Passport and Visa Requirements

Passports

Because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, U.S. citizens coming from mainland destinations do not need passports to enter Puerto Rico. However, because of airport security measures, it is necessary to produce a government-issued photo ID (federal, state, or local) to board a plane; this is most often a driver’s license or birth certificate.

Visitors from other countries, including Canada, need a valid passport to land in Puerto Rico. It is important to note when your passport expires. Many countries require your passport to have at least 6 months left before its expiration in order to allow you into the destination.

Children 15 and under may continue entering with only a U.S. birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship.

For information about U.S. Passports, go to http://travel.state.gov and click on “U.S. Passports.”

 

Visas

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. For those from countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., the same visa is necessary to enter Puerto Rico.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel and meet all requirements explained below.

Citizens of all other countries must have (1) a valid passport that expires at least 6 months later than the scheduled end of their visit to the U.S.; and (2) a tourist visa.

For a complete list of participating countries and information about U.S. Visas, go to http://travel.state.gov and click on “Visas.”