Those visiting Puerto Rico should reference local measures aimed at  keeping travelers and residents safe, such as social distancing, and high standards of cleanliness. 

Masks are no longer mandatory on the Island with the exception of events hosting over 1,000 people. However, masks are still recommended for situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed. Individual establishments reserve the right to implement their own requirements surrounding masks and COVID-19 protocols, and visitors are encouraged to contact businesses directly.

Island Arrival 

Mask usage is highly recommended on airplanes and in airports. For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

The latest protocol updates:

  • Domestic travelers are not required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival to the Island.
  • International travelers are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.

Upon Arrival: Airport

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Air Travel

Travelers arriving on domestic flights

  • Domestic travelers are not required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test prior to arriving on the Island.

Travelers arriving on international flights:

  • As of June 12th, international travelers are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to traveling, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, in accordance with CDC guidelines. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.

Cruise Operations

As decided by the CDC on July 18, 2022, the COVID-19 program for cruise ships is no longer in effect. However, the Puerto Rico Department of Health has requested that all Cruise Ship Lines collaborate with its public safety efforts by sharing the Maritime Declaration of Health Report.

  • Please check with cruise operators for their most up-to-date COVID protocols and regulations, as many operators require proof of vaccination prior to boarding and have specific testing requirements.

Things to Know: On the Island

Mask Usage

  • Masks are highly recommended on all public transportation, including all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra. 
  • Masks are no longer mandatory on the Island with the exception of events hosting over 1,000 attendees.. However, they are recommended in situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.

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

  • Guests do not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative test result upon arrival to hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island, however, individual properties reserve the right to implement any specific measures.
  • Visitors should connect with their lodging property directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.

Dining

  • Guests of dining establishments do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Establishments are operating at full capacity. 

Businesses & Other Establishments

  • Masks are not mandatory in private and public spaces except for events hosting over 1,000 people. However, they are still recommended when vaccination status cannot be guaranteed. 
  • However, various establishments reserve the right to require masks for patrons and employees.

Events

  • As of August 1st, both indoor and outdoor events will require attendees to provide updated proof of vaccination, inclusive of the primary series of one or two doses as well as the corresponding boosters.
    • Those who do not meet these requirements may submit a negative test taken 48 hours before the event. Positive results from the past three months, alongside recovery documentation and a letter from a certified healthcare provider, will also be accepted.  
  • Masks are required at all events with over 1,000 attendees..
  • Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
  • Venues are operating at full capacity. 

Things to Know: Leaving the Island

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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.

Testing For Travel To Other Destinations

  • Quarantine mandates, recommendations and entry requirements may vary by country.