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The Government of Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States of America. As a consequence of this political relationship, control of ingress and egress to and from the territorial limits of Puerto Rico is vested in the Federal Government.

The Puerto Rico Department of State guides foreigners interested in visiting the Island and serves as a liaison with federal authorities to clarify or expedite the procedures to obtain a visa.

Individuals visiting Puerto Rico have the same immigration restrictions and privileges as if they were visiting any other destination in the U.S. For immigration purposes, travel from anywhere in the U.S. to PR does not constitute a departure from the U.S. as long as the flight is directly from a state to Puerto Rico. Similarly, when travelers arrive in the U.S. from PR, they do not have to go through immigration, as long as the flight is direct from PR to a state. However, for identification purposes, you must carry some form of an identity document, such as your driver's license, an ID issued by a state or federal agency, or an original birth certificate.

Foreigners visiting PR are also subject to the same U.S. immigration rules and laws, so be sure to comply with immigration and visa requirements.

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Office of Orientation and Services to Immigrants in Puerto Rico

The Office of Orientation and Immigration Services of Puerto Rico was created by Act No. 254 of October 28, 2002, whose purpose and we quote is "to assist and orient foreign persons living in Puerto Rico so that through their own efforts they may develop alternatives to solve their particular problems and needs, promoting the strengthening of their relations with the community."

To provide tools to foreign citizens living in Puerto Rico that will facilitate their full integration into society to improve their quality of life, emphasizing education, health, and socioeconomic development.

To be the main liaison between the resident alien community and the Government of Puerto Rico, so that the needs of this population can be addressed in a sensitive and diligent manner.

  • Encourage the participation and integration of foreign citizens in public life and develop a sense of belonging as members of the Puerto Rican Society with all its rights, privileges and obligations.
  • Channel urgent cases for immigrants and follow up on these cases until they are resolved.
  • Establish efficient working relationships with the Consular Corps accredited in Puerto Rico.
  • Establish programs to strengthen the areas of education.
  • To observe compliance with the provisions that cover the rights of immigrant citizens in Puerto Rico.

The main purpose of the Immigrant Orientation and Services Office is to facilitate the full integration of the foreign population living in Puerto Rico. In our office you can receive orientation about:

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  • Conversational English Courses
  • Civic Education (citizenship)
  • Assistance in the completion of the following forms necessary in procedures with the Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.
  • Citizenship Application (N-400)
  • Application for Fee Waiver (I-912)
  • Green Card Changes (I-90)
  • Change of Direction (AR-11)
  • Referrals and follow-up of urgent cases for immigrants and follow-up of such cases until resolution is achieved.

If any of the above requirements are not met, the interview will be conducted in English.

Applying for Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)

Qualification requirements.

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have 5 years of permanent residence
  • 3 years of permanent residency if married and living with a U.S. citizen
  • Good moral character
  • Not to exceed 915 days (30 months) outside the United States in the last 5 years.


  • Complete Form N-400
  • Permanent residence
  • Passport in the last 5 years
  • 2 photos 2 x 2
  • Money order of $725.00


To take the interview in the language of your choice you must:

  • Be fifty (50) years of age and twenty (20) years or more with permanent residence.
  • Be fifty-five (55) years of age and fifteen (15) years or more of permanent residence.
  • Be sixty-five (65) years of age and twenty (20) years or more of permanent residency (you will only need to learn twenty (20) U.S. history and civics questions).


If you receive government assistance:

  • Certification of government assistance received: PAN (food stamps), Medicaid (MA-10), Public Housing, Session 8, in English.

If household members' income qualifies: must be below the following table:

Evidence of annual income of household members: latest tax return, W-2, Social Security or Pension Certification

If you have financial problems:

  • Evidence of your annual income
  • Provide the value of assets that you can easily convert to cash
  • Evidence of monthly expenses
  • Evidence of an organization that provides you with assistance

You may apply for a payment reduction if your income is at 150%.

For more information access the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website: https://www.us.cis.gov/es or call

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Entering Puerto Rico During the Covid-19 Pandemic

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, Puerto Rico has established the following rules for entering the island:

Each visitor must complete the Travel Declaration Form via the government's online portal .

Fully vaccinated travelers entering via domestic flights (from the U.S. mainland) will need to upload copies of their vaccination cards . Those travelers are not required to submit Covid-19 test results.  

Each unvaccinated or international visitor  must submit negative results from a PCR or antigen test  taken no more than 72 hours prior to visiting the island. Those who arrive without having uploaded results will receive a $300 fine. 

Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, American citizens who visit the island are exempt from the CDC requirement to provide negative Covid-19 test results before returning to the mainland .  

For a complete rundown of Puerto Rico's entry requirements and safety restrictions while on the island, visit the official tourism site,  DiscoverPuertoRico.com .  

And for a helpful overview of pandemic travel rules in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean destinations, visit Frommer's frequently updated resources page . 

U.S. citizens coming from mainland destinations do not need passports to enter Puerto Rico. However, it is necessary to produce a government-issued photo ID to board a plane.

Visitors from other countries, including Canada, need a valid passport to land in Puerto Rico. For those from countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., the same visa is necessary to enter Puerto Rico.

It is advised to always have at least one or two consecutive blank pages in your passport to allow space for visas and stamps that need to appear together. It is also important to note when your passport expires. Many countries require your passport to have at least 6 months left before its expiration in order to allow you into the destination.

Passport Office Links for Select English-Speaking Countries

  • Australian Passport Office (tel. 131-232 )
  • Canada Travel and Tourism Services
  • Ireland Passports  
  • New Zealand   Online Passport Service  (tel. 0800/225-050 )
  • United Kingdom Passports   (tel. 0300/222-0000 )
  • United States Passports

The U.S. Department of State has a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allowing citizens of participating countries to enter the United States without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. To find a list of participating countries and other info about the program, visit the website of the U.S. State Department .  

Citizens of all other countries must have 1) a valid passport that expires at least 6 months later than the scheduled end of the visit to the U.S. and 2) a tourist visa.

For information about U.S. visas, go to travel.state.gov .

U.S. citizens do not need to clear Puerto Rican Customs upon arrival by plane or ship from the U.S. mainland.

International travelers should consult the official website of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for information on what can be brought into Puerto Rico.  

Before departing the island, U.S.-bound travelers must have their luggage inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to laws that prohibit bringing fruits and plants to the U.S. mainland. Otherwise, you can bring back as many purchased goods as you want without paying duty.

For information on what non-U.S. citizens can bring home from Puerto Rico, be sure to check with your home country. Some helpful links for several English-speaking nations:

• Australia :  abf.gov.au  (click "Entering and leaving Australia")

• Canada :   cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

• New Zealand : customs.govt.nz

• United Kingdom :   gov.uk

Medical Requirements

If you have a medical condition that requires syringe-administered medications, carry a valid signed prescription from your physician; syringes in carry-on baggage will be inspected. Insulin in any form should have the proper pharmaceutical documentation. If you have a disease that requires treatment with narcotics, you should also carry documented proof with you—smuggling narcotics aboard a plane carries severe penalties in the U.S.

Note : This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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Do you need a visa to go to puerto rico.

Yes, to travel to Puerto Rico for any reason you need to apply for a visa.

Can I use visa invitation letters in Puerto Rico?

Yes, they can be used if you are traveling to visit a family member, but they are not mandatory.

Do U.S. citizens need a visa for Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory, but associated with the United States. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Puerto Rico, and vice versa.

Can I go to Puerto Rico with a U.S. visa?

Yes, the U.S. visa and the Puerto Rico visa are the same. You can travel to all states associated with an ESTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) visa.

What are the Puerto Rico entry requirements?

The different Puerto Rico entry requirements are the following: ● A valid passport ● A valid visa You can check out our article on Puerto Rico entry requirements to get more information on all you need for Puerto Rico.


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Puerto Rico is an associated but unincorporated free state of the United States of America. It has the same entry requirements to the country as any other associated state. The ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), is the online visa with which you can travel to Puerto Rico or any other state of the United States. This Puerto Rico visa allows multiple entries within 2 years, with a maximum stay of 90 days per entry. The Puerto Rico visa does not allow you to work or reside in Puerto Rico, or in any of the United States. The government authorities of Puerto Rico, reserve the right of admission to the country. If your presence causes a threat to the security or national interests, your entry will be denied.


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Puerto Rico is a tropical paradise , located in the Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic, that welcomes tourists with unbelievably beautiful beaches and plenty of activities to engage in. It is definitely a destination that you should go to!

Puerto Rico is also a self-governing commonwealth of the United States , so if you are wishing to visit this beautiful island you will most likely need a Puerto Rico Visa . The process to apply for this visa is the same as the one from the American B1/B2 visa.

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What is the Puerto Rico Visa?

The Puerto Rico Visa is a multiple-entry travel document that allows you to enter Puerto Rico and it is a combination of the tourist and business visa.

The business visa (B1 Category) is for travelers who want to do business in the country, or for people who want to participate in business meetings, events, congresses, fairs, or scientific, educational, or professional conventions.

The tourist (B2 Category) is for people who want to travel for tourism, pleasure, or also because they want to have medical treatment.

Another benefit of this visa is that you can use it for medical reasons.

Puerto Rico Visa validity time

The Puerto Rico Visa is valid for 10 years after being issued . With this type of visa, you can stay in Puerto Rico for periods of up to 180 days Per Entry during a temporary stay, and for a specific purpose.

