QR Code FAQ – UPDATE OCT 14, 2021

After the announcement of the QR Code mandate and other COVID updates yesterday, we have received several questions. We have sent several clarification requests to the Ministry of Health, and they have answered all of them, we understand the urgency and our team is committed to share everything we know as soon as the official information is sent to us.

This is a short, straight-to-the-point article to go over what we know so far, and if you have any other question please leave it in the comments, and we will consult with the government if needed. We kindly ask you to keep the conversation respectful.

First, we would like to clarify that there is a lot of misleading  and false information being shared on social media. Unfortunately this is the norm when it comes to topics related to the pandemic. Our goal here at Outlier Legal News is to contribute by sharing trustworthy data, that is why we only work with official sources, and we attend the COVID press conferences.

We appreciate your patience while we are gathering reports, translating and connecting the dots before we post. We are also very grateful with those sharing our content, we see you Tico Times and every single one of you.

Guidelines confirmed by the Ministry of Health

Underage Tourists
  • Everyone over 12 years of age will use QR Code to enter to the established places.
Those who are in the process of getting DIMEX (vaccinated abroad)
  • They have to follow the same process of getting the vaccine card certified by the Ministry of Health, and sending the documents to their email.
  • The process remains the same, regardless if you are Costa Rican or foreign in the process of getting your residency.
Those who are in the process of getting DIMEX (vaccinated in Costa Rica)
  • They can request the QR Code online, and with it, they will be able to access all places.
Unvaccinated tourists
  • They can enter the country with medical insurance.
  • They won’t be able to access to the places where the QR code is mandatory.
Vaccinated tourists
  • They can enter the country with the Health Pass.
  • They will be able to access places where the QR code is mandatory, once they complete the form online.

Places where the QR Code is mandatory

  1. Restaurants, sodas, cafeterias and food courts and food trucks.
  2. Bars and casinos.
  3. General stores (supermarkets and grocery stores are exempt from QR code), department stores and shopping centers.
  4. Museums.
  5. Fitness centers.
  6. Hotels, cabins or accommodation establishments.
  7. Spas.
  8. Activities, organizations or congregations in places of worship.
  9. Event rooms for business, academic or social activities.
  10. Adventure tourism.
  11. Theaters, cinemas, art and dance academies.
  12. Establishments for sports and cultural / artistic activities

We asked about AirBnBs, but the statement from the Ministry just says “hotels, cabins or accommodation establishments” we can assume AirBnB is an accommodation establishment then.

Find here our blog from yesterday, which includes the vehicle restriction and the details from the press conference. Here are some helpful links:

Mandated Vaccines, part of Costa Rica’s Constitution

How to: COVID Vaccination Certificate

QR Announcement

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