Do I need a passport?
No. You don’t need a passport to go to Puerto Rico because since 1917, Puerto Rico is considered a US territory and its citizens are US citizens. Puerto Rico together with other US territories, do not require a passport for US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) to visit. US citizens are advised to only bring an identification document such as a driver’s license and their birth certificates.
The other US territories are:
- US Virgin Islands.
- American Samoa.
- Swains Island.
- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
What if I am not a US citizen?
If you are a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), i.e you have a Green Card, you might need to bring extra documents. The CBP advises you to bring your immigration documents which prove that you are a legal resident of the US. You still do not need a passport.
However, international travelers who are not citizens or permanent residents will need to bring their valid passports with them. To enter the US or any of its territories these travelers will have to present their passports and applicable visas to CBP officials to get approval for entry.
What is the currency of Puerto Rico?
Since Puerto Rico is part of the US, visitors also do not need to convert currency. They use dollars just like the rest of the US. The official languages are both English and Spanish. If you are in the urban areas, most people will speak fluent English, while in more rural parts, Spanish is more widely used.
When is the best time to visit Puerto Rico?
The island is a very popular travel destination with its beaches and vibrant art scene. Because it has changing weather patterns, it is recommended to visit it from November to April. That is because from June to November, Puerto Rico has its hurricane season which could make it unsafe to travel.