homeworldwide public holidaysnews and updatescosta rica > this page

Costa Rican Bill To Move Public Holidays To Fridays

Source: La Nación (San José)
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: November 29, 2021

A deputy of the National Liberation Party (PLN), Roberto Thompson, has introduced legislation in the Costa Rican legislature, which would transfer the Costa Rican public holidays of 2020 and 2021 to Fridays, in order to promote internal tourism ("One way to generate this reactivation is to make it easier for nationals to do tourism in our country, transferring the enjoyment of the holidays that are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to the previous or subsequent immediate Fridays, which means that tourists can vacation at least three consecutive days and stay two nights at different hotels and tourism service providers").

The aforementioned legislation comes as the 2005 Abel Pacheco administration law (2005-03-17) which specified that 4 public holidays would move from mid-week to the following Monday (April 11, July 25, August 15, and October 12), has been progressively gutted over the years by repeated court decisions (2016-07-22, 2013-07-22, 2012-07-24, 2010-10-06, 2009-06-26, 2009-06-19, 2008-11-29, 2007-10-05 and 2007-08-10).

The result is that only one of the original 4 moving public holidays, October 12, is still covered by the terms of the 2005 Abel Pacheco administration law in the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2020, released by Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (2019-12-28).

Links and References

Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Costa Rican Bill To Move Public Holidays To Fridays" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.