The Government amended Executive Decree 42513-MGP-S to allow foreign tourists entering the country by air to use international insurance that covers hospitalization and accommodation in case of infection by covid-19.

Now, travelers arriving in Costa Rica will not be limited to purchasing the insurance offered by the National Insurance Institute (INS), but will be able to opt for a current policy with international coverage that covers medical expenses generated by the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

The insurance must cover minimum medical expenses equivalent to the costs of hospitalization in a hospital for the time it requires and a minimum coverage of 14 days for lodging expenses.

“In the event that insurance with international coverage does not meet any of these requirements, the foreign person must purchase travel insurance offered by one of the insurers authorized by the General Superintendence of Insurance in Costa Rica and duly registered by said authority ”, reads article 4 of the Executive Decree.

Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS)