COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: Puerto Rico

Resource: Puerto Rico Tourism Company web

Date of last revision: 3 Feb, 2022.

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Puerto Rico is committed to the fight against COVID-19. Since September 2020, it has kept its borders open to some countries (consult the list of countries without travel restrictions). It carries out health control measures that have helped keep infection rates under control.

Data show that as of today, the Puerto Rican population is 82.1% fully vaccinated and has a risk level of 4, according to the CDC. 

However, Puerto Rico is following the measures recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), which we will summarize below.

Flying to Puerto Rico: Entry Requirements

List of general entry requirements

  • Complete a Travel Declaration: here is the online declaration form.
  • Travelers must present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 using an approved vaccine. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure. All vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are acceptable. Full details here
  • Anyone older than 2 years must provide a negative molecular or antigen test result for COVID-19 performed no more than 48 hours before arriving on the Island, regardless of being inoculated with any of the vaccines authorized by the FDA or WHO. International travelers must provide a negative molecular or antigen test result for COVID-19 performed no more than one (1) day before boarding a flight to Puerto Rico. 
  • Travelers who do not have a test result should be tested within 48 hours of arrival and must quarantine until they receive their results.

What exemptions are there to these entry requirements?

Anyone who has been in China, Iran, Brazil, the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Ireland, or a Schengen country during the last 14 days will not be allowed to travel to Puerto Rico.

Is a negative COVID test required for entry? 

Yes, domestic travelers must present a negative result of a PCR or antigen test done no more than 72 hours before arrival in Puerto Rico.

International travelers must equally present a negative PCR  or antigen test result done no more than 72 hours before arrival in Puerto Rico. 

If no test is available, the traveler must have it done within 48 hours after arrival and remain isolated until the result is obtained.

Are there health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? 

COVID 19 Travel Restrictions in Puerto Rico
Resource: San Juan Airport website

Yes. The Puerto Rico National Guard assists with enhanced health screenings of all arriving passengers at each airport on the Island. All incoming travelers at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan will be pre-screened via thermographic cameras to monitor temperatures, and enhanced protocols are in place at baggage claim before exiting the airport.

Is there a curfew in place?

No

Are there restrictions on interstate/city travel?

No

Are commercial flights operating? 

Yes

Is public transport operating?

Yes

Fines for non-compliance

Any passenger over the age of two years without a molecular or antigen test result for COVID-19 performed within 48 hours before traveling from a domestic destination, regardless of their vaccination status, will be fined $300.

Public Rules in Puerto Rico

COVID 19 Restrictions in Puerto Rico
Resource: Ricardo Arduengo for AFP via Getty Images

Masks are required indoors, regardless of age or vaccination status. Those unvaccinated or between the ages of 2 and 11 must also wear masks in public areas when unable to social distance. Masks are required on all public transportation, including ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra.

Masks are required at all outdoor activities of 500 attendees or more. This requirement does not apply to public beaches. Masks are still recommended in crowded urban areas.

Upon arrival, all guests of hotels, paradores, guesthouses, short-term rentals, and establishments serving food or drinks must require proof of vaccination or a negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken 48 hours before arrival. Here’s more information.

COVID-19 Testing in Puerto Rico

Are PCR and antigen tests available for U.S. & Canadian citizens in Puerto Rico? 

Yes. You can check here for the location of clinics in Puerto Rico.

PCR molecular testing for all travelers coming in or going out of the Island will be available for $110 and will be guaranteed results electronically within 24 to 48 hours.

If so, can you get test results reliably available within one calendar day? 

Yes. If this is critical, you must confirm this with the private center you choose, but normally you can expect to receive your test upon completion or within a few hours.

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page

Exemptions may be granted in extremely limited circumstances such as emergency travel (such as an emergency medical evacuation) to preserve a person’s life, protect their health from serious danger, or protect their physical safety, and screening cannot be completed before travel.

Returning Home

We recommend taking into account some considerations such as: 

  • Checking-in online if possible and take your boarding pass to the airport on your mobile or printed
  • Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, because the security checks and check-in process may be slower than usual
  • Bear in mind that some airlines have restricted the amount of cabin baggage allowed
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory throughout the airport (remember that masks with exhalation valves are not permitted)
  • The airport is marked with 1.5 m social-distancing signs
  • Your destination country will probably ask you for a record of your flight. We recommend checking the healthcare and documentation requirements of the country you are traveling to.

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