Puerto Rico removes all vaccine and testing requirements for US travelers

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Starting tomorrow – March 10 – Puerto Rico will waive all vaccine and testing requirements for US travelers.

After reporting last month that the Caribbean island no longer requires fully vaccinated US travelers to show a negative Covid test result before entry – the US territory is further relaxing its entry requirements for US citizens.

Puerto Rico Beach

And, with the number of new positive Covid cases continuing to drop in Puerto Rico – up to 150 new cases per day reported in a matter of days – authorities saw this as a good time to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions. domestic Americans.

So what are the entry requirements for US travellers?

Aerial view of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Well, starting tomorrow (March 10), visitors from the United States will no longer be asked to show proof of vaccination – nor present a negative Covid test result to enter Puerto Rico.

American travelers will also no longer be required to complete a travel declaration form upon arrival in the United States – which would have typically required information such as an individual’s vaccination details, as well as details of their test result covid negative.

Flamenco Beach on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra

The news will certainly be welcomed by US nationals looking to take advantage of all the Caribbean island has to offer, including stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and its unique blend of Spanish and Caribbean culture.

International travelers are still required to follow the same rules for entering the United States

United States and Puerto Rico Flag

However, for international visitors wishing to visit Puerto Rico, there are currently still entry restrictions – people arriving from another country must comply with US entry requirements.

This includes:

  • All international arrivals – aged 18 and over – must show proof of full vaccination.
International vaccine certificate
  • All international arrivals – aged 2 and over – must show proof of a negative Covid test result (which must have been taken no later than 24 hours before departure) or be able to show proof of a certificate of Covid recovery before departure.

There are, however, some exceptions for people who are not fully vaccinated. Travelers are therefore recommended to keep up to date with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which also include details of recognized vaccines. by US authorities.

CDC head office

Masks are no longer required in indoor or outdoor venues

Along with changes to entry requirements for U.S. travelers, the government of Puerto Rico also announced that starting tomorrow (March 10), face masks will no longer be required in indoor or outdoor locations.

They will, however, need to be worn when visiting certain healthcare-related locations.

Passengers wearing face masks on the plane

U.S. travelers will also still be required to wear a face covering on board their air travel to Puerto Rico – with the Transport Security Administration (TSA) continuing to enforce the travel mask mandate.

Capacity restrictions will also be lifted

It was also announced that all capacity restrictions – currently applicable in Puerto Rico – will be lifted.

Beautiful coast of Puerto Rico

This now means that venues, including bars and restaurants – as well as entertainment venues such as sports stadiums and theaters – can now open at full capacity, instead of being limited to 75% capacity as this has been the case lately.

Anyone who now enters a private – or public – place will also no longer be asked to show proof that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter. Unvaccinated people will also no longer be required to show the results of a negative Covid test.

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Just a few weeks ago, a popular neighboring Caribbean tourist destination – the Dominican Republic – lifted all of its Covid-19 restrictions.

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