Those visiting Puerto Rico should reference local measures to keep travelers and residents safe, such as social distancing, and high standards of cleanliness.
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 highly recommended 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 October 1st, masks are optional at events hosting over 1,000 people and attendees are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry
Upon Arrival: Airport
Travelers arriving on domestic flights
- Domestic travelers are not required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test prior to arriving on the Island.
Travelers arriving on international flights:
- As of June 12th, international travelers are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to traveling, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, in accordance with CDC guidelines. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.
As decided by the CDC on July 18, 2022, the COVID-19 program for cruise ships is no longer in effect. However, the Puerto Rico Department of Health has requested that all Cruise Ship Lines collaborate with its public safety efforts by sharing the Maritime Declaration of Health Report.
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.
Things To Know: On The Island
- Masks are highly recommended on all public transportation, including all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra.
- 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 recommendations. Visitors should connect with tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.
- 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.
- Guests of dining establishments do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Establishments are operating at full capacity.
Businesses & Other Establishments
- Masks are not mandatory in private and public spaces with the exception of events hosting over 1,000 people. However, they are recommended in situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.
- Establishments reserve the right to require masks for patrons and employees.
- As of October 1st, masks are optional at events hosting over 1,000 people and attendees are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry.
- Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
- Venues are operating at full capacity.
Things to Know: Leaving the Island
Testing Upon Return to Mainland
- Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and is 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.