Costa Rica dropping insurance requirement for vaccinated travelers

The new policy affects vaccinated adults and minors.

Costa Rica will stop requiring a health insurance policy for minors and for adults who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the Tourism Board (ICT) announced Friday.

The measure takes effect starting August 1, 2021. As of that date, minors under 18 years old and adults who are fully vaccinated can visit Costa Rica without purchasing a health insurance policy.

The change comes “with the goal of protecting employment and continuing the economic reactivation of Costa Rica,” according to Gustavo Segura, Tourism Minister.

In order to qualify, adults must demonstrate the following:

  • That they received an authorized vaccine. These are: Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

  • That the last dose of the schedule was administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.

This proof must be demonstrated via a vaccine document that includes the person’s full name, the date of each dose, the pharmaceutical used, and the lot number.

For U.S. tourists, the “Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card” (like the one pictured above) meets Costa Rica’s requirements.


Costa Rica’s tourism requirements during Covid

Vaccinated or not, everyone entering Costa Rica must complete the Health Pass. This should be filled out during the 72 hours before arriving in Costa Rica.

Unvaccinated adults will continue to be required to purchase insurance covering Covid-19 and quarantine expenses. The insurance must meet the following requirements:

  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.

Tourists can also opt for coverage through Costa Rican insurance companies, at which point the minimum required coverage drops to $20,000.

Click here for full information about entry requirements via the Tourism Board.


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