Costa Rica Bank Holidays 2018


 
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Costa Rica bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Costa Rica Bank Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.    Mon New Year's Day
Mar.    Mon Public Sector Holiday (Semana Santa) Government
        Tue Public Sector Holiday (Semana Santa) Government
        Wed Public Sector Holiday (Semana Santa) Government
        Thu Maundy Thursday
        Fri Good Friday
Apr.    Wed Juan Santamaria Day
May     Tue Labor Day
        Tue Public Sector Holiday (Presidential Inauguration) Government
July 25 Wed Guanacaste Day
Aug.  2 Thu Lady of the Angels' Day
     15 Wed Mothers' Day / Assumption
Sep. 15 Sat Independence Day
Oct. 15 Mon Feriado del Encuentro de las Culturas
Dec. 25 Tue Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

19 Apr 2018 Costa Rican Inaugural Public Holiday May 8 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Minister of of the Interior, Gustavo Mata, and departing President, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, have signed a decree declaring Tuesday, May 8, 2018, as a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Costa Rica, on account of the upcoming inauguration of president-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada.  08 Apr 2018 Costa Rica Confirms April 11 Public Holiday (La Nación-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has announced that the date of the upcoming non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to commemorate Juan Santamaría, as per Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labor Code, would be Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  16 Mar 2018 Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 24-April 1 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 24, until Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusively.  01 Dec 2017 Costa Rican 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has released the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2018.  25 Nov 2017 Costa Rica June 17 Public Holiday Moves Ahead (La Nación-San José) Costa Rica's legislature has finally docketed, and recorded in the Diario La Gaceta, the bill by the Liberación Nacional MP, Rolando González, which would declare June 17, Costa Rican Father's Day (Día del Padre), as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica.  21 Nov 2017 Costa Rican Public Holiday November 24 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Government has declared Friday morning, November 24, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday to allow civil servants to join that day's march on the day of the "Día Internacional de la No Violencia contra la Mujer".  04 Oct 2017 Costa Rican Public Holidays October 5-6 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solís, has issued 2 decrees declaring Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Costa Rica, on account of the heavy rains due to tropical storm Nate.  02 Oct 2017 Costa Rican Public Holiday October 16 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming October 12 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's (Día del Encuentro de Culturas) was an official non-working public holiday (feriado de pago no obligatorio), but that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and, as it occurs on a Thursday, in 2017, its observance would be moved to Monday, October 16, 2017.  09 Sep 2017 Costa Rica Public Holiday September 15 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming September 15 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's Independence Day was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.  15 Mar 2017 Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays April 8-16 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, April 8, until Sunday, April 16, 2017, inclusively.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Costa Rica public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The list and dates of official public holidays in Costa Rica are regulated by Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labour code of 1943, as amended over the years, and most recently, in 2007, by the Legislative Decree Nº 8604 (Reforma del Segundo Párrafo del Artículo 148 del Código De Trabajo, Ley N.º 2, y sus Reformas) of September 17.  Unpaid Public Holidays: Two of the public holidays listed in the Labour Code are classified as public holidays with no obligation on an employer's part to pay his/her employees (feriados de pago no obligatorio). These 2 public holidays are: August 2 (Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles) and October 12 (Día de las Culturas or Día de la Raza).  Costa Rica International Codes CR and CRI (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .cr (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Costa Rica information and news: Central Bank of Costa Rica (Costa Rica central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Costa Rica maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Costa Rica), and Wikipedia (includes Costa Rica commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Costa Rica, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Costa Rica, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Costa Rica, before planning any trip to Costa Rica. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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