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Puerto Rico Tourism Update 2021

ViaHero
Updated August 2, 2021

Is it possible to travel to Puerto Rico in 2021? Absolutely!

In this Puerto Rico tourism update, we cover everything you need to know about travel to the Island of Enchantment. Below, we discuss the latest coronavirus updates for Puerto Rico as well as why tourism is important for the island's recovery. 

For everything from safety tips to restaurant recommendations, work with a local to plan your trip. No one knows Puerto Rico like the locals do. Learn more.

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Kate, Recent Traveler
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What to know about Puerto Rico and the coronavirus

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico? Like many places around the world, Puerto Rico has battled to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Right now, cases are very low after a springtime spike. 

If you travel to Puerto Rico, you'll have to adhere to policies about curfews and restaurant capacities—as well as local rules like wearing a mask. But can Americans even travel to Puerto Rico right now?

Here's the latest:

Americans can travel to Puerto Rico (remember, it's part of the United States — you don't even need a passport). 

Vaccinated travelers must upload their CDC vaccination card. 

Unvaccinated travelers must provide a negative PCR test that is no more than 72 hours old. Without this, they must be tested on the island or pay a $300 fine. (Although it's not required, the CDC does recommend that travelers get fully vaccinated before traveling to Puerto Rico.)

Travelers will also need to fill out a Travel Safe form

Locals tell us that policies surrounding beaches, restaurants, and bars are in flux—depending on the island's positivity rate. You can always check in with a local to get an on-the-ground perspective of what life is like in Puerto Rico. 

Why travel now? Tourism supports the island's economy

People in Old San Juan | Tatiana Rodriguez/Unsplash

As Puerto Rico — and the rest of the world — begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, tourism dollars are more crucial than ever. 

The CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, Brad Dean, noted that tourism makes up 10% of Puerto Rico's GDP. Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, he said: "The people of Puerto Rico have shown great resiliency...they are writing the textbook on how to use tourism to fuel economic recovery."

Tourism post-Hurricane Maria helped the island recover. Now, tourism can help Puerto Rico recover from that coronavirus pandemic.

That's especially true if you spend your tourism dollars at local businesses and skip the touristy chains. 

When you connect with a Puerto Rico local to plan your trip, more than two-thirds of the flat fee goes directly into their pocket.

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For Americans, travel to Puerto Rico is easy — and often fairly affordable. There are tons of great hostels on the island, as well as many boutique hotels

Plus, going to Puerto Rico means you're in for a real adventure—whether that means exploring old forts in San Juan, surfing in Rincon, sipping piña coladas in Ponce, or enjoying the white sands of Playa Flamenco.

All in all, Puerto Rico can offer a wonderful respite after the difficulties of last year. And as the island recovers from the pandemic, your tourism dollars can make a positive impact. 

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Local Tip:

Are piña coladas on your Puerto Rico bucket list? Get a free sample at Barranchina in San Juan. They claim to have invented the drink! 

Still have questions about travel to Puerto Rico?
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