COVID-19 : Latest Travel Alerts and Warnings for Puerto Rico

UPDATED: 20/JULY/2020

Puerto Rico is encouraging only essential travel at this time and has postponed its official inbound tourism reopening in order to safeguard visitors and residents.

Puerto Rico is enforcing local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), alongside U.S. Travel Association (USTA) guidelines, such as social distancing, face coverings in public areas, and a variety of mandates for businesses – including, but not limited to, reduced capacities and high standards of cleanliness in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines.

When planning a future trip to Puerto Rico, travelers are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal, get a molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) no more than 72 hours prior visiting the Island and show proof of a negative result, or they must quarantine. Beaches are only open to those doing solo sports or exercise training from 5:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m. Non-essential businesses, including theaters, casinos, bars, clubs, attractions, and gyms are closed. Restaurants and museums are operating at 50% percent and malls remain open. Alcohol sales are banned after 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays. All businesses, with the exception of pharmacies, supermarkets, and gas stations, will be closed on Sundays and restaurants will only be offering services via pickup, delivery, or drive-through. A curfew on the Island is in effect through July 31 from 10:00 p.m – 5:00 a.m., except for emergencies. Everyone is required to wear face masks or face coverings when in public, and are subject to a fine, if not.

Island Arrival

  • To further safeguard residents and visitors, all arriving passengers must comply with the following measures before arriving to Puerto Rico: Complete an online Travel Declaration Form from the Puerto Rico Health Department, which can be accessed at www.travelsafe.pr.gov or www.viajaseguro.pr.gov. Kiosks at the airport are also available for travelers to fill out the form upon arrival, as it is a requirement to exit the airport.
  • Demonstrate a negative molecular COVID-19 test result (which consists of a nasal or throat swab), taken no more than 72 hours prior. Testing sites on the mainland U.S. can be found here. It is highly recommended to get tested prior to arriving on the Island given limited resources. 
  • Obtain Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR Code, which travelers will automatically receive when uploading their molecular test results to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal.
  • Airport Processes:
  • The Puerto Rico National Guard is assisting with enhanced health screenings of all arriving passengers at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, where all passenger flights are currently being diverted. Face masks are mandatory.
  • All arriving travelers will be pre-screened via thermographic cameras to monitor temperatures, and enhanced protocols will take place at baggage claim before exiting the airport.

Asymptomatic Traveler (person who doesn’t present COVID-19 related symptoms)

  • If an asymptomatic traveler (a person who doesn’t present COVID-19 symptoms) arrives on the Island with a complete Travel Declaration Form, a negative molecular COVID-19 test result, and an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR Code, the traveler can proceed with their trip. 
  • 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.  If the molecular test result is negative, the 14-day quarantine will be lifted. 
  • If the molecular test result is positive, the traveler must isolate and seek medical attention. Travelers placed in isolation will be responsible for covering their own medical expenses/extended stay.
  • 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. A list of testing sites on-island will be provided at the airport and can also be found here.  While awaiting results, the traveler will need to quarantine for 14 days at their lodging property, cover COVID-19 testing fee, and possible extended stay.  If the on-Island molecular test result is negative, the quarantine will be lifted. 
  • If the on-Island molecular test result is positive, the traveler must isolate and seek medical attention. Travelers placed in isolation will be responsible for covering their own medical expenses/extended stay.
  • 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.

Symptomatic traveler (person who is displaying COVID-19 related symptoms)

  • If a symptomatic traveler (a person who is displaying COVID-19 related symptoms) arrives on the Island, the Puerto Rico National Guard will conduct a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport (which consists of a finger prick blood test). Even if the test result is negative, it will be mandatory for the traveler to quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay as rapid COVID-19 tests can sometimes yield false results. The quarantine is mandated until the traveler digitally uploads proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test result taken on-Island to the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal.  A list of testing sites in Puerto Rico will be available at the airport and can also be found here.
  • If a negative molecular test is not provided, the traveler will be required to quarantine for 14 days, or the length of their stay. 
  • If the rapid COVID-19 test (which consists of a finger prick blood test) conducted at the airport results are positive, the traveler will get a molecular COVID-19 test on-site.  While the traveler awaits the results, they must isolate themselves at their lodging property.  If the molecular test is negative, the quarantine will be lifted. 
  • If the molecular test is positive, the traveler will continue to isolate and seek medical attention at the traveler’s expense. 

Experiences

  • Public beaches and natural reserves are only open to those doing solo sport or exercise training from 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Competitive activities, whether professional or not, are not allowed. 
  • Hotel pool facilities are currently closed. 
  • Marinas are closed and the use of boats for recreational activities is prohibited. 
  • Attractions and tours, across the Island, are closed.
  • Museums remain open at a 50% capacity. 

Businesses

  • Non-essential businesses, including theaters, casinos, bars, clubs, and gyms are closed.
  • Restaurants are operating at 50% capacity and temperature checks are being performed before entering; those with temperatures over 100.3 will be denied entry. For pickup, customers must avoid gathering outside of the establishment. 
  • Supermarkets, agricultural markets, pharmacies, and gas stations are open, with supermarket delivery services available through midnight. 
  • Malls and other retail stores remain open with no leisure strolling permitted.
  • Hair salons, barbershops, and individual spas are open via appointment, with the exception of saunas.
  • On Sundays, all businesses, with the exception of pharmacies, supermarkets, and gas stations, will be closed  and restaurants will only be offering services via pickup, delivery, or drive-through.

Transport

  • Taxis are accessible from 5:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m., except for airport service.
  • City Cab will be only provide services with a reservation in advance.
  • The Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) and Tren Urbano subway system are not currently operating.

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