:   AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY: Happy Fourth of July – The United States celebrates the Fourth of July to honor the birthday of the United States and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress. Independence Day is …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy, San Jose (June 13, 2022)

Location: Countrywide   Event:  As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to show …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Certain Colones Bills to be withdrawn from Circulation February 1, 2022

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (January 27, 2022) Location:  Costa Rica Subject:  Certain Colones Bills to be withdrawn from Circulation February 1, 2022 On February 1, 2022, the Costa Rican government will be withdrawing ¢20,000 colones bills printed on cotton paper from circulation.  This represents an extension from the previous deadline.  The old …

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Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the …

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Message For U.S. Citizens: Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (January 3, 2022) Location:  Costa Rica Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States …

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Alert: Planned Protests – Thursday, December 23, 2021

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (22 December 2021) Event: Planned Protests – Thursday, December 23, 2021 The U.S. Embassy has received credible information from open-source social media platforms indicating that the Juventud Vanguardista Costa Rica is calling for the general public to protest against U.S. policies toward Cuba at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose on Thursday, …

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RESIDENTS of TEXAS: UPCOMING PRIMARY ELECTION

Register and Request Your Absentee Ballot Now for this Upcoming Election: March 1, 2022: Texas Primary Election The State of Texas will conduct a primary election for U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens can register to vote between January 1 and February 9, 2022. Voters …

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Message For U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (17 December 2021)

 Location: Worldwide  Event:  Passport Fee Increase Effective December 27, 2021 Effective December 27, 2021, the passport security surcharge will increase from $60 to $80 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-82 form or the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who apply after reporting their previous passport lost …

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Alert:New CDC Requirements for Entry to the United States Beginning November 8, 2021

Subject: Alert:New CDC Requirements for Entry to the United States Beginning November 8, 2021 Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (26 October 2021) Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event: New CDC requirements beginning November 8, 2021, that all airline passengers traveling to the United States must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in addition to …

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RESIDENTS of FLORIDA AND OHIO: UPCOMMING SPECIAL ELECTIONS

Register and request an absentee ballot now for these special Congressional elections:   November 2, 2021: Florida Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional District 20 November 2, 2021: Ohio Special General Election in U.S. Congressional Districts 11 & 15 January 11, 2022:  Florida Special General Election in U.S. Congressional District 20 If you would like …

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Travel Alert: Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements. Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 31

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (15 October 2021) Event:Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements Through October 31, 2021.  Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 31, 2021.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel COVID 19 In Costa Rica: Costa Rica has confirmed 550,134 cases of COVID-19 as of …

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Travel Alert: Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements. Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 15

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (30 September 2021) Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event:  Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements.  Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through October 15.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. COVID 19 In Costa Rica: Costa Rica has confirmed 530,119 cases of COVID-19 as of September 30, 2021.  1,335 people are …

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Travel Alert:  Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements. Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through September 30

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (31 August 2021)  Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event:  Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements.  Costa Rican Sanitary Measures and Driving Restrictions Through September 30.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. COVID 19 In Costa Rica: Costa Rica has confirmed 461,145 cases of COVID-19 as of August 31, 2021.  1,154 …

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Weather Alert

July 23, 2021 Location: Costa Rica Event: Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) has placed all of Costa Rica under weather alerts due to heavy and persistent rainfall for the next 12 to 24 hours.  The entire Caribbean and Northern regions of the country are currently under an Orange Alert, indicating there may be localized evacuations or …

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Travel Alert: National Public Transport Strike Possible on June 15

Travel Alert: National Public Transport Strike Possible on June 15 Location: Costa Rica – Level 4 Do Not Travel Travel Alert: Monday June 14, 2021 Event:  National Public Transport Strike Possible on June 15, 2021 Costa Rican media outlets are reporting that the bus and taxi driver unions are calling for a national public transportation strike across Costa Rica …

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 Travel Advisory: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for March 2021. Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.

