Costa Rica, which is a sovereign state situated in Central America, has a population of about 5 million people living in a land area of 51,060sq km. It shares borders with Nicaragua (to the North), Panama Southeast), the Caribbean Sea (Northeast), Pacific Ocean (Southwest) and Ecuador (South of Cocos Island).
This Central American state is known to be a perfect place for tourism and vacation. It is blessed with beautiful beaches, rivers, mountain resorts, and even jungles for travellers who love adventures.
Although it attracts many travellers and tourists, we cannot overlook the health status of the state. It is very important to get detailed information about the prevalent diseases in Costa Rica before travelling there.
Costa Rica is free from Yellow fever; however, there is a risk of Malaria in the province of Limon all year. The rest of the country has Low to No Risk of Malaria.
There is a risk of Malaria in the province of Limon. Other provinces in Costa Rica have Low to No Risk of Malaria.Malaria, which is caused by the female anopheles mosquitoes, causes high-grade fever, muscle pains and severe joint pains. It is best to get advice regarding the most appropriate medications for malaria before travelling to Costa Rica; this will prevent it from developing.
Bite Avoidance through the use of treated mosquito nets, DEET 50% & body covering clothes will help reduce the risk of contracting malaria significantly.
Fortunately, Yellow Fever does not affect the residents of Costa Rica. Hence, there is little to no risk of transmission of Yellow Fever in Costa Rica. A Yellow Fever Certification Requirement is nonetheless issued to some travellers heading there. This applies to ONLY the travellers who have visited areas known to be affected by the viral Yellow Fever.
It is recommended that all travellers heading to Costa Rica receive the appropriate vaccines. You won’t be required to take all the routine vaccines while your doctor will suggest the specific vaccines you should take based on your health status and the province you are visiting.
You can contact us at The Travel Clinic, London for a Personal Risk Assessment (PRA) to determine the best vaccines for you before you visit Costa Rica. The table below shows the Travel Vaccinations that you might go for before you visit Costa Rica.
|Vaccine||All Travellers||Most Travellers||Some Travellers||Mode of Transmission||Course of Vaccination||Price
|MMR||Yes||–||–||Person-to-Person||Measles, mumps, rubella, 2 Doses||£ 100|
|DTaP||Yes||–||–||Person-to-Person||Tetanus diphtheria, polio, Single Dose||£ 85|
|Typhoid||–||Yes||–||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhoid, single Dose||£ 95|
|Hepatitis A||–||Yes||–||Contaminated Food and Water||Hepatitis A, Single Dose||£ 60|
|Rabies||–||–||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, 3 doses||£ 90|
|Hepatitis B||–||–||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||Hepatitis B, 3 doses||£ 80|
AVOID eating from open Buffets. DO NOT eat uncooked vegetables, salads and fruits that you cannot peel.
Costa Rica exports its seafood; you will, however, get plenty amount of sea bass and tuna in the coastal regions.
It is common to get fruit drinks made with fresh fruits, water and milk. There are good beers brewed in Costa Rica.
The water is safe to drink; however, it is advisable to opt for bottled water. Your body might not adapt immediately to change in environment.
Costa Rica is a tropical country. The weather is temperate in the mountains, but on the beaches, it can get to 270c. Do well to apply sunblock liberally on your skin to avoid sunburn.
The standard of care in some public health facilities is quite impressive, especially in San José. We advise that you make use of Private Clinics in Costa Rica unless you are in a state of emergency. You can access hospitals in the major cities and large provinces. Do well to get a note from your Doctor containing any prescription medication that you would need before you embark on your journey to Costa Rica
To start your journey to Costa Rica, visit The Travel Clinic located at Suit F, 117A Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AT, UK. Don’t hesitate to reach to us today through our contact us page or dial 020 37457527 and we will be glad to help with the vaccination procedure.