It's no secret that Puerto Rico has had a hard go of things lately. But the island is a fantastic place to visit—and it's totally possible to start planning your trip!
So, when will Puerto Rico be safe for travel?
Here's the latest:
September 14th: Puerto Rico opened for travelers on July 15th. But because of a spike in coronavirus cases, Puerto Rico then rescinded many of its reopening policies.
However, a recent drop in cases has led to a relaxation of many coronavirus policies. Beaches are now open for all. Restaurants are open at 50% capacity.
Travelers will need to provide a negative COVID test upon entry. Travelers without a test result will have to take one upon arrival. Anyone who tests positive—or who refuses to be tested—will be quarantined for fourteen days.
If you go to Puerto Rico, you'll also have to comply with Puerto Rican safety policies like wearing a mask. Locals can help explain other rules you’ll need to follow.
Tourism dollars majorly help the economy. 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."
As Puerto Rico reopens, tourism dollars will be vital to the island's economy. You can help out by working with a local to plan your trip. Locals will give you insider info about the top Puerto Rican beaches—and you’ll help support the island’s recovery. It’s a win-win.
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.
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!
Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico right now? The country will officially open for tourism on July 15th. That being said, visitors will have to take extra precautions, like wearing masks and maintaining distance in public areas.
One way to avoid the crowds? Skip the tourist traps and explore local favorites instead. Our locals in Puerto Rico will design an itinerary that includes places that tourists normally miss—plus, they'll provide local knowledge about how to stay safe.
As if you needed another reason to visit Puerto Rico, you should know that it’s an inexpensive vacation. Although Puerto Rico uses the US dollar (remember: it is a US territory), the cost of living in Puerto Rico is much lower than it is on the mainland. For example, restaurant prices are, on average, about 25% lower in Puerto Rico than in the continental US.