The Department of State recently made a new system available for US travelers to have access to security information on their travel destination.
In the past the Department of State only issued travel warnings and advisories which informed travelers about any particular dangerous situations in the different countries; this new option provides safety and security information for every country in the world, and offers important details on situations that could affect tourists; ranking the countries according to their security in levels 1 to 4.
Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions: Lowest-advisory level for safety and security risk.
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.
Level 3: Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel because of serious risk to safety and security.
Level 4: Do Not Travel: Highest risk advisory level. Greater Likelihood of life-threating risks.
Costa Rica is included in the Level 1 “Exercise normal precautions in Costa Rica. Some areas have increased risk”.
Among the precautions issued for the country is the warning of not traveling to the Poas Volcano National Park (natural disaster) and to exercise precaution in the central neighborhood in Limon, the city of Liberia in Guanacaste, the neighborhood of San Rafael in Desamparados, Pavas and Hospital (downtown San Jose) all in the San Jose province. The warning issued for these neighborhoods have to do with criminal activity such as armed robberies and assaults as well as homicides.
Other countries like Mexico and Nicaragua are ranked in Level 2, while El Salvador and Honduras are in Level 3.
Countries ranked in level 4 include: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, South Sudan, among others.