emergency info for costa rica

With pristine beaches, a vibrant culture, and familiar cuisine, it’s no surprise why it has become such a popular honeymoon destination. Costa Rica is quickly becoming the holiday destination of choice, especially considering how close it is to America, with an average flight time of 4 hours and 41 minutes. This combined with no visa requirement for US citizens has made it an ideal escape. When it comes to planning trips, there are certain things which are important to know, such as who to call or what to do in an emergency. Regardless of what you’re doing in Costa Rica, let’s discuss some important emergency info for Costa Rica.

Here is some useful and emergency information for those wishing to plan a trip to Costa Rica.

Emergency Info for Costa Rica and How to Handle a Covid Situation

As much as we’re all sick of hearing or talking about Covid-19, it still has an impact on how we travel and what we can do when we arrive at places. This is just as true in Costa Rica as it is in the United States, although it is more relaxed due to the much smaller population. Tourists entering the country will need to fill out a Health Pass or abide by a Travel Policy. From August 1st (2021) tourists won’t need a Travel Policy if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, with their final dose at least 14 days prior to entering Costa Rica. 

Be sure to have your COVID-19 vaccination record card, or any relevant vaccination documents handy when entering the country. 

Tourists that aren’t vaccinated will be required to purchase international insurance which abides by the following:

  • Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
  • $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.
  • $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.

They will also need a certificate in English or Spanish stating the name, validity of effective dates, guarantee of cover, and a minimum $2,000 for covering lodging costs.

Crime in Costa Rica

In the 2020 Global Peace Index, Costa Rica was ranked 32 out of 163 countries in terms of overall peace, and came first out of the twelve countries in its region. Like any popular vacation destination, there will always be some troublemakers who will try to cause trouble for tourists.

In case of medical emergency outside of the resort

Luckily, calling 911 works in Costa Rica and will generally connect you with an English speaking police officer. The police in Costa Rica are known to be quite fond of tourists, unlike in many other heavily-touristed countries. It can also be wise to buy a Costa Rican sim card on entering the country to ensure you’ll be able to call emergency services.

Having to think about these sorts of things is certainly not fun, but it’s an important part of having a great and safe vacation or honeymoon!

Probably the last thing you want to think about when planning your honeymoon destination. Costa Rica thankfully has universal healthcare, and good travel insurance is an entry requirement. If you’re bringing medication be sure to bring a list of active ingredients, as well as any prescription notes if you’re on opiates. 

Private healthcare is also relatively affordable in Costa Rica, just be sure to keep receipts of all payments for your insurance provider.

The Benefits of a Resort: Avoiding Scams

Like any vacation destination, always perform transactions and get goods and services through official channels. Thankfully, one of the major benefits of a resort such as Ylang Ylang is that everything you will require is within the resort, ensuring that your vacation will be a great one!

Considering how safe, affordable, and beautiful it is there, it truly seems like the absolute ideal honeymoon destination. Costa Rica has so much to offer in terms of food, culture, and the many festivals which are celebrated throughout the year. If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation to bring you and your partner, or are simply looking for somewhere to explore, look no further than Ylang Ylang resort. 

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