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What you can do with the Puerto Rico Visa

  • Buy goods or real estate
  • Visit friends or family
  • Take a short recreational course (not for credit)
  • Participate in fairs
  • Participate in congresses as a listener or as a speaker (without charging fees)
  • Medical treatments
  • Consultations with a doctor
  • Signing of contracts
  • Business meetings

What you CAN NOT do with the Puerto Rico Visa

  • You can not work
  • You can not study temporarily
  • You can not reside permanently in the country
  • You can not get a driver's license
  • You can not authorize a child to study in a public school in the country.

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Who doesn’t need to apply for the Puerto Rico Visa?

Citizens from countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program don’t need to apply for the Puerto Rico Visa, but they will need to apply for an ESTA.

United States citizens can travel to Puerto Rico without a passport.

To see if you are visa exempt or not, you can go to the top of this page and use iVisa’s Visa Checker by selecting your passport’s country.

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We will contact you if we need any more information about your application.

Once the eVisa is approved you will receive it via email . You should keep an electronic and printed copy of the visa to show on arrival to Puerto Rico.

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Is it always required to attend an interview to get the Puerto Rico Visa?

It is very likely that you will be required to attend an interview at an embassy or consulate.

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Requirements to renew your visa without an interview

If you want to apply to renew your last Puerto Rico Visa without having to go to an interview or appointment, you must meet one of the following requirements:

Your last US visa cannot have expired more than 24, 36, or 48 months ago (depending on your nationality), or it must still be valid.

Applicants under 13 or over 80 years of age can also apply for the visa renewal without having to attend an interview.

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Once we send your application 100% government-compliant, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will list the available dates for your interview or drop-off appointment, and we will choose the closest one for you.

Keep in mind that given the high demand for applications, some locations have an interview waitlist of more than 12 months. Therefore, we always recommend applying several months before your intended trip to Puerto Rico.

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The Puerto Rico Visa is a multiple-entry travel document that allows you to enter Puerto Rico and it is a combination of a tourist and business visa.

You can also apply with iVisa for an ESTA here .

First-time and renewal applicants must have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date to Puerto Rico to apply for the visa.

Your reason for traveling must be for business, tourism, or medical treatment.

Renewal applicants cannot have exceeded the 6 months of stay allowed on past trips to Puerto Rico.

Applicants that qualify for an Interview Waiver only need to drop off the required documents at the Drop-Off Location we will indicate.

In some cases, applicants do not need to go in person to leave their documents; that decision depends on The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The DHS is the only one who can decide on the interview appointment date. Currently, some locations have an interview waitlist of more than 12 months.

After your interview appointment, it will take at least 4 weeks until your passport is ready with your new stamped visa.

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What do I need to apply for the Puerto Rico Visa?

We require the following documents to submit your application:

We advise you to have extra documents to explain the purpose of your trip and to prove that you have enough funds to support your trip. These extra documents could be your last bank statements or employment proof.

Can I get the Puerto Rico Visa for free?

No, you can’t. There is a USD $160 government fee that you will need to pay.

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My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?

My visa application has been refused. why can't i get my money back, do i need a puerto rico visa if i’m only transiting through puerto rico, my old passport has already expired. my visa to travel to puerto rico is still valid but in my expired passport. do i need to apply for a new visa with my new passport, my visa will expire while i am in puerto rico. is there a problem with that, my passport with my visa was stolen; what should i do.

You have to report the loss or theft to the Puerto Rico Embassy. If it was stolen, you must also report it to the police. Then, you must apply for a new visa by submitting a new application.

My visa was damaged. What should I do?

You must apply for a new visa. You’ll need to fill out a new application and pay the fee, just like the last time.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

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Puerto Rico Visa Policy

Check the visa policy of Puerto Rico to discover if you need a travel authorization for this archipelago in the Caribbean.

Visa policy for Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico visa policy determines who may enter the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico without a visa and which foreign citizens need a visa to travel to this archipelago in the northeast Caribbean Sea.

As Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, it shares the US visa policy and imposes the same immigration rules and regulations on foreign citizens. As Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1917, they are granted freedom of movement between the island and mainland USA.

At present, there are currently 40 nationalities who do not need a visa for Puerto Rico , including citizens of Canada who may enter the archipelago simply by presenting a valid Canadian passport at border checkpoints.

Under the terms of the US visa waiver program, all other visa-exempt nationalities are required to have an approved US ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) visa waiver to travel to Puerto Rico. This electronic travel authorization is available through a simple online application .

An approved ESTA for Puerto Rico allows a stay of 90 days with each entry for tourism, transit, or business purposes , and is valid for a total of 2 years from issue, meaning there is no need to re-apply for every trip to US territories.

To visit Puerto Rico for other purposes or longer periods of stay, visa waiver citizens are required to apply for a Puerto Rican embassy visa from a US diplomatic government office.

Additionally, over 190 nationalities need to apply for a visa from an embassy no matter the intended duration of stay or travel purpose.

At present, there is a Puerto Rican visa ban in place for roughly 5 nationalities worldwide.

Discover further information about the different entry types for Puerto Rico below.

Tourist Visa Policy for Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico immigration policy for tourism currently states that visitors from over 230 countries worldwide need a Puerto Rican tourist visa or travel authorization to enjoy a vacation in the territory regardless of the period of intended stay.

If a foreign national is a passport holder of a country included in the US visa waiver program, then they are required to have an approved ESTA for Puerto Rico to visit for tourism .

To obtain this electronic tourist visa waiver, eligible citizens need to fill in an online form with personal and passport information and basic travel details , which can be completed in a matter of minutes. It is also necessary to answer a few questions related to health and security matters before a Puerto Rican ESTA for tourism can be approved.

Foreign nationalities who are not eligible to submit a tourist ESTA application are required to apply for a visa for Puerto Rico for tourism from the nearest US consulate or embassy.

This process should be initiated well in advance of the intended travel dates, as it may take several weeks for a tourist embassy visa to be processed and approved.

Further information about these different types of visa for Puerto Rico can be found below.

ESTA for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico immigration requirements according to US visa law state that citizens of approximately 40 countries worldwide are required to have an approved ESTA to visit the country for short stays.

The ESTA was introduced in 2009 for all nationalities included in the US visa waiver program and it is a travel authorization system that allows those who register multiple entries to Puerto Rico, mainland USA, and all incorporated territories of the United States including the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands during its validity.

Once approved, an ESTA for Puerto Rico allows a stay of 90 days within every 180-day period with each entry to US territory, and it is valid for a total of 2 years from the date of issue.

In order to register for a US visa waiver for Puerto Rico, applicants need only complete an electronic form with some personal data, passport information, and basic travel plans. After answering a few health and security questions, uploading supporting documents, and paying a small processing fee, they can then submit their application online.

A Puerto Rico ESTA is usually processed within a few business days and is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport once approved, removing the need to present additional documents upon arrival at US border control.

Check the nationalities eligible for an ESTA for Puerto Rico in the list below.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Travel visa restrictions for Puerto Rico identify approximately 190 nationalities who need a visa from an embassy or consulate to visit the territory, no matter the intended duration of stay or the purpose of travel.

This is a mandatory requirement for these foreign citizens regardless of whether they require a tourist visa, business visa, student visa, work visa, transit visa, resident visa, or other visa option.

To obtain an embassy visa for Puerto Rico, it is first necessary to make an appointment at the nearest US government diplomatic office and complete a consular visa application form to bring along to the in-person interview alongside varying supporting documents depending on the visa type required.

At the embassy appointment, it will be necessary for the applicant to supply a consular official with these documents as well as to pay a mandatory visa fee before the request can be processed .

As it may take several weeks for a consular visa to be approved, the traveler is advised to initiate the application protocol well in advance of the intended arrival date in Puerto Rico.

Applicants should note that the stay permitted and total validity of a visa for Puerto Rico from an embassy will vary depending on the selected purpose of their visit.

Find a full list of countries that need an embassy visa for Puerto Rico below.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

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  • Wallis and Futuna

Visa Not Required

At present, the visa laws of Puerto Rico and the US identify up to 10 countries and territories whose citizens are not required to have either a visa or travel authorization in order to visit, the majority of which are neighboring jurisdictions.

This includes nationals of Canada , who are also able to obtain authorization to work in Puerto Rico and the US through a simplified procedure under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

British Overseas Territories citizens of Bermuda also do not need a visa for Puerto Rico for stays up to 180 days under most circumstances.

Citizens of other neighboring jurisdiction s, such as the Bahamas, and British Overseas Territories citizens of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, are also permitted visa-free entry to Puerto Rico under certain conditions .

The majority of these citizens are simply required to present a valid passport at border checkpoints to gain entry to Puerto Rico, although in some circumstances additional supporting documents such as a police certificate indicating no criminal record must also be presented.

Discover the full list of visa-exempt nationalities of Puerto Rico below.

Visa Not Required: Country list

  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Marshall Islands
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands

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13 things to know before you head to Puerto Rico

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Nov 30, 2023 • 10 min read

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Don't just dive right in! A little local knowledge can help you on your way to a perfect trip to Puerto Rico © Stephen Frink / Getty Images

With breathtaking oceanfront vistas, lush, breezy mountains, tropical rainforest, some pumping nightlife and one of the coolest food scenes in the Caribbean, a Puerto Rico vacation is all about enjoying the ride.

