Travel to Puerto Rico: Island updates its entry rules

Puerto Rico will shorten the window of time in which visitors are required to obtain a Covid test before arriving.

Effective Dec. 27, the island’s entry regulations for all travelers coming on domestic flights from the U.S. mainland will require proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Currently, the timeframe is 72 hours.

Travelers arriving without a test must upload a PCR molecular or antigen test within 48 hours of arrival or be subject to a fine. 

All unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for seven days after arrival. 

Travelers arriving on international flights must continue to present a Covid-19 test taken within one day prior to arrival, as well as proof of vaccination. 

  • Related: Entry requirements for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean destinations

Unvaccinated or international travelers can get a PCR test at  terminals A, B or C at the Luis Munoz Marin airport in San Juan from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., seven days a week. The cost is $110.

All travelers must fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s port to obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Code and a QR code. More information is available on the Discover Puerto Rico website.

Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the establishment will be required to enter restaurants and bars, effective Dec. 27.

Masks are required indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

In addition, effective Dec. 22, anyone attending a mass event (both indoors and outdoors) in theaters, stadiums and convention centers must show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours of the event.

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