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QR Code Mandate Updates

It is well known that the Contentious Administrative Court recently granted a precautionary measure requested by the hoteliers, suspending the resolution of the Ministry of Health where it imposes the use of the QR code;

QR code for proof of vaccination will not be required in Costa Rica after April 1st, 2022

It is well known that the Contentious Administrative Court recently granted a precautionary measure requested by the hoteliers, suspending the resolution of the Ministry of Health where it imposes the use of the QR code; ordering the Costa Rican President, the Ministers of Health, Science and Technology, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity to avoid the application or request of such code.

On November 18, the Government announced, new health measures from November 18 until December 1, as well as those that will operate from December 1 until January 7, 2022.

These measures are surprising, taking into consideration the legal situation they are currently involved, since they are contrary to the injunction set by the Court.

Regarding to these measures indicated on 18 November, they will be governed in the following manner:

From November 18th until December 1st these would be the rules for: Sports and cultural activities:

With QR code: 25% of capacity

Without QR code: 15% of capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

 

Sports, cultural, academic and business activities with sanitary operating permit or sanitary authorization:

  • With QR code: 40% of the capacity
  • Without QR code: 20% capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

 

Activities Event rooms for social activities:

  • With QR: 200 people
  • Without QR: 100 people with 1.8m spacing and social bubbles
  • Cinemas and Theatres
  • With QR: 100% capacity
  • No QR: Up to 500 people with 1.8 meters, social bubbles and star formation
  • Discotheques, dance halls and nightclubs
  • With QR: 50% of capacity
  • Without QR: 25 % of capacity with 1.8m spacing and social bubbles

 As for services considered essential such as supermarkets, hardware stores, bakeries, as well as medical centers, will continue to be exempt from any QR code, however, they will be able to use it “voluntarily” to guarantee 100% of the capacity of such establishments. Minors will continue to be exempt from presenting any certificate.

   

Here is a summary of the imposed measures :

 

Type of establishment

 

 

November 18th to 30th

 

December 1st to January 7th

  1. Restaurants,  cafeterias and food courts (food trucks, food courts)

 

 

 

 

50% of capacity

 

 

 

 

With QR: 100% capacity

Without QR: 50% of capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

 

 

 

  1. Bars and casinos

  1. General stores, department stores and shopping malls

  1. Museums

  1. Fitness Centers (Gym)

  1. Spas and/or swimming pools

  1. Adventure tourism

  1. Art and dance academies

  1. Hotels, cabins or lodging establishments (including common areas)

 

100% capacity, 50% common areas

With QR: 100% capacity, 100% common areas

No QR: 100% capacity, 50% common areas with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles.

 

  1. Sports and cultural activities

With QR: 25% of capacity

Without QR: 15% of capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

With QR: 40% of capacity

Without QR: 20% of capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

  1. Academic and business activities

500 people maximum capacity

 

With QR: 40% of capacity

Without QR: 20% of capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

  1. Event rooms for social activities

With QR: 200 people

Without QR: 100 people with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

With QR: 200 people

Without QR: 100 people with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

  1. Cinemas and theatres

500 people maximum capacity with star type training

With QR: 100% capacity

Without QR: 500 people max. capacity with star formation, distancing and social bubbles

  1. Discotheques, dance halls and nightclubs

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With QR: 50% of capacity

Without QR: 25% of capacity with 1.8 meter spacing and social bubbles

  

We understand the frustration that not getting the QR code on time may cause, we are doing our best effort to clarify this for all our Outlier community. Stay tuned for further notifications on this matter, so we can continue  living the “Pura Vida” lifestyle.

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Mario Rodríguez serves as the Regional Immigration Manager at Outlier Legal. He has a Law degree and is one of our most prepared collaborators in Immigration Law. He has also worked with public entities and as a lawyer in the administrative, commercial, notarial and constitutional fields. Loyal and honest, are some adjectives that fit him perfectly.

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8 COMMENTS
  • Mathias Griesbaum December 2, 2021

    So do i understand it correct, that the government is ignoring the intermediate decission of the court?

    • Stacey Jennings December 3, 2021

      The injunction was to stop the mandatory use of QR Codes. It still allows businesses to ask for it if they are wishing to increase their capacity. If they do not ask for QR codes they will need to abide by the covid capacity protocols listed in the article.

  • John McIndoo December 2, 2021

    I need to know if I can bring my service dog (50 pounds)
    on a bus to the Nicaraguan border from San Jose.
    I’m getting conflicting information.

    • Stacey Jennings December 3, 2021

      Although legally they are allowed it would be very hard to find a bus driver that would allow your animal on public transit. The issue here is enforcing the law. You are best to use a private transport company that will carry animals

  • Gina Sweenie December 3, 2021

    Is this the same QR code that is required to enter the country?
    If so, how long is it good for?

    • Stacey Jennings December 6, 2021

      Yes that is correct

      • B December 6, 2021

        I was denied entry at an establishment. The qrcode for the health pass isn’t the same QR code needed to get into restaurants operating a full capacity. I am not sure if they wrong or you are. I am full vaccinated but I can’t get another QR code. I’m a tourist and staying in Costa Rica for 90 days. Not sure what to do I sent an email to the minesterio de salud

        • Stacey Jennings December 7, 2021

          Unfortunately there has apparently been some ongoing issues with codes – this has not been a smooth process in any stretch of the imagination. The code issued by Pase de Salud IS the code tourists are to use when entering establishments. I have spoken to our head Immigration attorney and he advised me of this information and he said your best approach would be to contact the Ministerio de Salud here.

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