Puerto Rico will require hotel guests be vaccinated

Puerto Rico will require Covid-19 vaccinations for all guests as well as for employees and staff of hotels, paradores, guesthouses and short-term rentals on the island.

In addition, the new requirement also applies to employees in Puerto Rico’s healthcare sector as well as employees and contractors in the executive branch of government.

The new rule takes effect Aug. 16.

The only exceptions to the vaccination requirement are those individuals who may be unable to get vaccinated for religious or medical reasons. However, they must provide proper documentation such as medical notes or signed affidavits and must be tested on a weekly basis during their stay.

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All other entry regulations remain in place. All travelers must fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s portal to obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and a QR code.

Fully vaxxed travelers from the U.S. must present a valid vaccination card, as well.

Unvaccinated travelers over age 2 must present proof of a Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Any unvaccinated traveler arriving without a test result will be fined $300. This fine will be waived if the traveler presents the test or evidence that the test was performed within 48 hours of arrival on the island.

Visitors arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan can receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Terminal B. The same is offered on the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba on the mainland’s northeast coast south of Fajardo.

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