Travel Guidelines

Those visiting Puerto Rico should reference the local measures in place to keep travelers and residents safe, developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), such as social distancing, and high standards of cleanliness in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, 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. 

Please be aware of new measures for presenting vaccinations and negative tests:

  • Lodging - Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis. 
  • Eateries - Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on at all times while in the establishment, except for when eating or drinking.

New measures starting Thursday, September 2nd:

  • All businesses will be closed from 12:00 am - 5:00 am except for emergencies. Pharmacies and gas stations are excluded. Restaurants will be able to operate delivery services during this time, and restaurants at hotels can remain open only for guests.
    • Alcohol sales/consumption will be prohibited during these hours. This includes social activities, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others similar in public and private establishments.
  • Mask usage will be mandatory in all closed places, as well as open places where there is an agglomeration of 50 people or more.
  • Anchoring on beaches, keys, and islets less than 100 feet from the shore is prohibited, with the exception of the use of mooring buoys or moorings.

Important measures related to entering the destination: 

  • 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 aircrafts, 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. Both international/not vaccinated travelers must also upload a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test result to the portal.
  •  Fully vaccinated travelers entering on domestic flights are permitted to upload their vaccination card instead of a negative test.
  •  Given federal mandates, the requirement will remain in place for travelers on international flights. All passengers will also be required to present their ID to ensure alignment with the information entered within the Travel Declaration Form.

Processes regarding the need for negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen tests upon entry:

For fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights:

  • Required to upload official Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination through the Travel Declaration Form portal. Travelers are required to upload their official vaccination card. A copy will not be accepted.

For non-vaccinated travelers arriving on domestic flights:

  • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • If the traveler arrives without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
  • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

For international travelers, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • If the traveler arrives without a test, they will be required to upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
  • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

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 and it will be mandatory for the traveler to quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay.
  • The quarantine is mandated until the traveler receives the negative test result and digitally uploads proof of a negative PCR molecular COVID-19 test result to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal. A list of testing sites in Puerto Rico will be available at the airport and can also be found here. Those who test positive will not be able to travel until the Health Department releases them.

Additional airport processes include:

  • Vaccinations - There is an option for those who are not vaccinated and arriving at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) can, to receive a Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Terminal B. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is also available to tourists visiting the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba.
  • Screenings - The Puerto Rico National Guard is assisting with enhanced health screenings of all arriving passengers at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, as well as the Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla, which have reopened to airline passengers. 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 will take place at baggage claim before exiting the airport.
  • COVID-19 Testing - For passengers who are not vaccinated or traveling internationally, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) offers PCR molecular COVID-19 tests on-site for incoming and outgoing passengers. The service, which costs $110 USD, is offered from 6:00 AM. to 8:00 PM, seven days a week, at three molecular test collection centers located at terminals A, B, and C. More information is available here. The service will soon be available at the Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla. 
  • 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.
  • Face masks are mandatory at all airports. For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

Guidelines and tips for experiencing Island activities

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status (including children ages 2-11).
  • Starting September 2, all businesses will be closed from 12:00 am - 5:00 am except for emergencies. Pharmacies and gas stations are excluded. Restaurants may operate delivery services during this time, and restaurants at hotels can remain open only for guests. Alcohol sales/consumption will be prohibited during these hours. This includes social activities, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others similar in public and private establishments.
  • Enjoyment of attractions and tours: 
    • Public beaches and natural reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Marinas are open, following social distancing guidelines.
    • Visitors should connect with their tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.
  • Businesses are open:
    • Businesses including restaurants, theaters, malls, casinos, supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations are operating at full capacity. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Some businesses may require proof of a negative test result or vaccination upon arrival. It is recommended that visitors check entry requirements prior to visiting. 
    • Hair salons, barbershops, and individual spas are open and appointments are highly suggested. 
    • Local businesses have the ability to set rules and limitations that exceed local government requirements. Please be mindful and respect local business mask requirements and other limitations.
  • Details for eateries and bars:
    • Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry.Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on at all times while in the establishment, except for when eating or drinking.
    • Bars and discos are open at full capacity, along with game rooms. Outdoor bars and "chinchorros'' require the physical distance of six (6) feet between those who are not from the same family unit. 
  • Lodging specifications:
    • Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis.
  • Events are up and running:
    • Sports events, as well as sports and recreational activities, are permitted, following local guidelines.
    • Social activities, including corporate or business events, are permitted at full capacity, and attendees are required to provide either a negative PCR, antigen test result, or proof of full vaccination, particularly for those containing 500 people or more. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Transport guidelines

  • Taxis are accessible 24 hours a day.
  • The Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) and Tren Urbano train system are operating.
  • Ferries to Vieques and Culebra are operating. Masks are required on all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is also available to tourists visiting the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba. 

