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Costa Rica dropping insurance requirement for vaccinated travelers

As of Sunday, Costa Rica will stop requiring a health insurance policy for minors and for adults who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The measure officially takes effect starting August 1, 2021. As of that date, minors (under 18) and those who are fully vaccinated can enter Costa Rica as tourists without purchasing a travel health insurance policy.

In order to qualify, adults must:

  • Have received an approved vaccine: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.
  • The last dose of the schedule must have been administered at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.
  • Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
    • For U.S. visitors, the Covid-19 vaccination record card meets the requirement.
Woman holding Covid-19 vaccine card
A Covid-19 vaccination record card. Photo via Temple Health.

Everyone entering Costa Rica will continue to be required to complete the Health Pass, an epidemiological form. This must be filled out during the 72 hours before arriving in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica will also continue mandating insurance for unvaccinated adults, for adults with partial vaccination, and for adults who were vaccinated with a formula other than those previously mentioned.

For these individuals, the insurance must meet the following requirements, as detailed by the Tourism Board:

  1. Valid for the entire stay in Costa Rica.
  2. $50,000 USD for medical expenses, including those from COVID-19.
  3. $2,000 USD for lodging expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine.

Unvaccinated tourists can also opt for any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products that are registered and authorized by the Office of the Superintendent General of Insurance of Costa Rica: INS, Sagicor and BlueCross BlueShield.

The minimum coverage for policies sold by Costa Rican insurance companies is $20,000.

Costa Rica has required insurance and the Health Pass since it reopened its air borders on August 1, 2020.

All U.S. airlines that served Costa Rica before the pandemic have resumed their nonstop service.

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