Location: Costa Rica Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports.  Expired passports cannot be used for travel outbound from the United States. Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (May 25, 2021) If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be …

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RESIDENTS OF TEXAS AND OHIO: UPCOMMING SPECIAL ELECTIONS

Submit your absentee ballot now in these special elections for federal office: July 27, 2021: Texas Special Runoff Election in U.S. Congressional District 6 August 3, 2021: Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional District 11 & 15 If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the …

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Media Reporting Sporadic Protests and Road Blocks Across Costa Rica. Government of Costa Rica Extends Nationwide COVID-19 Related Driving Restrictions

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event: Media Reporting Sporadic Protests and Road Blocks Across Costa Rica.  Government of Costa Rica Extends Nationwide COVID-19 Related Driving Restrictions.  Please Read Entire Message. Travel Alert: Tuesday May 11, 2021  Nationwide protests:   Costa Rican media outlets and social media sources are reporting that Rescate Nacional …

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Travel Advisory: Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Daily Driving Restrictions. Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4 Do Not Travel Event:  Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Daily Driving Restrictions.  Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.   PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (26 April 2021 Costa Rica has confirmed 236,930 cases of COVID-19 as of April 26, 2021.  641 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, …

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Travel Advisory:Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Weekend Driving Restrictions. Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Costa Rica Announces Nationwide Weekend Driving Restrictions.  Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.   PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (17 April 2021)  Costa Rica has confirmed 227,553 cases of COVID-19 as of April 16, 2021.  507 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 236 …

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Costa Rica Announces COVID-19 Security Measures for April and Date for Opening of Land Borders

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Costa Rica Announces COVID-19 Security Measures for April and Date for Opening of Land Borders.  Entry and Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens.   PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 March 2021)  Costa Rica has confirmed 215,178 cases of COVID-19 as of March …

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Residents of Texas and Louisiana: Upcoming Special Elections

RESIDENTS OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA: UPCOMING SPECIAL ELECTIONS Submit your absentee ballot now in these special elections for federal office: The following states have elections in the next 90 days: March 20, 2021: Louisiana Special Primary Elections in U.S. Congressional Districts 2* and 5** May 1, 2021: Texas Special Election in U.S. Congressional District 6*** …

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Costa Rica Extends Tourist Visa Validity Until June 2, 2021 With Proof of Purchase of COVID-19 Medical Insurance …

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Costa Rica Extends Tourist Visa Validity Until June 2, 2021 With Proof of Purchase of COVID-19 Medical Insurance and Notification to Costa Rica’s Tourism Institute (ICT).  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (2 March 2021)  Costa Rica has confirmed 205,086 cases of …

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 Travel Advisory: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for March 2021. Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for March 2021.  Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (26 February 2021) Costa Rica has confirmed 203,914 cases of COVID-19 as of February 26, 2021.  266 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 150 of them …

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Security Alert: Planned Protest Near Legislative Assembly and ICT- February 22

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (21 February 2021) Event: Planned Protests – Monday, February 22nd The U.S. Embassy has received credible open-source information from social media sites indicating several municipalities plan to conduct a protest in front of the Legislative Assembly on Monday, February 22.  A specific time for the protest has not yet been announced.  According to …

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Safety Alert : Planned Protests – Monday, February 22nd

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (19 February 2021)   The U.S. Embassy has received credible open-source information from social media sites indicating several municipalities plan to conduct a protest in front of the Legislative Assembly on Monday, February 22.  A specific time for the protest has not yet been announced.  According to the information, the group …

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Safety Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (15 February 2021) Event: Planned Protests – Monday, February 15th  The U.S. Embassy has received credible open-source information indicating Rescate Nacional (RN) may conduct protests on Monday, February 15, 2021. In the past, protests organized by RN have occurred nationwide and have resulted in roadblocks and associated violence. According to the …

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Travel Advisory: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for February 2021. Information on Entry and Exit Requirements for Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for February 2021.  Information on Entry and Exit requirements for Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 January 2021) Costa Rica has confirmed 151,382 cases of COVID-19 as of January 28, 2021.  441 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 175 …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)    

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)     Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older …

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Travel Alert: Information on COVID-19 Restrictions for December 31-January 31. Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  IInformation on COVID-19 Restrictions for December 31-January 31.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23 December 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 161,942 cases of COVID-19 as of December 23, 2020.  634 people are hospitalized with …

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Safety Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose

December 22, 2020 Location:  San Jose, Costa Rica Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is aware of the reports regarding recent deaths in Costa Rica associated with the consumption of tainted alcohol.  At this time, we are not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.  The …