Learning a few of the island's unspoken social rules will go a long way to helping you enjoy the vibe and understanding what makes Puerto Rico such a memorable spot for your vacation.

So whether you're hiking, surfing, zip-lining, boogie boarding or heading to one of the island's many festivals, here are our top tips on planning, etiquette and health and safety in Puerto Rico.

1. Check the visa rules and passport requirements

While Puerto Rico is its own country, and local laws and customs differ from those of the United States, the island is still a Commonwealth of the USA. This means US citizens don’t require a passport or a visa for entry.

Flights from the US are considered domestic, so you won’t go through customs when you arrive on the island and you won’t need to present a visa or pay a departure tax when you leave.

However, visitors must still pay the local tax of 11.5% on goods and services and you’ll be required to pass through the US Department of Agriculture channel at the airport before you leave, just to make sure you don’t bring fruits or vegetables or open food packets back into the US.

Non-US citizens taking a trip to Puerto Rico may need to apply for a 90-day visa before arrival, but countries that are part of the US Visa Waiver Program won’t need a visa thanks to international agreements. Check out this list to see what countries are part of the program and which have visa requirements.

Person in silhouette looks out through the mouth of a cave to the green valley below

2. Rent a car for long-distance road trips when traveling in Puerto Rico

When planning a trip to Puerto Rico, it's necessary to know that public transportation often falls short. Keep this in mind when planning how long you want to stay.

The bulk of the San Juan metropolitan area – comprising the municipalities of San Juan, Bayamón, and some parts of Carolina – is served by buses run by Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses (AMA), but the routes and pick-up times are unreliable.

A road trip to the beautiful central mountain range, the beaches of the northwest, or the southwestern desert requires a rental car. 

Cars can go up or down in price depending on the season , but you’ll get more out of your trip if you’re driving as you can make all the stops you need to take photographs at the amazing miradores (lookout points) sprinkled along Expressway 22 in the north or Route 66 in the northwest.

Two young women kayaking in a bioluminescent bay, Peurto Rico

3. Don’t expect to see the whole island in one trip

Puerto Rico is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, but don't let that fool you – the geography is anything but small in scale and there are many things you'll want to do while you're there. The island has a surface area of 3515 sq miles, and white, sandy beaches are only one of the natural wonders you’ll experience in Puerto Rico.

Visitors can marvel at bioluminescent bays, caves that are thousands of years old and adorned with Taino hieroglyphics, and a wealth of rivers, canyons, high mountain peaks, and salt flats. 

While a lot of tourist attractions and popular bars are in San Juan, real Puerto Rican culture is often best encountered in places outside of the metropolitan area. It can take up to three hours to get from one side of the island to the other, and there are bound to be some roads that are either closed or temporarily closed for repairs.

Traveling from one end of the island to the other can be a breeze if you use the expressways, or it can be a long rollercoaster ride via the island’s beautiful backroads.

Expect delays due to construction and improvement work along major highways, and be prepared for epic traffic jams during the peak commuter hours, from 6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm.

People sit and drink cocktails at La Factoria, Puerto Rico which has a green and white tiled floor and a bar

4. Pack bathing suits and your Sunday best

As a former Spanish colony, Puerto Rico was left with a legacy of Spanish colonial practices, including widespread Catholicism, also common in other nearby Latin American countries such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic . 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Puerto Ricans tend to be quite conservative when it comes to dress codes and the places where these apply. In Old San Juan – where the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza is located – it’s common to see workers in full suits or long shirts regardless of the tropical heat.

Flip flops are usually reserved for the beach or super-casual situations, such as trips to kiosks and beachside restaurants, or riverside walks. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you show up at the main mall, Plaza las Américas , in your swimsuit.

Some clubs have dress codes too, requiring men and women to wear smart shoes. Pack your bathing suit and flip flops, but also bring some dressy outfits for going out at night and clothes that cover the knees and shoulders if you plan to visit any religious sites. 

5. Buy tickets ahead for tours and attractions

If you’re planning to join a snorkeling trip, go on a catamaran tour, or eat at the 1919 Restaurant in the Vanderbilt Hotel , book your spot ahead of time. Trust us, planning ahead will be a game-changer.

6. Don’t expect everyone to speak English

Regardless of Puerto Rico’s modern political status, Spanish remains the language most widely spoken on the island. While you’ll find plenty of Puerto Ricans who speak near-perfect English, you're most likely to meet these people in the metropolitan area and peripheral cities such as Caguas, Bayamón, Guaynabo, Carolina, and Trujillo Alto.

Even in Old San Juan, where restaurant and tourism industry workers will speak to you in English without a problem, it’s considerate to ask someone if they speak English before continuing. If you're venturing outside of the main tourist zones, brush up on your Spanish, be patient and courteous and you’ll make fast friends with island residents.

Man playing an accordion in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

7. Discuss politics with care   

Conversations about the island's political situation can get heated and emotional – the subject of the islands' status is a controversial one, and Puerto Ricans' views vary widely.

The best approach is to come to these conversations with an open mind and remember that Puerto Rican politics and US politics are incredibly different. There's much to be gained by just listening to Puerto Ricans' stories and hopes for what they want to see the island become in the future.

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8. Be ready to sample the full range of Puerto Rican cuisine

Don’t let the tasty street snacks – pernil (roast pork), alcapurrias (stuffed, fried fritters), and bacalaitos (codfish fritters) – steal all your attention. While these traditional and delicious foods are prevalent, Puerto Rican cuisine is vast and complicated, with influences that range from West Africa to Spain and Asia.

You’ll find vegetarian-friendly restaurants such as vegan cafe El Grifo in Caguas and 100% HP in San Juan. Then there's the fine dining experience at the internationally renowned 1919 Restaurant inside the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado or the French restaurant Trois Cent Onze .

Puerto Rico has a host of extraordinarily talented home-grown chefs and wonderful influences from other countries, such as the island's ubiquitous Puerto Rican-Chinese restaurants, which are typically family-run and cozy. Come for the mofongo (mashed fried plantains) and pernil , but stay for the surprising breadth of culinary experiences that await in Puerto Rico.

Woman jumping in the air at the shoreline of a beach in Puerto Rico

9. Be ready for the real “island time”

It’s tempting to think of Puerto Rico as a laid-back escape where the majority of the time is spent going to the beach or hanging around in the sun. The reality is that the island is centered on a busy, metropolitan city, with people rushing to work early in the morning, and traffic jams at the end of long workdays.

If you need to do any errands, plan ahead, because government offices, fast food restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets will almost always have long lines. Making a scene or looking exasperated because the cashier took a little bit more time than usual will most likely earn you some dirty looks. 

You’re on vacation; enjoy the slower pace and go with the flow. You’ll soon learn the art of Puerto Rican small talk and taking a breather while you wait.

A family runs out of the sea at the wild Caracas Beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico

10. Be aware of the hurricane season

Hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from June 1 to November 30, and while Puerto Rico isn’t typically hit by hurricanes, when they do hit, they can be devastating. When booking hotels and plane tickets during hurricane season, always check with your airline about their natural disaster policies.

If you get stuck in Puerto Rico during a hurricane, your hotel will likely have an emergency plan. Tourists are well taken care of on the island, so ask your lodging about contingency measures before you go.

This is not to say you can’t travel during the hurricane season – indeed, June to November is one of the most wonderful seasons on the island. Just keep an eye on the news and monitor your favorite weather app for warnings of approaching storms.

Colourful buildings by the sea in San Juan, Puerto Rico

11. Exercise caution on Puerto Rico's beaches 

Beaches in Puerto Rico are beautiful, with crisp white sand and crystal clear waters for all to enjoy. However, there are usually no lifeguards on duty, and if you’re staying on the Atlantic coast in the north, the ocean tends to be choppier compared to the mild waves of the Caribbean in the south. 

You can usually spot rip currents and whirlpools by the appearance of the surface of the water, which will look different from the water where waves are moving towards the beach. 

Don’t panic if you do get caught in one – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends conserving your energy and swimming parallel to the shore until you get out of the current. While rip currents can be deadly, they rarely pull people under the water, just away from the shore.

Exercise caution when swimming with children and if you see a patch of water or a beach that’s completely empty, that’s usually for a reason. This could be jellyfish, spiky sea urchins, or strong undercurrents. 

When visiting the beach, don’t bring flashy jewelry, expensive cameras, or leave purses out in the open, as pickpockets can be an issue on high-traffic tourist beaches such as Ocean Park and Isla Verde.

Blurred people walk past the exterior of Patio de las Flores cocktail bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico

12. Exercise the same caution you would use in a big city back home

Puerto Rico is generally safe for travelers but keep an eye out for risks such as dark, empty streets in Old San Juan and other San Juan neighborhoods . In particular, exercise caution when venturing out to clubs in Santurce – this is a high-crime area at night.

Some beaches in urban areas aren’t safe to hang out at night either. There’s no police presence and these beaches tend to be hidden behind hotels and residences with little to no lighting, providing an excellent opportunity for petty crime.

Research the area where you’re staying and try to speak to someone who already lives there or has visited to gauge safety levels.

Back view of a woman sat in a chair on the beach, in the shade, with a sun hat on

13. Don’t skimp on sunblock and bug spray

Caribbean sunlight can hit hard if you’re not used to it. The islands are close to the equator and get hit directly by the sun, with noon to 4pm being the most punishing hours of the day. Don’t skimp on sunblock – aim for SPF50 or higher – and you'll avoid nasty burns.

