Puerto Rico Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Puerto Rico – updated 20 October, 2020

Travelers are permitted to enter Puerto Rico if they comply with all the necessary requirements.

All inbound travelers must meet the following requirements:

  • Fill out a Travel Declaration Form prior to landing
  • Show proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) result that has been taken no more than 72 hours prior – testing sites have been identified here for mainland USA
  • If you do not arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result, you will be handed a voucher to get tested locally, and must quarantine for 14 days or until a negative result has been produced
  • Travelers will automatically receive a Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR Code once their molecular test results have been uploaded to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal.

As an unincorporated territory of the U.S., Puerto Rico follows the same entry restrictions which are outlined by the CDC.

If you are planning a future trip to Puerto Rico, be prepared for additional screening measures.

For more detailed information and answers to FAQs, stay up to date with the latest information from the offical Puerto Rico travel guidelines.

What to expect in Puerto Rico

An emergency decree began on 31 March. Travelers must follow locally enforced measures on hygiene and personal safety.

  • A daily curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am until 13 November
  • Face masks are mandatory in public
  • Floor plans have been adjusted inside public places to make room for social distancing
  • Attractions and tours remain closed
  • Malls, restaurants and museums are operating at 55% capacity
  • Pools at hotels and other establishments are operating at 30% capacity
  • Public beaches and natural reserves are open for leisure, so long as people maintain distancing, and wear masks when not swimming in the water.

Important note: These travel alerts are general in nature, and we will not respond to any comments about specific personal circumstances. For information relevant to you, contact your airline or travel provider for any updates on how these changes will affect you personally.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

6.4 Earthquake strikes southwestern Puerto Rico - 7 January, 2020

The quake, which struck at 4:24am, has caused widespread power outages, seriously damaged homes and buildings, and left much of the island without running water. Several aftershocks, ranging between 4.5 and 5.8, have occurred. This follows a 5.8 earthquake on Monday, January 6, that caused the collapse of Punta Ventana, a natural rock archway that was a major tourist attraction.

Governor Vasquez has declared a state of emergency. The Caribbean is an active seismic zone, and further tremors are possible, as well as the potential for tsunamis. Be prepared for disruptions to travel plans, and contact your travel provider to see if schedules have changed.

What to do if you're in an earthquake

  • Move to an open space away from hazards such as powerlines, buildings, trees and bridges
  • Move away from any falling objects, crouch on the ground and cover your head
  • Don't rush outside though – plenty of earthquake injuries happen when people fall while trying to run
  • If you can't get outside safely, get under strong furniture or against an internal wall. Bathtubs or spaces behind furniture aren't the safest places – hiding under a bed or strong table is a better option, which will protect you from falling objects
  • If you are in a wheelchair, stay away from any objects that could fall. Lock the wheels and cover your head with your arms
  • If you are trapped under rubble, avoid wasting your energy or stirring up dust. Only call for help when you hear people nearby
  • After the earthquake, get to your evacuation point. Try to get in touch with your embassy and emergency contact. Try not to waste your phone battery.

Hurricane Dorian - 28 August, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane, and is predicted to hit Puerto Rico late this afternoon. While the center of the hurricane may pass to the east of the island, heavy rain is predicted, creating a risk of floods or mudslides, and the storm may strain infrastructure that's still not fully recovered from Hurricane Maria. Always check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

Be aware that now this is a named hurricane and states of emergency have been declared in several places, it may not be possible to purchase travel insurance to cover this event. To discuss your coverage, please contact us at World Nomads.

Caribbean Hurricane Warnings

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when wind speeds reach 74 mph or greater - Category 1.

  • Category 2 wind speeds are 96 mph to 110 mph
  • Category 3 - 111 mph to 129 mph
  • Category 4 - 130 mph to 156 mph
  • Category 5 - greater than 157 mph (note, there are no further categories)

A "watch" is issued when hurricane-force winds are possible in the named region (so maybe a hurricane is coming.)

