Puerto Rico is all set to welcome back tourists from July 15, but with all health and safety measures in place. It is part of the island’s four-phased reopening plan.
The vibrant island has a distinct vibe, which is the result of a mashup of cultures–African, Spanish, French, Dutch and British blood pumps through the veins of the islands’ diverse population.
With this step, Puerto Rico will join the expanding list of Caribbean islands opening up for tourism. However, Puerto Rico never closed its borders to the citizens of the United States, or foreign nationals who hadn’t been to Iran, China, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, or any of the European Schengen area in the previous 14 days.
During all this time, a 14-day quarantine rule was applied on anyone who was flying into Puerto Rico, along with other stringent lockdown measures, which meant that tourists were discouraged from visiting the island.
Reportedly, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez recently announced that from now on, travellers who can show negative COVID-19 test results, which were obtained 72 hours prior to arrival, will not be required to undergo quarantine.
Here’s what you should know:
When You Arrive At The Airport
Arriving travelers may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days no matter whether they have symptoms or not. The National Guard will be assisting with health screenings of all arriving passengers, including rapid COVID-19 tests.
Ridesharing options like Uber have mandated face coverings for both the drivers and the passengers. The front seat will be prohibited.
Certified transportation carriers will properly disinfect vehicles and have hand sanitizer available. In addition, drivers will wear gloves when handling doors and luggage.
Things To Do
Restaurants will open with a maximum occupancy of 25% in their dining rooms. Similar to the airport, temperature checks will be performed before entering. Anyone with a temperature of 100.3 will be denied entry.
Employees will be required to use face coverings, and buffets, salad bars, and self-serve options, as well as reusable menus, are prohibited.
Attractions, with the exception of outdoor recreation spaces, including public beaches, natural reserves, and golf courses are closed.
Shopping malls will enforce social distancing and some stores even require appointments before entering.
If you’re planning to attend a casino, wellness checkpoints will be conducted at entryways, which includes temperature checks and hand sanitizer.
Gaming stations and slot machines will be cleaned every hour of after each guest. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. Face coverings by employees and guests are required.
For more information and to stay up-to-date with the latest in Puerto Rico, click here for its visitor health and safety guidelines.