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Puerto Rico Entry Requirements

FAQ: Do you need a Passport to travel to Puerto Rico?

USA Citizens…

If you are a citizen of the United States you may enter Puerto Rico without a Passport. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States; therefore, immigration procedures are the same. You will need to show a government issued picture identification and/or birth certificate. “However, it is highly recommended that a U.S. Citizen be prepared to present documentation such as valid or expired U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate, or Naturalization certificate to avoid delays. Exception—travel from Cuba, valid U.S. passport is required.” Source: U.S. Customs and Borders Protection) The Bureau of Consular Affairs.

If you are not a USA citizen…

Passport: Required for all visitors to Puerto Rico.

Visa: A Visa can be waived, but it is usually required. Please contact your closest US Embassy for more information. More info on USA Visas.   The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all travelers to and from the Caribbean and Bermuda to have a valid passport or other accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. Learn More

News for Puerto Puerto Rico’s New Birth Certificate Law – Under the new law, all Puerto Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010, will be invalidated so that new, more secure certificates can be issued.  Click here for more information.

Consulates and Embassies

CONSULATES IN SAN JUAN, and HATO REY, PUERTO RICO

Dominican Republic: (725-9550) Location: Ave. Ponce de Leon, Edificio (Building) Cobian’s Plaza, Parada 22 Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm

Britain: (758-9828) Location: Ave. Chardòn 350, Hato Rey (name of town) Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm

Canada: (759-6629) Location: Ave. Ponce de Leòn 268, Hato Rey Open by appointment only. Click here to go to The US Embassy for information regarding passports, visas, consulates, and embassies abroad.

Practical Advise

Make copies of the passport page with your photo, traveler’s checks serial numbers, travel insurance policies, plane tickets, and any other important documents that you may be carrying. Keep them separate from your originals. If you are able, it will be wise to leave a set at home and tell someone you trust where they are, just in case you would need them faxed or sent to you.

In the unfortunate event of losing your passport, notify the police and the nearest embassy/consulate of your home government IMMEDIATELY. You will need to have all the information from your lost passport, proof of citizenship, and identification. Ask for temporary traveling papers that will allow you to re-enter your home destination, since the process of obtaining a replacement for your passport may take weeks.

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