Last updated August 17, 2021

Within Costa Rica's 20,000 square miles, visitors can explore rainforests, mountains, beaches, nature reserves, national parks and volcanoes. But to access all these wonders, you'll need travel insurance.

Costa Rica's travel insurance requirements

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the summer approaches, Costa Rica's beautiful beaches might be calling you. But can you travel to Costa Rica right now? The short answer is yes, if you meet Costa Rica's entry requirements, which, for some visitors will include buying travel insurance that covers the duration of the Costa Rica trip.

All foreign visitors to Costa Rica must complete an electronic health pass form and purchase health insurance for Costa Rica travel that meets the health pass requirements:

  • Your travel medical insurance for Costa Rica must cover your entire stay in the country
  • At least $50,000 (U.S. dollars) for medical expenses, including COVID-19
  • At least $2,000 (U.S. dollars) for accommodation expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine

As of August 1, 2021, fully vaccinated are not required to have travel insurance, but will still be required to fill out the Health Pass. Instead of proof of travel insurance, vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccine. For American travelers this means showing your valid "COVID-19 Vaccinated Record" card. Additionally, you must ensure that your vaccinated came from an accepted manufacturer. These include Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Travel insurance for Costa Rica will continue to be mandatory for unvaccinated travelers. Given Costa Rica's entry requirements for tourists, finding the best travel medical insurance for Costa Rica can be a little tricky. Fortunately for U.S. travelers to Costa Rica, Safe Travels Voyager travel insurance for Costa Rica and meets COVID-19 requirements.

Effective January 2021, visitors to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 result no more than three days prior to boarding your flight. This holds true for both U.S. citizens and visitors to the U.S. So if you live in the U.S. and plan on vacationing in Costa Rica, be sure to get a COVID-19 screening before take off.

Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care providers of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

In addition, you'll also have to fill out the electronic health pass form 48 hours prior to boarding.

COVID-19 in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been hit hard with COVD-19 infections since the start of the pandemic. The CDC places Costa Rica at a Level 4, meaning there's a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

It's recommended that travelers avoid all travel to Costa Rica. Costa Rica has implemented strict COVID safety protocols. Tourists must purchase Costa Rica travel insurance for Covid.

At this time, masks are still required in public places. The U.S. requires all citizens and residents traveling to Costa Rica to test negative for COVID within 72 hours of their return flight.

For the most up-to-date information, be sure to visit Costa Rica's official tourism website.

Health & safety

While corruption and fraud are common crimes in Costa Rica, a tourist is unlikely to experience these issues.

The most common issues for tourists are insect and water-borne illnesses. Be sure to only drink bottled water and sodas, and make sure to order drinks made without tap water and ice. Be sure to pack bug sprays and sunscreen as bug bites, infection and sunburn can ruin a trip.

Necessary vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for Costa Rica.

All travelers:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Shingles
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia

Some travelers:

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid

The government of Costa Rica has approved a COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. citizens who are permanent or temporary residents are eligible to receive it, but the vaccine isn't available to tourists. Stay up to date with the latest information on Costa Rica and the COVID vaccine.

Visas and documentation

If you're visiting Costa Rica for more than 90 days, you'll be required to obtain a visa. If you're visiting Costa Rica for 90 days or less, the visa requirement may be waived depending on your home country.

You may also be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel depending on your home country.