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Travel Alert: Information on November COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on Current COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (19 November 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 127,012 cases of COVID-19 since March 2, 2020.  U.S. citizens from all 50 U.S. States and Washington, …

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Travel Alert: Information on November COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event:  Information on Current COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (10 November 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed  118,566 cases of COVID-19 as of November 10, 2020.  U.S. citizens from all 50 U.S. States and Washington, …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on October COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 3 Reconsider Travel Event: Information on Current COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Commercial Flights in November.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (22 October 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 100,616 cases of COVID-19 as of October 22, 2020.  Costa Rica’s Ministry of …

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Travel Advisory: Costa Rica–Level 3 Reconsider Travel

Travel Advisory: Costa Rica–Level 3 Reconsider Travel Location: Costa Rica (14 October 2020)  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. Costa Rica has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the  Embassy’s COVID-19 page  for …

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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 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Appointments for Routine Services Now Available

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Appointments for Routine Services Now Available Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (1 October 2020) Event:  Effective October 1, the American Citizen Services division of the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica will open a LIMITED NUMBER of appointments for …

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 Travel Alert: Information on October COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on October COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Commercial Flights in October. PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE.. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 74,604 cases of COVID-19 as of September 29, 2020.  Costa Rica’s National Emergency …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Commercial Flights in September.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (23  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 68,059 cases of COVID-19 as of September 23, 2020.  From September …

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 Travel Alert: Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE.. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (16  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 59,516 cases of Corona virus as of September 16, …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (10  September 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 52,549 cases of Corona virus as of September 10, …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (1 September 2020)   Costa Rica has confirmed 42,184 cases of Corona virus as of September 1, …

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Travel Alert: Updated Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Information on September COVID-19 Restrictions.  Information on Revised Requirements for Entry into Costa Rica and Repatriation Flights in September  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (29 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 38,485 cases of Corona virus as of August 29, …

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Updated Information on Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens and Holders of Temporary and Permanent Residency in Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Updated Information on Entry Requirements from U.S. Citizens and Holders of Temporary and Permanent Residency in Costa Rica.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAG Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (24 August 2020)   Costa Rica has confirmed 34,463 cases of Corona virus as of August 24, …

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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:  New Commercial Repatriaion Flights Announced.  Information on Current COVID-19 Related Restrictions.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (18 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 29,643 cases of Corona virus as of August 18, 2020.  The Ministry of Health has announced gradual …

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Security Alert: Escazu Municipal Police Announces Temporary Suspension of Services

Location:  Escazu, San Jose  Events: Temporary Suspension of Municipal Police Services in Escazu (San Jose). August 12, 2020  Embassy contacts have confirmed the Policia Municipalidad Escazu (Escazu Municipal Police or PME, which is the largest police force in Escazu) has temporarily suspended public services after staff tested positive for COVID-19.  PME officials have reported that all …

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Costa Rica Announces Changes to Closed Phase of COVID-19  Restrictions. Information on Current Restrictions and Repatriation Flights.

Location: Costa Rica — Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: Costa Rica Announces Changes to Closed Phase of COVID-19  Restrictions.  Information on Current Restrictions and Repatriation Flights.  PLEASE READ ENTIRE MESSAGE. Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (10 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed  23,872 cases of Corona virus as of August 10 , 2020.  …

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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 (7 August 2020) Costa Rica has confirmed 22,081 cases of Corona virus as of August …

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 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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  

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Travel Advisory- Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy San Jose January 13, 2020 Location: Costa Rica Event: Level 2 Travel Advisory: Exercise Increased Caution Country Summary: While petty crime is the predominant threat for tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault, occurs in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government provides additional security resources …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Weather Alert — U.S. Embassy San Jose

Weather Alert — U.S. Embassy San Jose August 13, 2019 Location: Costa Rica Event:  The United States National Weather Service has identified the potential for heavy rainfall for Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua from early Wednesday, August 14, through Friday, August 16.  Rain accumulation of 1-3 inches/day with maximum of 4-6 inches/day is forecasted.  The highest risk …

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Safety Alert –U.S. Embassy San Jose

Location:  San Jose, Costa Rica Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is aware of the reports regarding recent deaths in Costa Rica associated with the consumption of tainted alcohol.  At this time, we are not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.  The deaths have reportedly …

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