Travelers from all countries except the United States are required to have a valid passport in order to enter the island of Puerto Rico and go back to their country.
Puerto Rico is a Free Commonwealth of the United States of America, again, no passport is required for US Citizens. US travelers will need a valid form of identification such as a driver’s license in order to prove citizenship.
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR’s) who travel directly between parts of the United States, which includes Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), without touching at a foreign port or place, arenot required to present a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Green Card.
However, it is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID and copy of birth certificate.
It also is recommended that you carry proof of your LPR status as all times in the event you are asked to prove your status. This may be in the form of a green card or passport.
Hawaii is a U.S. state and therefore passport documentation requirements for U.S. citizens and LPR’s do not apply.
Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.
Questions about requirements for domestic travel should be directed to Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA can be reached at 1-866-289-9673.
Need a Passport?
You may go to your local court or passport office to get a passport. Most countries now have an official government website at which you can apply or download an application. Apply well in advance since some offices may take a few weeks to a month to process the application, most do offer expedited services for an additional fee.
Keep a copy of your passport and visas separate from your original and also have one at home during your travels just in case you lose them. Also make a copy of your driver’s license. If you lose your passport, notify the police immediately.
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