Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Costa Rica To Work At Half Speed During Year-End Holiday Season

Following the close of business Friday, the country will be working at half speed, as ministries, state agencies, utilities and banks will operate on special hours or close entirely, during the year end holidays.

agencia-ICESo, if you to interact with a government agency, for example, the Road Safety Council (COSEVI) for a drivers license renewal or testing, tomorrow is the last until the new year. The state insurer, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), for instance, says it will close its doors on Friday and back on January 2, 2014. Some state and public agencies don’t get back to full speed until Monday, January 6, like the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (Immigration service).

At the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), they explained by way of a press statement that the power and communications agency will operate “normal” hours during the holidays, closing only on December 25 and January 1 (both legal holidays in Costa Rica).

- Advertisement -

The Tope is a tradition in San José during the holiday season.
The Tope is a tradition in San José during the holiday season.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) says that public hospitals and clinics will operate normal hours. As to private hospitals and clinics, best to check their schedules ahead of an appointment or visit.

State banks (Banco Nacional, Banco de Costa Rica, Bancrédito) say they will be closed only on December 25 and 31 and January 1. Private banks (ie. Scotiabank, Citi, BAC, Davidienda) are expected to follow the same closures of the state banks, but important to check with your local bank for their year-end hours.

Many businesses shut down for the holidays, while retailers and malls will continue operating as usual, with possible extended shopping hours prior to Christmas Day and possibly with offers after. Unlike Black Friday, Boxing Day has yet to be picked up as a shopping phenomenon in Costa Rica, though some retailers will offer merchandise at discounted prices or special deals similar to Boxing day.

- Advertisement -

The important for visitors as well as residents to keep in mind is that there is “no uniform” policy on holiday hours. The rule is to check ahead and plan your schedule accordingly.

- Advertisement -
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Central Bank makes biggest intervention of the year on the dollar exchange

QCOSTARICA - The Banco Central - Central Bank - made today,...

Mandatorry vehicle insurance (SOA) will drop 6.1% on average

QCOSTARICA - The mandatory vehicle insurance - Seguro Obligatorio de los...


Costa Rica’s new Congress building becomes a ‘super spreader’

QCOSTARICA - After six and a half hours of discussion on the Legislative floor, Eduardo Cruickshank, chairman of the Legislative Assembly, suddenly stopped the...

Avianca reopens travel to Central and South America

QCOSTARICA - Avianca, the Colombian airline, announced that it will resume its operations to Costa Rica with options for travel to Central and South...

Foreigners represent 14% of the patients treated for covid-19 in hospitals

QCOSTARICA - Of the 410,000 people with inquiries related to the new coronavirus at the medical centers of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund...

Fall in fuel sales due to pandemic to affect canton road works

QCOSTARICA - The 82 cantons across Costa Rican could face 2021 marked by the deterioration of local roads, due to the fall in resources...

Political parties turn their back on Government’s second attempt at dialogue

QCOSTARICA - The second attempt at dialogue by the Executive Power to define the route to follow in search of a solution to the...

Costa Rica eliminates covid-19 testing requirement for travelers

QCOSTARICA  - Starting Monday, October 26, tourists, residents and nationals arriving by air in Costa Rica no longer require a negative RT-PCR test. Neither will...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.