In a major move by one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations, Puerto Rico has announced that it is waiving pre-testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.
Beginning May 24, vaccinated travelers from the U.S. will not have to show proof of negative tests before arriving in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has also lifted its local curfew, which had been in effect since March 2020.
The move follows similar decisions by Caribbean destinations including Belize and, most recently, The Bahamas, both of which no longer require testing for vaccinated travelers.
Fully vaccinated means travelers who have received two shots of a two-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna or one shot of a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson.
“Puerto Rico has prioritized health and safety from the onset of the pandemic, becoming the first U.S. destination to implement an Island-wide curfew, among other measures developed to safeguard residents and visitors. As restrictions loosen, we look forward to welcoming travelers seeking to responsibly explore our Island, immerse themselves in unforgettable culture, unique natural wonders and delicious cuisine, while taking advantage of the ease of travel that comes with Puerto Rico being a U.S. territory, including no need for a passport for U.S. citizens,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is additionally increasing capacity for businesses from 30 to 50 percent; removed mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals in parks and beaches; and is now permitting the consumption of alcoholic beverages in pools and beaches.
The vast majority of Puerto Rico’s hotel sector is once again open and operating, (including the recent relaunch of the iconic El Conquistador resort).
That’s along with sister islands Vieques and Culebra, both of which are now welcoming back visitors.
For more, visit Puerto Rico.