Visa Waiver Program Requirements
Travel under the Visa Waiver Program is limited to tourism or business purposes only; neither employment nor journalism is permitted with a Visa Waiver. The 90-day limit cannot be extended nor will travel to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean reset the 90-day limit. Take care if transiting through the US on a trip exceeding 90 days to Canada and/or Mexico. See Visa Waivr Program requirements for the U.S. Mainland for more information.
All travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from outside the United States including U.S. citizens must meet the requirements for entry or re-entry to the United States.
For travel within the United States, any TSA-compliant document, such as your state-issued driver's license or identification card, is sufficient identification to board a flight to or from Puerto Rico, as with any other domestic flight.
Puerto Rico choose to follow the Maindland US entry reqirements. As with the Mainland, any non-US citizen must follow the Visa Waiver Program. American, American Samoan citizens don't need a passport nor visa to travel to Puerto Rico. Only some form of government IDexample; a driver's license is needed for proof of citizenship. Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau only need a passport to enter. Citizens of Canada can do not require a visa for entry, and can study and work under the TN Status. Any citizen of Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, and the US/American Samoa citizen can live, work and travel freely for a unlimited time while in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico's main airport is Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport IATA: SJU in Carolina, near San Juan. Jet Blue, United, and Spirit also fly to smaller airports in the cities of Aguadilla and Ponce.
Most U.S. and many international airlines offer direct flights from many cities to Puerto Rico. Flights are economical and numerous. SJU is the biggest and most modern airport in the Caribbean and offers all the conveniences and services McDonalds, Dominos, Starbucks, etc. of a major city airport. American Eagle operates a hub at SJU, and airlines like Caribbean Sun, Liat, and Cape Air offer cheap and easy connections to most Caribbean islands.
If you have lots of luggage, beware there are no baggage carts in the domestic terminal, although there are plenty of baggage porters available to help you for a tip or fee. Luggage carts are available in the international terminal of the airport. At the exit, a porter will assist you with your luggage for a fee.
Transferring from the airport to your hotel usually requires taking a taxi, although some hotels provide complimentary transportation to their properties in special buses. Puerto Rico Tourism Company representatives at the airport will assist you in finding the right transportation. All major car rental agencies are located at the airport, and others offer free transportation to their off-airport sites.
Typical flight times eastbound flights are slightly longer due to headwinds:
Miami 2.5 hours
Charlotte 3 hours
Philadelphia 3.5 hours
Washington D.C. 3.5 hours
Atlanta 3.5 hours
Boston 4 hours
New York 4 hours
Dallas-Fort Worth 4 ¼ hours
Toronto 4 ¼ hours
Houston 4.5 hours
Chicago 5 hours
Mexico City 5 ¾ hours
Los Angeles 7.5 hours
Madrid 7 ¾ hours
Paris 10 hours
London 12 hours
When departing Puerto Rico to the mainland, your bags will be inspected by the US Department of Agriculture before departure. Generally the same rules apply as when returning to the United States from a foreign country, although certain local fruits such as avocado, papaya, coconut, and plantain may be brought back; mangoes, sour sop, passion fruit, and plants potted in soil may not. In any event, all agricultural items will be checked for disease. If you are carrying prescription drugs especially prescription narcotics with you, you must have the original prescription with you, or a letter from your physician.
Cruise ship passengers with ship luggage tags are exempt from customs screenings.
A commercial ferry service connects the west coast city of Mayaguez and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. This service is very popular and convenient way to travel between both cities. More than a million passengers visit the island on cruise ships every year, whether on one of the many cruise lines whose homeport is San Juan, or on one of the visiting lines. No passport is required for U.S./American Samoan citizens who use this service. There are also daily ferry connections from the neaby U.S. territory of U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico. Again, U.S./American Samoan citizens in the U.S. virgin Islands don't need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico and vice versa. It is also possible for you to rent a boat and travel from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico and vice versa without being intercepted by U.S. border patrol.