We require that Medical History and Release Forms be completed by each participant. For minors, the form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
We require every participant to have health insurance to cover medical needs while in Costa Rica. We ask that you check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy covers international travel. Most major insurance providers will cover international travel up to 60 days. If you do not currently have health insurance or your policy does not cover international travel, you must purchase a temporary traveler insurance policy that covers you for the duration of your stay.
In most parts of Costa Rica the water is safe to drink. We inform participants if they enter into an area where the drinking water may be contaminated. Bottled water may be purchased locally.
There are no required shots to enter Costa Rica. However, we recommend that each participant have a current tetanus shot. We recommend that you visit the Center for Disease Control's web-site at http://www.cdc.gov for the most current and accurate information.
Clinics & Hospitals
We have a working relationship with several clinics and doctors. These clinics can treat basic illnesses and write basic prescriptions. These clinics are very convenient and affordable. We are also within 10 miles of the two best hospitals in Costa Rica. The health care system in Costa Rica is ranked fifth in the world in a recent year by the World Health Organization! The United States ranked ninth.
There are several pharmacies in the Alajuelita area. These pharmacies sell over-the-counter medicines and prescription medicines. Many times you don't need a prescription, but please bring a copy of the original medicine container for all prescription medicines.