ELIMINATION OF DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND UPDATED ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The Government announced new changes in the restrictions.

Given the progress made in the reduction of the levels of contagion, as well as the great progress in vaccination with 80% of the population receiving at least one dose and 73.4% of the population having already received two doses, the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, announced the elimination of the driving restrictions starting March 7th. This was announced in the last press conference, along with other modifications in the past restrictions, including businesses, activities, events and more.

As usual, we prepared a summary for you:

DRIVING RESTRICTIONS

From March 1st to 6th:

  • The nighttime driving ban will remain the same for the whole country: Monday through Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 
  • Restrictions by Plates: Are kept only in the Ring Road (“anillo de circunvalación”) in San José still giving the chance for people to drive four (4) out of five (5) weekdays. As follows the detailed list of plates that CANNOT circulate per day in this designated area.
    • Monday: 1 and 2.
    • Tuesday: 3 and 4.
    • Wednesday: 5 and 6.
    • Thursday: 7 and 8.
    • Friday: 9 and 0
  • Weekends: The restrictions by plates on the weekends are still eliminated for the whole country, remaining in force only the nighttime driving ban mentioned above.
  • A list of exceptions is still established (you can reach out to us here for the complete list).

Starting March 7th:

  • The Driving Restrictions are completely eliminated for the whole country.
  • Restrictions by Plates: Final determinations on these are transferred to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), which shall define if the exception letters will still apply or not, and for what time ranges. In absence of further details, we assume that this will go back to how it used to be before the pandemic, when the plate restrictions applied to the Ring Road in San José exactly as they are stated above. We still await more details on this.
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USE OF QR CODE FOR ACTIVITIES/BUSINESSES

For the month of March

  • The voluntary use of the QR Code is extended and the current capacity for stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, and social events is maintained. To check out the current capacity, here is the link to our latest article: https://cribo.cr/update-on-measures-until-february-28th/
  • In sports, cultural, academic, and business activities, discos, dance halls and nightclubs, the capacity is increased to 100% when requesting the QR Code and 50% without using the QR.
  • In accordance with the elimination of the vehicular restriction, establishments with a sanitary permit will be able to operate during regular hours.

Starting April 1st

  • All activities and events will be able to function with 100% capacity without requiring the use of a QR Code.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For Nationals:

  • Starting March 7th, the health pass is eliminated as an entry requirement for nationals. It is not clear yet if this would apply also for foreign residents (under the categories of Temporary or Permanent Residency or other Special Categories), but we assume it shall apply to legal residents as well.

For Tourists:

  • Starting March 7th, a random review will be carried out for foreigners, regarding the requirement of the Health Pass. We still recommend you fill it out, to avoid any troubles with Immigration Authorities upon entry to Costa Rica.
  • As of April 1st, the health pass to enter the country will be eliminated, as well as the insurance payment requirement for unvaccinated foreigners.

The authorities are still emphasizing the indication of the mandatory use of a mask, the protocol of hand washing and temperature taking, as well as remote working in public institutions should continue.

For any further information and the complete list of restrictions and measures, please feel free to send us an e-mail at contact@cribo.cr.

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