Previously, tourists had to purchase a policy through the INS, but local chambers and international groups criticised the limitation.
International tourists who enter Costa Rica will now be allowed to do so with a travel insurance policy that meets the following requirements: the policy needs to be valid throughout the scheduled visit, it needs to cover medical expenses related to Covid-19 of at least US$50,000 and needs to have a minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses related to Covid-19.
However, visitors still have to come from approved countries, including Canada, the European Union and the UK and bring proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
INS president Róger Arias Agüero said the institute is exploring ways to lower its premiums. He said: “Our only interest is to contribute to the revival of tourism, provide protection to foreigners who visit the country and avoid – as much as possible – the saturation of public health centres.”
From this month, Costa Rica now opens most of its beaches until 14:30 and has reopened most national parks. Rental cars are exempt from vehicular restrictions, and open-air tourism activities are permitted. As of 10 August, the country has reported 235 Covid-19-related deaths. Nearly 400 people are currently hospitalised with the virus, putting pressure on public health infrastructure.