Travel Guidelines

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

  • 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 and also a negative COVID-19 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 a negative COVID-19  test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken 48 hours prior to arrival. 
  • All passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative COVID-19 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 results (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) 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 2022, 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 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

Things To Know: Island Arrival

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 COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken 48 hours before arrival time.
  • Passengers arriving without a test 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 COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken 48 hours before arrival time.
  • If arriving without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on 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) 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.

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

  • If a symptomatic traveler (a person 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 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 assists 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.

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 within 48 hours prior to arrival. 
    • 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, 2022, 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, 2022, 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 performed by an authorized health provider) 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*) or a negative COVID-19 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 and negative test result 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. 
    • Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. 
    • 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

  • 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 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. 

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. Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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 48 hours prior to arrival. 
  • All passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative test (either antigen or PCR) 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, 2022, 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, 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

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 requirements of our travel advisory. Those visiting Puerto Rico should review the local measures in place.

Important updates to be aware of:

  • Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Vaccinations are required for all 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 performed by an authorized health provider taken within 48 hours of the beginning of their visit. 
  • If staying longer than one week, unvaccinated guests must present negative tests (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) 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 3 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 January 10, 2022, Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of vaccine doses administered against COVID-19 among United States jurisdictions. The Island has a vaccination rate of 155,266 doses administered per 100,000 people. 90.7% of the eligible population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 80.9% 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 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. 
  • 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 if they have a negative test result. 
  • 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?

Unvaccinated travelers arriving on a domestic flight must present a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test performed by an authorized health provider, taken no more than 48 hours prior to their trip. Testing sites on the mainland U.S. can be found here.

All travelers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test performed by an authorized health provider taken within one day prior to departure along with proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers arriving on international flights will only be allowed in if they are U.S. citizens or permanent lawful residents.

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?

Yes. 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 wether they have a negative test result. To find a testing site near you, please visit this link.

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 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:

  • 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 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.

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?

The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) offers the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Terminal B.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of the PCR molecular test taken at testing sites 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 all airports on the Island. 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?

  • The required use of face masks by everyone who transits and works 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 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 one day 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].

Why 1 day rather than 24 hours for testing? What is considered a day?

The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours for testing provides more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken. For example, if your flight is at 1 pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test (either antigen or PCR) that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.

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 (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) 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 (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) must be presented upon arrival.

Do children need to get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. Any domestic traveler above the age of 2 must get tested and present a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test result upon arrival.

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. 

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

Until February 2nd, 2022, all business will close between midnight and 5 AM. This restriction will not affect health services, including testing sites, laboratories, and pharmacies. Some establishments require proof of a negative test (either antigen or PCR) or vaccine - it is recommended to check prior. Masks are required indoors, 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.  Also, Until February 2nd, 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

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 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. 
  • 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, 2022, 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, 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

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:

  • 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 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:
    • 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 traveling by air to the United States from a foreign country.
  • 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: 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.

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. 
  • Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must present negative tests on a weekly basis.
  • If not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, one must provide proper documentation confirming this and still present negative tests (either antigen or PCR) on a weekly basis. 
  • Hotel pool facilities are open, while spas and wellness centers remain open by appointment. 
  • Restaurants inside hotels are open and reservations are 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 (either antigen or PCR) in order to remain on the property.

Restaurants + Supermarkets: Restaurants are operating at full capacity with reservations recommended.  

  • All establishments serving food or drinks must require proof of vaccination or negative test (either antigen or PCR) taken 48 hours prior to arrival. 
  • 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.
  • 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, 2022, 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, 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

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. Until February 2nd, 2022, all business will close between midnight and 5 AM.

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.

Casinos: All casinos are operating at full capacity. Starting December 30th, 2021, casinos will limit capacity to 50%. Until February 2nd, 2022, all business will close between midnight and 5 AM.

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. Theaters limit capacity to 50%.

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. 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 forms of public transportation, including the ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra.

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 (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) for those who are not vaccinated or traveling internationally, any passenger who does not comply 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?

Yes. All passengers arriving on domestic flights will need to provide a negative COVID test  (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken 48 hours prior to arrival on the Island, regardless of vaccination status. 

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.

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 for those without a negative test (either antigen or PCR) 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. Masks are required indoors, 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. 

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 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 if 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. 
  • 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, 2022 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, 2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

As of January 10, 2022, Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of vaccine doses administered against COVID-19 among United States jurisdictions. The Island has a vaccination rate of 140,066 doses administered per 100,000 people. 90.7% of the eligible population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 80.9% 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. 

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.  

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 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:

  • 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 traveling by air to the United States from a foreign country.

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.

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 or a negative test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken within 48hours 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.
  • Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on when not eating or drinking.
  • 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.  Starting January 4th, 2022, 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,  2022, 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,  2022, alcohol sale is also prohibited between midnight and 5 AM.

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. 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 performed by an authorized health provider taken within 48 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 still must 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, while spas remain open for appointments only. 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. 

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 and flights to Vieques and Culebra are operating, with masks required on all. There are some limitations on availability for lodging, attractions, and transportation. Guests should check with their service providers directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.

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.