Puerto Rico is open to tourism with some entry restrictions. Travelers must bring a negative PCR test, otherwise they will have to go through a 14-day quarantine.
The territory is the first US tourist destination to receive the “Safe Travel Seal” World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), due to its biosafety measures.
Puerto Rico reopening – latest updates
April 4 – New restrictions due to massive tourism on the Island
Data from the Puerto Rico Department of Health show that only 30% of US travelers carry the mandatory negative result of the COVID-19 test. Instead, these visitors must be quarantined for 14 days. But due to the logistical impossibility of exercising control over the tourists’ self-isolation, Governor Pedro Rafael Pierluisi decided to maintain most of the measures implemented by the former Governor Vázquez, including the capacity limitation in restaurants, museums and gyms.
In addition, a statewide curfew from 12:00 pm to 5:00 am will be applied until April 11th.
More than a dozen visitors who were caught violating COVID-19 restrictions were arrested last week, according to the AP.
As of March 15, the government of Puerto Rico had vaccinated 750,000 people. According to local media, local residents are flocking to hospitals, schools and other facilities designated by the government to obtain the vaccine against COVID-19 and are doing it faster and better than other U.S. territories and states.
The Puerto Rico Health Department’s vaccination program, Dr. Iris Cardona, said that part of the success is due to the great help that comes from the National Guard, which is absolutely committed to coordinating vaccination logistics.
New travel ban
In order to prevent new strains of COVID-19 from spreading in the territories of the USA, there is a travel ban in place for visitors from these countries:
- European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
- UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Is Puerto Rico open to Americans?
Puerto Rico is part of American soil, so it is open to all Americans. The CDC requirement to obtain a negative COVID-19 to return home is not mandatory because it is considering a domestic trip.
Can Americans who were recently vaccinated ignore the requirements of the COVID-19 test?
Unfortunately, the Island does not offer this option at the moment. Even vaccinated American tourists are required to bring a negative COVID-19 test done within 72 hours of departure.
Entry restrictions in Puerto Rico
- First, visitors will need to fill out a form Travel Declaration Form online (either in English or Spanish) If they do not, there is still a possibility to do so at the airport, but there may be delays or other complications.
- Travelers will need to bring negative results from the COVID-19 test (performed using a nasal swab or throat) within 72 hours at the time of landing. Tests on the island are limited, so it is highly recommended to take a test before traveling. These are some official test sites in the USA.
- Once visitors upload their test results to their online Travel Declaration Form (links above), they will receive an Airport Departure Confirmation Number and a QR code. Without these two travelers, they will not be able to leave the airport.
Click on here for more information.
Is quarantine mandatory in Puerto Rico?
Visitors may need a 14-day quarantine if they arrive on the island without carrying proof of a negative molecular test result for the Puerto Rico Department of Health online portal.
What kind of COVID-19 test is required to enter Puerto Rico?
Visitors should bring a COVID-19 molecular test (nasal or throat swab). Find test locations on the continent on here.
Is Puerto Rico safe now?
Recent reports have included Puerto Rico among the list of US territories that have experienced a large increase in the COVID-19 case count after the territory’s reopening for the second time. On December 3, the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) issued a Level 4 risk, which means that there is a very high level of transmission of the virus in Puerto Rico.
Read our full post at: Is it safe to visit Puerto Rico during COVID?
Local restrictions in Puerto Rico
Most companies and tourist sites remain open to the public with some restrictions and with reduced capacity. Here is a list of the places that tourists can visit.
- Nature reserves
- Hotel pools
- Use of recreational boat (during social distance exercise)
- Shopping Malls
- Retail stores
- Restaurants (1)
- Gas station
- Hairdressing salons and barber shops (by appointment only)
- Spa and wellness centers (except sauna)
- Urban train system
- Ferry (but only for residents)
Bars, cafes and nightclubs remain closed to this day. In addition, group activities and sports are still prohibited in public or private places. With guided tours reopened, visitors should contact the agencies to confirm availability.
Visit the travel advice website for more information and updates.
Is wearing a mask mandatory in Puerto Rico?
Yes. That is. All people should wear a mask indoors and outdoors, if social distance is not possible. The only exception is when they are consuming food or participating in water activities.
Current situation of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico
As of April 4, Puerto Rico reported 142,792 cases of COVID and 2,131 confirmed deaths caused by the virus. (Source: NYTimes)
According to Puerto Rican authorities, all hospitals on the island are available to intern and treat patients with symptoms of COVID-19.
Is there a curfew on the island?
Yes. There is a curfew from 0 am to 5 am. Governor Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia activated the National Guard to help enforce that restriction.
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