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 information, RN indicates they plan to protest the new public employment law and negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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

Actions to take:

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


U.S. Embassy San Jose

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Costa Rica Country Specific Information



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