A first win for the Tourism Sector

This past Friday, around midnight, it was announced that the QR code that was about to start being implemented in Costa Rica to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccine, has been officially suspended by the Administrative Dispute Court of the District of Goicoechea (San José). The Court ordered the President of the Republic, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Science, Innovation, Technology and Telecommunications, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute to refrain from carrying out any conduct aimed at the implementation QR code.

The order was issued in response to a request for a preventive measure filed by representatives of the tourism sector. The Court accepted the request and issued an interim preventive measure.

Now, the ruling is in process to be turned over to the area of the Dispute Court in charge of precautionary measures, where a hearing against the State shall take place. As a result, it is still to determine if the precautionary measure that suspends the application of the QR code will be maintained or not.

For the moment, neither the President nor the Minister of Health have addressed this matter and there are still many questions to be answered. We will keep you updated on any additional information we might get (sign up here).

For the sake of completeness, we would also like to inform you of a decision regarding the exception of the QR code for medical reasons that was made prior to the suspension statement announced by the Court. The Ministry of Health announced on Friday November 12th that if you have a medical reason for which you are not able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you are able to obtain a QR code to enter the nonessential establishments. Following are the indications that were given to obtain it in the necessary case:

  1. Must fill out a form at the following link:
  2. Send an email to the following address: with the following information:
    1. Copy of ID;
    2. Sworn Declaration of acceptance of Information and Responsibilities (reach out to us to obtain the form);
    3. Digital medical certificate issued through the official system for digital certificates of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica.

The certificate mentioned in bullet point 2.3, must meet the following to be acceptable:

  1. Contain the precise and detailed medical history of the medical conditions that lead to the contraindication of vaccination.
  2. The final diagnoses indicated in the medical certificate must be consistent with the medical history and medical contraindications.
  3. Only medical contraindications described in the Manual of Procedures for the execution of vaccination against COVID-19 will be accepted in the health establishments of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund in the version that is in force at the time of the request.

We remind you the list of nonessential establishments that would require the QR code for any person older than 12 years old, if it is approved:

  • Restaurants, sodas, cafeterias, food courts and food trucks.
  • Bars and casinos.
  • General stores, department stores and shopping centers
  • Museums.
  • Fitness centers.
  • Hotels, cabins or hospitality establishments.
  • Spas.
  • Activities, organizations or congregations in places of worship
  • Event rooms for business, academic or social activities.
  • Adventure tourism.
  • Theaters, cinemas, art and dance academies, and artistic activity establishments.
  • Sports activities establishments.

The list of essential establishments that will not require the QR code in case it is implemented:

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Banks

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