Travel insurance for Costa Rica

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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica (meaning Rich Coast) is the amazingly beautiful Central American country full of rain forests and coastlines both on the Pacific ocean and toward the Caribbean. The country is well known for its flora and fauna and is popular for its biodiversity. Given its location just north of the Equator, the climate is tropical throughout the year. The country has been a pioneer for Ecotourism and has an extensive network of national parks and eco protected areas.

Costa Rica is also popular for medical tourism. Many Americans find Costa Rica attractive for its easy accessibility and lower cost good healthcare. All of this makes Costa Rica the most popular tourist destinations in central America with nearly a million Americans visiting Costa Rica annually.
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Irrespective of whether you are visiting Costa Rica for a holiday, or intend to spend longer time in the country (Costa Rica was rated as the #1 country in the world for a comfortable retirement by US News & World Report and the UPenn, Wharton School study), it is important that you have good visitors medical insurance. For shorter stays, you should buy good travel health insurance Costa Rica, while retirees planning on living in the Republic of Costa Rica should buy global medical insurance, which while covering you in Costa Rica, will also make US healthcare facilities available to you. Customers can compare travel insurance quotes for Costa Rica and buy the most appropriate plan for their needs.

Do I need travel insurance for Costa Rica?

Given the fact that US domestic health insurance provides little coverage in Costa Rica, and the relatively low cost of travel insurance for Costa Rica, it is important for international travelers to buy good travel insurance for visiting Costa Rica.

Which is the best travel insurance for Costa Rica?

Excellent question and we try hard to find the best answer to this question! Given the unique needs of different travelers there is not one Costa Rica travel insurance plan that is always the best for everyone. If you are a traveler with concerns about an existing medical conditions, then you will be looking at different plans as opposed to a different traveler without any life-threatening pre-existing condition. We endeavor to give our visitors as much information as possible so they can find the best Costa Rica travel insurance plan. Our travel insurance quote comparison tool helps travelers compare different visitor travel insurance plans based on price and coverages in an objective manner. If you want some more guidance, our licensed agents are here to help you with your choice!

Para clientes que hablan español

Seguro de salud para Costa Rica en español

Seguro de salud para Costa Rica en español

Cobertura de seguro para viajeros Costarricenses

¿Está pensando en unas vacaciones en los Estados Unidos? No se olvide de protegerse con un seguro de salud en caso de enfermedad súbita o accidente. Los gastos médicos en los Estados Unidos pueden ser extraordinariamente altas. El uso de un plan de seguro estadounidense tiene muchas ventajas, incluiendo reembolso en dólares estadounidenses y pago directo al proveedor. Nuestras pólizas de seguro se pueden usar para cumplir los requisitos del visado Schengen para viajar a Europa. Simplemente lo compra por internet y puede imprimir una carta para el consulado unos minutos después.

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US students traveling to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a very popular destination for US students wanting to study abroad. The country provides excellent study opportunities for environmental science, biology and zoology students. Being a Spanish speaking nation, Costa Rica is also ideal for Spanish students. The country also attracts US students for its wonderful weather throughout the year.
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Travel insurance for Pensioners and older US travelers (65+ years) visiting Costa Rica

It is wonderful to see so many older Americans traveling to Costa Rica. However while visiting Costa Rica is exciting, US citizens should realise that Medicare and its supplements provide very little coverage outside US borders. There is a travel health insurance plan specifically designed for older American travelers. Indianapolis based International Medical Group (IMG) offers GlobeHopper Senior as an affordable overseas travel medical insurance option for US citizens and US permanent residents 65 years and older.

The GlobeHopper Senior plan is available either as the GlobeHopper Single-Trip plan for coverage from 5 days to 365 days, or as a GlobeHopper Multi-trip plan which covers 12 months with a maximum of 30 days per each overseas trip. The GlobeHopper Senior plan is very popular since it provides coverage of $1 million up to the age of 79 years and $100,000 for travelers more than 80 years old. The plan includes $2,500 cover for sudden unexpected recurrence of a pre-existing condition and $25,000 for emergency medical evacuation.
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Popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica


Year-round sunshine, breathtaking views, laid-back atmosphere and close proximity to national parks all make Tamarindo a popular destination for family vacations.

San Jose
San Jose

San Jose, is a modern city, complete with accommodation, shopping, dining, nightlife, and arts and culture. Surrounded by lush green valleys and mountains.

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

Arenal was the most active volcano in Costa Rica, and it’s frequent, small explosions once provided incredible shows of spewing lava.

Playa Jaco
Playa Jaco

Playa Jaco is a hugely popular destination because it offers the best of Costa Rica from gorgeous beaches to wildlife, outdoor activities and sizzling nightlife.

Costa Rica - General information

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map  Location

Central America

house  Capital

San José

language  Language

Mekatelyu, Bribri, Patois

currency  Currency

Costa Rican Colón

population  Population

Around 4 million

calendar  Best time to visit

Dec to Apr

map  Vacation spots

Manuel Antonio National Park, San Jose, La Fortuna, San Carlos, Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park, Tamarindo.

travel insurance for visiting Costa Rica

Confused whether you need to buy Trip Insurance or Travel medical insurance or long term Global health insurance?

If you have planned an expensive trip or cruise vacation and want to ensure that your trip expenses are insured, then you should buy Trip Cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance will protect your trip expenses invested like ticket and hotel bookings. These are typically not refundable sometimes. This type of insurance also covers expenses involves during trip delay, lost or delayed baggage and while emergency evacuation. The cost of a trip protection insurance policy will depend on the amount of money you have invested on your vacation and any other additional coverage you may need.

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Travel Lite | Travel SE | Travel LX | Round Trip | Round Trip Elite | Round Trip Economy | Round Trip Choice
While you are traveling outside your home country you are more vulnerable to medical issues given that you are in a new environment. You want to insure yourself against any emergency accident and sickness especially since your domestic health insurance may not protect you when you are outside your home country. In this situation where the focus is on the health insurance coverage of the traveler, you need to buy travel medical insurance. These are short term plans that offer coverage for expenses arising from medical treatment of injury or illness. The coverage includes inpatient and outpatient care, evacuation and repatriation. Some plans offer limited coverage while other are comprehensive in nature. You need to know the differences before you buy it.. Not all travel health insurance plans provide coverage for preventive care or for pre-existing ailments including maternity coverage.

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Visitors Care | Visitor Secure | Inbound USA | Inbound Guest | Patriot America Plus | Patriot International | Patriot Platinum | Atlas America | Atlas International | Liaison Travel Economy | Liaison Travel Elite | Liaison Travel Choice | Patriot Platinum
Expatriates who will be living outside their home country for an extended period should buy the Long term global medical insurance plans. These plans are like the domestic health insurance within the US and include coverage for preventive care, routine dental and medical check-up, prescriptions and medications, maternity (covered after a year). These plans can be renewed annually

Other Global Insurance Plans

Global Medical Insurance | Global Medical Bronze | Global Medical Silver | Global Medical Gold | Global Medical Gold Plus | Global Medical Platinum
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