Any local will tell you that bugs – especially mosquitoes – are a nuisance on summer nights. In the worst cases, they can also carry tropical diseases such as dengue fever, Zika, and chikungunya.

Your best protection against bugs is to wear a lot of DEET-based bug spray, especially in areas close to bodies of sitting water, such as mangroves, lagoons and lakes. 

This article was first published May 2022 and updated November 2023

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Do You Need A Passport To Go To Puerto Rico? - And Other FAQ's

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Considered the world's oldest colony, Puerto Rico is a hot destination flooding with US travelers year-round. Why? Well, not only is this Caribbean destination an exotic outing, but its entry requirements for US nationals are almost non-existing.

Simply put, a trip to Puerto Rico as an American citizen is as easy as visiting your neighbors next door - yes, it's true.

So, without wasting your time any further, you do not need a passport when traveling to Puerto Rico.

In this post, we'll look at the exact entry requirements for Puerto Rico when traveling as a US citizen.

Let's get started:

Do You Need A Passport To Go To Puerto Rico?

First, let's dive into the old "Do I need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?" question. The passport requirement typically depends on the country you're traveling from. To better understand this, let's break it down:

Do You Need A Passport To Go To Puerto Rico From The USA?

Do you need a passport to go to puerto rico as a us green card holder, do foreigners need a passport to go to puerto rico, do i need a passport if i enjoy visa-free travel to the united states.

No. American citizens (US nationals) don't need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. However, when traveling to Puerto Rico, you can present any valid ID document as you would when flying domestically (within the US).

No. US Green Card Holders do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico even if their country of origin requires a visa to enter the country. However, if you're a US Green Card Holder, the US Customs and Border Protection recommends you present your valid resident's permit/card/immigration papers (such as government-issued photo ID) when traveling.

Just like United States citizens, use the document you usually would when boarding a local flight.

Generally speaking, yes. Suppose you're traveling from a foreign country (non-US citizens) for international travel. In that case, you'll need to meet the same visa and passport requirements that apply when traveling to the mainland United States.

Yes. Currently, 40 countries enjoy visa-free travel to the US under the US Visa Waiver Program . However, citizens from these countries must present a valid passport when entering the US or Puerto Rico.

To enjoy visa-free travel to the US, there are certain passport requirements you need to meet. These requirements include a machine-readable zone on the biographic page. Furthermore, your passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing your biometric information.

Do Foreigners Need A Visa To Travel To Puerto Rico?

It all depends on which country you travel from. The Puerto Rico immigration policy for tourism states that nationals from over 230 countries worldwide need a Puerto Rican tourist visa or travel authorization to enjoy a vacation in the territory regardless of the period of intended stay.

If you hold a passport of a country included in the US visa waiver program, then you're required to have an approved ESTA for Puerto Rico to visit for tourism.

Do Minors Need A Passport When Traveling To Puerto Rico?

No. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), minors (under 18) do not require a passport when traveling domestically. In addition, considering the fact that Puerto Rico is classified as a US territory, minors won't need to provide any identification documents when traveling.

I should mention that this is only applicable when the minor is traveling with a companion (an adult). In the case of minors traveling with a companion, the companion will need to provide a valid ID such as a driver's license or passport ID.

Unfortunately, the TSA does not specify the requirements for minors traveling alone. Therefore, it's best to contact the airline before traveling to Puerto Rico regarding ID requirements (you may need to submit other documents such as a birth certificate).

What Documents Can I Present When Traveling To Puerto Rico?

In order to go to Puerto Rico, you'll need to board a flight from the US mainland to a Puerto Rico airport. With that said, you must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint to travel. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) , you can present the following:

Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)

US passport

US passport card

DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

US Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents

Permanent resident card

Border crossing card

State-issued Enhanced Driver's License

An acceptable photo ID issued by a federally recognized Tribal Nation/Indian Tribe

HSPD-12 PIV card

Foreign government-issued passport

Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card

Transportation worker identification credential

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)

How Will The REAL ID Act Impact Passport Requirements In Puerto Rico?

For those who are not aware, starting May 3, 2023, all US citizens will need to present a valid REAL ID when boarding local flights within the US. This may impact whether or not you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico.

Within this time, if you can't present an identification document that meets the REAL ID standards, you won't be able to board any domestic flights without presenting a passport.

In short, this means you will need a passport when traveling to Puerto Rico as a US citizen.

I'll briefly discuss a few things you need to know:

When Do I Need To Get A REAL ID?

How do i know my document is real id compliant, what alternative documents can i present.

Starting as soon as May 3, 2023, you will be able to apply for a driver's license or ID that is REAL ID compliance. When applying, you'll need to present a set of required documents to your local licensing agency. Afterward, your new ID/driver's license will be processed, which can be used to board domestic flights.

Once you receive your new REAL ID driver's license or ID, you'll find one of the following markings on the upper top portion of your card:

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Here are a few examples of what this would look like:

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Suppose you don't have an ID document that is REAL ID compliant. In that case, you can submit one of the following documents before boarding a flight to Puerto Rico:

A Passport Card

A state-issued Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)

Where Can I Go Without A Passport?

Excluding Puerto Rico, there are other destinations US citizens can travel to without having their passport. You can check our dedicated guides to help you determine if you need a passport when traveling abroad.

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What Are The Top Sights In Puerto Rico?

Now that we have all the logistics out of the way, let's talk about where to go in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is full of amazing sights and destinations. Let's take a look at some of them.

El Yunque Natural Rainforest

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The Santurce area, near the Condado neighborhood and roughly 20 minutes from Old San Juan, is home to the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, among many other galleries and neighborhood stores. With numerous buildings sporting murals and galleries featuring the work of regional artists, the area has developed into a center for the arts and culture.Santurce places a high value on food. At gastronomy parks like Lote 23, you may find upscale meals and tiny pop-up eateries. In one energetic stop, there is tradition, live music, culture, and genuine regional cuisine at La Placita de Santurce (Santurce Marketplace). Farmers offer fresh goods such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, and regional specialties throughout the day in a block party-style setting that takes place on weekends.

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The only tropical rainforest included in the U.S. National Forest System is El Yunque, situated on the island's east coast. The 28,000 acres of the forest, which is home to more than 240 different tree species, rare birds, local animals like the coqu frog, and stunning landscape, include 25 waterfalls, many rivers, and prehistoric petroglyphs of Tano deities.

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You can either drive through El Yunque on your own or join a guided tour to get to the most well-known places; it's only a one-hour journey from San Juan. Choose between hiking, ziplining, or horseback riding, then fall in love with the breathtaking view of the area's verdant valleys from the top of the forest.

These magnificent underground caves, which the Camuy River carved out more than a million years ago, are now located in this amazing 268-acre park. Only seven miles (11 km) of the park's network of limestone caves have been fully explored, making it one of the largest underground formations in the Western Hemisphere. The immaculate trails softly descend 200 feet to the cathedral-like tunnels across a ravine covered with ferns.

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One of the world's largest cave networks is located in the park. There have been 16 entrances discovered, and 11 kilometers (7 miles) of corridors have been investigated. Tours are available, visitors are guided through one cave and two sinkholes, and there are fine examples of stalactites, stalagmites, and plenty of bats. In addition, the park has picnic areas, walking trails, food facilities, an exhibition hall, and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect place to spend a day.

Old San Juan, which has a history spanning 500 years, is unquestionably one of Puerto Rico's most famous and revered locations. Explore the cobblestone streets to take in the distinctive architecture and vibrant neighborhoods. The ancient city has entertaining little stores, buzzing restaurants, and boisterous taverns.You may get about the most significant landmarks, including El Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Cuartel de Ballajá, and La Fortaleza, using free golf carts called Garita Carts. Additionally, you may go on guided excursions to discover more about the many 500-year-old structures, the regional cuisine, and even the birthplace of the famous pia colada, one of the most well-known beverages in the world.

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To read more about the top sights in Puerto Rico , there are thousands of blogs on google covering each and every beautiful destination in Puerto Rico.

So, Do You Need A Passport To Go To Puerto Rico?

It goes without saying that Puerto Rico is a gem for US travelers looking for a quick break and an inviting atmosphere on a Caribbean island (I highly recommend old San Juan). After reading this post, you'll have all the answers to your "do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico" question (in most cases, you don't). Nonetheless, be sure to check the FAQ section for more passport related questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, as long as you have a valid driver's license that is not close to its expiry date, you can fly to Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Visa Requirements for Non-US Citizens

If you’re planning to visit Puerto Rico, you may be wondering about the visa requirements for non-US citizens. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico has its own visa requirements, which may differ from those of the mainland United States. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the different types of visas available for non-US citizens, the eligibility criteria, required documents, and the application process.

Types of Visas for Non-US Citizens

Non-US citizens who wish to enter Puerto Rico must obtain a valid visa. The type of visa you need will depend on the purpose of your visit. Currently, Puerto Rico issues the following types of visas:

  • B-1 Business Visitor Visa: This visa is for non-US citizens who are traveling to Puerto Rico for business purposes, such as attending meetings or conferences, negotiating contracts, or conducting research.
  • B-2 Tourist Visa: This visa is for non-US citizens who are traveling to Puerto Rico for leisure, such as vacation or visiting friends and family.
  • F Student Visa: This visa is for non-US citizens who are traveling to Puerto Rico to attend a school or university as a full-time student.
  • J Exchange Visitor Visa: This visa is for non-US citizens who are participating in a cultural exchange program, such as studying abroad or pursuing an internship or training program.

