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Costa Rica: Health Guide

A surfer’s paradise, an explorer’s playground. Costa Rica is made for action-packed itineraries. Follow this guide to stay healthy while you expand your horizons.

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Travel Vaccines and Health Tips for Traveling to Costa Rica

Currently, there are no Costa Rica vaccine requirements for travel from the United States. However, things can change, so check for updates before you hit the Runway.

If your itinerary includes a visit to another country before you make it to Costa Rica, you may require additional vaccinations. A Yellow Fever vaccine and proof of vaccination may be required to enter. [Check here] to see if you are traveling from a Yellow Fever endemic area.

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Yellow Fever – Only required if you are entering Costa Rica from a Yellow Fever endemic country [check here].
    • Typhoid – Recommended if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay. [Learn more – link to vaccination section under ‘everything you need to know’ ].
    • Rabies – Recommended if you are planning activities that may involve contact with domestic animals or wildlife (e.g. camping, farm visits). [Learn more – link to vaccination section under ‘everything you need to know’ ].

With gasp-worthy mountains, lush jungles, and untouched beaches, Costa Rica is the ultimate adventure destination. Don’t let sickness ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes to keep you feeling your best:

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

can help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so we recommend packing medication just in case.

Altitude Sickness Medication

is recommended if you plan to visit places at higher elevations, like Cerro Chirripo, Volcan Irazu, Cerro de la Muerte, Volcan Turrialba, Volcan Poas, and Volcan Barva, as well as Braulio Carrillo National Park, Cartago, Monteverde, Varablanca and Zarcero.

Malaria Medication

is recommended if you are visiting Alajuela Province near the border with Nicaragua. There is rare to no Malaria transmission in the rest of the country so Malaria medication is not essential anywhere else.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Especially if you’re planning to explore islands, this medication can alleviate resulting queasiness.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

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Medical Entry Requirements For Costa Rica

Currently, there are no Costa Rica vaccine requirements for travel from the United States. However, things can change, so check for updates before you hit the Runway.

If your itinerary includes a visit to another country before you make it to Costa Rica, you may require additional vaccinations. A Yellow Fever vaccine and proof of vaccination may be required to enter. [Check here] to see if you are traveling from a Yellow Fever endemic area.

Recommended Medications For Costa Rica

With gasp-worthy mountains, lush jungles, and untouched beaches, Costa Rica is the ultimate adventure destination. Don’t let sickness ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes to keep you feeling your best:

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

can help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so we recommend packing medication just in case.

Altitude Sickness Medication

is recommended if you plan to visit places at higher elevations, like Cerro Chirripo, Volcan Irazu, Cerro de la Muerte, Volcan Turrialba, Volcan Poas, and Volcan Barva, as well as Braulio Carrillo National Park, Cartago, Monteverde, Varablanca and Zarcero.

Malaria Medication

is recommended if you are visiting Alajuela Province near the border with Nicaragua. There is rare to no Malaria transmission in the rest of the country so Malaria medication is not essential anywhere else.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Especially if you’re planning to explore islands, this medication can alleviate resulting queasiness.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

Recommended Vaccines For Costa Rica

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Yellow Fever – Only required if you are entering Costa Rica from a Yellow Fever endemic country [check here].
    • Typhoid – Recommended if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay. [Learn more – link to vaccination section under ‘everything you need to know’ ].
    • Rabies – Recommended if you are planning activities that may involve contact with domestic animals or wildlife (e.g. camping, farm visits). [Learn more – link to vaccination section under ‘everything you need to know’ ].

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From vaccination requirements to best health practices, all your Costa Rica travel questions answered.

Costa Rica does not currently require any vaccines for travel from the United States.

 

ℹ️ However, if you are traveling to Costa Rica from one of the countries listed below, you will need to show proof of your Yellow Fever vaccination to be granted entry:

 

  • African Continent: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
  • South & Central America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia (except Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín, and San Andrés Providencia and Bogotá), Ecuador (applicable only to Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos and Zamora-Chinchipe, and excludes the rest of the country), French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay (with exception of Asunción), Peru (the entire country except Lima, the capital, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Piura, and Cajamarca), Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago (the entire country with the exception the urban areas of Port of Spain and travelers in transit or whose itineraries are limited to the island of Tobago), Venezuela.

