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Risk / Health Info for Costa Rica

What vaccinations should I get for Costa Rica?

Having a tropical climate, the risk of catching a tropical disease is quite possible. You may not be aware but you will have to get yourself resistant of these diseases by getting yourself vaccinated. Luckily, vaccines can protect you and your children against these diseases. The health experts at GTC have put together an outline of the most common health hazards. You can see at a glimpse which vaccinations are required precisely and what additional safety measures you can take.

We at Global Travel Clinics not just provide you with the travel vaccination and travel immunization facility but also educate you and make you aware of the commonly prevailing diseases at a specific destination as well. Make sure you protect yourself by getting the required shots.

After a lot of research, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following  travel vaccinations for Costa Rica:

hepatitis A

hepatitis B


yellow fever






zika virus



rubella (MMR)

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)


pneumonia and influenza.



A healthy trip to Costa Rica? Prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Costa Rica as enjoyable as possible and avoid unforeseen shocks.

Altitude in Costa Rica
Parts of Costa Rica are higher than 2,400m, and travellers planning to spend time at a high altitude should take steps to protect themselves against the potentially life-threatening acute mountain sickness. Your healthcare provider can help with this.
Chikungunya virus in Costa Rica
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported in Costa Rica. It is spread by day-biting mosquitoes and you can guard against infection by covering up and using mosquito repellents. Infection results in joint pains, fever, rash and headache. It clears up after a few days, but some patients are left with swollen and painful joints for weeks or even years afterwards.
Dengue fever in Costa Rica
There have been cases of the mosquito-borne virus dengue fever in Costa Rica. Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever because of the severe bone, joint and muscular pains it causes, in addition to flu-like fever and headache. There is no vaccine for dengue fever. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Sleeping with mosquito nets is also recommended.
Zika in Costa Rica
Global Affairs Canada has issued a warning about the risk of contracting Zika in Costa Rica. Zika is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, and infection during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take advice before travelling to Costa Rica. Zika symptoms include rash, itch, mild fever, headache, red eyes, muscle and joint pains. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Mosquito nets and air conditioning should be used when sleeping.

Covid-19 Testing for Costa Rica

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Recommended Vaccines for Costa Rica

Vaccine NameCourse
Hepatitis A2 Doses
Hepatitis A and typhoid (combined)1 Dose
Hepatitis A (paediatric)1 Dose
Malaria prophylaxis
Typhoid1 Dose
Typhoid (oral)1 Dose
Rabies3 Doses
This is a general list of travel vaccinations and immunisations for Costa Rica. Specific vaccines can only be determined after appointment with our travel nurse.

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About Costa Rica

Best time to visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica generally has a warm, humid and tropical climate with numerous other microclimates depending on geographic locations. It is normally hotter and drier on the Pacific coast and cooler and wetter in the mountains. Costa Rica gets most of its rains between the months of May – November, so it’s best to travel from November to April.

Famous annual festivals include the Fiestas Palmares(Jan),centered around bullfights, concerts, and a horse parade; Easter Holy Week (Mar/Apr); the Limon Carnival (Oct), an Afro-Caribbean occasion with fireworks and parades; and Fiestas de Zapote (late Dec–Jan), with rodeos and carnival rides.


Travel attractions

San Jose being the capital, is rich in cultural institutes like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica renowned for its exotic beaches, volcanoes, and bio multiplicity. Roughly one quarter of its area is covered by protected forest, packed with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds. Mountain bustle for those who want something adventurous. It is one of the most favourite holiday destinations among travellers.

It is always mandatory to prepare yourself and take precautionary shots prior your visit to even the most popular holiday destinations like Costa Rica and who else other than Global Travel Clinics could provide you with the best travel advice, travel immunizations and travel vaccinations regarding your trip and making it most memorable keeping your health safety in check.

top Tips for travelling to Costa Rica

Head to Montezuma for a bohemian surfing experience. Guanacaste also offers a range of great beaches. For a biking adventure, go north to Arenal.