A "warning" is issued when hurricane-force winds are expected in the named region (so a hurricane is definitely coming.)

How to Survive a Hurricane

The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.

If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.

Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."

  • Fill the gas tank of your car.
  • Check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Close shutters or board up the windows.
  • Have extra supplies on hand such as non-perishable food, clean drinking water, a half-gallon of water per person/per day (enough for a couple of days), and prescription drugs.

During the storm

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings. Hurricanes are known to spawn tornadoes, so be prepared to take cover if one should strike.
  • While the storm is in progress, avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secure in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or you if they panic.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

After the storm

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas.
  • Listen to your radio for instructions.

Am I Covered for a Hurricane?

There may be cover for you if you purchased your policy prior to the storm or hurricane being declared. Check your policy or call our customer assistance teams if you are unsure.

Coverage may vary depending on your place of residence and the level of cover you have purchased, however GENERALLY the cover and benefits of Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption may assist you. If regular carriage services to your destination have ceased for 24 hours or more (so you can't get there) you may be able to make a claim. Check with our customer assistance teams.

Post-Hurricane Maria

Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it has taken some time to get essential services up and running on the island. San Juan has mostly improved; however, many parts of the country are still without sanitation, telecommunications, and other services. Check with your government's travel advisory and Puerto Rico's tourism bureau for more information before you travel.

Hurricane Maria - 22 September 2017

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on 20 September as a Category 4 storm, with winds up to 150 mph. The hurricane caused widespread devastation and left almost the entire island without power. It may be months before power is fully restored. Maria also brought nearly 40 inches of rain to some areas of the island, causing severe flooding. More rain is expected through the weekend. Always check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

Hurricane Irma - 7 September, 2017

Category 5 Hurricane Irma passed north of Puerto Rico early this morning - the island was spared a direct hit, but a million people are currently without power. The storm is now heading towards Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and the US mainland. Keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

Travel warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Guadeloupe, Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The United States has declared states of emergency in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

Along with extremely strong winds, Hurricane Irma is likely to create a storm surge of 11 feet or more, with large, breaking waves. Heavy rains could cause life-threating flash floods and mudslides.

Be aware that now this is a named hurricane and emergencies have been declared in several places it may not be possible to purchase travel insurance to cover this event. To discuss your coverage please contact us at World Nomads

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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100 Comments

  • Andrew Newgent said

    Will be traveling to Puerto Rico by private boat and flying back to Maryland.

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  • Jose David González said

    Will be traveling to Puerto Rico on March 30 and returing to Florida April 12

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  • Maribel said

    I want to be with my husband that lives in puerto Rico
    From June 6 till ?
    Please advise

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    • Arleen Rodriguez said

      I wanted to take a trip to Puerto Rico in June just one way because not sure in the exact return date I haven’t booked a flight yet because of the covid 19 restrictions . I need to know if there is going to be a 2 week quarantine when I arrive at the airport

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      • Sulicia said

        Hello, we have a group of 8 that is traveling to PR, I understand that we may have to quarantine for 14 days? Is this in your house or hotel? Also what if we leave in 7-10 days?

        I would like to understand this more please?

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        • Amelia Brady said

          Sulicia,

          When inbound tourism resumes from 15 July, the PR advisory page says "Arriving passengers *may* be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms." Check the health and safety requirements here: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/promise

          If you need to leave within that period, I am sure travel to the airport is permitted.

          All the best.
          Amelia, World Nomads

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        • Maria O said

          My dad is in intensive care in PR and I would like to visit him from Boston for 2 days. Is it possible at the present moment under current situation? I will not be long enough to do quarantine. And if so, What do I need - besides the mask, glove, hand sanitizer - with me to make the entry to PR quicker?

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      • Joshua said

        Are the beaches open for surfing?

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        • Lisa said

          We have had a trip planned for. Group of 12 for almost a year arriving Puerto Rico May 27 and leaving June 5th. We will it even be there for 14 days. Do you know when they will announce any changes to tourist spots opening?

