Puerto Rico is joining the slew of vacation destinations loosening COVID-19 travel requirements. The U.S territory is easing up on capacity requirements, as well, thanks to falling COVID case numbers.
New Travel Rules
Starting March 10, visitors from the United States will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to enter the U.S. territory. Travelers also no longer have to fill out the travel declaration form, which asks questions about vaccination status and testing. These changes only affect U.S. travelers; international travelers may still need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to gain entry into Puerto Rico.
Once in Puerto Rico, visitors and residents will no longer have to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Health officials are still encouraging everyone to wear a mask when they are in a crowded area with people they don’t know, and they will still require them in some high-profile places like hospitals. Officials will continue to offer voluntary testing at the airport for any visitor wishing to be tested for COVID.
Puerto Rico is also lifting all capacity restrictions. That means restaurants, bars, and movie theaters can operate at full capacity (previously they could only allow 75 perfect capacity inside). The health department says it will consider capping events with more than 1,000 attendees, on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to the lifted capacity restrictions, restaurants will no longer have to ask customers for proof of vaccination status or a negative test. However, health officials are allowing individual restaurants and bars to implement their own specific virus protocols, which can include masks and/or proof of vaccination status.
Looking to visit the Island of Enchantment? Consider staying at one of our favorite vacation rentals during your trip to Puerto Rico. Food lovers should check out our best stops along the famed Pork Highway, and then eat and drink like a local in San Juan.