Tourist Attraction and Travel Costs

Because Costa Rica requires foreign visitors to take out a local policy, which costs more than $275 for a two-week stay, tour operators are asking that insurance taken out abroad be accepted as an incentive for tourist arrivals.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

After more than four months of the country's borders being closed to tourists, commercial flights resumed on Aug. 3 with the arrival of an Iberia plane carrying more than 200 passengers from Spain.

Foreigners arriving in Costa Rica are required to have a negative covid-19 test and insurance to cover possible pandemic-related events, such as medical treatment and the possibility of the country adopting a strict quarantine that would force them to prolong their stay.

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So far, only the National Insurance Institute of Costa Rica (INS) is authorized to market policies with the coverage required by the authorities.

In this context, the "... business sector requested since last week, that policies issued abroad be accepted. Those offered by the INS range from $275 for minors to over $965 for those over 70, for a two-week stay."

Tomas Soley, head of the Superintendencia General de Seguros (Sugese), told that "... It would be essential to verify that the policy has all the necessary medical coverage, if it includes accommodation costs in case of quarantine, and if Costa Rica is part of the covered jurisdiction."

According to Ministry of Tourism officials, proposals are being prepared to enforce policies issued abroad.

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