Puerto Rico Loosens Restrictions as Travelers Return

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Puerto Rico Loosens Restrictions as Travelers Return

Puerto Rico recently removed its testing requirements for fully vaccinated American travelers, aiming to boost travel to the Caribbean island. Now it’s reducing its local restrictions, allowing more freedom to visit restaurants, bars and attractions.

Bars have reopened at 50% capacity, while outdoor bars and chinchorros – outdoor food and drink kiosks — have no capacity limit. However, a physical distance of six feet must be kept between people who are not from the same family unit. Restaurants, malls, casinos, theatres, museums and hotel pools have all increased capacity to 75%.

Public beaches and natural reserves are also open, though visitors must follow social distancing guidelines. However, fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks at beaches, parks and outdoor public areas.

Puerto Rico is also offering a chance for travelers who are not vaccinated and arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to receive the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The vaccine is also available to tourists heading to the islands of Vieques and Culebra at the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba.

While vaccinated Americans can visit without a test, travelers coming from any other international destination must present a negative PCR test result, or risk a fine of US $300. All travelers are required to fill out a Traveler Declaration Form.

Fully vaccinated travelers who are planning to visit Puerto Rico (more than two weeks after their final jab) must upload their COVID-19 vaccination card to Puerto Rico Health Department's online portal. Once uploaded, they'll receive a QR code, which will be scanned when they arrive at the airport.

Social distancing guidelines, specific entry requirements and capacity limits have been introduced at tourist attractions. For example, access to Old San Juan between midnight and 5am is limited to residents and tourists staying in the area. Travelers are advised to check guidelines online before booking any tours or visits to tourist attractions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently lists Puerto Rico at Level 3: High Level of COVID-19, recommending that visitors take precautions such as mask wearing (over nose and mouth) and social distancing, and follow all local requirements when in Puerto Rico.

Source: Lonely Planet