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      • AmeliaMcGrath said

        Hi Arleen,

        According to this page, there is a two week quarantine: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

        There are also increased screening measures in place upon arrival.

        Contact your airline to find out if this will affect your trip. Things may change at the last minute, so I'd encourage you to be prepared for any delays or last minute changes.

        I hope you have a safe trip!

        Cheers,
        Amelia, World Nomads

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  • linda said

    I have a family vacation to Puerto Rico on July 24 - Isabella
    Will it be allowed and safe?

    Reply

    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Linda,
      If you have already booked your flight/trip, best to contact your airline to see if your flights are still going ahead. At this stage (5 May) local restrictions are in place until 25 May, and it looks like enhanced screening measures are in place at ports of entry, but there is no entry ban.
      Keep an eye on updates, but best to be prepared for any potential cancellations, just in case.
      Stay safe,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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    • Pat Toolan said

      Let me know if quarantines restrictions will be in place in Puerto Rico, also Virgin Islands, please Travel plan 1st wk October2020. The latter looks better or same as former? Thanks

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  • Devonte said

    I booked a trip 2 months ago for June 12-14. Would it be safe to travel to PR? Are beaches and El Yunque open? Should i rebook?

    Reply

    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Devonte,

      A source online says "Theatres, malls, bars, clubs, parks, non-essential public offices and tourism sites will close" until the curfew is over on the 25 May. Contact El Yunque park rangers closer to the date, or perhaps your accommodation provider or airline will have more information.

      Depending on where you are from, your government's advice might be to avoid any non-essential travel. As your trip gets nearer, this will become more clear, as things are changing so fast during this pandemic. As I have said to others above, be flexible and prepared for any potential cancellations, as it's really hard to predict what the next month will bring.

      Either way, stay up to date and stay safe!

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • John said

    I'm traveling to PR in a week for four days.
    Am I going to get stuck for ten additional days?
    Thank for response.

    Reply

    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi John,

      As I said to Arleen above, contact your airline to find out if there is a mandatory quarantine in place for arrivals, or read this page which does suggest there is a quarantine for 14 days: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      There are also curfews and local restrictions – including wearing a mask in public places which is mandatory.

      Things could change between now and then. Stay up to date for the latest information and follow the advice of the WHO and the local authorities: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

      Stay safe,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Ray Suarez said

    Our trip runs from June 23rd-30th. If I understood you correctly there is no 14 day quarantine in place for tourists at that time. Is that what I’m hearing?

    Regards,

    Ray Suarez

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Ray,

      Please take a look at this travel advisory from the Puerto Rican government, which states there is a 14 day quarantine in place: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      "Question & Answer

      Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico? Should I / should travelers cancel their trips?

      If you are sick, an older adult, and someone with chronic medical conditions, leading health authorities recommend to delay or avoid travel. Please note that all commercial flights are being diverted to SJU to control passenger traffic and all passengers (visitors and residents) must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, regardless of symptoms."

      Contact your airline for confirmation, as I am unsure if this is still in place for when your trip begins.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

      Reply

  • Lilly said

    My boyfriend and I were planning to come to Puerto Rico in June, I'm American but he is Swedish, is there a ban on Europeans or EU member states entering Puerto Rico? I know right now they cannot enter the US. Thank you!

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Lilly,

      Please contact your airline to find out if there is an entry ban. On the CDC website, it reads that anyone who has visited the European Schengen area in the previous 14 days cannot enter the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
      To be sure, please contact your airline.

      Stay safe,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Hannah said

    Hi there.

    I'm planning a family vacation in August 2020. We live in the US. Do you think there would be any restrictions then like the 14 day quarantine or beaches still being closed?

    Thanks.

    Reply

    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Hannah,

      It's really hard to say this far out. Best to stay up to date with the latest information as the date comes nearer. Contact your airline for their advice, and most importantly be prepared for any last minute changes or cancellations as these times are very uncertain.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

      Reply

  • Losa said

    Planning a trip to PR. Do I still have to quarantine if i already had Covid and have a positive antibody test ?

