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Despite the restrictions, every day almost 200 drivers are fined for violating

(QCOSTARICA) By now you would think that every driver in Costa Rica is aware of the nationwide vehicular restrictions, the times and the day or days they can or cannot drive their vehicle. But that is not the case. Every day almost 200 drivers end...

The new vehicle restriction in Costa Rica in effect on May 16

This Monday, the authorities announced the relaxation of the vehicular restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, was emphatic that the vehicular restrictions will remain nationwide, and starting Saturday, May 16 to May 31. Basically all the current restrictions and sanctions...

Restriction for vehicles and shops this Sunday, May 10

(QCOSTARICA) What will be the sanitary vehicle restriction that applies this Sunday, May 10? Since May 1, the Ministry of Health allowed the minimal reactivation of some trade and service activities. Now, on Saturdays and Sundays people can go out by car or motorcycle to...

Coroanvirus in Costa Rica: 697 Confirmed Cases, 287 recoveries

Costa Rica, as of Monday, April 27, reported 697 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2 more than the previous day. By gender, the number of infected are 334 women and 363 men; of which 628 are Costa Ricans and 69 foreigners. The age range of the infected...

Costa Rica eases measures for a 15-day trial from May 1 to May 15

Keeping to his word, Health Minister Daniel Salas this afternoon announced a 15-day trial period with eased restrictions, "to see what happens". What that means is that from May 1 to May 15, depends on how we, as a people, behave, there will be more...

These are the restriction vehicles and businesses that govern this weekend

What are restrictions on driving and businesses for this weekend, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19? In practice, no one will be able to drive their car or motorcycle this weekend, except to go to the supermarket or pharmacy, which must be justified to...

Crowds of people could cause COVID-19 contagion to expand

Rico's Digest - OPINION - People aren't listening. They did under the strict measures of Semana Santa, where the strict vehicular restrictions kept vehicles off the road and stores closed, only shopping for groceries and medicines allowed. But on Monday, the first day of the...

New coronavirus in Costa Rica: There are 612 infected; minister warns of “bad omen”

The new coronavirus has spread to 612 people in Costa Rica, according to the report by the Minister of Health on Monday, April 13. That figure means 17 more cases than the day before. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, reported during the mid-day briefing...

When can you drive? Here’s a breakdown of the new restrictions

Updated April 29. The vehicular restrictions have been extended to May 15 to reduce the movement of people and contagion of the coronavirus covid-19. I'll start with the night time restrictions, less complicated than the daytime, in that ALL vehicles are restricted from circulation, save...

The vehicle restrictions that will apply from April 13 to 30

Semana Santa is almost over and though there is some letting up of the tight restrictions of this week, the Minister of Health and Minister of Security announced new restrictions that take effect on Monday, April 13. From April 13 to April 30, the nighttime...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 577 infections, 49 recovered; New measures for next week announced

Health Minister Daniel Salas reported at noon today, Saturday, that people infected with the coronavirus reached 577, 19 more than the reported the day before, while a total of 49  now have recovered. The number of active cases is now 525. In the total of the...

Expect Stricter Controls For The Remainder Of The Week

If you believe that the controls of the last few days -  countrywide vehicular restrictions with daytime and nighttime spotchecks,  and the closing of all retail business save for supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and home food delivery and the daytime - things are going to...

Coronavirus cases in Costa Rica: 454 confirmed as of April 5

Almost a month after confirming the first patient with covid-19 in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Health reported 454 positive cases; 19 more than Saturday. According to the most recent report, issued at noon on Sunday, April 5, at a virtual press conference, of the...

Lockdown A La Tica (Costa Rican Style)!

Rico's Digest - Costa Rica has joined the other countries of the Americas, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, many of the states in the US and Europe issuing  "stay-at-home" orders or lockdown, but Costa Rica's is a little different, "a la Tica" (Costa Rican style),...

Last Minute Shopping collapses routes minutes before new restrictions take effect

Like good Ticos, where everything is left to the last minute, this Friday afternoon was no different, with a difference, the vehicular restrictions began at 5:00 pm. In the Central Valley, for the most part, minutes before the restrictions, with its new sanctions (¢107,000 colones...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 416 infected, 13 in intensive care; 11 recovered

The number of people infected with the coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica rose to 416 reported the Minister of Health this Friday, an increase of 20 cases compared to the previous day. Minister Daniel Salas, during the usual mid-day conference, explained that among the sick...