Q&A 

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico? Should I / should travelers cancel their trips?

If you are sick, an older adult, or someone with chronic medical conditions, leading health authorities recommend delaying or avoiding travel. For information about the CDC’s classification for travel to Puerto Rico, please visit their website here.

Puerto Rico is enforcing local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), such as social distancing and high standards of cleanliness in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.  

An overview of recent changes to local measures:

  • Lodging - Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis. 
  • Eateries - Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on at all times while in the establishment, except for when eating or drinking.
  • Starting Thursday, September 2:
    • All businesses will be closed from 12:00 am - 5:00 am except for emergencies. Pharmacies and gas stations are excluded. Restaurants will be able to operate delivery services during this time, and restaurants at hotels can remain open only for guests. Alcohol sales/consumption will be prohibited during these hours. This includes social activities, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others similar in public and private establishments.
    • Mask usage will be mandatory in all closed places, as well as open places where there is an agglomeration of 50 people or more.
    • Anchoring on beaches, keys, and islets less than 100 feet from the shore is prohibited, with the exception of the use of mooring buoys or moorings.
  • Local businesses have the ability to set rules and limitations that exceed local government requirements. Please be mindful and respect local business mask requirements and other limitations.

If my vacation is booked for the coming weeks, will I be able to enter Puerto Rico?

Yes, given the Island is a U.S. territory, our borders aren’t closed. However, travelers must comply with all necessary requirements, outlined in this travel advisory.  Those visiting Puerto Rico should review the local measures in place, developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), such as social distancing, and high standards of cleanliness in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. For further information about the CDC’s classification for travel to Puerto Rico, please visit their website here.  

Given current restrictions, visitors should connect with their hotels and tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.

Is Puerto Rico a hotspot for COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Puerto Rico is categorized Level 4 due to the current COVID-19 cases on the Island. Travelers should follow local requirements outlined on this webpage, and be aware that travel may increase the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. For more information from the CDC, see here.

As of August 1, 2021, 76.8% of Puerto Rico’s population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 66.7% are fully vaccinated.

What do I need to enter Puerto Rico?

Arriving passengers must comply with the following measures before arriving in Puerto Rico, and wear a mask in the airport/airplane as it is a federal law:

  • All passengers must complete an online Travel Declaration Form from the Puerto Rico Health Department, which can be accessed at www.travelsafe.pr.gov or www.viajaseguro.pr.gov. Kiosks at the airport are also available for travelers to fill out the form upon arrival, as it is a requirement to exit the airport. 
  • Not vaccinated passengers and those traveling internationally must demonstrate a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test result (which consists of a nasal or throat swab), taken no more than 72 hours prior. Testing sites on the mainland U.S. can be found here. Fully vaccinated travelers entering on domestic flights are permitted to upload their official vaccination card instead of a negative test. A copy will not be accepted.
  • All travelers must obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR Code, which travelers will automatically receive when completing the Travel Declaration form and uploading their PCR molecular test results or proof of vaccination to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal

What type of testing do I need,  if I am not vaccinated or traveling internationally, to do prior to my visit to Puerto Rico?

These travelers must take a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test, no more than 72 hours prior to their trip. Testing sites on the mainland U.S. can be found here.

I wasn’t able to get a PCR molecular COVID-19 test prior to my trip to Puerto Rico. Can I get tested upon arrival on the Island?

For passengers who are not vaccinated or traveling internationally, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) offers PCR molecular COVID-19 tests on-site in order to facilitate testing for incoming and outgoing passengers. The service, which costs $110 USD, is offered from 6:00 AM. to 8:00 PM, seven days a week, at three molecular test collection centers located at terminals A, B, and C. More information is available here. The service will soon be available at the Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla.

Negative COVID-19 tests are only required for passengers arriving on international flights and those who have not been fully vaccinated; a negative antigen test will also be accepted for these travelers. For those who must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, the protocol is as follows:

For fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights:

  • Required to upload their official Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination through the Travel Declaration Form portal. A copy will not be accepted.

