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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to Puerto Rico

Essential Information

US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving.


Another New World haven, Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico has natural beauty, lively nightlife and the only tropical forest in the US.

Area: 3,425 sq miles

Population: 3.6 million

Capital: San Juan

Political: Part of the US, but gained internal autonomy in 1952.

Official website: www.seepuertorico.com

Customs & Immigration US citizens do not need to clear customs from the US. Currency US dollar.

Passport US Citizens do not require a passport to enter the country but should carry a govt. issue ID.

Visa Needs Non-US citizens require a visa to enter, the same as when entering the US. Visa Waiver Program for EU nationals, but must complete ESTA registration prior to travel.

Health Care Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital in San Juan.

Banks & ATMS. Numerous ATMs linked to US banking system.

Free WIFI Locations. Starbucks and Burger King have free WiFi. Also most hotels.

Internet Cafes. Plenty of cybercafés across main areas.

Cell Phones access +787,+ 939. Some US carriers will include PR on their coverage plans.

Safety Tips. Drinking age is 18, but no open containers. Heavy penalties for drug possession.

Departure Tax $17.50

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