Puerto Rico has tightened its entry requirements as the holidays approach, shortening the window for pre-flight COVID-19 testing and announcing new restrictions on travelers visiting restaurants and attending major events.
Starting Monday, December 27, all passengers arriving in the United States via domestic flights must present a negative test result taken within 48 hours of arrival, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Otherwise, individuals will be required to test themselves upon arrival or face a fine. Additionally, unvaccinated travelers must self-quarantine for at least seven days upon arrival on the island, whether or not they have a negative test result in hand.
All establishments serving food or drink in Puerto Rico, such as restaurants and bars, must require proof of vaccination or a negative test taken 48 hours before arrival to allow entry from December 27.
Currently, those attending mass events, whether indoors or outdoors, in theaters, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums and convention centers must show proof of vaccination with a FDA or WHO approved vaccine in addition to a negative COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours. before the event.
Puerto Rico officials also reiterated that, until January 2022, people between the ages of 5 and 11 will be allowed to attend large indoor events by providing negative COVID-19 test results taken no later than 48 hours. before the event. From 1 February 2022, visitors in the above age range will be subject to the same guidelines as adults, which means they will need proof of vaccination and negative test results taken within 48 hours preceding the event upon their entry.
Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed to attend large-scale events, even with negative test results, except when authorized by the Ministry of Health.
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