Insurance in Costa Rica and Health

Excited to travel to Costa Rica? Remember to take out travel insurance or expat insurance for you and your family! Travel insurance is now compulsory in Costa Rica with the Covid-19 pandemic. It must mention the assumption of medical expenses related to Covid-19. Our travel insurance for Costa Rica or our expatriate insurance allow you to meet the requirements of insurance certification to return to Costa Rica. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. The guarantees cover repatriation, hospital costs, civil liability and other medical expenses. Mondassur issues you a certificate immediately for the purchase of travel insurance for Costa Rica. For our policyholders with expatriate insurance,we also give you a certificate for Costa Rica on request.


Political regime: Democratic Republic
Capital: San José
Area: 51,100 sq km
Population: 4.906 million
Spoken languages: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican Colon

Visas and diplomacy

If you are European, there are big chances that you do not need a visa for tourist stays of less than 90 days. All you need is your passport, which is valid for at least six months. If you wish to emigrate to Costa Rica, you need a visa that depends on your situation there. We advise you to contact the Costa Rican Consulate in your current country of residence to find out the updated procedures.

Vaccines and Safety in Costa Rica

Compulsory vaccines and certificates

  • Compulsory vaccines and certificates: No vaccine is required for travelers to Costa Rica. On the other hand, the yellow fever vaccination certificate is required upon entry to the country for visitors from countries infected with the disease.
  • Recommended vaccines and certificates: For adults, don’t forget the vaccines against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A-B, meningitis A-C. For at-risk groups: tuberculosis and rabies. For children, don’t forget the vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), meningitis A and C (long stay for 18-month-old travelers), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).
  • Local diseases: The bites of flies, mosquitoes, midges can transmit leishmaniasis, dengue fever, Chagas disease (trypanosomiasis). Dengue fever remains endemic, and increases in the months of May to November, the rainy season. The Zika virus is a concern across the country. Other common diseases: Amibiase, chikungunya, ascaris, malaria, etc.

As you will understand, insect bites can be dangerous because viruses can be transmitted through the bite of the infected insect. Wear mosquito repellents and insect repellents, long-sleeved/leg clothing and avoid dusk or dawn, insects’ favourite moments…

Another recommendation: avoid contact with animals that are likely to transmit rabies.


As with other countries, follow the rules of security bases (i.e.: avoid showing your wealth, don’t leave your belongings unattended, depending on the neighborhoods don’t risk going out alone too late at night). The crime rate is high with a steady increase in the rate of drug-related homicide for several years. With regard to crimes against foreigners, robberies are not uncommon, there are occasional cases of armed robberies with assault.

Health insurance in Costa Rica

Why take out travel insurance when travelling or living in Costa Rica? Travel insurance is now required to travel to Costa Rica. In addition, health care spending is rapidly reaching very high sums in this country. Health insurance is required in Costa Rica to be able to be covered in a public or private institution. The repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical center or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.

For expatriates in Costa Rica, it is essential to have an international health insurance allowing you to get treatment in all private institutions of the country allowing you a good medical care also in private facilities. Depending on your family situation, your age, the length of your stay, we offer different types ofexpat insurance suitable for foreign residents in Costa Rica.

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