Meetings & Conventions Health & Safety Guidelines
Puerto Rico is committed to providing the safest experience for meetings and events.
Recognizing the importance of hygiene and disinfection, the Island of Puerto Rico is applying locally enforced measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), alongside U.S Travel Association (USTA) guidelines, to safeguard the wellbeing of groups, attendees and guests.
Click here to download these guidelines.
Starting July 15, arriving passengers must complete a travel declaration form from the Puerto Rico Health Department, and show a negative molecular COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior.
Arriving travelers without this documentation will be offered a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport. Even if the test result is negative, the traveler will be required to quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay.
The 14-day quarantine is mandated until the traveler provides proof of a negative molecular test result taken on the island.
We strongly encourage travelers to take the test prior to visiting the island for a hassle-free experience upon arrival.
Face coverings are mandatory at airports and when in public, or individuals will be subject to a fine.
Thermographic cameras monitor temperatures.
An island-wide curfew is in place from 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM, through July 22. Only emergencies are exempt.
Getting Around: Transportation
Certified transportation carriers are properly disinfecting vehicles and have hand sanitizer available.
Drivers wear gloves when handling doors and luggage. Face coverings are mandatory for drivers and passengers.
Ridesharing options like Uber have released regulations that also mandate face coverings for drivers and passengers, with no front seat passengers permitted.
During Your Meeting: Venues
Drive-in and open-air events are being held with limited capacity, and indoor space venues such as the Puerto Rico Convention Center is open.
As an ASM Global managed facility, the Puerto Rico Convention Center is implementing the new Venue Shield Environmental Hygiene Program, which applies new protocols including 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 touchpoints, contactless transactions, daily monitoring
systems, and more.
Outdoor recreation spaces including public beaches, natural reserves, and golf courses are open for sunbathing and other recreational activities. Groups are permitted, consisting of those in the same household. Tour operators are available for internal tourism and will resume fully once the island reopens on July 15.
Shopping malls are enforcing social distancing and require appointments to enter.
Museums and theaters are open at 75% capacity, enforcing social distancing.
Hand sanitizing stations are set up in targeted areas like entryways, elevator banks, and high-traffic spots.
Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces is augmented, while employees are being screened daily for symptoms.
Restaurants are operating at 75% capacity and temperature checks are performed before entering; those with temperatures over 100.3 will be denied entry.
Employees are required to use face coverings and floor plans are maintaining distancing protocols.
Buffets, salad bars and self-serve options, as well as reusable menus are prohibited at restaurants. Gloves are also mandatory for employees when serving guests.
Note: Tourism businesses have an appointed Health & Safety Officer responsible for enforcing these measures.
During Your Stay
Thoroughly sanitized properties that follow PRTC standards will be certified with Islandspecific health certification seals.
Guests will receive a Health and Safety guide detailing the specialized measures implemented by each property individually.
We recommend visitors connect with their hotels and/or hosts directly for additional information about their specific protocols beyond these and/or if visitors have specific requests.
Properties like hotels are:
Conducting temperature checks, screening symptoms, and disinfecting luggage in reception areas upon entry.
Following high standards of cleanliness with thorough housekeeping procedures that follow CDC and EPA standards.
Requiring face coverings for all guests and personnel in public areas.
Encouraging limited capacity in elevators and other public spaces.
Adhering to approved guidelines for all meeting space configurations including outside events as mandated by government officials.
Operating their pool facilities, fitness centers, and spas, with the exception of saunas, abiding by the local distancing measures.
Puerto Rico hospitals adhere to the same federally mandated health safety guidelines as those on the mainland.
Pharmacies (including common mainland franchises like Walgreens and CVS), gas stations, banks, and supermarkets are enforcing high standards of health safety throughout the island.
A full copy of the Health & Safety Measures established by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company can be found here.