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

By Hanan Redwan Published on December 30, 2021
Puerto Rico tightens its entry rules for travelers: here's what you need to know

Puerto Rico has tightened its entry rules for domestic travellers, 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 travellers 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, meaning passengers must show a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result taken 48 hours before their arrival time.

What travellers international travellers will need

For travellers 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 travellers

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

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

Regardless of where they are coming from, all travellers must fill in the. Traveller Declaration Form

When is the best time to visit Puerto Rico?

The new rules will also impact activities for travellers 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, theatres, stadiums, convention centres and any establishment that serves prepared food or drinks.

Hanan Redwan

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