Different rules apply to parents who are transporting their children to and from school.
- Ministry of Public Transport photo -

Published on Monday, July 12, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The driving restrictions implemented since 2020, as a measure to try to decrease covid-19 infections, changed for this week, according to the National Emergency Commission.

However, virus-infected patients continue rising. According to the Ministry of Health statistics, as of Friday, there are 70,283 active covid-19 infected people in the country. Of the total 380,482 cases detected since last year, there were 4,773 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica.

Following the driving restrictions for this week, beginning today, Monday, July 12, to Sunday, July 18, some 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.

After 9 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except 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 under Vehicle Exceptions.

The restrictions apply as follows:

» On Monday, July 12, plates ending in 1 or 2 are banned.

» On Tuesday, July 13, plates ending in 3 or 4 are banned.

» On Wednesday, July 14, plates ending in 5 and 6 are banned.

» On Thursday, July 15, plates ending in 7 or 8 are banned.

» On Friday, July 16, plates ending in 9 or 0 are banned.

» On Saturday, July 17, plates ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) are banned.

» On Sunday, July 18, plates ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are banned.

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

Different rules apply to parents who are transporting their children to and from school. They must have the following:

* A letter issued by the school principal, indicating the class in-person schedule.

* A student identification ID issued by the school or high school.

* Bill of proof of school or high school enrollment issued by the principal.

Parents should have those documents while taking kids to school in case traffic police request it.

A practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service or use public transportation. In the case of people who cannot use ride-hailing services, they should print and keep the ban-on-driving weekly schedule on them at all times.



Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website Vehicle Alert.

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