Puerto Rico Tourist Information

Puerto Rico Tourist Information

Puerto Rico Tourist information that you will find helpful, if you intend to visit this beautiful island

Passport & Visa Requirements:

Entry requirements for Americans: There is no immigration control for United States citizens arriving from the United States. However, US citizens arriving in Puerto Rico from central or South American countries, or from Caribbean islands, require proof of United States citizenship or a birth certificate; those arriving from elsewhere should have a United States passport.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: Entry requirements are as for mainland USA: British citizens require a valid passport. British passport holders qualify for the Visa Waiver program unless their passports are endorsed with British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is required.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens require either a passport, birth certificate or certificate of citizenship to enter Puerto Rico.

Entry requirements for Australians: Entry requirements are as for the United States: Australian citizens qualify for the US visa waiver program and may stay up to 90 days without a visa provided they have a machine-readable passport.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must hold a valid passport; a visa is also required.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: Entry requirements are the same as for the United States: New Zealand nationals qualify for the US Visa Waiver program provided they have a machine-readable passport and fulfil the other requirements. A visa is then not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for Irish Nationals: Entry requirements are the same as for the United States: Irish passport holders qualify for the Visa Waiver program if they hold a machine-readable passport, and may stay up to 90 days without a visa.

All passport holders must have an onward or return ticket and documents necessary for further travel. Entry requirements for Puerto Rico are the same as for the United States of America. When arriving from mainland USA there is no immigration control. Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travelers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

Your luggage will be inspected in Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure you are not carrying prohibited fruits and plants to the mainland. Travellers carrying undeclared prohibited items will be fined on the spot. If you would like a copy of what is and is not permitted in Puerto Rico, write the U.S. Agriculture Department, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Room G-110, Federal Building, Hyattsville, MD 20782 or call (787) 253-4505, (787) 263-4506.

Passing through customs should be routine and quick. If taking prescription drugs, be sure to have a copy of the prescription with you; otherwise you may be delayed.

Traveling with Pets:

Before taking a flight with your animal, have your veterinarian examine your pet to ensure that it is healthy enough to make the trip. Airlines and State health officials generally require health certificates for all animals transported by air. You will be required to: 1) Outfit your pet with a sturdy collar and two identification tags. The tags should have both your permanent address and telephone number and an address and telephone number where you can be reached while traveling. 2) Rabies quarantine certificate from veterinary doctor stating that pet has had a rabies shot.

Time Zone:

Atlantic Standard Time (AST) all year around. The island does not observe Daylight Savings.

Travel Insurance:

Remember if you are from the UK, then a trip to Puerto Rico will be classed as worldwide travel. If you have an annual travel policy, make sure it covers you for world wide travel and is not restricted to say just Europe.

If you are planning to participate in any adventure activities whilst in Puerto Rico, like diving, or paragliding, make sure that your policy covers these. Most travel insurance policies won’t cover these as standard, so you will need to either add them or contact the Insurer.

If you are only planning to travel abroad once in the year, then a single trip travel policy will be more suitable. Remember, as soon as you have booked your holiday and paid the deposit, you need to take out travel insurance. The reason for this is that once you have booked your holiday, if you need to cancel the holiday for a specific reason, you wouldn’t be able to claim cancellation, unless your travel insurance is in force.

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