    Reply

    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Losa,

      I cannot find any information online to confirm whether or not you will need to quarantine. If you take a look at the Discover Puerto Rico travel advisory page, there is an email address you can contact which should be able to provide more information relevant to you: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Star Lopez said

    I have plans to leave on the 26th of May. UA has changed my direct flight with a stop then to San Juan I have plans to go for 1 whole week for my father's 65 birthday.
    Is the 14 day quarantine still in effect. I have a party of 12 traveling

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Star,

      I suspect that the 14 day quarantine will remain in effect for your arrival. The island-wide curfew is due to end on 25 May, however this could be extended.

      By the end of the week I am sure the restrictions will be much clearer. Due to the unpredictable nature of travel right now, you might be better off contacting your airline or accommodation for their thoughts on what next week might look like.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Vanessa said

    We will be in PR on May 24 for 30 days, How does the self quarantine work? We rented a beach apartment in Isla Verde. Can we at least go grocery shopping?

    Reply

    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Vanessa,
      Contact your accommodation provider to see how this works. It is unclear how people self-quarantining will be able to access groceries or supplies. When you do find out, please share your advice here so we can help other travelers who may be in the same predicament.
      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

      Reply

  • Maria said

    Hi, I have a trip planned to see family in PR May25- June 7. Will historic sites and other tourist spots be open? Will I be in quarantine for 14 days there and when I return to the US?

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  • CARMEN QUINONES said

    HI,
    God willing I'm thinking of visiting my dad this year to puerto rico
    maybe in December 2020,
    do you see any positive feedback by this time to travel.

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  • Amy said

    Can anyone give an update that has traveled to Puerto Rico within the last week?

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  • Evie Morisette said

    My fiance and I are leaving for PR on June 10-18. Is the 14 day self-quarantine mandatory? I know that there is now a curfew and how strict is that. We are okay with the curfew, but with self-quarantine how strict is that? I have tried to find that on the internet and I can not find any articles that elaborate on that. Thank you so much.

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  • Lilly said

    Our family booked a trip to PR from Jun 18-25 that is only 7 days. Does the 14 day Self Quarantine still apply and why?

    This is a vacation.

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    • Marilyn said

      Is the self quarantine mandatory for flights going to SJU from JFK? We are suppose to travel July 20.Does anyone know? Thank you.

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  • Ben said

    Could someone notify me when the 14 day quarantine on arrival has been lifted? I want to plan a vacation to PR to visit family and potentially buy a home there!

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  • Cindy C said

    I am planning on travelling to puerto Rico week of June 15th to bury my fathers ashes.
    I will only need to be there for 5 days. Will I have to be quaranteed for 14 days?
    .

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    • Cathy said

      We are traveling to Puerto Rico on August 23rd and will be staying for 7 days. How are we supposed to meet with the 72 hour requirement for the COVID-19 test results prior to arriving in Puerto Rico if test results are taking 6 to 7 days to get results?

      If we take the test, we will have to take it 8days prior to traveling to get the results back in time for our trip, we will not be able to meet the 72 hour time frame. Will this be okay?

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  • Alvaro said

    I heard that flights from Europe will be allowed as from 1 August. Can you please confirm please.

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  • AmeliaBrady said

    Hi all,

    Please stay up to date with the latest from the Puerto Rico travel advisory page: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

    Contact your airline to see if your flights are going ahead, and follow the advice of your government when it comes to making a decision to travel overseas.

    Quarantine on entry is still in place for all arrivals, regardless of symptoms. It is unclear at this stage when quarantine will be lifted.

    All the best, and safe travels.

    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Edwin Rodriguez said

    I was planning to travel on or about end of July to the middle of August but the people traveling with me must return sooner is there going to be a problem.can anyone that's travel let me know.

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  • CARMEN ARIZMENDEZ said

    my family wants to visit from Tx. by july 18 of will they be able to visit me one week without 14 days on quarantine since they have to go back in 7 days.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Carmen,

      The latest information suggests that inbound tourism will resume from 15 July. From that date, the official advisory page says "Arriving passengers *may* be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms." Check the health and safety requirements here: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/promise

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Laurel said

    Does anyone know how strict the quarantine will be?

    Also, they are allowing tourists from 7/15 forward, does that mean we won't be able to enjoy our trip booked from 6/27-7/1? Thanks so much for you help!

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi Laurel,

    You should follow the advice of the local authorities. Their quarantine requirements very well communicated to anyone who intends to visit: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

    The guidelines may change between now and when you depart for your trip. So stay up to date.

    All the best,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Azhar said

    Hello, who does the Jule 15 inbound tourism opening day apply to? I am planning to travel to PR on July 2nd from New York, does that mean that tourists from the US won't be able to enter the island before July 15? The airlines are still selling the tickets NYC-SJU on the dates before July 15.
    Thank you

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi Azhar,

    The island is "formally reopen for in-bound tourism" on 15 July, according to the Discover Puerto Rico Travel Advisory: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

    Before this date "In the meantime, measures are gradually lifting. Sunbathing and other recreational activities on beaches and in some nature reserves are allowed but limiting group gatherings to only those within the same household."

    "Tour operators are currently available for internal tourism needs and will resume fully once the island reopens for outside tourism on July 15."

    I hope this makes things clearer.

    Cheers,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Gracie said

    We are due to arrive in Puerto Rico July 7 thru July 21 and we are coming from Texas will be able to visit the island

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  • dennis said

    all travel restrictions will be lifted on July 15th. for international travel. it is safe to enter the island and the national guard are stationed at the airport taking temperatures and doing quick covid checks. The temperature checks are done with scanners and paperwork will be given to you to fill out on the plane to speed the process. there is a curfew in place until the end of june and may be extended. All passenger fights are going in and out of san juan. hope this helps

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  • Jacqueline said

    Hello
    I am going to Puerto Rico July 13th to July 21, I am wondering if they make me quarantine for 14 days will they let me still leave July 21?

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  • Michelle Jones said

    I understood the July 15th welcoming of inbound tourists to apply to international travelers? Are US citizens visiting the island considered inbound tourists and must wait until July 15th to enter Puerto Rico?
    Also, am I able to visit family before July 15th?
    Thank you!

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  • Noemi Williams said

    I am traveling to Puerto Rico July 16 to 25th 2020. It will be my husband and two grand children, ages 19 and 17.
    do I have to have a COVID-19 test before I arrive in Puerto Rico?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Noemi,

      Puerto Rico's travel advisory page says "rapid COVID-19 testing" is being done at ports of entry. https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      Contact your airline to see if they have any requirements in place prior to boarding their flights, however it doesn't look like a COVID-19 test is required before you arrive in Puerto Rico, just when you arrive you will undergo testing.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

      Reply

  • Karol Duque said

    Viajaré a PR con mi esposo entre el 16 de julio hasta el 21, desde New Jersery, tendré que estar en cuarentena al llegar a PR?

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  • Micheille T Salazar said

    Hello! I have a trip planned 7/28-8/5. Does anyone know what DEPARTURE location Puerto Rico is requiring the 14 day quarantine from? Everything I have found says travelers "may" be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. How do I know if I or my family will be asked to do so?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Micheille,

      The "may" is referring to whether or not you show symptoms or test positive upon arrival.

      Check the Industry Guidelines from the U.S. Travel Association https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/industry-guidance-promoting-health-and-safety-all-travelers

      All the best!
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Tamika said

    Hey, I am traveling with about 16 people from ft Lauderdale Florida to San Juan on the 17th of July, does it even make sense to keep this trip, will we be Quarantined upon arrival?

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  • kimberly said

    im traveling on july 10th and returning the 15 , do i need to provide paper work for the covid 19 arriving to the airport ?

