Medical services are available throughout the country and many doctors speak English. All the main cities & towns have a public hospital: San José, Cartago, Limón, Puntarenas, Ciudad Quesada (near Arenal), Nicoya, Liberia, and Golfito. Rural communities usually have small medical offices called EBAIS, where you can head to for basic attention. Before you travel check the routine vaccinations (Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio). Contact your local health department at home for advice on traveling to the Central American tropics.
Starting August 01, 2008, the recent Executive Decree published by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, declares the vaccination against the Yellow Fever mandatory to any person who wishes to enter our national territory coming from countries that are considered at risk. The countries declared at risk of the transmission of the Yellow Fever are the following:
South America: Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia with the exception of Department of the Archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina.
If you should have any clients coming from any of the countries mentioned above, it is very important to inform them that they must receive the vaccine against the Yellow Fever in order to come into Costa Rica. The clients must carry the International Vaccine Certificate guaranteed by the World Health Organization and must be shown to the migration agent.
Additionally, we recommend you to bring all prescribed medications needed. Camino Travel suggests you to purchase in your home country a travel insurance that covers you overseas in case of illness or death, and to acquire trip cancellation insurances that reimburse you if you incur in last minute cancellations (most hotels and tour companies in Costa Rica do not reimburse late cancellations). Inform us if you have any particular health requirement (allergies, food restrictions, asthma, etc.), so that we can plan your itinerary accordingly!