Visas and Health in Costa Rica

Whatever the reason you choose to travel to Costa Rica, consider taking out travel or expat health insurance for you and your family. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses are essential, regardless of your destination.


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 a European Union citizen, you will probably 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. For other nationalities, please check the Costa Rican embassy. For people looking to live for a longer period in this country, you will need a visa.

French Embassy in San Jose
In Curridabat Del Indoor Club – 200 Out of 50 Oeste –
BP 10177 – 1000 San Jose
Tel: [506] 234 41 67
Fax: [506] 234 41 95

Costa Rican Embassy in Paris
4 Rapp Square Street – 75007 Paris
Tel: – consular sect

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 vaccines for tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, meningitis A and C and 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: Flies, mosquitoes, midges bites can transmit leishmaniasis, dengue fever, Chagas disease (trypanosomiasis) Dengue remains endemic, and increases in the months of May to November, 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.

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 international health insurance when traveling or living in Costa Rica? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in Costa Rica in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, 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.

Mondassur supports you in your choice of international health insurance by helping you compare the different offers on the market. Depending on your profile, we will be able to offer you different travel, international student and expatriate insurance packages.

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