Puerto Rico’s vibrancy has piqued your interest to pack up your laptop and work in full color, but you have some questions about making it happen.
We’ve got you covered. From connectivity to renting a car, find answers to common remote work questions here.
Do U.S. citizens need a visa to work from Puerto Rico?
No. You don’t even need a passport. For U.S. citizens, traveling to and working in Puerto Rico is like traveling to or working in another state. U.S. citizens only need a valid driver’s license to travel to and work from Puerto Rico.
Do I need to be fluent in Spanish?
No, but it helps! Both Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico and most residents speak at least some English. Puerto Rico is a great place to brush up on your Spanish, though – or to learn the language anew!
How is Internet connectivity in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico has multiple high-speed Wi-Fi providers making it easy to stay connected. Most lodging options across the Island offer Wi-Fi as an amenity and coworking spaces offer high-speed internet as a standard amenity.
Following the 2017 hurricanes, the reinforced and improved infrastructure provided steady and widely available connectivity with at least six major providers and three 5G networks. State-of-the-art cables and satellites enable broadband connectivity functional in large urban areas, as well as rural.
What long-term lodging options are available in Puerto Rico?
There are many different options for long-term lodging on the Island. Whether you’re looking for a hotel room with a kitchen, a vacation rental or an Airbnb, the perfect home base for your remote workcation is waiting for you.
Do I need to rent a car to get around in Puerto Rico?
One of the best ways to explore the Island is by car, so we highly recommend renting a car while you are in Puerto Rico. With all major companies and several smaller local businesses to rent from, there are many options for renting a ride for your off-hours adventures. Check out our Driving Tips to learn what to expect when driving in Puerto Rico.
Where can I find coworking spaces in Puerto Rico?
Coworking spaces have popped up across the Island in recent years as Puerto Rico’s tech and startup industries have grown. In addition to high-speed internet and desk space, many coworking spaces offer meeting and conference rooms, mail management and handling, printing services and other amenities. Staying in San Juan? Check out Piloto 151’s four coworking space locations.
Do I need an international cell phone plan in Puerto Rico?
Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, U.S. phone plans include coverage in Puerto Rico. Most major U.S. carriers work well throughout the Island. Phone plans with carriers from outside the U.S. will require an international plan. Travelers can also purchase a pay-as-you-go cell phone plan while they are on the Island for local communication needs if preferred.
What’s the cost of living in Puerto Rico?
According to recent data from Numbeo, the cost of living in Puerto Rico is about 3.5% lower than the aggregate of the U.S. That said, the cost of living varies from metropolitan to rural regions of Puerto Rico. Expenses also vary by spending category. For example, some groceries on the Island might be a bit more expensive than in the U.S. if they have to be imported. On the other hand, transportation costs might be lower than what you’re used to from major U.S. cities.
Can I bring my dog or cat with me?
Yes! Puerto Rico follows the same rules as other U.S. states for traveling with dogs or cats. You’ll need a tag with the name of your pet and your contact information, as well as a rabies quarantine certificate from your vet stating that the pet has had a rabies shot. Of course, be sure to check the rules of your accommodations to ensure pets are welcome.
What is the COVID-19 situation in Puerto Rico?
The health and safety of visitors and residents is Puerto Rico’s top priority, so we’re taking rigorous measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You’ll be required to comply with all entry and testing requirements when you arrive, as well as all safety regulations, such as face coverings and social distancing, once you’re here. Find out about Visitor Health & Safety Guidelines in detail here.
What if I have a non-COVID medical need while I’m in Puerto Rico?
Prepare for your trip by reviewing personal health insurance coverage to know what services would be covered while traveling to Puerto Rico. If needed, consider purchasing supplemental travel health insurance. Identifying local doctors and hospitals near the area you will be staying and having a card on your person at all times that states medical information like your blood type and any chronic conditions or serious allergies in Spanish and English are also good precautionary practices.
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