Several medications may be useful to have with you. When visiting Costa Rica, most people will take or travel with the following medications: 

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s Diarrhea is a highly common condition affecting up to 50% of travelers visiting Costa Rica. Runway can prescribe anti-diarrhea antibiotics, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We also provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication. 
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8000 ft above sea level. However, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5000 ft and above. There are many volcanoes and mountains in Costa Rica that sit at high altitudes. Cerro Chirripo, Volcan Irazu, Cerro de la Muerte and Volcan Turrialba all sit above 11000 ft above sea level. Volcan Poas and Volcan Barva both sit above 8000 ft above sea level. Braulio Carrillo National Park, Cartago, Monteverde, Varablanca and Zarcero all sit above 5000 above sea level. Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication as a preventative measure to keep you climbing and exploring as much as possible.  
  • Malaria Medication: Instances of malaria in Costa Rica are rare to non-existent. However, there has been an increase in cases in Alajuela Province near the border of Nicaragua. Depending on where your travels take you, Runway can prescribe Malaria medication, listed in the medication options above.
  • Motion Sickness Medication: No matter the means of travel throughout Costa Rica, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

TSA allows medication in pill or solid form on international flights. For liquid medication, the same requirement is in place for carry-on luggage; it cannot exceed 3.4 oz. but can be packed in checked luggage. 

Medications you procure in Costa Rica may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Getting your prescription travel medications in advance with Runway allows you peace of mind to enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

Make sure you’re up to date on any recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip.

 

What vaccines should I have when traveling to Costa Rica?

 

There are no required vaccines for Costa Rica for those traveling from the US. However, based on your trip itinerary and personal history, the list below includes recommended vaccines that you might need.  

 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Costa Rica

Routine childhood vaccinations are recommended for traveling to Costa Rica. If you received the following vaccines as a child, you are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Costa Rica

Here is a list of additional vaccines for preventable diseases that you may want to consider based on your trip itinerary:

  • Yellow Fever: Only required if traveling to Costa Rica from a country considered high risk for Yellow Fever as designated by WHO: 
    • African Continent: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
    • South & Central America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia (except Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín, and San Andrés Providencia and Bogotá), Ecuador (applicable only to Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos and Zamora-Chinchipe, and excludes the rest of the country), French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay (with exception of Asunción), Peru (the entire country except Lima, the capital, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Piura, and Cajamarca), Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago (the entire country with the exception the urban areas of Port of Spain and travelers in transit or whose itineraries are limited to the island of Tobago), Venezuela.

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Botswana.
  • Rabies: Rabies vaccination is recommended for those working directly with wildlife, such as veterinarians, field biologists, and animal handlers. It is also recommended for anyone planning to camp, trek, explore caves, or visit farms or rural areas.
  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, enjoying an extended stay, or traveling extensively in the interior of Costa Rica (e.g. hikers or trekkers). Travelers who use antacid therapy should also consider Typhoid vaccination. 

 

Source: https://www.iamat.org/country/costa-rica/risk/typhoid-fever

https://www.iamat.org/country/costa-rica/risk/rabies

Navigating another country’s healthcare system can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Arm yourself with resources prior to your trip to have the information you need on hand and ready at your disposal. 

 

Are there Costa Rica hospitals that are easily accessible?

 

Costa Rica has a free public healthcare system for its residents. For those enjoying short-term travel, it’s highly recommended to obtain a travel insurance policy to cover any medical expenses necessary when visiting Costa Rica and submit it through the country’s online Health Pass. 

 

What is the cost of private hospitals in Costa Rica?

 

Generally, a specialist visit at a private hospital in Costa Rica costs approximately $100-$200 depending on the hospital and service. However, check what your travel insurance policy covers and if it’s accepted at private healthcare facilities.

 

What is the average cost of Costa Rica medical care?

 

Healthcare costs are significantly less expensive in Costa Rica when compared to the US, averaging approximately $60 USD per visit, though it depends on where you go and the services. 

 

What should I expect when it comes to healthcare for tourists in Costa Rica?

 

Costa Rica is known for its medical tourism, particularly involving visitors from the US. It’s viewed as one of the premium healthcare systems in Latin America and is relatively low in cost and high in quality when compared to the US and other high-income countries. With that being said, planning and preventative care can reduce the need to find healthcare solutions in Costa Rica.

 

Is emergency medical care in Costa Rica readily available?

 

The emergency number for medical care in Costa Rica is 911 with bilingual (Spanish and English) representatives available. As with emergency services in other countries, accessibility depends on ER availability and the area where you are seeking help.

Prevention is key. You can avoid getting sick in Costa Rica by implementing preventative measures with Runway and taking precautions while traveling. 

 

What common conditions may I be susceptible to when traveling to Costa Rica?

 

In addition to vaccine-preventable illnesses to be aware of, there are also a few common health issues in Costa Rica to prepare for as well. These include:

 

  • Heat Exhaustion: Costa Rica is known for its tropical climate which can lead to heat exhaustion during your travels and can result in symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, and headaches. It’s important to stay hydrated with filtered water and/or electrolyte-enhanced drinks, as well as stay covered and cool with lightweight, loose clothing. When the body overheats, it can result in salt deficiency due to excessive sweating. It may be beneficial to buy salt pills as part of your preventative care when exploring. 