Electric Vehicles Must Respect Vehicular Restrictions; Bicycles Exempt

Despite the fact that 100% electric cars are exempt from the vehicle restrictions of San Jose, they ARE NOT exempt from the new restrictions due to the Coronavirus. The Semana Santa and nocturnal restrictions after will also apply to these zero-emission vehicles. Starting today, Friday, April...

Stores Will Close Starting At 5 Today

Doubts about which retail stores, commercial centers, and businesses may remain open, their hours and mode of operation and who may circulate the roads next week, have generated a lot of anxiety among the population, as authorities clamp down in its strategy to stop...

App To Help You Know When and When You Cannot Drive During Semana Santa

The vehicular restrictions announced for Semana Santa that goes into effect at 5:00 pm Friday, April 3 and continues until 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 12, left many scratching the heads. On Wednesday, President Carlos Alvarado read out the restrictions for this day and that...

Covid-19 In Costa Rica: Government tightens measures against contagion for Semana Santa; Confirmed now 375

In the Wednesday afternoon covid-19 briefing, President Carlos Alvarado, before passing over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, announced a series of strict measures that will be applied for the Semana Santa, starting with this weekend. The President was emphatic that the measures...

Alarming. 616 drivers fined between Saturday and Sunday for violating vehicle restriction

A total of 616 drivers were fined Saturday night, from 8 pm and 5 am this Sunday for violating the vehicular restriction; 16 of them were under the influence - drunk. The data was provided this morning by the Ministry of Public Security, after carrying...

“People are not paying attention”

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) report having issued fines to 212 on the third night of the vehicular restrictions. The majority in the metropolitan area. The restriction is in effect countrywide from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am weeknights and from 8:00 pm to 5:00...

Coronavirus March 27: Confirmed Cases Increase to 263; Restrictions To Start At 8PM

In the mid-day briefing, Health Minister, Dr. Daniel Salas said the number of confirmed cases increased by 32 over the previous day, the total today is 263. The confirmed are 121 men and 142 women, aged between 2 and 87 years, in 48 cantons. Most...

Appeals Alleging A Violation of Freedom of Transit Filed Against Vehicular Restrictions

It didn't take long, it was expected to happen. Within hours of the countrywide vehicular restrictions going into force, the Constitutional Court received two 'recursos de amparo' - appeals against the government measure. On Tuesday, March 24, at 10 pm and continuing until 5 am,...

Starting Tonight, Driving Is Restricted Countrywide. Learn the Rules.

Starting this evening at 10 pm and continuing to 5 am and every day forward during the national emergency, for now until April 12, there is a nationwide vehicular restriction in effect. The fine for violation is ¢22,187 colones, and although the Policia de Transito...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Confirmed cases increase to 158

The government of Carlos Alvarado dictates four new measures against the increase in the coronavirus in Costa Rica: a nationwide vehicular restriction; closure of all beaches; closure of all churches; and foreigner residents who leave the country will lose their legal residency status. Health Minister,...

If you carry 3 people in your car, you can drive during San Jose restriction without being sanctioned

A driver will not be sanctioned during the vehicular restriction day for the vehicle if carrying at least 4 people (including the driver). Construction and back to classes next week are expected to add to San Jose’s nightmare traffic conditions Facing growing congestion in the San...

Vehicular Restriction In San Jose Will NOT Be Applied On Mother’s Day

In order to encourage and facilitate the gathering of families, visiting cemeteries, medical centers, homes for the elderly, restaurants, meeting and recreational places in San Jose, the Traffic Police (Transito) announced it WILL NOT be applying the vehicular restrictions on Mother's Day, August 15. The...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For The Holidays

The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) announced that there will be NO vehicular restrictions of San Jose for the holiday period. The vehicular restriction of San Jose in effect from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays, will be suspended on December 24, 26,...

Vehicular Restrictions In Full Force Today

The Policia d Transito has taken to remind drivers that today, October 12, the vehicular restrictions of San Jose apply fully to all vehicles with license plates ending in 9 and 0. The October 12 holiday has been moved to Monday, October 15. Vehicles circulating in the...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For Two Weeks

Starting Monday, July 2, and for the next two weeks, there will be no vehicular restrictions in downtown San Jose. The restrictions will return on Monday, July 16, with license plates 1 and 2. The next two weeks are the traditional "mid-year school vacation" period when...

San Jose With No Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

Q COSTA RICA – The vehicular restrictions of San Jose will be suspended for Semana Santa (Easter Week). The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will not be monitoring license plate restrictions from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14 says the director of the...

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