Puerto Rico Travel Protocols and COVID-19 Updates
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Here’s everything you need to know before and during your visit to Puerto Rico. As travel and entry protocols relating to COVID-19 evolve, we’ll update this information as needed. Bookmark this page in your browser and check back often.
As of the time of publishing, Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 status is “Level 3: High,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Updated Requirements for Travel to Puerto Rico
- The CDC recommends travelers are: fully vaccinated before traveling to Puerto Rico and follow local travel requirements during their stay.
- All travelers must complete a Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s website.
- All passengers must show their ID to confirm it matches information submitted on the Travel Declaration Form.
See our step-by-step guide on how to complete the form.
Additional Travel Requirements: Know Before You Go
- Must wear a mask at all airports.
- Must complete the online Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal to receive your Airport Exit Confirmation Number and a QR code.
- All passengers — vaccinated and unvaccinated — who travel to Puerto Rico by domestic plane must submit a negative COVID-19 test taken 48 hours prior to or prior to arrival.
Domestic Vaccinated Travelers:
- Upload your proof of vaccination card to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal.
- Only FDA-approved vaccinations are accepted: Pfizer-BioNtech, Modern, and Janssen/Johnson & Johsnon.
Domestic Unvaccinated Travelers:
- Travelers over the age of 2 must upload a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen) to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal within 72 hours prior to your arrival to Puerto Rico.
- Unvaccinated people traveling to Puerto Rico on domestic flights must self-quarantine for 7 days, regardless of whether they arrived with or without a negative test.
- Unvaccinated travelers who arrive without a test result have 48 hours to get tested on the island and upload results to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal. Failure to do so will result in a $300 fine. Note that travelers need to self-isolate until results are received.
- If the test result is positive, the traveler is required to isolate following proper COVID-19 protocol at their own expense.
- Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to visitors arriving at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin Airport (in Terminal B). They are also provided on the islands of Vieques and Culebra (via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal) in Ceiba.
- Non-U.S. Citizens: Regardless of vaccination status, all international foreign travelers (Non U.S. citizens) require proof of vaccination and a negative test result taken no more than 24 hours of arrival. Results must be uploaded to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal before arrival.
- U.S. Citizens: Vaccinated U.S. citizens must show proof of vaccination and a negative test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 72 hours of arrival to the island. Unvaccinated U.S. citizens must show a negative test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of arrival.
The CDC advises both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers provide a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 24 hours prior to arrival at the port. (For more specific cruise requirements, check with your cruise line for their current policy.)
During your stay in Puerto Rico
The government of Puerto Rico has created a comprehensive guide with mandatory health and safety measures for all tourism businesses. These measures safeguard the health of employees, visitors and patrons.
Masks are required in all indoor spaces for everyone—vaccinated and unvaccinated. Masks are required outdoors in activities of 50 attendees or more (beaches are exempt from this) regardless of your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated and are not attending an event of 50 attendees or more, masks are not required outdoors. Attendance at large public events requires both a vaccination card and a negative coronavirus test. A negative PCR or antigen test must be performed 48 hours or less before the event. Masks are required for all indoor events regardless of the number of attendees.
Between January 4th – 18th 2022, all business will close between midnight and 5 a.m. This restriction will not affect health services, including testing sites, laboratories and pharmacies.
Both employees and guests of hotels, guesthouses, paradores and rentals must be vaccinated. Guests not vaccinated are required to present a negative test (PCR or antigen) within 72 hours of the start of their visit. If your stay is more than a week, you must present a negative test result weekly.
All diners and employees of restaurants, bars, chinchorros, food courts and other indoor locations preparing and serving food must show proof of vaccination. All establishments for food and drink consumption must require patrons to offer proof of a coronavirus vaccination or a negative test performed within 48 hours before entering a store.
Between January 4th – 18th 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.
The CDC requires that you wear a mask in all indoor transportation settings—airports, trains, buses and other transportation stations—even if you are fully vaccinated.
Leaving Puerto Rico
Air travelers who are returning to a U.S. state are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the U.S. Air travelers returning to other destinations may require COVID-19 testing before entry. Check your country’s entry requirements before leaving the island. If testing is required, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport offers PCR testing on site ($110 USD from 6AM-8PM at Terminals A, B, and C).
FAQs regarding COVID-19 protocols for travel to Puerto Rico:
Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico?
As of the time of publishing, Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 status is “Level 3: High,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Puerto Rico has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate than any U.S. state. Currently, 74 percent of the island’s population is vaccinated, compared to 59 percent vaccination rate in the U.S. Additionally, 90 percent of eligible youth in Puerto Rico are fully vaccinated, compared to about 50 percent of teenagers in the U.S.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19 before I travel to Puerto Rico?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services provides a list of health centers and private companies in all 50 states that offer COVID-19 testing. For more information, visit their website.
Are the beaches in Puerto Rico open?
Yes! All beaches and nature reserves are open to the public. Visitors must still practice social distancing. Also, masks are required in all public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Check out our list of top 10 beaches to visit during your visit to the island.