Updated: Jul 17, 2020
Islands are cautiously opening back up for US visitors - Aruba, Bermuda, Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda - to name a few. Puerto Rico just formally opened for in-bound tourism on July 15th 2020 with similar but distinct restrictions. If you would like to brave the airport, are otherwise healthy and do not have conditions that make you more vulnerable to COVID-19, or simply want to know more, here is what we know about travel to the most recent island accepting travel from the United States.
Corona Health Precautions for Puerto Rico
Per the Puerto Rico tourism board’s site, several steps are in place to ensure as much safety as possible for travelers and local residents of Puerto Rico.
Travelers are urged to take and test negative for a molecular nasal or throat test no more than 72 hours prior. Check your local rapid testing facility to ensure you will get results and a print out or digital copy beforehand.
If you must travel without testing and are asymptomatic, the airport will provide you a voucher to leave airport (cost is out of pocket,) to have a local test done in area, but you are required to quarantine on arrival for 14 days or until tests are returned negative. This will require more local transportation and costs.
If you choose not to test before or at airport you are required to quarantine for 14 days. Again not recommended but sharing so you know what others are allowed to do.
Symptomatic travelers have much more testing and stringent restrictions and testing requirements on arrival at airport before exiting. I share this because there is a chance you will travel with those with symptoms on arrival to airport if the airline does not have the same precautions.
Note: As of 07/17/20 bars, casinos, theaters, marinas and gyms are closed again. Approved business are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Malls are open but you can't have a leisurely stroll (how one polices strolling vs shopping is unreliable.) Masks are required.
I’ve found several round-trip flights from across the US for under $100. Remember to add in insurance, extra lodging stays, and health costs to your total just in case.
Hotels and rentals have their own health and sanitary requirements so check how you feel about their protocol before you book.
Please check weather conditions a week or so out if in hurricane season. (I wouldn’t want you on vacation when the island is put up for sale if another storm hits!)
Travel, recreation and socialization is up to each one of us to navigate based on our own safety guidelines. I do not make any recommendations on travel at this time during a pandemic, but will gladly help plan and book what you are comfortable with.
If you are ready to break up with isolating from your home, are comfortable traveling, and want to use me to help guide you in ensuring you are booking cost effective, flexible, reliable as humanly possible pandemic travel, please don’t hesitate to send a comment on tbltrips.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org