Puerto Rico is fully open to tourists, PCR test required

Puerto Rico - Reopening for tourism
Puerto Rico - Reopening for tourism

Puerto Rico is open for tourism with a few entry restrictions.

The country is the first US tourist destination to receive the “Safe Travel Stamp” from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), due to its biosafety measures.

There are, however, some minor restrictions that you want to be aware of to be granted access to the territory.

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Puerto Rico - Reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

Puerto Rico entry restrictions

  • First, you will need to complete a Travel Declaration Form online (either in English or Spanish). If you fail to do so, there is still the possibility to do it at the airport, but there may be delays or other complications.
  • You will need to bring negative COVID-19 test results (carried out through nasal or throat swab) no older than 72 hours at the moment of landing. There is limited testing on the island so it is highly recommended to take a test before traveling. These are some official testing sites in the US.
  • Once you upload your test results to your Travel Declaration Form online (links above) you will receive an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and QR code. Without these two you won’t be allowed to leave the airport.

Click here for further information.

Is there a quarantine upon arrival to Puerto Rico? 

You may need to undertake a 14-day quarantine if you arrive on the island without having uploaded proof of a negative molecular test result to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal

What type of COVID-19 test is required to enter Puerto Rico?

You must bring a molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab). Find testing places on the mainland here

Is Puerto Rico safe now?

Recent reports have included Puerto Rico among the list of US territories suffering a high increase COVID-19 case count after reopening the territory for a second time. As of December 3, the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) has issued a Level 4 risk, meaning there is a very high level of virus transmission in Puerto Rico.

Read our full post on: Is it safe to visit Puerto Rico during COVID?

Local restrictions in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico - Reopening to tourists - Travel restrictions

Most businesses and tourist places remain open to the public, some with a few restrictions and reduced capacity. Here is a list of the places you can visit.

For leisure

  • Beaches
  • Natural reserves
  • Museums
  • Theaters
  • Casinos
  • Hotel pools
  • Marinas
  • Recreational boat use (while exercising social distancing)
  • Malls
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants

Other services

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas stations
  • Hair salons and barbershops (appointment only)
  • Spa and wellness centers (with the exception of sauna facilities)
  • Gyms

Transportation

  • Buses
  • Urban train system
  • Taxi 
  • Ferry (but only for residents)

Bars, cafés, and nightclubs remain closed as of today.  Also, group activities and sports are still banned in public or private venues (including guided tours)

Visit their travel advisory website for more information and updates.

Is wearing mask obligatory in Puerto Rico?

Yes. it is. You should wear a mask indoors and outdoors if social distancing is not possible. The only exception being when you are consuming food or engaging in aquatic activities.

Current COVID-19 situation in Puerto Rico

As of December 1, Puerto Rico has reported 87,323 COVID cases and 1,114 confirmed deaths caused by the virus. (Source: NYTimes)

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According to Puerto Rican authorities, all hospitals on the Island are available to admit and treat patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Is there a curfew on the island?

Yes. There is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in place until November 15. Governor Wanda Vázquez has activated the National Guard to help enforce this restriction.