It just got a little easier to travel to Puerto Rico this summer. As of May 25, fully vaccinated Americans do not need to get tested before they travel to the island. And Puerto Rico's status as a U.S. territory means that you won't have to provide a negative test to return to the mainland either.
If you do head out to the island, all travelers over the age of two are still required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal. Fully vaccinated travelers must also upload their proof of vaccination card to the portal. You'll then receive a QR code which will be scanned at the airport upon arrival.
If you're coming from anywhere that's not the United States, you're not banned from an island vacation. You'll just need to show proof of a negative PCR molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, and obtain an airport exit confirmation number— which will automatically be sent when the test results are uploaded to the online portal.
Unvaccinated tourists arriving in Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), may also have the option to receive a Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Terminal B.
Puerto Rico's island-wide rules have also relaxed slightly in time for summer: Non-essential businesses such as museums, hotel pools, restaurants and retail have increased to 50 percent capacity; fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks in parks and beaches; and alcohol is allowed in parks and beaches again. However, bars and nightclubs remain closed and some businesses may still require a negative test result upon entry.
Despite its reopening plan, Puerto Rico is currently labeled as a Level 4 risk by the CDC, the highest level possible. While cases have been on the decline since January, the organization is still recommending against all travel here.
Still thinking about heading on an island vacation this year? See all the Caribbean countries that are currently open for tourism.
Remember, many countries (including the USA) are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about traveling.