Discover Puerto Rico has confirmed that fully-vaccinated travellers from the United States will no longer be required to carry a Covid-19 test result on arrival into the destination. Instead, vaccinated visitors must show proof of a valid vaccination card upon entry.
“Puerto Rico has prioritised health and safety from the onset of the pandemic, becoming the first United States destination to implement an Island-wide curfew, among other measures developed to safeguard residents and visitors,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.
“As restrictions loosen, we look forward to welcoming travelers seeking to responsibly explore our island, immerse themselves in unforgettable culture, unique natural wonders and delicious cuisine, while taking advantage of the ease of travel that comes with Puerto Rico being a U.S. territory, including no need for a passport for U.S. citizens.”
All arrivals into any of the Island’s three open airports, whether by commercial or private aircraft, are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal which generates a QR code on completion.
Fully-vaccinated domestic arrivals are required to upload official Vaccination Card, as proof of vaccination through the Travel Declaration Form portal.
For those who are not vaccinated or arriving on international flights, evidence of a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival will continue to be required. The test results must be uploaded while filling in the Travel Declaration form. If the traveller arrives without a test result, they will have to upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will be fined $300. If the result is negative, the quarantine will be lifted. On the other hand, if the result is positive, the visitor must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.
Puerto Rico will impose local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), such as social distancing, mandatory face masks in most public areas, and a variety of directives for businesses – including reduced capacities and high standards of cleanliness in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines. The Department of Health has increased resources to ensure visitors abide by the local guidelines.
A few reduced restrictions include the removal of a mask requirement for fully vaccinated travellers in parks and beaches; Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations are open, with supermarket delivery services available through midnight; Increased capacities for businesses, raised from 30% to 50%.
Furthermore, Puerto Rico’s local curfew that has been in effect since March 2020 from midnight to 5 a.m., has been removed. The island’s entertainment sites will reopen at 30% capacity, with all visitors required to present a vaccination card or negative antigen test for admission.