It’s official — Costa Rica government officials have dropped the travel insurance requirement for travelers from the United States. Even as other countries work to strengthen their anti-tourism policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. travelers will now have an easier time getting into Costa Rica than they have in more than a year.
On Aug. 1, 2021, Costa Rican officials announced that travelers from the U.S. would no longer need to provide proof of travel insurance if they meet one of the following conditions:
To be considered fully vaccinated, at least two weeks must have passed since your final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Currently approved COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. include the following:
If you’re fully vaccinated, that means you can enter Costa Rica, but you will need to add one more item to your essential travel items list: your COVID-19 vaccination record card.
As of the time of this writing, only 61 percent of adults in the U.S. were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That leaves 39 percent of U.S. adults who may be wondering whether they can still travel to Costa Rica.
In short, the answer is yes — you can go to Costa Rica if you are unvaccinated. However, you will have to meet some specific requirements. First, you will still have to provide proof of health insurance that would cover the costs of any medical treatment related to COVID-19 and quarantine lodging during your stay.
Your insurance card won’t do the trick, either. You need to get special certification from your insurance company that confirms the following:
Keep in mind that Costa Rican immigration officials still reserve the right to determine the amount of time you can spend in the country. So, if you show up without proof of vaccination and an insurance policy that doesn’t cover your entire planned stay, you might be turned away or have your stay limited.
Good news if you’re worried about having to spend two weeks in isolation in beautiful Costa Rica: U.S. travelers are not required to quarantine after arriving in Costa Rica, as they were earlier in the pandemic.
However, if you test positive for COVID-19 while you are in Costa Rica, you will be forced to quarantine for 10 to 14 days, depending on how severe the infection appears to be. This is in line with most major airlines, which require travelers to isolate for two weeks after a positive test and prior to boarding any flight.
The easing of travel restrictions means we’re about to begin a wonderful season of travelers experiencing all the fun, beauty, and relaxation Costa Rica has to offer. If you want to be a part of that, take advantage of the vacation packages, tours, and world-class fishing we offer at Adventure Tours Costa Rica. Call 1-800-761-7250 or contact us online.