Visitor Health & Safety Guidelines

Puerto Rico is committed to providing a safe travel experience.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 taken no more than 72 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 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. 
  • As of September 17th, both private and public organized events and activities will require evidence of vaccination to have 100% capacity. Those choosing to accept a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours in lieu of proof of vaccination can only operate at 50% capacity. Venues include theaters, coliseums, event centers, and any other place promoting mass gatherings, regardless if inside or outside. 
  • Mask usage is mandatory in all closed places and open places with 50 people or more.
  • Anchoring on beaches, keys, and islets less than 100 feet from the shore is prohibited, unless using mooring buoys or moorings.

Upon Arrival: Airport

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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:

  • Required to upload an official Vaccination Card through the Travel Declaration Form portal.
  • Please note that only FDA-approved vaccinations will be accepted. These include Pfizer-BioNTech, Modern, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

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 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 $300 fine. They must quarantine until results are received.
  • 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.

Travelers arriving on international flights:

  • For foreign nationals arriving on international flights, both proof of vaccination and a negative test result performed no more than 72 hours of arrival must be presented.
  • For fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and long-term residents, both proof of vaccination and a negative test result performed no more than 72 hours of arrival must be presented. 
  • For unvaccinated U.S. citizens and long-term residents, a negative test result performed no more than 24 hours of arrival must be presented.

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. The traveler must quarantine and cover their own 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 is assisting 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.
  • 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. The service costs $110 USD and is offered from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, seven days a week, at three test collection centers located at terminals A, B, and C. More information is available here.

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 guest registering with Travel Safe for air entry.

Get to know the entry requirements for passengers traveling to Puerto Rico.

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 taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit. If staying longer than one week, they must present negative tests on a weekly basis. 
    • Please note that only FDA-approved vaccinations will be accepted. These include Pfizer-BioNTech, Modern, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
    • Employees of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals must be vaccinated or provide weekly negative tests.
  • Restaurants/Dining
    • Upon arrival, proof of vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours is required upon entry for all restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor dining location. Children under the age of 11 are required to keep masks on when not eating or drinking.
    • Please note that only FDA-approved vaccinations will be accepted. These include Pfizer-BioNTech, Modern, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
    • Employees of all restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, or any indoor dining location must be vaccinated or provide weekly negative tests. 
    • Businesses choosing to opt-out of requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test upon entry are required to reduce capacity to 50%.
  • Businesses & Other Establishments
    • 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. 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 result taken within 72 hours upon arrival.
  • Events
    • 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 taken no more than 72 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 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. 
    • As of September 17th, both private and public organized events and activities will require evidence of vaccination to have 100% capacity. Those choosing to accept a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours in lieu of proof of vaccination can only operate at 50% capacity. Venues include theaters, coliseums, event centers, and any other place promoting mass gatherings, regardless if inside or outside. Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Please note that only FDA-approved vaccinations will be accepted. These include Pfizer-BioNTech, Modern, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
    • Masks are required at outdoor events with more than 50 people in attendance.
    • Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.

Things to Know: Leaving the Island

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  • 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 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. 
    • COVID-19 Testing - For passengers who are traveling internationally, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) offers PCR molecular COVID-19 tests on site. 
    • The service costs $110 USD and is offered from 6:00 am. to 8:00 pm, seven days a week, at three 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.