One of the things you need to prepare for a trip abroad is travel insurance. I started purchasing travel insurance since my first trip to Costa Rica in 2010. Nowadays, travel insurance is highly recommended not just for COVID, but also for travel delays and unexpected occurrences that have been happening lately.
In this post, I’ll talk about why you should get travel insurance and my recommended travel insurances for Costa Rica and international.
Why You Should Get Travel Insurance
First of all, well, pandemic. We all know from experience that literally ANYTHING can happen and now, even a pandemic can happen in this day and age.
Second, flights are still changing, being cancelled and delayed all the time as the travel industry bounces back. Lost luggage, lost hotel reservations, cancelled trips, are all possibilities even more nowadays. Even pilot strikes, crazy passengers and damaged planes are all reasons to get travel insurance!
Now let’s talk about getting travel insurance for Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Entry Requirements
First of all, Costa Rica no longer has any specific entry requirement to enter the country for tourists. Please read our Costa Rica COVID entry requirements post for specific updated details.
However, we still do recommend to purchase a travel insurance because travel is still recovering from the pandemic and LOTS of changes are happening still. Pilot strikes, cancelled flights, lost luggage, flight delays… all have more possibilities to occur now.
If you are looking for a general travel insurance for Costa Rica, I have used two different ones: Trawick and World Nomads. Trawick was the insurance we recommended when travel insurance used to be a mandatory requirement to enter Costa Rica as they offered specific COVID-19 travel to Costa Rica. Although insurance is no longer required to enter Costa Rica, we still highly recommend to purchase travel insurance and Trawick is a great option.
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Why You Should Get Travel Insurance for Costa Rica
Weather Delays and Cancellations
We highly recommend this, particularly if you are visiting Costa Rica during the North American winters. I can’t tell you the amount of times we’ve had to help out our readers who had their flights cancelled or delayed due to the winter storms up north.
Some of them had to cancel entire trips, some of them lost all their tours and hotel reservations, some had to stay in Costa Rica for a couple extra nights until they could get on the next available flight. Many of them had lost their luggage since their flights got cancelled and delayed so many times.
Likewise, hurricane season up north can cause flight cancellations and delays. For example, Hurricane Ian in 2022 hit Florida hard and cancelled a ton of in and outbound flights. Christmas 2022 travel was hit so bad by horrible storms that we’ve had readers who had to cancel their entire trip to Costa Rica. Their flights get kept delayed and rescheduled, then eventually cancelled. They lost several days so it wasn’t even worth coming to Costa Rica anymore at that point!
With travel insurance, you will be covered for all of that due to inclement weather.
Rainy season in Costa Rica
Costa Rica rainy season can get extremely intense being a tropical country. If you’re visiting the months of September and October, for most of the country it rains very hard. It is common for some parts of Costa Rica to flood.
In 2016, Hurricane Otto crashed through the north of Costa Rica, even killing people and destroying roads and homes. In 2017, Tropical Storm Nate hit Guanacaste hard. Many people had to cancel all their travel plans or they got stuck. Trees fell on houses and cars, roads were closed, etc. Roads are more slippery in rainy season and accidents are more prone to occur during this time of year.
In 2020, the bridge to Nosara collapsed and people got stuck. Tropical rainy season is no joke.
You’re going to adventure in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country highly regarded for its fantastic outdoor adventure and sports. Every visitor participates in at least during their trip here whether it’s hiking, ziplining, kayaking, etc. Although safety is the number one priority, accidents can happen.
If unfortunately an accident happens, travel insurance will help cover the cost of emergencies.
Holiday travel means more opportunities for theft
Theft is the most common crime in Costa Rica. If you are visiting during Christmas, New Years or Easter week (which normally coincides with spring break), you need to be very careful. Since these are our peak season times, the beaches get packed with both local and foreign tourists camping, drinking and partying.
Unfortunately, thieves take advantage of this time to break into cars and pick pocket. (Make sure to read our Costa Rica safety tips post on how to stay safe).
So there you are, reasons to get travel insurance for Costa Rica and our recommendations.
