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 doesn't actually have a travel advisory—at least not from the U.S. State Department. Why? It's an American territory!
Although Puerto Rico is generally a safe destination the CDC has assigned the island a travel advisory due to the coronavirus pandemic. They give Puerto Rico a Level 3 Warning, which advises Americans to avoid nonessential travel.
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:
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 But because of a spike in coronavirus cases, Puerto Rico then rescinded many of its reopening policies.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.
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!
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