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  • Joceline Mendez said

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-06-30/traveling-to-puerto-rico-don-t-forget-your-covid-19-test

    That’s a great article to ready if Traveling to PR! Starting July 15 you would need to show proof you are negative to COVID-19 entering the airport in PR. It also states they are doing rapid testing and temp checks in the Luis airport ! I just want to know if children 2 and under need to be tested as well.

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  • Binta Ray said

    Hi If I am an In-transit passenger awaiting my connection flight, do I need to present Covid results ?

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  • Andrew H. said

    Hey I have a trip planned 7/19-7/26. I seen that they are requiring passengers to have a molecular Covid-19 test upon arrival. It's to late for me to schedule a test for my wife and I. No one has available dates that will put us in the 72 hours window. Will we have to be quarantine for 14 days?

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  • NOEMI RAMOS said

    Will a resident of Puerto Rico, flying back, be asked to quarantine at a location other than his/her home, should one test positive for Covid 19?

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  • Jacqueline Wichy said

    I am traveling to P.R. in August 17 and will be taking paperwork testing of covid19. Will I be quarantine 14 days? I am a bit confused with all the news that is happening in P.R. it will be greatly appreciated if you can clear this question. Thank you Jackie

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  • Stan said

    I traveling to Dominica on 7/16 passing though Puerto Rico will I need the covid test done. I did it but I’m still awaiting results I doubt I will have it by that time

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  • Camilo Angel said

    Hello, I’m traveling to Puerto Rico with six of my friends from July 31 to August 5, they’re asking for a 72 hour window testing, But all of the places that I called they said it will take 5 to 7 days.
    There is no way of meeting these criteria can you please let me know if this is acceptable 5 to 7 days or what should I do.
    Thank you
    Camilo Angel

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  • Carmen Y Pula said

    Hi,, we try to traveling to P.R. In July 21, we did the test but we don’t know if we have it on time? How safe is Puerto Rico Now?
    And in the airport they will do the test for us anyway.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Carmen,

      Puerto Rico have provided this link to testing sites in mainland USA: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

      Here is a list of the testing sites available in Puerto Rico: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Documents/coronavirus/Laboratorios%20con%20Rapid%20Test.pdf

      The current travel advisory from Puerto Rico reads, "If a negative molecular test is not provided, the traveler will be required to quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay. " https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

      Reply

  • MORENO said

    I will be travelling to PR July 17. I took the test July 10 and got my results Monday July 13 negative. It's more than 72 hours before departure date. Will they accept this test. It will be short of a week being tested?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Moreno,

      The PR travel advisory clearly states "Demonstrate a negative molecular COVID-19 test result (which consists of a nasal or throat swab), taken no more than 72 hours prior"

      The advisory also states "If an asymptomatic traveler (a person who doesn't present any symptoms) arrives on the island with a complete Travel Declaration Form, but is awaiting the molecular COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior, the traveler is required to quarantine for 14 days or until test results are provided digitally to the Puerto Rico Health Department. "

      Check here for the latest information: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      Contact your airline to clarify and they might be able to help give you the best advice.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Suzanne S. said

    Hello,

    With the recent reopening of Puerto Rico I am planning a trip during August. Does this include entry for all internationals including French citizens?

    I am American and planning a trip with my boyfriend who is from France. Wanted to know if the reopening was valid for all international travelers specifically from the Schengen area since Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory.

    Thank you!

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  • Angely said

    I am from Puerto Rico, and the situation of COVID-19 is increasingly alarming because our government is allowing tourists to enter while Puerto Rican lives continue to die. Please, it is important that you try not to travel to Puerto Rico during these times. It is my people, poor people who are dying more and more. There are older people and children dying from COVID. A friend created a post for guidance, I leave it below. Please if you know someone who wants to travel to Puerto Rico in the next few days, please let them know this information:
    ⚠️ My fellow United States Citizens that do not consider themselves boricuas or Puerto Rican’s and are traveling to the island in the middle of a Pandemic with no consideration to the poor resources and the drought that is going on.
    ⚠️There have been already 3 incidents with white tourists from the United States that do not submit to the rules thinking that because Puerto Rico is a USA territory they can do as they please.
    ⚠️Plain and simple, Puerto Rican’s don’t play around, they are kind, warm and love tourist. But if you do it wrong, don’t wear a mask, disrespect and put them in danger, they will put you in your place by any means necessary.

