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

ViaHero
Updated February 4, 2020

"Do I need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?" "Will my phone work?" We get it—you have questions about Puerto Rico travel. We have answers!

For answers to all your Puerto Rico questions, ask the people who know best—locals! Our trip planners will design a comprehensive guidebook that covers all your Puerto Rico FAQs. Plus, they know where to get the most delicious mofongo in town. Learn more

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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: 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. Our local trip planners will design a custom guidebook before your trip, which includes an offline map pre-loaded with personalized recommendations. 

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Enter your travel preferences below and we’ll connect you with a likeminded local in Puerto Rico to help you plan your trip based on your specific interests.

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.)

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 local trip planners 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: Is Puerto Rico safe after the recent earthquakes?

A: A couple of strong quakes recently hit Puerto Rico. However, they were concentrated at the south of the island, which means that San Juan was relatively unaffected. 

Our friends at Discover Puerto Rico report that "Puerto Rico continues to be open for tourism, and the people of Puerto Rico are eager to welcome you to our island."

Looking for an update from someone on the ground? We encourage you to message one of our local trip planners for advice about traveling to Puerto Rico. 

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.

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! Build a unique trip based on insider advice. Our local trip planners have recently suggested a wide range of great Puerto Rico 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?
Why not ask someone who lives there? ViaHero connects you with a local to help plan your trip. They’ll create a guidebook based on your personal travel style.
You’ll see a unique side of a destination and travel independently—all while saving time and money in the planning process. Find a local today.

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