US State Dept Travel Advisory
A foreign national or alien entering the US is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a US Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or are a lawful permanent resident of the US or a citizen of Canada. The VWP allows foreign nationals from certain countries to be admitted to the US under limited conditions and for a limited time without obtaining a visa. The foreign national must arrive on an approved carrier (if coming by air or sea), stay no more than 90 days (for pleasure, medical purposes, and/or business), and be able to prove they are not inadmissible. The foreign national is still required to have a passport. To obtain a list of VWP-eligible countries and VWP passport requirements, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program. Note: all travelers transiting the US are subject to US customs and/or immigration laws.
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See WHO recommendations
Tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation
US $ (USD)
120 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, B
Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
International Driving Permit
Suggested for non-US citizens.
Road Driving Side
El Yunque National Rainforest; Old San Juan & El Morro Castle; Cabo Roho Lighthouse; Coamo Thermal Hot Springs; Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay; Fort San Cristobal
Baseball, boxing, basketball, volleyball
Puerto Ricans believe that directness is rude and will attempt to use euphemisms to avoid it.
Tipping 15-20% of the total bill for restaurant staff is appropriate.
Vejigante festival masks, cigars, coffee, rum, woven straw items, carved santos figures, stringed instruments, mundillo lace
Arroz con gandules — a one-pot dish consisting of yellow rice, pigeon peas, and sofrito (a sauce made with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, red pepper, cilantro, and coriander); may also be garnished with pork, bacon, chorizo, or olives
Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.
World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.
US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.
To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)
How to get help in an emergency?
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444
Page last updated: Monday, June 20, 2022