Costa Rica

Costa Rica: General Health Risks


Malaria is transmitted by the night-time - dusk to dawn - biting female Anopheles mosquito.

Risk is present in Limón Province (Matina Canton), Heredia Province (Sarapiquí Canton), Alajuela Province (San Carlos Canton), and Puntarenas Province (Golfito and Osa Cantons).

Risk is absent in most of the country; risk exists only in specified areas:

High risk months for Malaria are: January to December

Incidence of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria: 0%

Areas with drug resistant Malaria:

Suppressive medication is not recommended.

Travellers going to risk areas should follow meticulous anti-mosquito bite measures from dusk to dawn during the malaria season. Download IAMAT's whitepaper How to Protect Yourself Against Malaria for details.