Starting August 1st, travel insurance will no longer be a requirement for tourists who are minors under 18 or who are fully vaccinated. To qualify for the latter case, you must comply with the following:

  • Have received an approved vaccine: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson
  • Last dose must have been administered 14 days prior your arrival in Costa Rica
  • The proof of the vaccination to be showed must include your full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
    • For U.S. citizens, the Covid-19 vaccination record card meets the requirement.

Aside from the tourists who are under this exception, the remaining that do not meet the requirement of being a minor or fully vaccinated, will still have to purchase travel insurance as a tourist requirement to enter Costa Rica. The travel insurance must be valid for the entire stay in Costa Rica (and for a minimum of five (5) days for tourists in transit). The insurance company can be a Costa Rican or a foreign one, the requirements will vary:

International policies: They shall meet the following:

  • Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000
  • Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.

Costa Rican policies: the minimum coverage is set at $20,000 and the tourist can opt for one of the authorized packages issued by:

Foreigners with the immigration category of permanent or temporary resident, or special category (with the exception of the Student Subcategory), are exempted from the requirement of the travel insurance if they demonstrate to be covered by and up-to-date with the payment of the insurance of the Costa Rican social security (this can be verified at this link:

Foreigners with temporary or permanent residency, or temporary category who return to Costa Rica, and who are not up to date with the corresponding payments with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, must acquire a temporary insurance for 22 days, which can be a local or an international insurance that complies with the same requirements that are applied to a foreign tourist.

Costa Rican citizens do not require health insurance.

The health pass remains as a requirement for all persons who enter the country. It must be filled out 72 hours before the arrival to Costa Rica.

Please be aware that failure to comply with these requirements will cause the entry denial, fulfilling the requirements once in the country is not permitted.

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