Thanks to the new digital nomad law passed in 2022, Costa Rica is now one of the best countries who those who want to live and work abroad. If you plan to be a digital nomad in Costa Rica, we highly recommend to purchase the insurance from Safety Wing instead as they offer a specific nomad insurance.
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Read our other Costa Rica travel tips below!
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Hi- LOVE the blog! you mentioned elsewhere about Chase Sapphire (car rental insurance i think?), and i also inquired about their other travel insurance. it seems pretty good (it’s comparable to allianz which i used to get when i traveled without a chase sapphire). do you think i would need more than the chase? i’m not sure any other travel insurance covers more
I use my Chase Sapphire for renting cars since they provide worldwide CDW coverage but for other things like health and emergencies, I normally purchase an extra insurance but its important to compare plans to see which one fits your needs the best
Kathy Weidler says
We are researching travel insurance options for our upcoming trip at the end of July. What ‘proof’ is required that you have the travel insurance? Is there a certificate that is shown to someone? We want to make sure that we have the correct proof. Thank you in advance! We have relied heavily on your blog as we have planned our first trip to Costa Rica!
Once you purchase your travel insurance, they should email you a PDF with the letter and certificate and that’s what you upload to the CR health pass. Please read our CR COVID travel guide as it goes into this in detail and you can see exactly what you need and have to do: Costa Rica COVID travel
Tom Griffiths says
Hi, I went to the Trawick site and the Costa Rica policy for Costa Rica is called Safe Travels International but you quoted Safe Voyager. Did I find the wrong policy or is it just named differently because I’m in Canada? It is however $150 less expensive than Sagicor for a 60+ year old couple for 14 days.
It is different as I’m from the US and Trawick has the international policy for non-US citizens/residents.
Greg Bielawski says
Hi, Sammi, I like your blog and have followed it for several years now. We are planning our 6th trip to Costa Rica, renting a house on Playa Negra, in Jan 2022. Regarding Travel Insurance, I had a policy from Travel Insured International that they let me carry a voucher forward from a trip that was canceled due to Covid. Unfortunately the terms of that policy are $100,000 medical per person but only $1000 per person for quarantine hotel expenses, versus the required $2000. Have you heard of a traveler just posting a deposit for the quarantine hotel expenses and that being accepted by the Costa Rican Travel Authorities? Or do you know of any insurance company that I can just purchase the quarantine hotel coverage of $2000 per person? Do you think that Costa Rica will lessen their requirements for travel insurance before our trip in Jan 2022? Or that the entry requirements might become less stringent for those that are fully vaccinated? Thank you!
Check Sagicor, I know that they sell just the accommodation insurance but in Jan 22 there may be different entry requirements so I would wait since it’s still very early
Taylor Rae says
Thanks for you’re great advice! I love World Nomads travel insurance too. I’m going to Costa Rica in two weeks and am wondering if I should buy only Trawick International or both Trawick International AND World Nomads. Please let me know the difference or what you would do! Thank you so much!
Trawick offers an insurance specifically for Costa Rica, unfortunately World Nomads doesn’t have one that fulfills the CR requirements.
Anita C says
Hi, thank you for the recommendations.
I’m going to costa rica with my bf next month. We are flying there together but returning at different dates (I will stay another another 3days), do you recommend us purchasing one policy to cover for the both of us or get two difference policies?
If we purchase one policy, do I need to increase the coverage to $100,000 USD ($50,000 per person) for medical and $4,000 USD for extended lodging expenses?
Thanks for your help
Hi Anita, every foreigner entering Costa Rica must have their own insurance but since you’re leaving different dates, I would purchase two separate ones because your Costa Rica tourist visa stamp gives you as many days you purchase insurance for.
Hi Jean-Marc, in Costa Rica medical care is much cheaper. I don’t know exact details or anything so I can’t go into it too much but that would be my guess is why. And that is what World Nomads offers.
Jean-Marc Filiatrault says
Hi! I see that you appear to be confortable with $100,000 emergency accident coverage. However, here in Canada, my choice from the insurance companies is 1, 2 or 5 million $. Is 100,000 $ really enough?
Many tks in advance,