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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: San Jose (Costa Rica), Tropical Storm Nate

Western Hemisphere > Costa Rica

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose alerts U.S. citizens living or traveling in Costa Rica of the effects of heavy rain and flooding throughout the country as the result of Tropical Storm Nate. 


The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports that a red alert is in place in Costa Rica’s three-level warning system (green-yellow-red) for the entire country except the Caribbean, which is under a yellow alert.   Heavy rainfall is expected over the next 6-12 hours, with the strongest in the mountainous areas.  At this time the government of Costa Rica has declared a national emergency and employed precautionary measures.  This includes the increase of emergency supplies for those staying in shelters, suspension of public sector nonemergency services, temporary closure of tourist sites, and the suspension of classes in all public schools today and tomorrow, October 6.


U.S. citizens are urged to avoid unnecessary travel and to further exercise extreme caution in areas vulnerable to flooding or landslides.  If you are stranded due to flooding or in need of immediate assistance, contact authorities via 911.  Citizens are also encouraged to follow local and national media for updates on flooding conditions and transportation routes.  


For road status and location of shelters, as the situation can change constantly, please consult the following web sites:

Transit Police:


NOAA Tropical Storm Advisory:

Juan Santamaria Airport Operating Status:


For further information about security in Costa Rica: