Student Insurance Costa Rica

We'll guide you through the process of obtaining the health insurance you need for your university stay in Costa Rica.

Student health insurance in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s appeal to students lies in its rich biodiversity, high-quality academic institutions and unique learning opportunities. These elements offer a unique and enriching educational and cultural experience. The process for studying in Costa Rica is relatively straightforward, requiring essential documents such as a letter of acceptance from a local university, recommendations, academic transcripts and a health insurance certificate. Having international student coverage is therefore essential, not only to meet administrative requirements, but also to protect your budget and your health. Such medical coverage offers protection in the event of illness or accident during your stay in Costa Rica, ensuring the financial security you need for a carefree academic experience.

Costa Rica Student Backup Insurance

Cost-effective international health insurance for emergencies.



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Student Insurance Costa Rica Student Budget

Health insurance with a good cover/price ratio.



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Student Insurance Costa Rica Student Global

Our most comprehensive international health insurance.



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How to choose student insurance for Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s social security system, known as Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or simply “La Caja”, offers medical coverage to all legal residents. Foreign students must go to a CCSS branch with the necessary documents (passport, residence permit, letter of acceptance from the university, proof of local address). And pay monthly contributions based on their declared income, or a fixed amount if they have no income.
They will be covered by the CCSS after registration and payment of fees. To use public health services, they must present their social security card or affiliation number to access healthcare. The public healthcare system is well regarded and offers universal coverage at affordable costs, but has limitations such as long waiting times and limited access to specialists. For those who wish to have the freedom to choose their provider, benefit from fast services and cover their healthcare costs without limitations, it is advisable to take out international student health insurance.

Health insurance for foreign students in Costa Rica?

For your study stay in Costa Rica, health insurance is essential, although the options are varied. The public system (La Caja) is popular for its comprehensive coverage and low costs, but waiting times can be long and access to specialists limited. On the other hand, international insurances such as GoldstudentInternational Student Insurance offer more extensive coverage, shorter waiting times and the possibility of choosing your own healthcare providers, even abroad.

Do I need health insurance for my study visa to Costa Rica?

The cost of health insurance for international students in Costa Rica varies according to many factors, including age, coverage needs and medical history. Local private insurance can cost as much as international plans. These international plans generally offer broader coverage, including treatment abroad, repatriation assistance, and dental and optical cover. An example of a low-cost plan is Goldstudent’s international student cover, available from just €27. o find out how much your insurance will cost and what kind of cover you are entitled to, get a free quote for your student insurance in Costa Rica.

How can I be insured as a student in Costa Rica?

To obtain a study visa for Costa Rica, a student must present proof of health coverage. This proof is required to ensure that international students can cover their medical expenses during their stay. So don’t forget to take out international health insurance before you leave, to meet visa requirements and ensure peace of mind during your studies. Here are some important details about this cover:

– Minimum coverage: Insurance must cover medical expenses, including hospital care, medical consultations, medication and accidents.
– Repatriation: Insurance must include repatriation in the event of serious illness or death.
– Duration: Coverage must be valid for the entire duration of your stay as a student.

We recommend that you check specific requirements with the Costa Rican embassy or consulate in your country, as they may vary slightly. Some educational institutions in Costa Rica may also offer specific health insurance plans for international students, so it may be worth consulting your school or university as well.

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