Costa Rica drops mandatory travel health insurance

A beach in Corcovado national park, Costa Rica

There is good news for Costa Rica’s medical tourism industry as the country has updated its entry requirements, dropping mandatory travel health insurance from August.

The two main markets for medical travellers to Costa Rica are the USA and Canada; so there is more good news as Canada opens up to allow vaccinated travel.

Accepted vaccines include Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. USA travellers will be required to present their “COVID-19 Vaccinated Record Card” as proof.

Costa Rica will continue to require tourists, regardless of age or vaccination status, to complete the Health Pass form at least 72 hours before their trip. Those who are vaccinated can attach their certificate to the form.

Costa Rica has become a popular destination among North American medical travellers for inexpensive, high-quality medical care. The main attraction is a high standard of medical care, and that cosmetic surgery and dental work are generally less than half the cost of the same procedures in the US.