It’s important to note that Puerto Rico does not issue work visas to non-US citizens. If you’re planning to work in Puerto Rico, you’ll need to obtain a work visa from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Eligibility Criteria for Puerto Rico Visas

To be eligible for a Puerto Rico visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a valid passport from your home country.
  • You must be in good health and not pose a threat to public health in Puerto Rico.
  • You must have the financial means to support yourself during your stay in Puerto Rico.
  • You must have a valid reason for entering Puerto Rico and not intend to overstay your visa.

Additionally, you must not have a criminal record or pose a threat to national security.

Required Documents for Puerto Rico Visas

When applying for a Puerto Rico visa, you’ll need to provide the following documents:

  • A completed visa application form.
  • A valid passport from your home country that is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Puerto Rico.
  • Proof of financial means, such as bank statements or proof of employment, to show that you can support yourself during your stay.
  • A letter of invitation or other documentation to support the purpose of your visit.
  • A photograph that meets the requirements of the visa application.

If you’re applying for a student or exchange visitor visa, you’ll also need to provide additional documentation, such as your acceptance letter from the school or program sponsor.

Application Process for Puerto Rico Visas

The application process for a Puerto Rico visa is similar to that of a U.S. visa. Once you’ve determined the type of visa you need, you’ll need to complete the visa application form and gather the required documents. You’ll then need to schedule an appointment at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.

At your appointment, you’ll be required to pay the visa application fee and provide your biometric information, such as fingerprints and a photograph. You may also be required to attend an interview with a consular officer, who will ask you questions about the purpose of your visit and your eligibility for the visa.

Once your application is approved, you’ll receive your visa, which will allow you to enter Puerto Rico for the specified purpose and duration of your stay.

If you’re a non-US citizen planning to visit Puerto Rico, it’s important to understand the visa requirements and application process. By following the guidelines outlined in this article, you can ensure that you have all the necessary documents and information to obtain a visa and enjoy your visit to Puerto Rico. Whether you’re traveling for business, leisure, or education, a Puerto Rico visa can provide you with the opportunity to experience the beautiful island and its rich culture.

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Puerto Rico Visa

Puerto Rico Visa

A Puerto Rico visa is now available as an electronic travel permit that nationals of 40 different countries need to obtain before arriving in Puerto Rico.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) covers the purposes of tourism, business, and transit. The ESTA holder can use the travel authorization for numerous entries to Puerto Rico as well as any of the US states. The Puerto Rico visa stays effective for 2 years from the date of issue, and every non-immigrant visit can be as long as 90 days.

The government of the US introduced the ESTA in 2009 to attract more visitors to the country. Since that time, eligible travelers no longer need to visit the nearest embassy and obtain a US visa for short-term purposes.

The ESTA application process takes a couple of minutes and involves filling out a short online form with some essential details, covering the processing fee of 79 Euro, and receiving the approved document directly into the email address within a few days. Most often, it takes only several hours to process the application.

Who needs to obtain a Puerto Rico visa?

Puerto Rico and its entry requirements may not be so clear as it is an unincorporated territory belonging to the US. Although it is not a formal US state, Puerto Rico is a part of the USA and has the same visa policy as the USA.

That is why most non-US citizens must apply for a Puerto Rico nonimmigrant visa or obtain ESTA prior to planned travel. There are only a few nationalities exempted from Puerto Rico visa requirements, including Canada and Bermuda.

A Puerto Rico visa is, therefore, a mandatory document for all travelers coming from the countries that joined the US Visa Waiver Program. All of them need to apply for ESTA if they plan a short-term stay in Puerto Rico.

Countries eligible for ESTA

Nationals of all the countries that participate in the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can obtain US ESTA online. The full list of eligible countries includes:

  • Czech Republic
  • Korea, South
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Should your country is not mentioned on the above list, it means that you cannot apply for ESTA online, and you must contact the nearest embassy to obtain a Puerto Rico visa.

Puerto Rico visa online application

Applicants eligible for ESTA need to follow a few very intuitive steps, including:

  • Fill out the online form: enter your personal and passport data, contact details, as well as travel information.
  • Cover the service fee: use one of the secure means of online payment and pay the fee of 79 Euro.
  • Go to your email inbox: refresh your email address and check for the confirmation message containing the application number (this number is necessary to check the status of your application).

Note: Make sure to double-check the information provided in the online form. This way, you will avoid the need to correct your application form and maximize the chances for immediate Puerto Rico visa approval.

Puerto Rico visa requirements

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization is used both in the US as well as in Puerto Rico. Therefore, all nationals of the countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program should remember to obtain ESTA before the planned entry to Puerto Rico or any other US state.

There is only one simple requirement for ESTA when it comes to necessary documents, i.e., a valid passport. The passport must remain valid for the min. of 6 months beyond the date of intended arrival in the States or Puerto Rico.

Important: The passport is automatically linked with the approved electronic visa, so in the case of its loss, expiration, or data’s changes, the Puerto Rico electronic travel authorization expires too.

Apart from the valid passport, in order to successfully complete the online application, make also sure that you have access to the following:

  • an active and frequently used email address
  • a tablet/PC/smartphone/laptop with a stable Internet connection
  • a valid method of online payment

Do you need a passport to enter Puerto Rico?

The passport is a mandatory document for all non-US citizens planning to enter Puerto Rico. Moroever, it should be the very same passport that was used in the online ESTA application.

Make sure that your passport remains valid for the entire duration of your planned visit to Puerto Rico.

If you are a national of the USA, you do not need to present a passport to enter Puerto Rico. Nevertheless, every American citizen should possess a national ID to board a connecting flight from the US to the island.

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Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S. and is located in the Caribbean. It is an amazing travel destination, for the uninitiated, and deserves a spot in your travel bucket list. Old San Juan is the best place for you to shop at and to get to know about the past of Puerto Rico while El Yunque National Forest has its collection of rare birds and animals, apart from giving you the chance to hike to your heart's content. Bahia Bioluminiscente looks every better than it does in pictures and it also is home to a rainforest. Castillo San Felipe Del Morro was built by the Spanish in the 16th century and is essentially a citadel whereas Castillo San Cristobal is one of the largest forts in the world. If you get tired of sightseeing and want to witness Puerto Rico's nightlife, head to Condado, located right next to the ocean. Citizens of the U.S.A. do not need a visa to travel to Puerto and if you are not a citizen of one of the visa-exempt countries, you will have to contact your nearest U.S. embassy.

Puerto Rico Visa Types

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Tourist Visa

If you are someone who is planning to go to Puerto Rico as a tourist, you will require a tourist visa. You need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 90 days before you leave for the country.

Business Visa

People going to Puerto Rico for representing their company, attending a business meeting or some other business purpose, you will require a business visa. Getting a business visa for Puerto Rico is not as difficult as it is for some other nations and there would not be any major hassles involved.

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  • 2 completed application forms.
  • A passport valid for travel to Puerto Rico, with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay.
  • 1 photograph (1in x 1.5in).
  • Evidence of sufficient funds.

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Puerto Rico Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit Puerto Rico in 2024

Welcome to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean, is a tropical haven with many kilometers of white sand beaches, clear waterways, and verdant jungles. You should discover its scenic beauty and cultural richness on your upcoming vacation. Here is the best Puerto Rico travel guide to help you plan a trip there!

Document checklist for Puerto Rico

  • Return airline ticket
  • Valid passport
  • Health Declaration
  • Sufficient funds

Essential Puerto Rico travel information

Currency  – The US dollar (USD) is the island’s currency.

Daily budget for 1 person  – USD 174.

Languages  – Puerto Ricans speak English and Spanish.

Socket type  – There are two plug kinds, designated as types A and B, for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico uses a 120V supply voltage and 60Hz for operation.

Time zone  – Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-04:00).

Top 3 cities to visit  – Carolina, Ponce, and San Juan.

The top 3 landmarks/monuments  are San Juan Old Town, Forts, and Yunque National Park.

Typical costs and budget for Puerto Rico

Daily spending per person  – The daily budget for one individual might be around USD 174.

Meals  – USD 31.

Transport  – Local transportation is USD 14.

Hotel  – A room costs around USD 111 for a single individual and USD 222 for a pair.

A weeklong trip to Puerto Rico typically costs USD 1,219 for one person. As a result, a weeklong trip for two people to Puerto Rico costs about USD 2,438.

Puerto Rico’s modes of transportation 

You may get about Puerto Rico in various ways depending on where you are. Taxis, buses, ferries, trains, and Uber are examples of public transit alternatives.

Safety in Puerto Rico

It is safe to travel across Puerto Rico. However, to be safe, you must take some measures, such as protecting your possessions by keeping them close by and never losing sight of them. Natural catastrophes are also a significant issue in the nation. Some travel advice:

  • For your vacation, purchase international travel insurance.
  • Plan your vacation to Puerto Rico carefully so that everything is well-organized.
  • To feel more at home, learn some simple Spanish or English words.

Weather in Puerto Rico

The ideal season to travel to Puerto Rico is from April to June since it is a time of tropical weather, following the winter season and before the rainy summer. The travel season in the spring is favorable. At the end of the island’s hurricane and rainy seasons, we advise going between August and November if money is limited.

