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 the information, the group is protesting the new public employment law and negotiations with the IMF.

Additionally, the U.S. Embassy has received credible open-source information from local media outlets indicating dozens of tour guides will demonstrate outside the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) on Monday, February 22.  No specific time has been announced.  According to the information, the group wants a meeting with Minister of Tourism Gustavo Segura to find a solution to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19

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
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