This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.
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Important health risks
The malaria risk is low in the provinces of Limón, Heredia, Alajuela and Puntarenas. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.
There is no malaria risk in San José and the remaining parts of the country.
In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.
Other insect-borne diseases
Ticks can transmit diseases.
You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.
Other frequent health risks while travelling
Read these tips before you leave.
Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
Update of basic vaccinations
There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. Vaccination is not necessary if you are travelling from Belgium.
Vaccination is exceptionally compulsory if you have been in a country where yellow fever may occur in the past six days (see map) from the age of nine months. This is not necessary when transiting through an airport or for travellers coming from Argentina, Panama or Tobago.
This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.