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Costa Rica and Canada enjoy a strong bilateral relationship with each other. The two countries relate in terms of trade, investment, people-to-people link, academic exchanges and so forth. Furthermore, Costa Rica is the largest trading partner for Canada in Central America.

Over 10,000 Canadians are resident in Costa Rica; these include thousands of Canadians who travel to Costa Rica every year and also dual nationals. Also, Costa Rica shares a similar view with Canada in terms of free trade, security, human rights and rule of law.

Canadians love Costa Rica for several reasons including Costa Rica’s weather condition, the spectacular landscape and wildlife, the cultural adventure and so forth. Costa Rica has a very low annual property tax of 0.25% and there is no capital gains tax. These and many more make it appealing for Canadian investors.

When traveling to Costa Rica, you need to have the right Costa Rica travel insurance coverage to protect you against medical emergencies, injuries or hospitalization outside the shores of Canada.

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Basic Information About Costa Rica

Some important information on Costa Rica Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Costa Rican Colón
Official language Spanish
Capital San José
Continent Central America
Population Approx. 4.9 million
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Right-hand side
Seasons
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

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Costa Rica Security Measures for travelers

The decision to visit Costa Rica is yours and you are equally responsible for your security and personal safety abroad. However, we provide you our Travel Advice to help you in making well-informed decisions as regards traveling to Costa Rica or out of Canada.

Risk Level

Costa Rica – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to crime in Costa Rica, exercise a high degree of caution.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadian travelers to practice special health precautions in Costa Rica due to the risk of Zika virus.

Entry / Exit requirements

Every country decides who passes through its borders, Costa Rica is not exempted. Also, the Government of Canada will not intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the entry or exit requirements of Costa Rica.

The information on this page was obtained from the authorities of Costa Rica; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The entry requirements that apply to you depend on the type of passport you hold and use to travel. Check with your transportation company to find out about passport requirement before you leave.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – To avoid unexpected delays, you need to hold a passport valid at least one month beyond your expected duration of stay in Costa Rica.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – Entry rules may vary especially if you are applying for an emergency travel document or a temporary passport. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Costa Rica before you leave.

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Costa Rica Healthcare

Costa Rica has both private and public hospitals and healthcare centers. Costa Rica’s health care system is always being upgraded. It is one of the best health care in Central America. However, the cost of medical treatments in Costa Rica could be high, especially for visitors who do not have Costa Rica travel insurance. Thus, you need to ensure that you have the necessary coverage before you leave Canada.

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Costa Rica Travel Insurance News

A couple’s ordeal in Costa Rica has revealed the overcrowding problem in Hamilton hospitals. The NDP Leader Andrea Horwath blames the overcrowding problem for the ordeal.

The couple, David Ronald and his wife, both residents of Hamilton, contacted Horwath after a misadventure in Costa Rica that left Ronald with a broken pelvis and back.

According to Horwath, Hamilton hospitals said there was no room for Ronald and as a result, he went through two surgeries in Costa Rica. Ronald, a Dofasco retiree, requires an acute care bed before he can be flown home for further medical attention.

The situation was so terrible that there was still no room for him four days later, Horwath added. However, the Health Minister Eric Hoskins argued that up to 10 ICU beds were available in most hospitals in Hamilton Niagara LHIN in the weekend but his office did not verify whether the insurer contacted every hospital in the region.

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Costa Rica Travel Insurance FAQ


Do you need a Visa for travelling to Costa Rica?

Canadian tourists are not required to hold a visa to visit Costa Rica for stays up to 90 days. However, the duration of your stay in Costa Rica is determined by immigration officers. You can contact Costa Rica’s immigration department if you wish to apply for residency status. It is important not to overstay the 90-day period in Costa Rica as it is punishable, possibly by deportation. Once deported, you will not be allowed entrance to the country for five or ten years.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Canadian travelers can purchase more than one travel insurance policies if they are not satisfied with the features and benefits offered in a single policy but they are not allowed to double dip.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Costa Rica travel insurance policies usually cover the cost of outpatient services including doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can purchase a Costa Rica travel insurance policy the day you leave Canada or even on a later date. Some insurers now offer usage-based policies that allow you to purchase coverage on the go.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

You can receive an outcome for your claim in 10 to 14 business days if you provide the necessary claims documents to your insurer. However, the actual length of time depends on the type of claim.

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