Is It Safe to Visit Puerto Rico Right Now? (during the pandemic)
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On August 3, the Puerto Rican government surpassed the goal of having 70% percent of its eligible adults at least partly vaccinated. 

The milestone came as the U.S. mainland struggles with a rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant among the unvaccinated.

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How safe is to visit Puerto Rico now – Latest Updates

August 3 – Puerto Rico managed to vaccinate 75.6% of its population as August 3

Puerto Rico hit the 70% vaccination goal and even surpassed it by 5.6% on August 3, according to a report from the Department of Health (DS).

The DS also added that 66.2% of eligible people have already received two full series of a vaccine against COVID-19.

As of today, only 195 people are hospitalized. 24 of them, in critical condition. 

Source: Swiss Info

Puerto Rico’s Health Care System and Response Capacity

Puerto Rico Safe to Visit - Covid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently ranks the island at level 3 (High level of transmission).

Travelers must be aware that medical resources in Puerto Rico may be a challenge. Those who get infected with COVID-19 while traveling in Puerto Rico will need to pay for their medical treatment plus accommodation during the time they will be quarantined. 

To avoid these kinds of inconveniences, it’s highly recommendable to plan ahead and get health insurance that covers COVID-19, including accommodation in case it is needed.

COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico

COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico

Entry requirements 

  • Fully vaccinated domestic travelers are required to upload their vaccination card to the Travel Declaration Form portal.
  • Unvaccinated domestic travelers need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. Those arriving without a test will face a USD 300 fine.
  • International travelers regardless of their vaccination status must submit a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. Those arriving without a test will face a USD 300 fine.

Why visit Puerto Rico in COVID-19 times 

Puerto Rico safe to visit

With its Caribbean average temperature of 80 degrees, alongside blue skies, beaches and colorful landscapes, nobody would question traveling to Puerto Rico. Herre, 3 more reasons to do it.

  1. Old San Juan

The colorful neighborhood paved with unique blue stones offers a myriad of restaurants, bars, and outdoor cafes amidst an area full of history and culture.

2. Santurce

The right place for those into music and art. Santurce is covered with murals, bars, and cafes. Best for people traveling on a budget. 

3. Vieques

Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, as well as the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the beach while spotting semi-wild horses passing by.

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