Meetings & Conventions Health & Safety Guidelines

Puerto Rico is committed to providing the safest experience for meetings and events.

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. Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Those unvaccinated or between the ages of 2 and 11 must also wear masks in public areas when unable to social distance.

New Protocol Updates

  • Beginning January 17th, those attending mass events  (both indoors and outdoors taking place at theaters, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums, and convention centers) will be required to present proof of vaccination with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine (including booster, if eligible) or a negative COVID test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken in the 48 hours prior to the event. 
  • All establishments serving food or drinks must require proof of vaccination or negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. 
  • All passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken within 48 hours before arrival time, regardless of vaccination status. Passengers arriving without a test will have 48 hours to take one upon arrival or be subject to a fine. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days after arriving, regardless of whether they have a negative test result. 
  • Until January 31st, 2022, those between 5 and 11 years old will be allowed to attend large indoor events by providing negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) results taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event. Starting February 1, 2022, this age range will be subject to the same guidelines as adults, requiring proof of vaccination and negative test results taken within 48 hours prior to the event upon entry. Children under 5 years of age will not be allowed to attend large-scale events, even with negative results,  except when permitted by the Department of Health. 
  • Until February 2nd, 2022, all restaurants, bars, theaters, stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, casinos, and any establishment that serves prepared food or drinks will limit capacity to 50% for indoor events/operations, and 75% for outdoor events/operations. All events, both indoor and outdoor, will have a maximum capacity of 250 people as long as that number is equal to or lower than their 50% capacity (if indoors) or 75% (if outdoors). Events of over 250 people will need authorization from the Department of Health, which will determine the protocols required for each case.
  • Until February 2nd, all business will close between midnight and 5 AM. This restriction will not affect health services, including testing sites, laboratories, and pharmacies. 
  • Until February 2nd, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

Upon Arrival: Airport

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Mask usage is a federal law on airplanes and in airports. Those entering any of the Island’s three open airports, whether on commercial or private aircraft, are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal which produces a QR code to proceed. Passengers need to present ID to ensure alignment with the Travel Declaration Form. For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

For fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights:

  • Vaccinated passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken within 48 hours before arrival time.
  • Passengers arriving without a test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) will have 48 hours to take one upon arrival or be subject to a fine.
  • Required to upload an official Vaccination Card through the Travel Declaration Form portal.

For non-vaccinated travelers arriving on domestic flights:

  • Unvaccinated passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken within 48 hours before arrival time.
  • If arriving without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test performed by an authorized health provider taken on the Island within 48 hours of arrival or receive a fine.
  • All unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for seven days after arriving on 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 performed by an authorized health provider) 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 travel by air to the United States from a foreign country.

Processes for symptomatic travelers (those displaying COVID-19 related symptoms)

  • If a symptomatic traveler (a person who is displaying COVID-19 related symptoms) who is not vaccinated or is traveling internationally arrives on the Island, the Puerto Rico National Guard will conduct a PCR molecular COVID-19 test at the airport. The traveler must quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay.
  • The quarantine is mandated until the negative PCR molecular COVID-19  test results are received and digitally uploaded to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal. 

Additional airport processes include:

  • Vaccinations - The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available in Terminal B at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU).
  • Screenings - The Puerto Rico National Guard is assisting with enhanced health screenings of all arriving passengers at each airport on the Island... All arriving travelers at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan will be pre-screened via thermographic cameras to monitor temperatures, and enhanced protocols take place at baggage claim before exiting the airport.

Cruise operations: 

Cruise operations on the Island have resumed and are increasing gradually.

  • Port of Calls (Transit Call/Cruise Port Visit):
    • In order for ships to be allowed into Puerto Rico, all guests 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. Unvaccinated passengers cannot disembark in Puerto Rico except for children under 12 years of age.
    • Please check with the 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.

Get to know the entry requirements for passengers traveling to Puerto Rico.

Things to Know: On the Island

  • Mask Usage
    •  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 all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra. 
    • Masks are required at all outdoor activities of 50 attendees or more. This requirement does not apply to public beaches. Masks are still recommended in crowded urban areas.
  • Beaches
    • 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.
  • Lodging
    • Upon arrival, all guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island must present either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test performed by an authorized health provider taken within 48 hours of the beginning of their visit. If unvaccinated and staying longer than one week, they must present negative tests on a weekly basis.
    • Employees of all hotels, Paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals must be vaccinated or provide weekly negative tests. 
  • Restaurants/Dining
    • All establishments serving food or drinks must require proof of vaccination or negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken 48 hours prior to arrival. 
    • Employees of all restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor dining location must be vaccinated or provide weekly negative tests. 
    • All restaurants, bars, theaters, stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, casinos, and any establishment that serves prepared food or drinks will limit capacity to 50% for indoor events/operations, and 75% for outdoor events/operations. All events, both indoor and outdoor, will have a maximum capacity of 250 people.
    • Until February 2nd, all business will close between midnight and 5 AM. This restriction will not affect health services, including testing sites, laboratories, and pharmacies. 
    • Until February 2nd, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.
  • Businesses & Other Establishments
    • Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Some businesses may require proof of a negative test (either antigen or PCR) result or vaccination upon arrival. Visitors should check entry requirements prior to visiting.   
    • Patrons of hair salons, barbershops, and individual spas must require proof of vaccination or a negative test (either antigen or PCR) result taken within 48 hours upon arrival.
    • Between January 4th - 18th 2022, all business will close between midnight and 5 AM. This restriction will not affect health services, including testing sites, laboratories, and pharmacies. 
    • Between January 4th - 18th 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.
  • Events
    • Beginning January 17th, those attending mass events  (both in and outdoors taking place at theaters, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums, and convention centers) will be required to present proof of vaccination with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine (including booster if eligible) and also a negative COVID test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken in the 48 hours prior to the event. 
    • Until January 31st, 2022, those between 5 and 11 years old will be allowed to attend large indoor events by providing negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) results taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event. Starting February 1, 2022, this age range will be subject to the same guidelines as adults, requiring proof of vaccination upon entry. Children under 5 years of age will not be allowed to attend large-scale events except when permitted by the Department of Health. 
    • Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
    • Until February 2nd, 2022, all restaurants, bars, theaters, stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, casinos, and any establishment that serves prepared food or drinks will limit capacity to 50% for indoor events/operations, and 75% for outdoor events/operations. All events, both indoor and outdoor, will have a maximum capacity of 250 people as long as that number is equal to or lower than their 50% capacity (if indoors) or 75% (if outdoors). Events of over 250 people will need authorization from the Department of Health, which will determine the protocols required for each case.

Things to Know: Leaving the Island

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  • Testing upon return to the 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.

Events and Social Activities

  • Those attending mass events  (both in and outdoors taking place at theaters, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums, and convention centers) will be required to present proof of vaccination with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine (including booster, if eligible) or a negative COVID test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken in the 48 hours prior to the event.
  • Sports events, as well as sports and recreational activities, are permitted, following local guidelines. 
  • Proposals for certain concerts, theater activities, and corporate meetings and/or activities could be submitted to the consideration of the Governor’s Chief of Staff for approval and authorization.
    • The proposals will be evaluated subject to the implementation of safety and health measures to mitigate the spread of the virus and to protect the health and safety of the workers, artists, and everyone participating in the event planning.
    • The following social activities are authorized and will be exempted from requesting authorization or permit: weddings, birthdays, quinceañeros, baby showers, gender reveals, graduations, proms, ring ceremonies, awards ceremonies or achievements, and corporate and business activities.
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Convention Center

  • 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.
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Distrito T-Mobile

  • 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.
  • The venue will fully open in the coming months.