Puerto Rico follows the lead of most US destinations and drops all COVID-19 restrictions for domestic visitors

Mar 9, 2022

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Beginning Thursday, travelers to Puerto Rico from within the United States will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter or enjoy the island, according to Discover Puerto Rico, the official tourism organization of the U.S. territory.

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This news follows a series of loosened requirements last month, including dropping the arrival testing requirement for vaccinated travelers on domestic flights and eliminating the seven-day quarantine for unvaccinated visitors.

Starting March 10, unvaccinated and vaccinated domestic travelers will be treated the same.

The updated guidelines released by the tourism organization will apply to all visitors regardless of vaccination status. However, international travelers are still expected to adhere to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirement to provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within one day of departure for the U.S. and vaccination proof.

Foreign visitors to the U.S. are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization. At this time, a booster is not required to enter Puerto Rico.

Previous guidelines requiring businesses to cap attendance and require vaccines for entry are dropped as well, in addition to the existing indoor and outdoor mask mandate.

However, individual businesses may choose to implement their own guidelines related to health and safety, per Discover Puerto Rico, which notes that “masks are still recommended for situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.”

Lastly, passengers arriving in Puerto Rico on March 10 and beyond are no longer required to fill out the Travel Declaration Form. Additional information on travel guidelines for Puerto Rico is available from Discover Puerto Rico.

Related: Puerto Rico relaxes entry requirements and expands dining capacity

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