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 in San Jose, Costa Rica. On March 6, the Ministry of Health released an updated notice regarding the potential for COVID-19 in Costa Rica. The language of the Notice is available on its website. https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1532-lineamientos-nacionales-para-la-vigilancia-de-la-infeccion-por-coronavirus-2019-ncov
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Costa Rica.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
- Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.
- Visit the Ministry of Health’s Spanish social media website https://www.facebook.com/msaludcr/. The Ministry of Health (MOH) emphasized that it remains the official source for any news regarding COVID-19 in Costa Rica and has continued its campaign against fake news related to COVID-19. https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1532-lineamientos-nacionales-para-la-vigilancia-de-la-infeccion-por-coronavirus-2019-ncov
- Call Costa Rica’s 911 emergency number if you believe you have symptoms and are currently in Costa Rica. English speaking operators are available.
U.S. Embassy San Jose
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Costa Rica Country Specific Information
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