Office of Global Affairs

Costa Rica – San Jose

Zika Virus Alert

CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

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San Jose, Costa Rica

Time difference between Seattle and Costa Rica is 1+ hour ahead.

Dialing Instructions

Country code: 506
Calling the US from San Jose, Costa Rica is 001-US Phone #
Calling San Jose, Costa Rica from the US is 011-506-#

Local Emergency Numbers

Local 911 equivalent is 911
Police: 911
Fire: 911
Medical: 911

US Embassy

Name: US Embassy San Jose
Address: Calle 120 Avenida 0, Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2519-2000
After-hours Phone: (506) 2519-2280
Twitter: @usebassysjo
Fax: 506-2220-2455


Name: Juan Santamaria Airport – San Jose
Airport Code: SJO
Additional Information: TEL: 506-437-2400
Airport is about 16km from San Jose