COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 12/3/2021  ***    Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the …

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Enroll in or update your information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose is conducting an annual verification of STEP enrollments. Please log in to your STEP account to verify that your profile, phone numbers, email address, travel dates, and location in Costa Rica are up-to-date. If you are visiting or living in Costa Rica, and have not yet enrolled in STEP , we strongly …

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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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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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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting …

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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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U.S. Citizens Living in Costa Rica Can Vote in This November’s General Election

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Press Release The U.S. Embassy in San José can help U.S citizens request an absentee ballot and send it to their election office in the United States U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica can vote in the U.S. general election on November 3 by requesting an absentee ballot and sending it …

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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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Economic Impact Payments for U.S. Social Security Recipients

If I live outside the United States and not in a U.S. Territory, how and when will I get my economic impact payment (EIP)? Social Security beneficiaries with a foreign address whose monthly benefit is deposited in a foreign bank will receive their EIP by paper check in the mail, because the IRS does not …

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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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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 …

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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach Event in Dominical – September 25 , 2019

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

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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 …

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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 …

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Union Protests starting Monday, September 10, 2018

San José, September 7, 2018 Local media report that Costa Rican unions are planning to strike starting on Monday, September 10, in downtown San Jose. Strikes will continue throughout the week.  Protestors may express their opposition to the new fiscal plan being discussed in National Assembly by shutting down certain government services and creating traffic jams …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose – Location:  Nicaragua and its border areas

Location:  Nicaragua and its border areas Event:  Roadblocks are present throughout Nicaragua, including the border crossings with Costa Rica, making overland travel unpredictable; road travel is even more dangerous after dark, when the likelihood of violence at roadblocks, and other crime, increases.  Nicaraguan authorities may deny entry to travelers attempting to cross into Nicaragua via …

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Staying Safe This Summer in Costa Rica

Coming to Costa Rica soon? Follow the below tips and exercise caution and good judgment to make your stay a pleasant and safe one. Know Your Environment Costa Rica lies in an active seismic zone; small earthquakes are commonplace and authorities sometime limit access to national parks near active volcanoes for safety. During the rainy …

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Primary Elections Begin This Month

Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at  FVAP.gov This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace the formally used Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel …

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