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  • Millie Padgett said

    I am planning to travel to Puerto Rico from 8/21 to 8/29. I will have my covid text along with mask and gloves. Please advise if I will still need to quarantine

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Millie.

      If you fill out your declaration form and obtain the QR code, provide the negative test result that has been taken with 72 hours - no quarantine will be required.

      If your results take longer than expected to be available, this is when you will need to isolate until the results have been digitally provided to PR Health.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • John said

    Thanks in advance for response.
    I am planning to travel after August 22nd, most likely leaving around the 26th to see relatives.
    If I only have the declaration form filled out what will the process be at the airport?
    Took my covid test twice back in April and I was fine then and health as a lark now.
    Don't feel or want to do another.
    So will I get through the airport and have to quarantine for the length of my stay which is 7 days?
    Appreciate any and all who take time to answer.

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  • Anita Alexander said

    I have a round trip from SJU to DTW 8-4 to 8-18.
    I need a negative COVID test to leave, and a new one e to return?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Anita,

      If you are asking for information on what is required for entry to Puerto Rico, you will need to get a molecular COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to visiting the Island. If you do not show proof of the negative result, you will need to quarantine.

      But, based on your comment it sounds like you're asking for information on traveling from Puerto Rico to Detroit. This travel alert focuses on what travelers require to get into Puerto Rico - not how to get from Puerto Rico to another destination. I'm sorry for any confusion.

      For information on what is required to leave Puerto Rico and travel to Detroit, please take a look at the local US government protocols and entry requirements for arrivals to Detroit.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Robert J Poulin said

    I am travelling to St. Thomas I have connecting flights through San Juan P.R. I will be in San Juan less than 24 hours. What restrictions if any are there for transiting through PR or arrival in St. Thomas from PR? My Departure point is from New York.

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  • Alex Barreto said

    I have a family member who is trying to go back to Puerto Rico where they live is says you must show a negative result that was taking no more than 72 hours to leaving but all the places she has been saying that it may take up to 10 business days to get the results back what can she do to go back alas soon as possible?

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  • Milana said

    We plan on traveling to Puerto Rico from the 22nd of August ... will there be any kind of restrictions or what can we expect ?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Milana,

      Puerto Rico is only encouraging "essential travel". Restrictions include curfew hours, capacity limits and strict hygiene protocols, as outlined by the Puerto Rico travel advisory here in further detail: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/

      Our travel alerts are based off information announced by the Puerto Rico tourism board and government travel advisories, so please stay up to date with the latest information from your government travel advisory and your airline as your departure date gets nearer.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Hector said

    Traveling to PR next week for 5 days.
    Will not have covid test and probably won't be given one at airport because I am fine, no temperature etc.
    What's the process getting into PR and coming back with only declaration form filled out?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Hector,

      According to the Puerto Rico travel advisory:
      "If an asymptomatic traveler (a person who doesn't present any symptoms) arrives on the Island with a complete Travel Declaration Form, but without a negative molecular COVID-19 test result and is not awaiting results, a Testing Authorization Voucher will be provided for the traveler to get tested locally. "

      - While awaiting results, you will need to quarantine for 14 days at your lodging property, cover the COVID-19 testing fee, and possible extended stay
      - If the on-Island molecular test result is negative, the quarantine will be lifted.

      OR
      - If the traveler chooses to not take a molecular COVID-19 test on the Island, they must quarantine for 14 days and cover their own extended stay.