Famous cities and towns in Puerto Rico

San Juan  serves as Puerto Rico’s capital. San Juan has many excellent restaurants, historic buildings, chic stores, and clubs to make for an exciting evening. You may also stroll around Old San Juan, one of the most amazing areas with historic and gorgeous architecture.

Ponce  is a city on Puerto Rico’s southern coast. Ponce is home to one of Puerto Rico’s significant monuments and a lovely historic district. The local food is also hip, and the stunning ancient town’s architecture will narrate fantastic tales.

Carolina , the fourth-most populous city in Puerto Rico, is home to Isla Verde, a region with various hotels, eateries, and pubs where you can have a good time.

Must do and see in Puerto Rico

Discover the magnificent beaches – Puerto Rico is home to several breathtaking beaches.

Visit San Juan Old Town – San Juan Old Town offers many activities. For example, you may go hiking or take a horse-drawn carriage ride in addition to shopping for items made by regional artists.

Visit Culebra Island:  Culebra is a small island near Puerto Rico. Its scenery varies from cliffs and lush woods to extensive expanses of golden sand beaches. Many minor towns exist, including Sainte Marie and Salinas.

Typical Puerto Rican food to try

White rice, beans, olives, capers, tomato sauce, spice, and sofrito make up the majority of restaurants’ offerings of  arroz con gandules.  Pork is occasionally included when cooking cilantro, onion, peppers, and tomatoes to give the sofrito additional flavor.

Tostones:  In Puerto Rican cuisine, bananas are a common ingredient. Because of this, they are utilized to make tostones, which are fried, unripe green bananas. You should try them when you visit the island; they are a delectable salty snack.

During the Christmas season,  coquito , a beverage made from coconut milk, is highly popular. Rum, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, sweetened condensed milk, coconut cream, and evaporated milk are all ingredients in Coquito.

Vaccine information for Puerto Rico

Check the CDC website to learn more about the Covid vaccine and other vaccinations needed to enter Puerto Rico.

Fun facts about Puerto Rico

  • San Juan was the birthplace of the Pia Colada.
  • The quantity of gold Spanish colonists discovered on the island led to the adoption of the name “Puerto Rico.”
  • Although Spanish is the most generally spoken language on the island, Spanish and English are official languages.

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From the date of issuance, the Puerto Rico visa is suitable for 90 days.

The bearer of a visa with a single entrance restriction can only enter and exit Puerto Rico once; however, a visa with multiple entry restrictions may permit many entries and exits.

The actual passport will be stamped with the visa by the embassy. The passport must thus include two blank pages. Additionally, the validity of your passport should extend at least six months after the desired stay.

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A beginner's guide to visiting Puerto Rico: Everything you need to eat, see and do

Victoria M. Walker

Puerto Rico is beloved by travelers around the world, and for good reason.

From bioluminescent bays, pristine Caribbean beaches and lush forests to historic streetscapes, a vibrant local food scene and fascinating cultural attractions, each region of Puerto Rico offers visitors a distinct experience.

And there's simply never a bad time to visit. Better yet, you can often find cheap nonstop flights to both San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) and Aguadilla's Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) on the stunning northwest coast. If you're traveling from the U.S., you don't even need a passport or have to change your money.

It's a perfect tropical weekend getaway from the Eastern Seaboard; you can board an early morning flight and enjoy lunch and a pina colada with your toes in the sand.

In short: Paradise awaits.

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Where to eat and drink in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a wonderful destination for foodies. Along the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, you'll find gourmet cuisine served in elegant, historic townhomes rubbing shoulders with atmospheric hole-in-the-walls that serve traditional fare.

Following Hurricane Maria, restaurants became ever keener to support local agriculture and celebrate food that is grown entirely on the island. The result is farm-fresh, hyper-seasonal cuisine infused with Creole, Taino and Spanish influences.

The much-loved national dish is mofongo — deep-fried mashed plantains served with a side of seafood or meat and chicken broth soup. Among the best places to try it are Santaella in San Juan and Mi Casita in Pinones.

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Lechon — a whole pig roasted over a fire for at least four hours — is another hearty mainstay of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine. Around an hour's drive south of San Juan, dozens of lechoneras dot the famed Ruta de Lechon, or "Pork Highway," where trays of succulent, tender pork are served at communal tables, usually accompanied by copious cold beer and live music.

If you want to graze on authentic local delicacies beachside, head for Luquillo (near El Yunque National Forest), where more than 60 kiosks ranging from rustic beach bars to full-service restaurants serve authentic Creole cooking as well as Latin American signature cuisine.

A colorful pit spot while exploring San Juan's trendy Santurce district, Alcapurria Quema is a no-frills Santurce locale that's one of the best places to try Puerto Rico's ubiquitous local snack, alcapurrias: deep-fried fritters made from plantains (or grated yucca) stuffed with flavorful beef, pork or fish.

Fine dining in Puerto Rico

If you want to splurge, San Juan has plenty of upscale dining venues.

Located inside the elegant Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, 1919 is widely hailed as the best fine dining restaurant in Puerto Rico. Helmed by Juan José Cuevas, who worked at the Michelin-starred Blue Hill in New York, menu highlights include scallops with organic mushrooms, kale and sunchoke, as well as robalo (snook) with pistachio, local white beans and dill. For an unforgettable dining experience, opt for the chef's menu ($199) accompanied by sommelier-selected wine pairings. Make a reservation, dress the part and enjoy every moment. It's one of the island's most expensive restaurants, but worth it.

Vianda 's stylish midcentury modern-style bar and sleek, moody dining room draw well-dressed locals with its innovative mixology and farm-to-table cuisine. Vianda means "root vegetable," and the small, seasonal menu riffs on Puerto Rico's rich culinary heritage while showcasing the island's incredible bounty of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs. Start the evening with a Corazon de Melon ($15) cocktail, made with tequila, watermelon, cucumber, mint and rosemary, followed by a signature entree such as the Mar y Tierra, a rich medley of cod loin, crispy pork belly, mussels, sofrito butter and white beans ($44).

Most epicureans will have heard of Marmalade , the internationally renowned restaurant credited with putting Puerto Rico on the foodie map. It remains one of the best gourmet dining experiences on the island. Iowa native chef Peter Schintler deftly blends indigenous and international ingredients to produce a truly memorable five-course prix fixe menu ($135 per person). It changes frequently, but menu classics include local organic rabbit with black olive garganelli and grilled ahi tuna with peanut-miso broth.

Chef José Santaella 's namesake restaurant is a lively, fun place to dine on nouvelle Puerto Rican cuisine with family and friends. The edgy industrial decor (it used to be a hardware store) contrasts with the menu's vibrant "tropical creole" gastronomy. Arrive early for cocktail hour and try a Lady Bullet (Woodford Reserve bourbon, fig marmalade, lavender syrup, orange bitters and lime juice; $16) and stay for the duration, grazing on delectable small plates, including wagyu sliders ($26), grilled Spanish octopus ($32) and escargot ($18).

What to see and do in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a ton of sightseeing you'll want to add to your itinerary, too.

El Yunque National Forest is just 45 minutes from San Juan and is the only tropical rainforest on U.S. soil. It's famous for its incredible hiking, an abundance of waterfalls and endemic wildlife.

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There are just five bioluminescent bays in the world, and Puerto Rico is home to three: Bahia Mosquito, Laguna Grande and La Parguera. To access Puerto Rico's bio bays via kayak or paddleboard, you'll need to paddle through dark mangrove channels — signing up with a tour operator is definitely the way to go. Most companies operate two tours each night, at sunset and 9 p.m.

The protected wildlife reserve of Bahia Mosquito is located on Vieques, an island municipality a short flight from San Juan. Famed for its picture-perfect crescents of sand, boutique hotels and crystalline waters, Vieques is the quintessential Caribbean idyll. Boasting the highest concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates (plankton that make the water sparkle with just the touch of a hand), Mosquito Bay is the brightest of the world's five bio bays.

For travelers with limited time, Laguna Grande is the most accessible bio bay in Puerto Rico, less than an hour's drive from San Juan on the northeast coast. What sets Laguna Grande apart is that the bay is actually a lagoon nestled within an area of spectacular natural beauty.

Puerto Rico is replete with gorgeous, sandy beaches. Near Luquillo, La Pared is an often deserted stretch of almost golden sand. The beach town of Naguabo, in the southeast corner of the island, is also incredibly quiet, and palm trees frame the soft, sandy beach and turquoise water.

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Ponce is Puerto Rico's second-largest city. Located on the island's southern coast, it's chock-full of history. Be sure to check out Plaza Las Delicias, which has a cathedral as well as an old firehouse (Parque de Bombas) that's now a museum.

Museo de la Musica Puertoriquena has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. Here, you'll find traces of Taino, Spanish and African influences. You'll also learn about Puerto Rico's musical history, which you can now hear throughout other parts of the Caribbean, the mainland and around the world.

Where to stay in Puerto Rico

Hyatt regency grand reserve puerto rico.

Fresh from a multimillion-dollar face-lift, this 579-key beach resort reopened in 2019 as the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve.

Rooms (starting at 520 square feet), suites and villas are contemporary and inviting, with simple wooden furnishings, marble floors, a white-on-white color palette and furnished terraces and patios. Bathrooms feature rainfall showers with separate tubs and Pharmacopia toiletries.

