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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Costa Rica?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Costa Rica?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Costa Rica?
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Find the best travel insurance for Costa Rica

Within Costa Rica's 20,000 square miles, visitors can explore rainforests, mountains, beaches, nature reserves, national parks and volcanoes.

Whether you're heading to Costa Rica to participate in fun adventure or to relax, travel insurance is recommended.

Travel Requirements for Costa Rica

Travel insurance is not required for Costa Rica. However, it's still a smart idea to acquire a suitable travel medical insurance plan before your trip.

COVID-19 in Costa Rica

For the most up-to-date information on travel entry requirements for Costa Rica, please visit this tourism page. If you're traveling to Costa Rica, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

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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

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Costa Rica.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever
  • Malaria

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & 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.

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