Those visiting Puerto Rico should reference local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) to keep travelers and residents safe, such as social distancing, and high standards of cleanliness.
As of March 10th, the masks are no longer mandatory on the Island. However, masks are still recommended for situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed. Individual establishments reserve the right to implement their own requirements surrounding masks and COVID-19 protocols, and visitors are encouraged to contact businesses directly.
Mask usage is a federal law on airplanes and in airports. For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].
The latest protocol updates:
- As of March 10th, domestic travelers are not required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival to the Island.
Upon Arrival: Airport
Travelers arriving on domestic flights:
- As of March 10th, domestic travelers are not required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test prior to arriving on the Island.
Travelers arriving on international flights:
- Due to CDC guidelines, all travelers arriving on international flights must present a negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR) taken within one day prior to departure along with proof of vaccination
- Non-U.S. citizens or long-term residents will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling by air to the United States from a foreign country.
- Travelers who test positive while on the Island must quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay.
Port of Calls (Transit Call/Cruise Port Visit):
- For ships to be permitted entry to Puerto Rico, all guests 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO vaccine. Unvaccinated passengers cannot disembark in Puerto Rico except for children under 12 years of age.
- Please check with cruise operators for their most up-to-date COVID protocols and regulations, as many operators require proof of vaccination prior to boarding and have specific testing requirements.
Home Port Operations (Starting or Ending your Cruise):
- All guests arriving via air to Puerto Rico to board a cruise ship must follow the air-entry protocols outlined, which may vary based on vaccination status and point of origin (international or domestic).
- Check with the cruise operator for their most up-to-date COVID protocols for cruise embarkation, including cruise lines vaccination and testing requirements.
- For cruises ending in Puerto Rico, all guests will be automatically enrolled in the SARA alert program upon disembarking the cruise ship. This is an open-source tool allowing public health officials to monitor individuals at risk for COVID-19 and is also the same alert program used for guests registering with Travel Safe for air entry.
Things to Know: On the Island
New protocol updates for on-Island operations as of March 10th include:
- Masks are not mandatory on the Island for both indoor and outdoor settings. However, they're recommended in situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.
- There are no capacity limits for establishments on the Island. Patrons are not required to present proof of vaccination or a negative test result upon entry to businesses. However, as always, individual establishments reserve the right to implement their own health and safety requirements.
- Masks are required on all public transportation, including all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra.
- As of March 10th, masks are no longer mandatory on the Island. However, they are recommended in situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.
- Public beaches, natural reserves, and marinas are open, following social distancing guidelines. Visitors should connect with tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.
- As of March 10th, guests do not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative test result upon arrival to hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island, however, individual properties reserve the right to implement any specific measures.
- Visitors should connect with their lodging property directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.
- As of March 10th, guests of dining establishments do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result taken 48 hours prior to arrival. Establishments are also not operating under a capacity limit.
Businesses & Other Establishments
- As of March 10th, masks are not mandatory in private and public spaces.
- However, various establishments reserve the right to require masks for patrons and employees.
- As of March 10th, masks are no longer mandatory on the Island.
- Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
- As of March 10th, venues are not operating under a capacity limit or with mask requirements. However, events of over 1,000 people are subject to situation-specific guidelines provided by the Health Department.
- Attendees of concerts and shows at venues including the below, among others, regardless of event size, are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken at least 72 hours prior:
- Coliseo de Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rico Convention Center
- The Coca-Cola Music Hall
- Proof of vaccination with the first two doses will be sufficient and will not require the booster.
Things to Know: Leaving the Island
Testing Upon Return to Mainland
- Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to the mainland United States. Quarantine mandates, recommendations, and entry requirements may vary by state. A continuous assessment of the situation in Puerto Rico and in the United States influences Island-wide orders that prioritize the health and safety of residents and visitors. For travel recommendations provided by the CDC, please see here.
Testing For Travel to Other Destinations
- Quarantine mandates, recommendations, and entry requirements may vary by country.
- As an ASM Global managed facility, Puerto Rico’s Convention Center - the largest and most technologically advanced in the Caribbean - is implementing a new sanitation protocol, VenueShield Environmental Hygiene Program.
- ASM Global's VenueShield Task Force is applying new protocols and procedures at its facilities, in accordance with international healthcare guidelines from the CDC, NHS, PHAA and WHO, among others.
- These extensive measures will explore the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), food safety measures, air quality control, surface cleaning, physical/social distancing, temperature checks, thermal cameras, hand sanitizers, reduced touch points, contactless transactions, daily monitoring systems, and more.
- The venue added distancing guidance via floor labeling to ensure separation between guests.
- The final construction phase provided the opportunity to develop new, safety-first concepts. This includes technologically advanced equipment as well as refined health protocols to guarantee the safety of all our visitors and employees.