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The fine for breaking the law is approximately $180.
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Published Monday, June 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since the detection of first person infected with covid-19 in Costa Rica, back in March 2020, authorities put into action driving restrictions as a measure to try to contain the spread of the virus in the country. The issue was that the restrictions changed constantly.

At first it was the usual rule where the ban was based on the last number of the vehicle plate. Now the authorities created a more complicated system of rules.

According to the National Emergency Commission authorities, drivers can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their vehicle plate number isn’t banned. This rule applies throughout the country as follows:

This week, on June 7, 9, 11 and 13, only vehicles with a plate number ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8) are allowed to be on the road. The rest of the vehicles are banned.

Also this week, specifically June 8, 10 and 12, vehicles with plate numbers ending in odd-numbers ( 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) are allowed to be on the road.

The driving restrictions for the rest of the month, from June 14 to 27 are as follows:

» On Mondays, plates ending in 1 and 2 are banned.

» On Tuesdays, plates ending in 3 and 4 are banned.

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

» On Thursdays, plates ending in 7 and 8 are banned.

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

» On Saturday 19 only the plates ending in an odd number are allowed to be on the road. On Saturday 26 only the plates ending in an even number are allowed.

» On Sunday 20, only the plates ending in even numbers are allowed. On Sunday 27, only the plates ending in odd numbers are allowed.

Then from June 28 to July 4 the driving rules change to the following:

» On June 28, 30 and July 2 and 4, only vehicles ending with plate number in even are allowed.

» On June 29, July 1 and 3, only vehicles with license plate numbers ending in an odd number are allowed.

Right after that first weekend of July, beginning the second week of July, the restrictions change to the following:

» On June 5, 7, 9 and 11, only vehicles with plates ending in odd-numbered are allowed.

» On June 6, 8 and 10, only vehicles with plate numbers ending in an even number are allowed.

According to the authorities, after 9 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except for people who travel 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.

The fine for breaking the law is approximately $180. Traffic officers cannot seize the vehicle or its plates. Officers can no longer reduce driver’s license points for breaking the rule.

The most practical solution to avoid traffic fines is to request ride-hailing service. In the case of people who cannot use ride-hailing and have no other option than to use their vehicles, it is recommended to print the table 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.

How could these tricky ban-on- driving rules affect tourism in the country? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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