Puerto Rico Joins Hawaii In Cutting U.S. Visitors Some Slack.
Effective March 10, U.S. travelers to Puerto Rico will no longer need proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter.
The governor of Puerto Rico announced today the relaxation of local COVID restrictions, including entry requirements for domestic passengers and on-Island mandates. Discover Puerto Rico, the Island’s Destination Marketing Organization, is excited to share the new guidelines, which will enhance the travel experience, while continuing to safeguard health and safety of visitors and residents.
Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced today that, starting March 10th, travelers entering the Island on domestic flights are no longer required to complete an official Travel Declaration form prior to their arrival, nor are they required to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result. The official mask mandate will also be lifted, and will remain only as a recommendation, as well as the requirement for businesses to request proof of vaccination or negative test from patrons. Individual establishments reserve the right to implement their own requirements surrounding masks and COVID-19 protocols, and visitors are encouraged to contact businesses directly.
Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico told the AP, “Traveling to Puerto Rico is becoming easier as the Island continues to lead vaccination efforts and contagion rates continue to decrease. Today’s announcement lifting entry requirements for domestic travelers and reducing restrictions on Island, will bring a new travel experience to those visiting. As the pandemic evolves, so will our efforts surrounding the health and safety of visitors and residents.”
According to the AP, as a U.S. Territory of 3.2 million people, Puerto Rico has reported a positivity rate of 4%, a considerable decline from the nearly 40% recorded during the Christmas period and the highly contagious Omicron variant. Governor Pierluisi has indicated that more than 95% of the Puerto Rican population has received at least the first dose of the vaccine, nearly 86% have already received the second dose and more than 50% have received the booster shot.