Traveling to Puerto Rico? You’ll have to show negative COVID-19 test or face $300 fine

New travel guideline goes into effect on April 28

Negative COVID-19 test required for travelers to Puerto Rico beginning July 15

ORLANDO, Fla. – In one week, those who are traveling to Puerto Rico will have to show proof they’re negative for COVID-19 or pay a $300 fine.

A COVID-19 test has been required since July 15 in order to travel to Puerto Rico but starting April 28, there will be a $300 fine imposed if someone arrives without proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Puerto Rico requires all travelers to fill out a Travel Declaration Form that the health department has available in an online portal and get a nasal or throat swab test for COVID-19 “no more than 72 hours prior to visiting the Island,” according to Discover Puerto Rico.

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“While the CDC does not require fully vaccinated travelers to get tested prior to traveling, the latest executive order in Puerto Rico maintains the requirement for a negative PCR test result from all travelers entering the Island, regardless of vaccination status,” the Island’s tourism company said in a release.

If someone arrives without a negative test result, the Island will then require people to be tested within 48 hours of arrival and a negative test result must be uploaded to the online portal in order to have the $300 fine dismissed.

If someone is still waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, then they will have another 48 hours to upload the results to the online portal. The results from a rapid test will not be accepted because it can “sometimes yield false results.”

A curfew remains in place for Puerto Rico from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and businesses are operating at 30% capacity. For more information, click here.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.