Patient and Staff Safety Is Priority No. 1 for Costa Rica Recovery


Taking the First Step

For all individuals seeking admission to our addiction treatment program, the first step is a confidential pre-admission assessment. Telephone an admissions counselor at 1-866-804-1793 or (506) 8348-6369 for this FREE confidential assessment.


The purpose of this first-step assessment is to gain an understanding of your specific situation with respect to your addiction history, physical health, emotional health, and to determine the appropriateness of admission to our treatment program. As part of this process, we might ask to speak with your physician, psychiatrist, or therapist for additional information related to this pre-admission assessment.

Admission can take place immediately following the pre-admission assessment. Upon confirmation of your admission to our program, we ask that you provide a security deposit to reserve bed space for your chosen arrival date.

Payment for the first month of treatment must be received before or upon the patient’s arrival at the facility.

Costa Rica’s requirements for entry for U.S. tourists

All people entering Costa Rica must complete the “Health Pass” or “Pase de Salud.”

Travelers NO LONGER NEED a coronavirus test.

Travelers with proof of vaccination NO LONGER NEED to obtain travelers’ health insurance.

In order to qualify, adults must:

  • Have received an approved vaccine: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Sinopharm, or Covaxin.
  • The last dose of the schedule must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
  • Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
    • For U.S. visitors, the Covid-19 vaccination record card meets the requirement.
    • Everyone entering Costa Rica will continue to be required to complete the Health Pass. This must be filled out 48 hours before arriving in Costa Rica. We will gladly help you fill out the forms.

NON-Vaccinated Travelers must purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. This policy can be purchased from Costa Rican insurers. See below for a list of approved insurers. Call us for details and up-to-date information; toll-free: 1-866-804-1793.

There are three companies that sell pre-approved travel insurance plans:

1. The National Insurance Institute (INS):

2. Sagicor:

3. Trawick International:

Tourists opting for a foreign policy must demonstrate proof (in English or Spanish) that their policy:

  • Must be valid throughout the planned visit to Costa Rica.
  • Covers medical expenses in cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000 USD.
  • Includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 for expenses of extended lodging due to the pandemic.

At this time, there are no exceptions to the insurance requirement for foreigners entering Costa Rica on a tourist visa.

If you have any questions, call our toll-free number: 1-866-804-1793.

Special Program for US Military Veterans

Costa Rica Recovery is an approved provider for a special program from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The program is known as the Foreign Medical Program (FMP). Many VA centers and facilities are unaware of this marvelous program.

A veteran who has a substance use disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their discharge documents is probably eligible for this program. If the FMP confirms a veterans eligibility the VA will pay ALL the costs involved in their treatment for substance abuse and PTSD at Costa Rica Recovery.

Veterans who believe they are eligible can contact our admissions staff at 1-866-804-1793 and ask for contact information for the FMP so they can be certified for treatment. In addition to the treatment modules developed at Costa Rica Recovery, we use VA developed modules for both addiction and PTSD.


A patient has the right:

  • To absolute confidentiality for what they share in treatment and for files managed by the center.
  • To participate in the design of their treatment and aftercare plan.
  • To be treated with respect, courtesy, dignity, and justice.
  • To be informed of their rights in a language they understand.
  • To communicate in private with their assigned counselor.
  • To enjoy privacy in their treatment and in the care of their personal necessities.
  • To receive visitors during their residency as long as they don’t represent a risk to the recovery or security of that patient or other patients and staff at the center.
  • To receive treatment regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, sexual preference, religion, physical capacity, or economic condition.
  • To be able to present without fear, complaints to the counselor, Clinical Director, and the Executive Director, in that order giving reasonable time for the resolution of a problem.
  • To leave treatment if they so decide.


Here is a list of approved items we encourage you to bring to the center

  • Passport, Driver’s License, or other picture ID.
  • Clothing. We recommend that you bring clothing adequate for 7 days including gym wear. 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on are enough. We do your laundry once per week. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest that wash-and-wear clothing will be more convenient. Dry cleaning services are available but such clothing is not recommended.
  • Clothing suitable for gym or Yoga, including shoes. The gym is available on a daily basis and yoga is available 2-3 times per week.
  • Dress for therapy should be casual and in good taste.
  • A lightweight jacket or sweater is recommended for use at night.
  • Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended.
  • Electric or safety razor/shaver.
  • A bank card to access personal spending money via ATM or CASH to fund an in-house account. The staff WILL limit the amounts available to the patient.
  • The use of electronic devices are allowed with counselor approval.

Suggested additional clothing for recreational and therapeutic activities:

  • Sunglasses and hat or visor for outside use.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Reading material is limited to recovery-related topics and to material directly related to specific spiritual practices. It is advised to bring your own 12-Step Literature.
  • Any electrical items, such as hair dryers, curling irons, or electric shavers will be checked for safety.
  • Any prescription medication needed for the length of your stay. Costa Rican pharmacies can supply most medications should you run out.
  • Use of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and Vapes are tolerated but limited to our smoking area.


The following items are NOT allowed at Costa Rica Recovery

  • Clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gambling, (or any clothing deemed inappropriate by staff) is not allowed.
  • Excessive or expensive jewelry. We have a safe for valuables but Costa Rica Recovery, S.A. does not accept liability for such items.
  • Laundry detergent is not necessary.
  • Straight razors, razor-blades, pocketknives.
  • Products containing alcohol (i.e., mouthwash, aftershave, facial toner, perfume, perfumed lotions, etc.).
  • Smokeless tobacco, cigars, or pipes.
  • Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs.


Remember that there are good therapeutic reasons to limit outside communication in order to keep you focused on your recovery.


You will be able to make a phone call during the admission process to let people at home know you have arrived safely.

Cell phone access will be granted by your counselor on a limited basis after therapeutic classes are finished for the day. You will be able to have outside communication to call your temporary sponsor daily and other persons as agreed upon by you and your counselor.

Calls regarding emergencies will be given to the patient as quickly as possible. Our business phones are available for use in such circumstances. Cell phones from the US generally do not work in Costa Rica.


You may be allowed to send emails or chat during non-treatment hours, although we reserve the right to limit or omit this privilege for therapeutic or disciplinary reasons. Patients who are meeting treatment requirements will be given time to use internet access where they can email, Skype, or use social media.


Postal mail in Costa Rica is EXTREMELY slow. We recommend you use Federal Express or UPS for packages.

Are you or someone you love looking for a treatment center? Start the journey to recovery today.

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