Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of The Compass

Puerto Rico Postponing Reopening of Inbound Tourism

Originally planned for July 15, 2020, Puerto Rico has postponed the reopening of tourism to the island and an official date for reopening has not yet been set, though NBC News is reporting that Governor Wanda Vázquez has set it for August 15, 2020. For now, only essential travel to Puerto Rico is encouraged.

There are additional mandates now being enforced in Puerto Rico:

  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask or face covering when in public, and is subject to a fine if you do not
  • Starting July 31, 2020, a curfew is in effect throughout the island from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, except for emergencies
  • Beaches are open 5:00 am to 7:00 pm and are only open to people doing solo sports or exercise training
  • Non-essential businesses like theaters, casinos, bars, clubs, attractions and gyms are closed
  • Restaurants and museums are operating at 50% capacity, but malls will remain open with social distancing measures in place
  • Alcohol sales are banned after 7:00 pm

When inbound travel to Puerto Rico resumes, travelers will need to complete a Travel Declaration form, demonstrate a negative molecular COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry and obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR Code (which you receive automatically when uploading your molecular test results to the Puerto Health Department’s online health portal).

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