 

  • Heatstroke: Heatstroke can quickly set in when spending too much time in the sun without staying properly hydrated. The combination of the two can cause your body’s natural cooling system to fail and cause your body temperature to skyrocket to a dangerous level. It can result in severe headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and/or nausea. First, secure shade and rehydrate to cool the body down to avoid the condition from worsening and eventual hospitalization. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe a non-habit-forming sleep aid to help you rest as needed.

 

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip:

 

Avoid contaminated water: It’s our recommendation to always err on the side of safety and stick with bottled water instead of consuming tap or unfiltered water. Coming into contact with contaminated water, whether through touch or consumption, can lead to Leptospirosis, a disease caused by bacteria that can result in symptoms including fever, chills, headache, and vomiting among others. It also commonly leads to traveler’s diarrhea, which can definitely put a damper on your experience.

 

Avoid Zika in Costa Rica: There are several diseases transferred via bug bites, including Zika, Dengue, and Leishmaniasis. Wear lightweight, long-sleeves, loose-fitting pants, and hats to protect yourself when in Costa Rica. Also, look for insect repellent including high percentages of active ingredients including DEET and lemon eucalyptus oil. It’s best to avoid open-air exposure while sleeping though, if outdoors, use a bed net. Otherwise, choose accommodations with enclosed, air-conditioned spaces.

 

Avoid red tide: Red tide in Costa Rica occurs on coastlines causing large numbers of dead fish to wash up on the beaches. This phenomenon occurs more commonly on the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Steer clear of ocean visits during this time as toxins in the air can cause respiratory distress and can be especially dangerous for people with asthma or other similar conditions. 

 

Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

 

With Runway on your side and all the necessary prevention measures in place, you can count on an enjoyable trip. Create your treatment plan now to stay healthy as you explore.

Costa Rica does not currently require any vaccines for travel from the United States.

 

ℹ️ However, if you are traveling to Costa Rica from one of the countries listed below, you will need to show proof of your Yellow Fever vaccination to be granted entry:

 

  • African Continent: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
  • South & Central America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia (except Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín, and San Andrés Providencia and Bogotá), Ecuador (applicable only to Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos and Zamora-Chinchipe, and excludes the rest of the country), French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay (with exception of Asunción), Peru (the entire country except Lima, the capital, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Piura, and Cajamarca), Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago (the entire country with the exception the urban areas of Port of Spain and travelers in transit or whose itineraries are limited to the island of Tobago), Venezuela.

Several medications may be useful to have with you. When visiting Costa Rica, most people will take or travel with the following medications: 

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s Diarrhea is a highly common condition affecting up to 50% of travelers visiting Costa Rica. Runway can prescribe anti-diarrhea antibiotics, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We also provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication. 
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8000 ft above sea level. However, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5000 ft and above. There are many volcanoes and mountains in Costa Rica that sit at high altitudes. Cerro Chirripo, Volcan Irazu, Cerro de la Muerte and Volcan Turrialba all sit above 11000 ft above sea level. Volcan Poas and Volcan Barva both sit above 8000 ft above sea level. Braulio Carrillo National Park, Cartago, Monteverde, Varablanca and Zarcero all sit above 5000 above sea level. Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication as a preventative measure to keep you climbing and exploring as much as possible.  
  • Malaria Medication: Instances of malaria in Costa Rica are rare to non-existent. However, there has been an increase in cases in Alajuela Province near the border of Nicaragua. Depending on where your travels take you, Runway can prescribe Malaria medication, listed in the medication options above.
  • Motion Sickness Medication: No matter the means of travel throughout Costa Rica, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

TSA allows medication in pill or solid form on international flights. For liquid medication, the same requirement is in place for carry-on luggage; it cannot exceed 3.4 oz. but can be packed in checked luggage. 

Medications you procure in Costa Rica may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Getting your prescription travel medications in advance with Runway allows you peace of mind to enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

Make sure you’re up to date on any recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip.

 

What vaccines should I have when traveling to Costa Rica?

 

There are no required vaccines for Costa Rica for those traveling from the US. However, based on your trip itinerary and personal history, the list below includes recommended vaccines that you might need.  

 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Costa Rica

Routine childhood vaccinations are recommended for traveling to Costa Rica. If you received the following vaccines as a child, you are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Costa Rica

Here is a list of additional vaccines for preventable diseases that you may want to consider based on your trip itinerary:

  • Yellow Fever: Only required if traveling to Costa Rica from a country considered high risk for Yellow Fever as designated by WHO: 
    • African Continent: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
    • South & Central America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia (except Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín, and San Andrés Providencia and Bogotá), Ecuador (applicable only to Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos and Zamora-Chinchipe, and excludes the rest of the country), French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay (with exception of Asunción), Peru (the entire country except Lima, the capital, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Piura, and Cajamarca), Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago (the entire country with the exception the urban areas of Port of Spain and travelers in transit or whose itineraries are limited to the island of Tobago), Venezuela.

