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Travel Health and Safety

Puerto Rico is a safe location to travel, buy it does not hurt to observe few precations.

Health and Medical Facilities

Health standards in Puerto Rico are generally comparable with those of the United States, its medical facilities are among the finest in the Caribbean. There are physicians and hospitals in all cities. For more information contact the "Departamento de Salud" (Department of Health), (787) 766-1616.
Physicians 1 doctor per 523 people
Hospital beds (1 per 381 persons) (1993-94)
Infant mortality rate: total: 9.14 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)

COVID-19

There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Puerto Rico. All residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to follow local, federal and CDC guidelines.

As of November, 2023 it is no longer compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport, but its use is strongly recommended in all indoor environments and in all cases of crowding outdoors.

Accessibility

Like all major destinations in the world, Puerto Rico provides comfortable conditions for travelers with disabilities. But some advance planning will still make it easier for you to get around.

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States business that provides goods or services to the public must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All public buildings are wheelchair accessible and have accessible rest rooms. Most hotels and attractions provide wide doorways, wheelchair ramps and elevators.

For information call: (787) 721-2800, Ex. 1549.

Medications

Bring enough prescription medication for your stay. Unexpected delays and extended stays can upset your medication regimen. Similar to the United States, pharmacists cannot distribute prescription medications without authorization from a doctor.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for visitors to Puerto Rico. However, those arriving from, or transiting through countries where a health epidemic has been formally declared, may need proof of vaccination before they can enter the island.

Vital Records

Puerto Rico Department of Health issues certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, and divorce decrees for events that occurred within Puerto Rico.

For faster service, visit one of the many offices located throughout the island.

Personal Safety

Robbery and theft does happen occasionally as any place else, but you need not be concerned. Just don't be too careless. Women can wear as much jewelry as they want anywhere (as the locals do) with no fear.

Always keep a copy of your documents with you. Take precaution and make copies of your important documents. Keep a copy at home. Take a copy with you and leave the originals in a safe place in your hotel room or wherever you are staying.

Crime

Although Puerto Rico has a high crime rate, the vast majority of crimes are related to drug trafficking, and tourists aren't targeted.

Travel Insurance

It is a good idea to take out travel insurance covering cancellations, lost or stolen property, injury, and illness. You're likely to have partial or complete coverage.

Some credit and charge cards provide health insurance for travelers.


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Did You Know?

San Juan is the oldest continuously inhabited city in a U.S. territory.