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While Puerto Rico usually goes by the same rules as the United States, the island has implemented its own COVID-19 entry requirements. 

Puerto Rico's tourism industry was was growing fast prior to the pandemic with over 2.2 million visitors in 2019 which was up over 28% from 2018. 

Here is everything travelers need to know before booking their trip to Puerto Rico including health protocols and COVID-19 entry requirements. 

Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Countries Permitted To Visit Puerto Rico

The following countries are NOT permitted to enter Puerto Rico.

  • All European Union Countries
  • China
  • Brazil
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Iran

Travel Declaration Form

All travelers must fill out the Travel Declaration Form before traveling to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Has Reopened For Tourism A Second Time

Puerto Rico has once again reopened for tourism as of September 12th after a surge in COVID-19 cases caused a second shutdown.

The reopening will allow for the Puerto Rico's beaches, theaters, casinos and gyms to once again open. 

Bright colorful houses line the hills overlooking the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bright colorful houses line the hills overlooking the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

All travelers from approved countries must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours (From when test was performed until arriving in Puerto Rico).

Failure to present proof of a negative test will result in a mandatory 14 day self quarantine. 

Morro Castle, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Morro Castle, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

All travelers who fail to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Puerto Rico will face a mandatory self quarantine for 14 days. 

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Puerto Rico.

city centre of San Juan with large Puerto Rican flag above the street
City centre of San Juan with large Puerto Rican flag above the street

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Puerto Rico

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Puerto Rico including:

  • Wearing a face mask in all public areas is mandatory in Puerto Rico
  • Curfew from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am
  • No alcohol sales after 7:00 pm
  • Tourist attractions and non essential businesses are closed
  • Full lock down on Sundays with only the most essential service operating

We will update this list as restrictions are lifted so be sure to bookmark this page.

beaches are open in Puerto Rico
Beaches are now open in Puerto Rico

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Puerto Rico has not announced if a proof of vaccine record (POVR) will be required for entry in the future.  

Visa Entry Requirements For Puerto Rico During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Puerto Rico must follow regular United States visa requirements. 

Use this government tool to find out if you need a visa before traveling to Puerto Rico.

Travelers that require a visa must apply at the U.S. embassy/consulate in their home country.  

Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico COVID-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete online Travel Declaration Form
  2. Check if you need a visa for entry to Puerto Rico.
  3. Get proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arriving in Puerto Rico
  4. Follow quarantine requirements (if required)
  5. Follow all health protocols while in Puerto Rico

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Disclaimer: Puerto Rico entry requirements can change without notice and are being updated constantly. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse travelling against government advisories.

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