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Botswana.
  • Rabies: Rabies vaccination is recommended for those working directly with wildlife, such as veterinarians, field biologists, and animal handlers. It is also recommended for anyone planning to camp, trek, explore caves, or visit farms or rural areas.
  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, enjoying an extended stay, or traveling extensively in the interior of Costa Rica (e.g. hikers or trekkers). Travelers who use antacid therapy should also consider Typhoid vaccination. 

 

Source: https://www.iamat.org/country/costa-rica/risk/typhoid-fever

https://www.iamat.org/country/costa-rica/risk/rabies

Navigating another country’s healthcare system can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Arm yourself with resources prior to your trip to have the information you need on hand and ready at your disposal. 

 

Are there Costa Rica hospitals that are easily accessible?

 

Costa Rica has a free public healthcare system for its residents. For those enjoying short-term travel, it’s highly recommended to obtain a travel insurance policy to cover any medical expenses necessary when visiting Costa Rica and submit it through the country’s online Health Pass. 

 

What is the cost of private hospitals in Costa Rica?

 

Generally, a specialist visit at a private hospital in Costa Rica costs approximately $100-$200 depending on the hospital and service. However, check what your travel insurance policy covers and if it’s accepted at private healthcare facilities.

 

What is the average cost of Costa Rica medical care?

 

Healthcare costs are significantly less expensive in Costa Rica when compared to the US, averaging approximately $60 USD per visit, though it depends on where you go and the services. 

 

What should I expect when it comes to healthcare for tourists in Costa Rica?

 

Costa Rica is known for its medical tourism, particularly involving visitors from the US. It’s viewed as one of the premium healthcare systems in Latin America and is relatively low in cost and high in quality when compared to the US and other high-income countries. With that being said, planning and preventative care can reduce the need to find healthcare solutions in Costa Rica.

 

Is emergency medical care in Costa Rica readily available?

 

The emergency number for medical care in Costa Rica is 911 with bilingual (Spanish and English) representatives available. As with emergency services in other countries, accessibility depends on ER availability and the area where you are seeking help.

Prevention is key. You can avoid getting sick in Costa Rica by implementing preventative measures with Runway and taking precautions while traveling. 

 

What common conditions may I be susceptible to when traveling to Costa Rica?

 

In addition to vaccine-preventable illnesses to be aware of, there are also a few common health issues in Costa Rica to prepare for as well. These include:

 

  • Heat Exhaustion: Costa Rica is known for its tropical climate which can lead to heat exhaustion during your travels and can result in symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, and headaches. It’s important to stay hydrated with filtered water and/or electrolyte-enhanced drinks, as well as stay covered and cool with lightweight, loose clothing. When the body overheats, it can result in salt deficiency due to excessive sweating. It may be beneficial to buy salt pills as part of your preventative care when exploring. 

 

  • Heatstroke: Heatstroke can quickly set in when spending too much time in the sun without staying properly hydrated. The combination of the two can cause your body’s natural cooling system to fail and cause your body temperature to skyrocket to a dangerous level. It can result in severe headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and/or nausea. First, secure shade and rehydrate to cool the body down to avoid the condition from worsening and eventual hospitalization. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe a non-habit-forming sleep aid to help you rest as needed.

 

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip:

 

Avoid contaminated water: It’s our recommendation to always err on the side of safety and stick with bottled water instead of consuming tap or unfiltered water. Coming into contact with contaminated water, whether through touch or consumption, can lead to Leptospirosis, a disease caused by bacteria that can result in symptoms including fever, chills, headache, and vomiting among others. It also commonly leads to traveler’s diarrhea, which can definitely put a damper on your experience.

 

Avoid Zika in Costa Rica: There are several diseases transferred via bug bites, including Zika, Dengue, and Leishmaniasis. Wear lightweight, long-sleeves, loose-fitting pants, and hats to protect yourself when in Costa Rica. Also, look for insect repellent including high percentages of active ingredients including DEET and lemon eucalyptus oil. It’s best to avoid open-air exposure while sleeping though, if outdoors, use a bed net. Otherwise, choose accommodations with enclosed, air-conditioned spaces.

 

Avoid red tide: Red tide in Costa Rica occurs on coastlines causing large numbers of dead fish to wash up on the beaches. This phenomenon occurs more commonly on the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Steer clear of ocean visits during this time as toxins in the air can cause respiratory distress and can be especially dangerous for people with asthma or other similar conditions. 

 

Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

 

With Runway on your side and all the necessary prevention measures in place, you can count on an enjoyable trip. Create your treatment plan now to stay healthy as you explore.

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