Government will lighten measures during the holidays

As there has been a decrease on COVID cases in the country, the Government has made some changes on the driving restrictions and the QR code regulations. The driving restrictions changes will be implemented starting December 20th, until January 15th, 2022. Here we explain how everything will work out:


As the precautionary measure issued by the Administrative and Civil Court of the Treasury on the implementation of QR code has still not been resolved (click here to read our article on the ruling issued), the transitional period for voluntary use of the QR code has been extended up until February 7th, 2022. During this time, business establishments and massive activities will have the following two options in regard to the capacity:

  1. Voluntary enforcement of certification through the QR code: This will give mayor access in capacity (some establishments may reach 100% capacity).
  1. No enforcement of the QR code: Establishments will have less capacity, and additionally will have to respect the distance of 1.8 meters, and the social bubbles of each person.

You can reach out to us here to receive the details on the capacity allowed per activity / business.

There is also another important news for those who were vaccinated abroad (Costa Ricans or foreigners) and have not yet received their QR code certification: starting December 17th, they will now be able to carry around their physical card issued abroad to prove their full vaccination scheme and use it to their convenience.


  1. San José Restrictions
    • The driving restrictions per plates during the day will apply only to the Ring Road (“anillo de circunvalación”)in San José, and they will 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
  1. Whole Country Restrictions (this includes San José)
    • The nighttime driving ban will be kept for the whole country, but it will change to: Monday through Sunday, from midnight (12:00 a.m.) to 5:00 a.m.
    • The restrictions by plates on the weekends is still completely eliminated for the whole country.
    • In addition to the above, it has been announced that the vehicle restriction has been eliminated for the following days:
      1. Christmas Eve and Christmas Early Morning (December 24th-25th)
      2. New Year’s Eve and New Years Early Morning (December 30th– January 1st, 2022).
    • All activities/businesses shall continue with the designated reduced capacity, and a new schedule of 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (one hour longer).

A list of exceptions is still established (you can reach out to us here for the complete list).

We prepared a Visual Chart for you:

vehicular restriction

Residents are reminded that in order to keep the COVID cases going down, we will all need to follow the following measures listed:

  1. Keeping a distance between people of 1.8 meters.
  2. Always wear a mask in public
  3. prioritize open spaces with good ventilation instead of closed spaces
  4. Wash your hands frequently.

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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