 For non-vaccinated travelers arriving on domestic flights:

  • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • If the traveler arrives without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
  • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

 For international travelers, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • If the traveler arrives without a test, they will be required to upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
  • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

For any questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

Can I get vaccinated in Puerto Rico?

There is an option for those who are not vaccinated and arriving at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), to receive a Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Terminal B. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is also available to tourists visiting the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of the PCR molecular test taken at the airport or at any other testing site on the Island?

Healthcare plans vary by country and state. It is recommended travelers contact their provider for additional information on medical coverage fees.

What are the airport processes if I do or don’t meet the requirements to enter the Island?

The Puerto Rico National Guard is assisting with enhanced health screenings of all arriving passengers at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan as well as the Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla. Face masks are mandatory at all airports and public areas. All arriving travelers will be pre-screened via thermographic cameras to monitor temperatures, and enhanced protocols will take place at baggage claim before exiting the airport.

What is the airport doing to ensure health & safety?

  • Molecular COVID-19 testing sites are available at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, on-site testing has not been expanded to include Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla. Testing is open to all incoming and outgoing passengers from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., seven days a week, at terminals A, B, and C. More information is available here.
  • The required use of face masks by everyone who transits and work at the airport
  • Only passengers are allowed to enter the terminals
  • All screens throughout the airport emphasize COVID-19 prevention guidelines
  • About 100 hand sanitizer stations have been installed
  • The addition of a third layer of disinfection with new fogger-type equipment that allows for more thorough sanitation, in less time
  • A double and high-efficiency air conditioning filter system in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Touchless hand dryers have been installed in bathrooms
  • An increase in the frequency and intensity of bathroom cleanings, which are performed every 30 to 60 minutes, based on traffic
  • Installation of acrylic barriers at airline check-in counters
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning boarding pass printing and registration kiosks, in addition to promoting online registration to minimize contact

If I take the test a week before, would those results be accepted?

No, it will not be accepted. Both not vaccinated and international travelers must present a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their trip.

For any questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

I had COVID-19 less than 90 days ago, and can therefore still test positive although I have fully recovered. Will I be denied entry into the Island?

The Health Department is aware that travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 can still test positive for 90 days after infection. To manage these exceptions, passengers must present a positive COVID-19 test that shows the date when they were diagnosed, along with a medical certification by a doctor stating that they no longer have COVID-19. This documentation will only be accepted within the first 90 days of the passenger’s COVID-19 diagnosis. After that, a negative COVID-19 test must be presented upon arrival. 

Do children need to get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. Any domestic traveler above the age of 2 who is not vaccinated or any international traveler must get tested and present a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test result upon arrival.

How are children tested at the airport? 

The procedure of PCR molecular COVID-19 test and rapid COVID-19 tests conducted at the airport will be the same for adults and children.

Is Puerto Rico accepting travelers from U.S. states with a high number of positive COVID-19 cases?

As a non-incorporated territory of the U.S., Puerto Rico abides by Federal Law and established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers. For more information, visit the CDC

A continuous assessment of the situation in Puerto Rico and in the United States will influence Island-wide orders that prioritize the health and safety of residents and visitors.

Under the new CDC rule, do I have to get a PCR molecular COVID-19 test to return to the United States from Puerto Rico?

Given Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, the destination is excluded from the CDC requirement and you do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to the mainland United States. The CDC still recommends getting tested 3 – 5 days after arrival and staying home for 7 days post-travel. Quarantine mandates, recommendations, and entry requirements may vary by state. There are molecular testing sites at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) for incoming and outgoing passengers. On-site testing will soon be expanded to include Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla. More information is available here.  

If I’m in Puerto Rico or going to Puerto Rico, are things open or operating normally?

Yes, businesses and activities are operating normally, but some establishments may require proof of a negative test or vaccine - it is recommended to check prior. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Those unvaccinated or between the ages of 2 and 11 must also wear masks in all public areas when unable to social distance. 

