November 15. A Costa Rican court has temporarily suspended the country’s implementation of a QR code-based Covid-19 vaccine passport, according to multiple media reports.
If implemented as announced by the Health Ministry, Costa Rica’s “vaccine passport” system would work as follows:
- Starting December 1, most businesses across Costa Rica would be allowed to operate at 100% capacity if they verified the Covid-19 vaccination status of all customers.
- Starting January 8, most businesses would be required to ensure that all adult customers were vaccinated against Covid-19.
Proof of vaccination would be demonstrated via a QR Code distributed through the Health Ministry. Foreign visitors would also be subject to the vaccine requirement, which led to pushback from the tourism sector.
However, the implementation of that vaccination requirement now remains in flux due to the Costa Rican court, which issued the suspension following a challenge from members of the tourism sector.
Neither the Health Ministry nor the Presidency have issued a public response to the legal challenge. The suspension of the QR code implementation was announced near midnight on Friday.
Source: Tico Times