- Photo via Ministry of Transport -

Published on Monday, October 11, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The pandemic driving restrictions remain in place, beginning today, Monday, Oct. 11 to Friday, Oct. 15, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their plate number isn’t banned for the day.

It is expected that authorities will announce today the restrictions that will apply for the rest of the month.

There is no driving past 9 p.m., except those traveling to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work, school, hotel, among others. The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night is on the government website under Vehicle Exceptions.

The restrictions were introduced following the National Decree for Health Emergency implemented in 2020, as a measure to try to decrease covid-19 infections, following the National Emergency Commission order.

Drivers should print and keep the ban-on-driving schedule displayed below with them at all times. The driving restrictions apply as follows:

· Monday, Oct. 11, plates ending in 1 or 2 are banned.

· Tuesday, Oct. 12, plates ending in 3 or 4 are banned.

· Wednesday, Oct. 13, plates ending in 5 or 6 are banned.

· Thursday, Oct. 14, plates ending in 7 or 8 are banned.

· Friday, Oct. 15, plates ending in 9 or 0 are banned.

Drivers caught disregarding the driving restrictions must pay a fine of about $180. Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website’s Vehicle Restriction Alert.

Drivers who want to appeal a fine made by traffic police have the option of claiming by email.

Also, vehicle owners whose license plates were seized by traffic officers could recover them through home delivery services provided by Correos de Costa Rica.

A practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service or use public transportation.

The government confirmed that due to the continuous increase in covid-19 cases in the country, the restrictions should continue until herd immunity can be achieved, which is at least 83% of the population, approximately 4,274,344 million people vaccinated. So far, Costa Rica has 2,290,280 people who have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 44% of the population.

Should the government lift the restrictions at least for fully vaccinated people? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


Facebook110217.jpg twitter110217.jpg