May 4, 2021
Puerto Rico is enforcing local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), such as social distancing, mandatory face coverings in public areas, and a variety of mandates for businesses – including, but not limited to, reduced capacities and high standards of cleanliness in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines. The Department of Health has increased resources to ensure travelers are abiding by local guidelines.
Travelers entering any of the Island’s three open airports, whether on commercial or private aircraft, are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form and upload negative PCR molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) results to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal which produces a QR code required to proceed. Passengers will also be required to present their ID to ensure alignment with the information entered within the Travel Declaration Form. A rapid test will not be accepted, as it can sometimes yield false results.
Please visit Discover Puerto Rico’s Travel Guidelines for the official protocol for PCR molecular test result requirements.
An Island-wide curfew is in effect from 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM, except for emergencies. 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. While the CDC does not require fully vaccinated travelers to get tested prior to traveling, vaccination status will not impact protocol arrival and requirements to enter Puerto Rico. The Department of Health and the government of Puerto Rico will continue to require a negative COVID test to enter the Island regardless of the passenger’s vaccination status.
Public beaches and natural reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines, with public alcohol consumption prohibited. Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations are open, with supermarket delivery services available through midnight. Businesses including restaurants, casinos, museums, and pools at hotels are operating at 30% capacity. Reservations are suggested where applicable given limited capacities Island-wide. Bars remain closed.
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.
You can find more information on Travel Guidelines, here.