Puerto Rico is welcoming back tourists, including US travelers, with a reopening date set for July 15. As with many other border reopenings, however, international visitors will have to comply with a strict set of safety precautions.
Visitors arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (the only airport currently welcoming international flights) are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Starting July 15, arriving passengers are also required to complete a travel declaration from the Puerto Rico Health Department. The test must be a PCR test, i.e. a nasal or throat swab. For travelers who arrive in Puerto Rico without proof of a negative test result, rapid testing will be available at the airport; however, 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.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is requiring all tourism businesses to comply with a set of strict standards and regulations before restarting their operations. Many of Puerto Rico’s hotels have remained open throughout the pandemic, though pools, bars, restaurants, shops, and other common spaces are currently limited to 75 percent capacity. You can expect a temperature check before entering restaurants, and if your reading exceeds 100.3 degrees, you will be denied entry.
According to Carla Campos, executive director of the PRTC, “We are certain that the assurances and security these measures provide, coupled with the experiences that make Puerto Rico such an attraction destination, will play a vital role in the short-term recovery of the travel industry of the island.”
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