      I hope this helps clarify.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • timothy grimsley said

    My wife and I had to postpone our original scheduled arrival date into San Juan for our Wedding Anniversary for the first week of August after finding out that the Governor had pushed the re-opening date to August 15,2020. We are schedule to arrive in San Juan on the 14th, had anyone heard of that the re-opening is still good for the 15th?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Timothy,

      I haven't read about an official opening date, and there is no official date announced on the Puerto Rico travel advisory here: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-advisory

      "Essential travel only", as far as I can see online, is still being encouraged.

      The curfew is in place until 15 August, but may be extended further - perhaps that's the date you've been reading?

      If anyone else can find a credible source of information regarding the new reopening date, please post a link here!

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Leticia said

    Hi to self quarantine is to not come out if our hotel at all are there people watching over you

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  • Yvette said

    I am traveling to PR from Sept 4-7. Has there been any changes in the restrictions since 2 weeks ago?

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  • Ray said

    Took test, negative flying to PR on Tuesday August 25th for 5 days.
    My uncle passed away that is the primary reason.
    That said, what can I expect at San Juan airport?

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  • Roman said

    Could someone please offer some input.
    I took my covid nasal swab on August 21st(closest available time slot to my travel).
    The lab received it on 8/22 and my results, negative, were reported on 8/24 which is on my letter for travel to PR on August 26th.
    Will the day reported on the letter from the lab be acceptable as per the 72 hour timetable or will they look at the date I took the test?

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  • Kayel said

    I am transiting for 5 hours in PR (to NYC) from another Caribbean island... do they have any protocols?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Kayel,

      I'd recommend reading the FAQs for Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan: https://english.sjuinsider.com/faqs

      Information says "for all passengers" which I would assume is referring to transit passengers as well. Please contact your airline to confirm.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Amanda said

    Hello, friends and I rented a house in San Juan for 1 week. From Sept 14 - 21. We are flying in from New York. I have read the travel advisory that they are only "encouraging" essential travel. What exactly does that mean? Will we be allowed into PR on Sept. 14? We are all NY residents, we wont be doing tourist trips (as they are closed anyway). Mostly staying in the house we rented, will be allowed to even enter? Our house does not do money back and we spent a lot of money... does anyone know who I can call to further explain this to me? thank you!

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  • Brenda Gavin said

    So you can or can't travel to Puerto Rico?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Brenda,

      A few references from the PR travel advisory below to help clarify:

      - As a non-incorporated territory of the US, Puerto Rico abides by the Federal Law, and established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers in the US are applicable to the Island. For more information, visit the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

      The definition of “essential travel” does not include: Individuals traveling for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing, recreation, or attending cultural events.

      Contact your airline for their input, and please let us know if they had anything extra to say on the situation.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Kizzie Tomas said

    We are hoping to leave from San Juan on a Royal Cruise Nov 14th- do you know what the protocol will be. We will be flying United from IAH to San Juan no stop.
    Thank You
    Kizzie

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  • Armando Palma said

    How are we suppose to provided a negative result within 72 hours of our flight when we have no control over how fast we get our results???

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  • lizette said

    Hi . What are the travel restrictions to travel to PR as of today? . I have to make funeral arrangements for a uncle who recently passed away

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  • Dianne Kilinski said

    Hello. We need to take a second trip to Puerto Rico. If you were tested for a trip back in August, do you need to get retested for a future trip in October? Thank you, Dianne Kilinski

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Dianne,

      Yes, any time you enter Puerto Rico you will need PCR test results from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Tiff said

    Hello,I have a friend that just travel to PR last week and he had signed forms as he arrived but he didn’t have nor took the test when he was there just temperature a pond arrival so I’m confused on how he still vacationed for his 3day stay and came how without a problem

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  • Wmfnindy said

    I'm scheduled to travel to San Juan November 6th. After this HORRIBLE year I've had (Covid-19, my small business down 90%, lost my fiance), i need to get away. Some beach therapy. Coming down for a week. But I don't want to come down if everything will be closed down or closed at 7pm. I guess i will keep watch for updates.
    Anyone local want to hang out (for fun), show me around. I want to see the rain forest, the forts, Vieques, etc. Or just any tips from locals.

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