Please be aware of recent and upcoming changes to local measures:

  • Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis. 
  • Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on.
  • Starting on Thursday, September 2nd:
    • All businesses will be closed from 12:00 am - 5:00 am except for emergencies. Pharmacies and gas stations are excluded. Restaurants will be able to operate delivery services during this time, and restaurants at hotels can remain open only for guests. Alcohol sales/consumption will be prohibited during these hours. This includes social activities, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others similar in public and private establishments.
    • Mask usage will be mandatory in all closed places, as well as open places where there is an agglomeration of 50 people or more.
    • Anchoring on beaches, keys, and islets less than 100 feet from the shore is prohibited, with the exception of the use of mooring buoys or moorings.
  • Airports: To further safeguard residents and visitors, arriving passengers to any of Puerto Rico’s three open airports, whether on commercial or private aircraft, must comply with the following measures, before arriving:
  • Negative COVID-19 tests are only required for passengers arriving on international flights and those who have not been fully vaccinated; a negative antigen test will also be accepted for these travelers. For those who must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, the protocol is as follows:
    • For fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights:
      • Required to upload their official Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination through the Travel Declaration Form portal. A copy will not be accepted.
    • For non-vaccinated travelers arriving on domestic flights:
      • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
      • If the traveler arrives without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
      • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.
    • For international travelers, regardless of vaccination status:
      • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
      • If the traveler arrives without a test, they will be required to upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
      • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

Passengers will also be required to present their ID to ensure alignment with the information entered within the Travel Declaration Form. Kiosks at the airport are also available for travelers to fill out the form upon arrival, as it is a requirement to exit the airport.

For any questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

  • Cruise operations: All ports are currently closed for cruise ship vessels.
  • Hotels and small inns: Hotels and small inns are open, with distancing measures mandatory in public areas. Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Hotel pool facilities are open at full capacity, while spas and wellness centers remain open by appointment. Restaurants inside hotels are open and welcoming guests at full capacity with reservations recommended. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Room service remains available for guests.
  • Independent rental units that follow PRTC standards: Hosts are only permitting the entrance of registered guests only as no group gatherings are allowed. Rentals are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, including the proper sanitation of kitchenware, glassware, and utensils. They will be equipped with hand soap, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes for guest convenience. Vaccinations are required for guests of independent, short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated will be required to perform weekly COVID-19 tests in order to remain on the property.
  • Restaurants + Supermarkets: Restaurants are operating at full capacity with reservations recommended, Restaurants/bars can remain open 24 hours, and reservations are suggested. Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on at all times while in the establishment, except for when eating or drinking.
  • Small Businesses + Shopping Centers: Malls and other retail stores are operating at full capacity. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Salons + Spas: Hair salons, barbershops, and individual spas are open, via appointment, with the exception of saunas. Guests are not permitted to congregate in waiting areas. Wellness centers and spa services can operate. Some businesses, such as spas, and lodging options, may require proof of a negative test result upon arrival. It is recommended that visitors check entry requirements prior to visiting.
  • Casinos: All casinos are operating at full capacity. 
  • Beaches + Nature Reserves: Public beaches and natural reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines. Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks at beaches and parks, although mask usage is suggested by the Island’s Health Secretary, when unable to distance.
  • Golf Courses: All golf courses are open. 
  • Museums + Theaters: Museums and movie theaters are operating at full capacity. Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on at all times while in the establishment, except for when eating or drinking.
  • Attractions and Tours: Attractions and tours are open. Visitors should connect with their tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols. Access to Old San Juan from 12:00 AM - 5:00 AM will be limited to residents and tourists staying in the area. Reservations are suggested where applicable.
  • Transportation: Taxis are accessible 24 hours a day. The Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) and Tren Urbano train system are operating. Ferries to Vieques and Culebra are operating. Masks are required on all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is also available to tourists visiting the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba.

How can travelers protect themselves?

We urge those visiting to adhere to the measures put in place by the government of Puerto Rico, which includes abiding by social distancing guidelines and federal laws of face coverings in the airport or be subject to a fine. In addition to the $300 fine for arriving without a valid negative test, for those who are not vaccinated or traveling internationally, any passenger who does not comply with the orders and the local measures imposed by the Department of Health will be fined up to $5,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for additional offenses.

Additionally, travelers should adhere to healthy travel practices to help protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease. These are the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season and include avoiding close contact with people who show signs of illness, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and washing your hands often with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

I recently got vaccinated. Am I still required to get a PCR molecular COVID-19 test prior to my trip to Puerto Rico?

Fully vaccinated passengers on domestic flights no longer need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Puerto Rico. Negative COVID-19 tests are only required for passengers arriving on international flights and those who have not been fully vaccinated; a negative antigen test will also be accepted for these travelers.

