Travelers Alert for Insecurity in Costa Rica

The U.S. government decided to raise the security alert level for travel to the Central American country from 1 to 2, arguing that violent crimes are occurring that can affect tourists.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The North American country maintains four categories that classify the degree of danger that tourists face when visiting a destination. In the case of Costa Rica, it went from category 1, which tells travelers to take normal precautions, to category 2, which warns that greater caution should be taken.

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From the U.S. State Department's statement:

January 7th, 2020. For this year the precautionary alert was increased in Costa Rica due to crime.

Country Summary: While petty crime is the predominant threat to tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault, occurs in the country. The Costa Rican government provides additional security resources in areas frequented by tourists.

If you decide to travel to Costa Rica:

-Take care of your surroundings.
-Don't physically resist any attempted robbery.
-Don't show signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
-Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.
-U.S. citizens should always exercise caution when traveling abroad.
-Follow the Department of State on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
-Review the Crime and Security Report for Costa Rica.
-Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler's Checklist.



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