Costa Rican Government reinforces controls while lightening restrictions

 Starting today, January 24th, driving restrictions are lightened and the plan for the gradual reopening of mass activities is resumed, while at the same time the Government intensifies the action plan for strict supervision of the compliance with capacity and sanitary measures in shops and mass activities and demands the QR codes for children over 12 years of age.

The new dispositions will remain in place until February 15th, and we prepared a summary for you:


  • The nighttime driving ban will be switched for the whole country, to: Monday through Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (the last nighttime ban was from 10:00p.m., to (2) hours earlier)
  • Restrictions by Plates: Are kept only in the Ring Road (“anillo de circunvalación”) in San José and give 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.
  • All activities/businesses shall operate with the new schedule matching the driving restrictions from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • A list of exceptions is still established (you can reach out to us here for the complete list).
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  • Intensification of Operations: In order to continue with the gradual opening though still ensuring the public health, an institutional team composed by the Ministries of Health, Security and Economy, Industry and Commerce, Culture and Sports, together with other institutions, will carry out a supervision plan over capacity restrictions and sanitary measures for establishments, shopping centers, cultural events, sports activities, and bars. In addition, operations will be carried out to control clandestine events.
  • Public Events: As of this January 24th, cultural and sporting events may be held with the public, applying the health protocols already established for these activities. Sports, cultural, academic, and business activities resume the gradual opening plan:
    • January: 60% capacity with voluntary QR code verification and 30% without QR.
    • February: authorization to increase the capacity to 80% for those who voluntarily request the QR code and 40% for events that do not verify it.
  • Bus Service: The capacity of people allowed standing on the buses contemplated in the protocol of the Public Transport Council will be increased to 100%.


  • Extended Term: As the precautionary measure issued by the Contentious Administrative and Civil Court has not yet been resolved, the transition period for the voluntary use of the QR Code is extended for one more month, so it will apply until March 7th, 2022.
  • Children over 12 y.o.: On the other hand, as of January 31st, children over 12 years of age must present the QR code to enter establishments and activities that request it, as had been established and officially communicated since November 30, 2021.

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

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