What you should know about the new rules for the entry of travelers to Puerto Rico and other United States jurisdictions

The United States will open its borders on November 8 for international travelers fully vaccinated against the COVID-19, after closing its doors to tourism and non-essential travel in March 2020.

Although the details of the new provisions of the federal government are still unknown, The Puerto Rico Department of Health reconfirmed this Monday that the regulations would be applicable to the island.

Until now, to enter Puerto Rico, from a domestic or international flight, it is necessary to complete a online travel statement, where fully vaccinated travelers present their evidence of inoculation.

Meanwhile, the unvaccinated place the negative result of a COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before arriving on the island. For those who arrive without a negative test, they have 48 hours to take one or be fined $ 300.

The end of America’s restrictions benefit vaccinated travelers from countries that had been subjected to travel restrictions due to the pandemic, such as UK, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa and India, as well as European countries.

Here’s what you should know about the new provisions:

  • Foreign travelers will be able to enter the United States from November 8, as long as they are fully inoculated against COVID-19. That is, they have all the doses required by the vaccine they have received.
  • The rules would apply to travelers seeking to enter the United States by air and land. Given this, activity on the country’s border with Canada and Mexico would be reactivated for non-essential trips, which include tourism and family visits.
  • In January 2022, truckers arriving in the United States by road must also present evidence of their vaccination against the virus.
  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Accepted vaccines will be those approved by the Federal Food and Drug Agency (FDA) or those that are on the emergency use list of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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  • Vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac appear on the WHO emergency use list. However, the list does not include the Sputnik V and CanSino vaccines.
  • Travelers with mixed doses of different types of vaccines approved by the FDA or on the WHO emergency use list will be accepted.
  • Fully vaccinated international travelers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in the United States. However, they will have to give data to the government for contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 contagion.
  • Meanwhile, American travelers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have to present a negative test before arriving in the country and undergo another test once they arrive on US soil.