Data Last Updated: May 22, 2021
Puerto Rico has once again reopened its borders for tourism. It allows visitors from all countries to enter EXCEPT for those coming from all European Union countries, China, Brazil, UK, Ireland, and Iran.
Visitors must complete an online travel declaration and submit a negative result of the Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers without the required documentation will be tested at the airport and must remain in quarantine while awaiting results.
Starting May 24, 2021, COVID-19 tests will only be required for passengers arriving on international flights and those who have not been fully vaccinated.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Governor Pedro Pierluisi has announced an extension of restrictions related to curbing the spread of COVID-19 Feb. 8-March 14, with a minor easing of some measures. Under the new directives, the daily 2300-0500 curfew will be reduced to 0001-0500, and businesses may operate until 2300 instead of 2200. During the curfew, all persons, except those providing essential services or attending to a medical emergency, must remain in their homes.
Most other restrictions will remain the same; however, commercial establishments may operate with 50-percent capacity instead of 30 percent, except for restaurants and cinemas, which will continue to operate at 30-percent capacity. Sporting events, and other sports and recreational activities will be allowed, provided they comply with operating protocols. The new order also allows for the gradual reopening of schools.
All employers must report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their employees to the Department of Health.
Business capacity limits remain but will be increased to 50-percent capacity from Feb. 8.
Restaurants may offer sit-in dining at a 30-percent capacity through Feb. 8 and may serve alcohol at tables only (not at bars). Delivery services may continue until 2359.
Beaches, marinas, parks, and communal areas, including swimming pools, will be allowed to reopen subject to operating protocols. In these areas, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited, and individuals not from the same household must maintain a 10 feet (3 meters) physical distance between each other.
Discotheques, bars, and cafes must remain closed.
All indoor and outdoor mass group activities remain prohibited, including parades, caravans, and similar activities.
Airlines & Transport
Currently, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the island's only airport open for commercial flights.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Latest Update - As of September 12, Puerto Rico has once again reopened its borders for tourism.
Puerto Rico has officially reopened its borders to international travelers on July 15, 2020. However, on July 16, the government announced that it is postponing its reopening plans due to the surge of Covid-19 cases. Now that there's a significant drop in Covid-19 cases and deaths in the country, the authorities have decided to proceed with their tourism reopening plans.
All passenger flights have been diverted to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan. The Puerto Rico National Guard will assist in the enhanced health screenings for all passengers on arrival, and only travelers with a negative COVID-19 test will be allowed to enter.
What To Expect On Arrival
Facemasks are mandatory for all passengers arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Thermographic cameras have been installed to monitor the temperatures of all arriving passengers. Below are the requirements that all passengers must
Passengers must fill out the travel declaration form that the Puerto Rico Health Department will provide. They must also present a negative molecular COVID-19 test, which was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and go on a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, or the length of the visit, whichever is shorter.
Visitors must cover the medical expenses and any other expenses that will be incurred for the quarantine and for possible extended stay in the country.
Who Can Enter Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico allows visitors from all countries to enter EXCEPT for those coming from the following countries:
- All European Union Countries
What’s Opening in Puerto Rico?
Measures are gradually lifting in Puerto Rico. Sunbathing and other activities at the beach are allowed. However, group gatherings are only limited to those who belong in the same household. Visitors to public beaches and nature parks must adhere to social distancing guidelines and masks must be worn when not in the water. Competitive games such as volleyball and other water sports activities are not allowed on the beaches
Museums will operate at 50% capacity, swimming pools will be open at 25% capacity, and shopping malls, retail stores and restaurants will cater to customers at 50% capacity. Bars, cafes and discos remain closed, although theaters, casinos and gyms can open at 25% capacity.
An island-wide curfew of 10 PM to 5 AM remains in effect, although the lockdown will be lifted on Sundays.
El Yunque National Forest, one of Puerto Rico’s most popular attractions, is partially open but with limited capacity. Advance reservations are required for the main recreation areas.
Visitors and residents must wear a facemask while in public and will be subjected to a fine if they refuse. Social distancing will be enforced and capacities on public places all over the island were adjusted.
Staying At Hotels
Most hotels have remained open and distancing measures have been in place:
- Face coverings are mandatory in public areas.
- Hotel pool facilities and fitness centers are open except for the sauna.
- All guests are advised to follow the locally enforced measures including social distancing.
- Restaurants within hotels and resorts are open but will only welcome guests at 75% capacity.
Certifications were given on hotels that have been thoroughly sanitized in accordance with the standards set by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC). Upon check-in, guests will be given a Health and Safety guide that details the specialized measures implemented by the property.
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Information for Non-Tourists
All arriving passengers must wear a protective face covering and will be subject to enhanced health screenings and protocols. Authorities are also enforcing the following requirements:
Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
Travelers without the required documentation will be tested at the airport and must remain in quarantine at their own expense while awaiting results.
Travelers without the necessary documentation and who refuse to take a test will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at their own expense.
Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at their own expense.
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