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For this week, beginning today Monday to Sunday, June 27, the ban-on-driving rule to continue being based on the last number of the vehicle plate.
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Published Monday, June 21, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since last year, authorities implemented driving restrictions as a measure to try to contain the spread of the covid-19 virus in the country.

The National Emergency Commission authorities ordered for this week, from today Monday 21 to Sunday 27, the ban-on-driving rule to continue being based on the last number of the vehicle plate. Eligible vehicles can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their plate number isn’t banned for the day.

The only vehicles authorized on the road after hours are those traveling to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work or a hotel, among others. The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night is on the government website on Covid Vehicle Exceptions.

Tourists planning on traveling to Costa Rica during this week should acquire the list of restrictions and schedules of tourist centers, restaurants, hotels, and the ban-on-driving schedule. It is recommended to check in with the corresponding embassy based in Costa Rica, as part of their traveling pre-plans.

The ban-on-driving- rule for this week applies as follows:

» On Monday, June 21, plates ending in 1 and 2 are banned.

» On Tuesday, June 22, plates ending in 3 and 4 are banned.

» On Wednesday, June 23, plates ending in 5 and 6 are banned.

» On Thursday, June 24, plates ending in 7 and 8 are banned.

» On Friday, June 25, plates ending in 9 and 0 are banned.

» On Saturday, June 26, plates ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) are banned.

» On Sunday, June 27, plates ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8) are banned.

Drivers who are stopped for breaking the ban-on-driving rule must pay a fine of approximately $180. Traffic officers cannot seize the vehicle or its plates. They also cannot reduce driver's license points for breaking the rule.

The most practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service. In the case of people who cannot use ride-hailing services and have no other option than to use their vehicle, authorities recommend printing the ban-on-driving weekly schedule displayed below and paste it on the car dashboard.

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website on Covid-19 Vehicle Alert.

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