Puerto Rico Will Fine Tourists Who Arrive Without a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test

Puerto Rico Will Fine Tourists Who Arrive Without a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test

Rapid test results will not be accepted.

Starting next week travelers heading to Puerto Rico will face a fine if they arrive without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test taken within 72 hours of arriving.

Beginning April 28, travelers who arrive without negative test results will be “imposed a $300 fine” and then required to take a PCR test on the island within 48 hours, according to Puerto Rico’s tourism site, Discover Puerto Rico.

All travelers “regardless of vaccination status” will be required to complete a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in Puerto Rico. The fine will apply even if you have taken a test but haven’t received the results back yet. Rapid test results will not be accepted.

Related: Which COVID-19 Test Do You Need? Find out the Differences Between Them Before Your Next Trip

Travelers will have 48 hours to receive their test results and upload them to the online “Travel Safe” portal. When the results are received, the fine will be dismissed and travelers can proceed with their trip. Those who receive a positive test result will be required to self-isolate and seek medical attention.

While tourists are welcome to visit Puerto Rico, there are still many COVID-19 precautions in place around the island.

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico implemented a $100 fine for tourists who refuse to wear a face mask in public.

An island-wide curfew is in effect every night from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Access to Old San Juan during this time is limited to residents and tourists staying in the area. Common areas at hotels are closed at this time, as well.

Public beaches are open, although public alcohol consumption is prohibited. Marinas are open from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. And although museums, pools and attractions are open, travelers are encouraged to make a reservation in advance due to capacity limits.

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Puerto Rico Imposes $100 Fines for Tourists Who Violate Face Mask Rules


Puerto Rico Imposes $100 Fines for Tourists Who Violate Face Mask Rules

Refusal to wear a mask in Puerto Rico could cost you.

If you’re planning a beach escape to gorgeous Puerto Rico, don’t forget your face mask. Being caught without it on your face could cost you $100.

Last month, police in Puerto Rico stepped up patrols in tourist zones and enforcement of the island’s face mask rules. “Ever since we started this plan, we have made several arrests and have intervened with a lot of disorderly conduct,” Orlando Rivera Lebrón, San Juan’s police chief, told USA TODAY.

The new approach came after weeks of tension between local residents and visitors, as tourism has begun to bounce back with COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise across the U.S.

One San Juan bartender told USA TODAY that he frequently encounters tourists exploring Old San Juan and refusing to wear face masks as local rules require. He told the outlet, “I would sometimes go to work thinking, ‘Is this the day I’m going to have some aggressive interaction with someone?'”

Efforts to nudge tourists — most of whom come from the mainland U.S. — into complying don’t always work. Multiple videos have captured visitors turning aggressive when asked to put on their face masks. One showed tourists throwing a drink in the face of a woman in a wheelchair who had asked them to wear their masks and keep their distance.

Puerto Rico currently requires wearing face masks at all times, including outdoors. The island also has imposed an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

Puerto Rico has reported more than 107,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,118 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

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