Beyond the hotel's natural assets — a beautiful white-sand beach and 72 acres of flamboyant tropical vegetation — amenities include a lagoon-style pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a luxurious spa, two Tom Kite-designed 18-hole championship golf courses and several upscale restaurants serving everything from Pacific Rim cuisine and sushi at Nori Asian to prime cuts of beef and seafood at Prime 787, a contemporary American steakhouse.

The hotel can arrange a number of activities nearby, including horseback riding, an all-terrain-vehicle excursion at nearby Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park and hikes through El Yunque National Forest.

Rates at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve start at $300 or 12,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

The rambling 255-key Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort is the only Hilton hotel outside of the San Juan area.

While rooms are rather spartan and generic, they have an inviting beachy vibe with a green-and-white color palette, light wood furnishings, tiled floors and balconies with ocean views (in most rooms). Comfort-enhancing modern touches include coffee makers, minifridges and flat-screen televisions.

At this amenity-rich, family-friendly resort, there's plenty to keep adults and children entertained, including two expansive pools, a 27-hole championship golf course, a miniature golf course, tennis courts, a playground and a splash park. It's also home to one of the largest casinos in Puerto Rico and four restaurants: El Bohio, La Cava, La Terraza and Sancho's Sushi Bar.

While it isn't the splashiest Hilton property in Puerto Rico, it's a great base for exploring Puerto Rico's southwest coast.

Rates at the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort start at $230 or 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

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Located between El Yunque National Forest and Espiritu Santo River State Preserve, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort places guests within striking distance of two of Puerto Rico's top attractions.

Designed by Puerto Rican fashion designer Nono Maldonado, the spacious (and completely refurbished) accommodations channel a breezy Caribbean aesthetic with a serene white-and-cream color palette, abstract artworks and sleek, modern furnishings.

However, it's the luxe details and exquisite service that really set this property apart. There's the cozy pillow-top bed dressed with a cashmere throw, the marble spa-style bathroom with a centerpiece deep soaking tub that's stocked with luxe Frette bathrobes, and, of course, the St. Regis' private butler service.

A surfeit of amenities include a beautifully landscaped swimming pool, a lavish spa, a Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course and three acclaimed restaurants.

Rates at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort start at $695 or 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Puerto Rico's most exclusive resort, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve , combines unbridled luxury and impeccable attention to detail with a sustainable ethos. Built by the Rockefeller family in the 1950s, it remains a magnet for tycoons, celebrities and, these days, cryptocurrency investors.

Nestled on a glorious 2-mile beach amid a riot of mature tropical vegetation, beautifully appointed rooms and suites are equipped with every creature comfort imaginable and assigned their own private butler. Standard rooms are huge (they start at 1,000 square feet), while deluxe suites also feature private plunge pools.

The resort's amenities are, as you'd expect, exceptional. There are two gorgeous pools fronted by swaying palms, three Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf courses and one of Puerto Rico's finest restaurants: Coa, a culinary homage to the region's Taino roots. A roster of family-friendly activities includes the signature Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program.

Rates at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve start at $1,995 or 170,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Related: Puerto Rican renaissance: A review of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Getting there.

If you're interested in visiting Puerto Rico, flights are plentiful. There are more than 120 nonstop flights between the island and major mainland U.S. cities, according to Discover Puerto Rico . That means you can fly nonstop between the island and cities like New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago. Most of the nonstop routes are to San Juan.

While the cheapest available flights to Puerto Rico typically range from $300 to $600, you can pick up deals with both legacy carriers as well as low-cost carriers such as Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines .

Of course, a cheap deal isn't the only way to get to the island.

You can easily use points and miles to get you from major cities to Puerto Rico. American Airlines , for example, offers off-peak MileSAAver awards from 17,000 miles one-way in economy or 59,000 in business class.

With United Airlines , expect to spend between 20,000 and 65,000 miles for a one-way ticket from cities like Newark and Chicago.

But perhaps the best way to use points to visit Puerto Rico is through JetBlue .

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On JetBlue, you have several destinations beyond San Juan to consider. For instance, you could fly round-trip from New York to Aguadilla for just $274 or 23,000 TrueBlue points in August this year, or to Ponce for $386 or 31,000 TrueBlue points round-trip.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio, but this might not be the best use of your Chase points .

JetBlue is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards as well, but TPG doesn't recommend transferring Amex points to JetBlue because of the limited value you'll get. Additionally, points transfer at a weak 250:200 transfer ratio.

You can also transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards to JetBlue, though the transfer ratio isn't great — either 1:0.8 or 1:0.5, depending on which Citi card you have.

Do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?

Nope! Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory, so you don't need a passport or a visa to visit if you're a U.S. citizen. Just bring your state ID and you'll be good to go.

Getting around

Ride-hailing Uber is the only ride-hailing app that made its way to Puerto Rico and survived the pandemic. The mobile app is equally as effective as it is on the mainland and is very popular with locals for its competitive rates (compared to local taxis), efficiency and reliability.

Taxis Within San Juan, taxis are frequent, reliable and comfortable; look for white cabs labeled Taxi Turistico. Designated taxi stands are located at key tourist points in San Juan (including cruise ship piers, major hotels, Plaza de Armas and Plaza Colon). Taxis operate a fixed-rate system according to specified zones, but they can be pricey. Once you leave the metro area, it becomes increasingly expensive to travel between towns.

If you plan to stay in neighborhoods like Old San Juan, you probably won't need a car, Uber or taxi since the area is pretty walkable.

If you're a public transportation geek like me, make sure the Tren Urbano is on your radar. It's an 11-mile rapid transit system that serves San Juan, Guaynabo and Bayamon. The trip between Bayamon and San Juan is just 30 minutes, and the one-line train system has 16 stops; it passes through the University of Puerto Rico as well as the Santa Rosa shopping mall. It's very affordable, too: A regular fare is just $1.50 and if you're between the ages of 60 and 74, just 75 cents. Better yet, if you're 6 years of age or younger, or 75 or older, it's free.

Renting a car in Puerto Rico is pretty straightforward with all the major rental companies to consider, including Avis, Enterprise and Hertz, each of which is located at the airport.

The best times to visit Puerto Rico

The majority of hurricanes in Puerto Rico typically occur between August and October, while hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, according to the U.S. National Weather Service . Notably, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017.

Many people I spoke with on the island said, "Summertime is all the time" in Puerto Rico, with temperatures hovering in the 80s daily. If you're trying to avoid the infamous daily Caribbean rains, you'll want to plan to visit between January and March, as precipitation is low .

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If you want to avoid the hordes of people traveling during spring break but still want to visit before hurricane season kicks in, the spring is the best time to score flight and hotel deals. As an added bonus, you'll have the beach all to yourself.

Bottom line

Puerto Rico has come a long way since Hurricane Maria in 2017 and Fiona in 2022. Let it be known that the island is open for travelers — and eager for the business. From beach resorts to landmarks, excellent food and great hospitality, there's something for everyone who makes the short flight down to visit.

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Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, are prevalent. Violent crime also occurs.

Ensure that your belongings, including your passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.


Demonstrations occur from time to time. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Advice for women travellers

Power and telecommunications outages

Puerto Rico experiences frequent disruptions to power and telecommunications services after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the power grid in 2017.

Water activities

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Riptides are common.

  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities

If you participate in water sports, such as diving:

  • choose a well-established and reputable company that has insurance
  • ensure that your travel insurance covers the recreational activities you choose

If in doubt concerning the safety of the facilities or equipment, don’t use them.

Water safety abroad

Adventure tourism

If you engage in adventure tourism:

  • never do so alone
  • always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped
  • ensure that you’re well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary obtain detailed information on each activity before setting out

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety vary greatly throughout the island.

Drivers may be aggressive, and few use their signals. There is heavy traffic in larger centres, particularly San Juan.

Roads in mountain areas can be narrow, winding, and poorly paved.

Public transportation

Bus and light rail services.

Bus and light rail (Tren Urbano) services are available in the metropolitan San Juan area.

Ferries travel to and from the islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as the Dominican Republic.

Taxis are widely available. Fares are metered, except for major tourist destinations in San Juan, where they are fixed. Tourist taxis are white and have a “Taxi Turístico” label on the door.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada can’t intervene on your behalf if you don’t meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. We have obtained the information on this page from the American authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Confirm entry, exit and visa requirements prior to travelling:

  • Entry and exit requirements for the United States
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Embassy and Consulates

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of your stay.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.


  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Good health care is available but conditions may vary throughout the island.

Ensure you have sufficient medication for your stay and extra in case of emergency. It can be difficult to get prescriptions refilled.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in the United States.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of the United States, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different  entry/exit requirements .

  • General information for travellers with dual citizenship
  • Dual Nationality  - U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and the United States.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Puerto Rico, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Puerto Rican court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Puerto Rico to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

You can drive in Puerto Rico with a valid Canadian driver’s licence for up to 90 days. If you plan to stay longer, you must obtain a Puerto Rican licence.

The currency of Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar (USD). Credit cards are widely accepted.

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from mid-May to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Active storm tracking and hurricane watches and warnings  - United States’ National Hurricane Center

Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau  - United States Homeland Security

Local services

Dial 911 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

For emergency consular assistance, call the Consulate General of Canada to the United States, in Miami, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

Caroline Makepeace

Caroline Makepeace

15 Reasons To Visit Puerto Rico

Posted: October 10, 2023 | Last updated: October 16, 2023

Puerto Rico, also known as the Island of Enchantment, is full of charms that are delivered through its abundant natural beauty and its year round Caribbean tropical weather.

