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Puerto Rico will fine arrivals without Covid test

Effective April 28, travelers arriving in Puerto Rico without a negative PCR test will be charged a $300 fine and will be required to obtain a molecular PCR test on the island within 48 hours of arrival.

The test result must be uploaded to the online portal at within 48 hours and, if negative, the fine will be dismissed and the traveler will be able to continue with their trip. If positive, the traveler must isolate and seek medical attention.

If a traveler is still awaiting results from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Puerto Rico when they land, the traveler will have up to 48 hours to upload those results and, if negative, the fine will be dismissed.

Puerto Rico has other measures still in place, including the island-wide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Public beaches and natural reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines. Public alcohol consumption is prohibited and businesses, including restaurants, casinos, museums and pools at hotels, are operating at 30% capacity.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and is excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative Covid-19 test to enter or return to the mainland U.S. Travelers entering Puerto Rico must provide a negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours of arrival, regardless of vaccination status and obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and QR code when uploading the PCR test result to the online portal.

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