Puerto Rico Updates Entry Requirements, Adds New Restrictions
Puerto Rico has announced stricter entry requirements for the holidays. The Caribbean island is shortening the window for pre-flight COVID-19 testing. It is also introducing new restrictions on travelers visiting restaurants and attending large events.
As of December 27th, 2021, all passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative test result taken within 48 hours before arrival time, regardless of vaccination status. Passengers arriving without a test will have 48 hours to take one upon arrival or be subject to a fine. If you’re unvaccinated and plan to visit Puerto Rico, you must quarantine for 7 days after arriving, regardless of whether you have a negative test result.
There are new restrictions on the island as well. As of December 22nd, 2021, those attending mass events (both indoors and outdoors taking place at theaters, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums, and convention centers) will be required to present proof of vaccination with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine and also a negative COVID test taken in the 48 hours prior to the event. As of December 27th, 2021, all establishments serving food or drinks must require proof of vaccination or a negative test taken 48 hours prior to arrival.
There’s also a separate rule for children. Until January 31st, 2022, those between 5 and 11 years old will be allowed to attend large indoor events by providing negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event. Starting February 1, 2022, this age range will be subject to the same guidelines as adults, requiring proof of vaccination and negative test results taken within 48 hours prior to the event upon entry. Children under 5 years of age will not be allowed to attend large-scale events, even with negative results.