Its rich history, vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm locals make it a unique and unforgettable destination.

But these are not the only reasons to visit Puerto Rico, it has so much more to offer.

In this guide, we share some of the top reasons to visit Puerto Rico and why it makes a great destination for any traveler.

15. No Need For A Passport or Visa

Final thoughts, reasons to visit puerto rico, 1. you can explore the oldest city in a u.s. territory.

Puerto Rico has been part of the United States since 1898. But before this, Puerto Rico had already been developing its cities during the previous 405 years under Spain’s ruling.

For this reason, Old San Juan is considered to be the oldest city in the United States. Its seven-by-seven-block grid of cobblestone streets is lined with pastel-colored colonial buildings, plazas, churches, parks, and military fortresses.

Some must-see attractions are Castillo San Felipe del Morro Fort and San Cristobal Fort, and a walk through Paseo de la Princesa.

2. For its natural diversity and off the beaten path sceneries

I’m still marveled by how such a small island can have such a diverse ecosystem.

While the north coast tends to be a fertile coastal plain, the south tends to be much dryer and quite hot. On the west coast steep mountains rise from the sea, while the east shores are full of sandy beaches.

Throughout the island you will find a tropical rain forest, a dry forest, bioluminescent bays, a subterranean river cave system, pristine beaches, and world-class surfing and diving spots; all less than a three-hour drive apart.

For a taste of the natural diversity and a way to get off the beaten path, drive the astonishingly scenic Ruta Panorámica (Panoramic Route) throughout the center of the island, in my opinion one of the most beautiful routes in the island.

3. To experience a blend of cultures

I believe Puerto Rican culture is somewhat colorful and dynamic.

As you experience the daily life, you will see and hear the cultural melting pot that characterizes the island in everything from the language, food, dance, traditions, and everything in between.

The cultural and racial origins come from the Native Taíno; which was eventually mixed with the Spanish conquistadors and African Slaves.

This tripartite mix composes the framework of Puerto Rican culture; resulting in a contemporary society with practically no racial problems.

4. For its water sports and active adventures

Being a tropical island, water sports are big among the locals.

Diving enthusiasts prefer the east coast, while surfers love the waves north and west off Aguadilla and Rincon. There’s also a wide array of places around the island to go deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and sailing.

While inland, the subterranean river caves of Rio Camuy, the world’s third largest subterranean river cave system, makes for a great caving adventure; and so does hiking to the top of El Yunque National Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in North America.

5. Because it is not just one island

Puerto Rico is commonly thought to be a single island, but in reality it is a group of islands, cays, and islets.

The main island, Puerto Rico, is surrounded by three small islands: Vieques, Culebra, and Mona.

In addition, numerous smaller islands and cays sprinkle the Atlantic and Caribbean seas, among those: Monito, Desecheo, Caja de Muertos, and Gilligan’s Island.

Island hopping is one of the ways locals love to explore the island on any given weekend. Vieques and Culebra are considered to be “the way Puerto Rico used to be” – and I agree!

6. To enjoy delicious creole cuisine

Although Puerto Rican cooking is somewhat similar to Spanish, Cuban, and Mexican cuisine, it has a unique tasty blend of African, Taíno, and American influences.

We know this as Comida Criolla (Creole food), and it is one of the reasons why I love to go back often.

Puerto Ricans adore well-seasoned chicken, pork, beef, fresh seafood such as fish and shellfish.

Most dishes are complemented with rice, beans, salad, and plantains. In fact, plantains are the single most popular side dish served on the island.

Desserts usually include some form of flan and coconut is among the most common dessert ingredients.

For drinks, natural juices and coffee are a common choice. Rum is the national drink, and you can buy it in almost any shade.

One thing you must try in Puerto Rico is plantains!

7. To relax and have fun at its beaches

Miles of publicly accessible shoreline is one reason most people visit Puerto Rico. It has many beaches with clean, golden sand and turquoise blue waters.

  • Condado Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Juan; great for people-watching since it is always active and full of tourists and vendors.
  • Luquillo Beach has that postcard look with its beautiful half-moon shape.
  • Isla Verde Beach is an award-winning beach known for its clean, soft sand and beachside resorts.
  • And Flamenco Beach, in Culebra, is in my opinion one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico – three miles of pure beauty, waves, and sun.

If you like total seclusion, on the neighboring island of Vieques you can still find remote, almost-private-for-yourself beaches, like Blue Beach, Red Beach, and Green Beach.

In the end, it doesn’t matter which beach or sight you wish to experience, the best thing to do is to enjoy it, absorb the moment, and let yourself be enchanted!

8. For Toro Verde Adventure Park, Home to One of the Longest Zipline in the World

If you’re seeking an unforgettable adventure, then you’ll find more thrilling and adrenaline pumping activities on Puerto Rico as well.

Toro Verde Adventure Park is an ecological park that’s home to a world-class ziplining experience, which boasts being the longest single run zipline in the Americas, and one of the longest zip lines in the world.

As you soar through the lush landscapes, adrenaline rushes through your veins, and breathtaking views unfold before your eyes.

Toro Verde Adventure Park invites adrenaline junkies and nature lovers alike.

9. For Salsa Dancing

Known as the birthplace of salsa, Puerto Rico holds a rich musical heritage that pulses through its streets.

From traditional salsa clubs to lively dance festivals, Puerto Rico offers a diverse range of venues and opportunities to immerse yourself in this energetic dance style.

As you move to the infectious rhythms of salsa, you’ll feel the passion and soul of Puerto Rico come alive.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer or a beginner looking to learn, Puerto Rico has a lively salsa scene and is one of the best places in the world to get your salsa on.

10. It’s refreshing and beautiful waterfalls

Puerto Rico’s waterfalls are an irresistible draw. With numerous waterfalls scattered across the island, there’s no shortage of natural wonders to explore.

From the majestic Gozalandia Falls and the picturesque La Mina Falls to the enchanting Juan Diego Falls, each waterfall offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

The lush rainforests and rugged landscapes surrounding these falls provide a serene backdrop, making them perfect for relaxation or adventure.

11. Home to Some of the World’s Best Rum

Known as the Rum Capital of the World, the island boasts a rich history and tradition of rum production.

From renowned brands like Bacardi and Don Q having their distilleries here, as well as local companies, Puerto Rico is the place to be for rum lovers.

12. For Bomba Music

As well as salsa, visitors should make sure to immerse themselves in the captivating rhythms of bomba music.

Dating back over 400 years, bomba is the first native music of the island, rooted in the African heritage of its people.

Unlike other genres, bomba dancers set the rhythm for the musicians, creating a unique and interactive experience.

The pulsating beats of the drums, the melodic maracas, and the energetic dance moves all come together seamlessly. You can find bomba music all over the island, and it really adds to the overall atmosphere.

13. For Bioluminescent Bays

I mentioned that the nature in Puerto Rico is out of this world, but one of the most unique phenomenon of nature is Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, where nature puts on a mesmerizing light show.

These rare ecosystems, found in Fajardo, Vieques, and Lajas, are home to microorganisms that emit a stunning bioluminescent glow in the water.

One of the most visited bioluminescent bay is Mosquito Bay, where it’s possible to see the glowing organisms from the shoreline.

Unlike other bioluminescent bays around the world, Puerto Rico’s can be enjoyed year-round, making it a perfect destination for any time of the year.

14. There are Festivals ALL the Time

If you haven’t figured it out yet, there is a lively and vibrant spirit in Puerto Rico which is best experienced by attending one of its lively festivals.

From the Fiesta de los Reyes Magos to the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, the island offers a diverse calendar of annual celebrations that showcase its rich cultural heritage.

Dance to the rhythm of bomba and salsa, indulge in traditional food and drinks, and join in on lively parades and street parties.

Whether you’re attending the Casals Festival to celebrate classical music or joining the festivities during the longest holiday season in the world, Puerto Rico always has a party on.

A vacation to Puerto Rico cannot be any easier, since you don’t need a passport (if you’re an American Citizen) or visa to enter.

It’s the most accessible tropical paradise from the states and

Once you’re there, it’s really easy to get around. Public transportation in Puerto Rico is reliable and connects most of the island, plus Uber operates on the island and is much cheaper than mainland USA.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico

The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June. This period falls after the busy winter season and before the rainy summer, offering pleasant weather and smaller crowds.

The peak tourist season is December to January, as many travelers come here to escape the harsh, cold winters of mainland USA.

Ultimately, with Puerto Rico’s year-round warm climate, you can enjoy the island’s beauty at any time, but travelers should be warned that hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30.

You can use the map below to help you find accommodation in your Puerto Rico destination.

I lived in Puerto Rico for over 23 years and I still get excited when I return to the island.

Going back gives me the chance to see the island both as a tourist and as a local, allowing me to enjoy its sights and beauty like if I was experiencing them for the first time.

I hope this guide helped you understand why Puerto Rico is worth visiting and why you should add it to your travel bucket list.

Bio: Norbert Figueroa is an architect always looking for new experiences and inspiration to design his world through travel and to build an adventurous lifestyle. He shares tips and experiences at GloboTreks and at his facebook fan page to inspire others to get out there and live the life they want.

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