For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

Do I have to wear a mask after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The CDC recommends that during the pandemic, people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside of their household. Additionally, Puerto Rico is enforcing mandatory face coverings in indoor public areas. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.  

For more, we recommend visiting the CDC website here. The Department of Health has increased resources to ensure travelers are abiding by local guidelines, such as mandatory quarantine for those without a negative test and mask usage. Travelers who do not comply with the orders and the local measures imposed by the Department of Health will be fined up to $5,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for additional offenses.

Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks in both private and public areas. However, those not fully vaccinated or between the ages of 2 and 11 must wear masks.

What should travelers do if they begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? What immediate steps should they take?

Travelers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay in their hotel rooms and contact their hotel front desk to get support. If travelers are not staying at a hotel, contact the nearest hospital directly. It’s important that travelers and hotel staff call hospitals first before visiting, so that appropriate transportation, screening, and care can be arranged, to protect those feeling ill and others.

Puerto Rico hospitals adhere to the same federally mandated health safety guidelines as those on the mainland. Common mainland franchises like Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are available Island-wide and are enforcing high standards of health safety throughout the Island.

What actions is the Island taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Puerto Rico was the first U.S. destination to use thermographic cameras in their airport and implement a curfew, effective for everyone including tourists. The curfew was recently lifted, but strict social distancing measures are in place Island-wide, and masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Those unvaccinated or between the ages of 2 and 11 must wear masks in all public areas when unable to social distance. 

Please be aware of recent and upcoming changes to local measures:

  • Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis. 
  • Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on.

As of August 1, 2021, 76.8% of Puerto Rico’s population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 66.7% are fully vaccinated.

The Puerto Rico National Guard is assisting with enhanced health screenings of all arriving passengers at the Island’s three open airports, where face masks are mandatory and thermographic cameras remain operating to monitor temperatures. In addition to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan (SJU), the Mercedita International Airport in Ponce and Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla have reopened to airline passengers.

Those entering the Island must complete an online Travel Declaration Form from the Puerto Rico Health Department, which can be accessed at www.travelsafe.pr.gov or www.viajaseguro.pr.gov. Kiosks at the airport are also available for travelers to fill out the form upon arrival, as it is a requirement to exit the airport.  

Negative COVID-19 tests are only required for passengers arriving on international flights and those who have not been fully vaccinated; a negative antigen test will also be accepted for these travelers. For those who must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, the protocol is as follows:

For fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights:

  • Required to upload their official Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination through the Travel Declaration Form portal. A copy will not be accepted.

 For non-vaccinated travelers arriving on domestic flights:

  • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • If the traveler arrives without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
  • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

 For international travelers, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • If the traveler arrives without a test, they will be required to upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine.
  • If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.

For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

The tourism industry in Puerto Rico has also taken specific steps to ensure that partners on the Island and their teams have the latest information on COVID-19, including prevention measures on the Island, personal prevention tips to use themselves and to share with travelers, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and guidance for what to do if they or their guests begin experiencing symptoms. Lastly, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) offers PCR molecular COVID-19 tests on-site for travelers who are not fully vaccinated or traveling internationally. More information is available here.

What health & safety protocols does the Island have in place?

High standards of health and safety have been implemented throughout the Island, which includes local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), to safeguard the wellbeing of residents and visitors.

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.

Dining: Options within the lodging section ensure floor plans maintain distancing protocols, with buffets, salad bars, and self-serve options eliminated, and reusable menus prohibited. Employees are required to use face coverings and if serving guests, gloves. Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor location where food and beverages are prepared and served. Those not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on at all times while in the establishment, except for when eating or drinking.

Lodging: Thoroughly sanitized properties that follow PRTC standards may be certified with Island-specific health certification seals. Guests will receive a Health & Safety guide detailing the specialized measures implemented by each property individually. Some hotels may require proof of a negative test result upon arrival. It is recommended that visitors connect with their hotels/hosts directly for additional information. Vaccinations are required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. Those not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons must provide proper documentation confirming this and are still required to present negative tests on a weekly basis.

