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Do I Need a Passport to Go to Puerto Rico? And Other FAQs

Updated November 25, 2022

"Do I need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?" "Will my phone work?" "What are the latest coronavirus restrictions in Puerto Rico?" We get it! You have questions about Puerto Rico travel.

Thanks to our team of Puerto Rico locals on the ground, we have answers! Check them out below. 

No one knows a place like the people who live there. Work with a local to plan your trip and see a side of Puerto Rico that tourists don't. Learn more.

Q: Do Americans need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?

A: If you're a United States citizen, you do NOT need a passport to go to Puerto Rico. Since Puerto Rico is a US territory, all you need is the same identification you use to fly anywhere else in the country. Just one of the many reasons traveling to Puerto Rico is easy.

Q: What should I know about COVID in Puerto Rico?

A: Like any destination, travel to Puerto Rico comes with new risks because of the pandemic. But the island has been pretty successful in keeping the virus at bay. 

The island took an aggressive stance toward the pandemic early on and was one of the first jurisdictions to issue a mask mandate. Today it is one of the most-vaccinated areas of the U.S. More than 84% of the population is fully vaccinated and 95% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.  

So, what should travelers keep in mind? 

Americans do not need a passport (remember, Puerto Rico is part of the United States) or any COVID-related documentation to visit Puerto Rico right now. 

Once on the island, take basic COVID precautions like masking. Masks are highly recommended on public transportation and anywhere that you can’t guarantee the vaccination status of those around you.

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Q: Will my cell phone work in Puerto Rico?

A: If you're traveling to Puerto Rico as an American you don’t have to use an international plan—US cell phone plans work exactly the same in Puerto Rico as they do on the mainland. Most major carriers (including Verizon and AT&T) don’t charge roaming for voice and text service.

But don't spend your trip staring at Google Maps—get insider advice before you even arrive. 


Be sure to download Yesterday in Travel—a podcast sponsored by ViaHero—before your trip! One recent episode covered the "Great Migration" of Puerto Ricans to NYC:

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Q: What type of money do they use in Puerto Rico?

A: Puerto Rico is a US territory—they use dollars there! That means you don't have to worry about the hassle of updating your wallet. (Or those annoying foreign transaction fees.)

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Select your travel preferences below and let a local travel planner with ViaHero take it from there. Your personalized Puerto Rico recommendations, itinerary, and maps are just a few clicks away.

Q: Do most people in Puerto Rico speak Spanish? 

A: While Spanish is the dominant language of Puerto Rico, both Spanish and English are official languages of the island—so most people speak at least some English. Authorities (police and government personnel) speak both Spanish and English. 

Still, it's good to know a few key phrases. Don't travel blindly. Ask one of our locals for suggestions of important words to know. 

Q: Is Puerto Rico safe?

APuerto Rico is safe—but there are some things to keep in mind before you go. Benefit from local knowledge. After all, no one understands Puerto Rico like the people who live there. 

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Q: Should I get any special vaccines before going?

A: Another perk of vacationing in Puerto Rico is that you probably have all your necessary vaccines. Aside from your routine vaccinations, the CDC recommends getting your hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines to be safe.

As for *that* vaccine? Currently, there is no requirement for travelers to have the coronavirus vaccine before traveling to Puerto Rico. However, the CDC does recommend it

Q: How do I get to Puerto Rico?

A: You can take nearly any airline there. 

Have a favorite airline? An airline rewards card? Not to worry—all the major US airlines fly to Puerto Rico. There are dozens of flights per day from mainland US and beyond. 

Q: What should I do in Puerto Rico?

A: We love *all* the incredible things to do in Puerto Rico—but what you do depends on your travel style! Our locals in Puerto Rico have recently suggested a wide range of great island activities, from checking out the view at Las Salinas to exploring the delicious selection at the Kioskos de Luquillo.

Still have questions about travel to Puerto Rico?
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