What vaccinations do I need to enter Costa Rica?

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There are no vaccinations required to enter Costa Rica, although the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend that travelers be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Malaria contraction in Costa Rica is extremely rare, and most cases have been reported along the Caribbean coast; however, some visitors do bring anti-malaria medication. All tap water is potable, although if you wish to drink only bottled water it is readily available throughout the country. Costa Rica has high-quality, relatively inexpensive medical care; if you need to see a health care professional during your stay in the country, we will be happy to assist you.

For more information on traveler's health precautions, you may visit the CDC's Central America web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/ and choose the Central America and Mexico option on the pull-down menu.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ONLY FOR STUDENTS FLYING INTO COSTA RICA FROM:

South America

  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guyana
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Africa

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burnika Faso
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Ghinea
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Republic Democratic of Congo
  • Sierra Leona
  • Sudan

YELLOW FEVER VACCINATIONS:

All students flying into Costa Rica from any of the listed countries MUST be vaccinated against Yellow Fever no less than TEN days prior to entering Costa Rica. Students must get the original "International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever" and show this document at the airport.

NOTE: Students will not be allowed to enter Costa Rica unless they have been vaccinated at least 10 days prior to their arrival.

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