Puerto Rico has implemented new public health guidelines © emperorcosar / Shutterstock
Puerto Rico has implemented new public health guidelines © emperorcosar / Shutterstock

Puerto Rico tightens its entry rules for travelers: here's what you need to know

TripFalcon January 01, 2022

Last Update: 2021-12-31 23:51:40

Puerto Rico has tightened its entry rules for domestic travelers, as the spread of the Omicron variant has seen rising cases of COVID-19 both in the US and around the world. 

Domestic travel guidelines now include testing

While vaccinated travelers on domestic flights could previously enter the US territory without a negative test result, the island will now require all visitors to have one. The new rule came into effect on December 27, and means that passengers must show a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result taken 48 hours before their arrival time.

What travelers international travelers will need 

For travelers arriving on international flights, non-US citizens have been required since early December to show proof of vaccination and a negative test result taken within one day of travel to the US. 

Mandates for unvaccinated travelers 

Puerto Rico will require all unvaccinated travelers to quarantine for seven days after their arrival⁠ – even if they’ve tested negative for COVID-19. 

Any travelers who arrive without a test result will have 48 hours to take one upon arrival or be subject to a fine of $300. 

All travelers, regardless of where they are coming from, must fill in the Traveler Declaration Form.

The new rules will also impact activities for travelers after arrival. Visitors will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours to enter any establishment serving food or drinks. 

Newly reinstated limits on capacity

More rules will also come into effect on December 30, with 50% indoor capacity and 75% outdoor capacity for all restaurants, bars, theaters, stadiums, convention centers and any establishment that serves prepared food or drinks.

Source: lonelyplanet