  • Hotels/Resorts: Temperature checks, screening symptoms, and the disinfecting of luggage may occur in reception areas upon entry while following high standards of cleanliness and housekeeping procedures in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines. Hotel pool facilities and fitness centers are open at full, while spas remain open for appointments. Limited capacities are encouraged in elevators. Furniture, chairs, tables, and surfaces will be sanitized continuously.
  • Short-Term Rentals: Hosts are responsible for thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the property, following the health and safety protocol enforced by the Government and the PRTC, including the proper sanitation of kitchenware, glassware, and utensils. Only registered guests are permitted to stay at the property as group gatherings are prohibited. Guests are required to complete a Travel Declaration Form from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Attractions: Attractions and tours are open. Visitors should connect with their tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols. Public beaches and natural reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

Bars and discos are open at full capacity along with game rooms, if indoors. Those enjoying outdoor bars and chinchorros should abide by distancing protocols. Malls and other retail stores are operating at full capacity. Reservations are suggested where applicable. The Department of Health has increased resources to ensure travelers are abiding by local guidelines. Travelers who do not comply with the orders and the local measures imposed by the Department of Health will be fined up to $5,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for additional offenses. 

Are Island hospitals equipped to address coronavirus?

All hospitals on the Island have established protocols for admitting, treating, and collecting samples from patients who are experiencing symptoms, and hospital staff will work with the Department of Health if testing is needed.  Funds have been made available on the Island to help hospitals prepare facilities, purchase materials, and train nurses and paramedic staff.

Puerto Rico also has epidemiologists throughout the Island, who specialize in disease control and prevention, to advise on transportation, testing, and care for individuals who think they may have COVID-19.

Where will people be housed if they need to be quarantined?

Travelers must be isolated in quarantine at their hotel or lodging option and cover their costs associated with this, as needed, should isolation be required. Some hotels may require proof of negative test results upon arrival. It is recommended that visitors connect with their hotels/hosts directly for additional information. The Department of Health has increased resources to ensure travelers are abiding by local guidelines. Travelers who do not comply with the orders and the local measures imposed by the Department of Health will be fined up to $5,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for additional offenses.

What will hotels, restaurants, and tour operators do if a staff member tests positive?

The CDC has outlined specific guidance for businesses and employers, with information on what to do if employees are sick, cleaning advice, and contingency planning.

Along with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), we have also provided guidance and information to all tourism partners. The industry has specific measures in place to ensure hotel management, businesses, and other partners within the industry have the latest information on COVID-19, including prevention measures on the Island, personal prevention tips for their teams and travelers, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and guidance for what to do if their staff or guests begin experiencing symptoms.

It is critical to seek medical advice from a regional epidemiologist if you are concerned your guests or staff may have COVID-19. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath. The Puerto Rico Health Department has specific protocols in place with state epidemiologists to screen and test patients.  More information on specific steps can be found in the latest industry guidance from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

What will hotels, short-term rentals, restaurants, and tour operators do if a tourist who has recently visited them tests positive?

Along with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), we have provided guidance and information to all tourism partners. The industry has specific measures in place to ensure hotel management, businesses, and other partners have the latest information on COVID-19, including prevention measures on the Island, personal prevention tips for their teams and travelers, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and guidance for what to do if their staff or guests begin experiencing symptoms. More information on specific steps can be found in the latest industry guidance from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. This guidance is consistent with what the CDC has outlined for businesses and employers.

Can tourists staying at hotels use the pool and/or go to the beach?

Public beaches and natural reserves are open for recreational use, following social distancing guidelines. Hotel pool facilities are open at full capacity. Please consult with your specific property for other policies in place. 

Can I go to Vieques & Culebra?

Ferries to Vieques and Culebra are operating. Masks are required on all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will also be available to tourists visiting the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba. For more information about tickets and schedules, please visit www.puertoricoferry.com

Can I hang out in the lobby of my hotel when I’m in Puerto Rico?

If in a public area of a hotel or resort, social distancing is mandatory. Please consult with your specific property for other policies in place. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

Are the beaches OK to go to if I keep my distance from people?

Public beaches and natural reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines. Fully vaccinated people are not mandated to wear masks at beaches and parks, although mask usage is suggested by the Island’s Health Secretary, when unable to distance.

How long do I have to wait after receiving the vaccine to be able to travel to Puerto Rico without the negative test requirement?

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers entering on domestic flights are permitted to upload their vaccination cards instead of a negative test. Given federal mandates, the requirement will remain in place for travelers on international flights.