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Puerto Rico Travel Advisory 2020

ViaHero
Updated July 6, 2020

What’s Puerto Rico’s travel advisory? As a part of the United States, it doesn’t have one! (At least, not from the US State Department). With some local help, we created this guide to staying safe in Puerto Rico

For everything from safety tips to restaurant recommendations, work with a local to plan your trip. Locals will introduce you to a side of Puerto Rico that most tourists miss. Learn more.

Puerto Rico's Travel Advisory

Puerto Rico doesn't actually have a travel advisory—at least not from the U.S. State Department. Why? It's an American territory! 

Generally, Puerto Rico is a safe travel destination

Puerto Rico has had a rough couple of years—but has largely recovered

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Since 2017, Puerto Rico has suffered a hurricane, political upheaval, and earthquakes. 

However, the island is resilient. While some areas are still rebuilding, most Puerto Rican cities, beaches, and off-the-beaten-path attractions reopened quickly following various natural disasters. Rest assured—Puerto Rico is safe to visit. The island's crime rate is lower than in many US cities.

That being said, Puerto Rico has had cases of coronavirus—just like the rest of the world. So, when will Puerto Rico be safe for travel? 

Here's the latest: 

July 6th: Puerto Rico is set to open for travelers on July 15th. 

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.

The island’s attractions and beaches are open, although you’ll have to comply with Puerto Rican safety policies like wearing a mask. Locals can help explain other rules you’ll need to follow. 

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Read our full update about travel and coronavirus HERE. Or, send a message to a local in Puerto Rico

Traveling to Puerto Rico is good for the island's economy

One reason to travel to Puerto Rico? Doing so helps the island recover.

Since Maria, tourism in Puerto Rico has been the number-one industry for the island’s economy. Every travel dollar you spend in Puerto Rico directly helps the economy and thus, the recovery effort. As you enjoy Puerto Rico's top places to visit, you're helping the island's economy!

This is especially true now. You can help support Puerto Rico by planning a trip with a local. Our locals earn 70% of the flat fee!

Some safety tips:

  • Hurricanes always come with weeks of warning, so they’re no reason not to travel to Puerto Rico.
  • Your US phone number will work in Puerto Rico. Since it’s still in the states, your US phone carrier should provide service in PR without extra costs.
  • Use 911 for emergency calls: 911 still works as an emergency line in PR because it’s a US territory.
  • When you work with a local to plan your trip, you can reach out to them if you run into any issues.

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For more about Puerto Rico travel, check out: 

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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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