Do You need a passport to go to Puerto Rico? (UPADTED 2020)

“Do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?”

 It isn’t a dumb question. In fact, even as a world traveler, I didn’t have the answer until I planned a trip to Puerto Rico.

The quick answer is that for America Citizens, is no; You do not need a passport to visit Puerto Rico…. that is in most cases.

Puerto Rico isn’t a state (yet), but rather it is part of the American Common Wealth.

Let’s dive a little deeper at look at the rules to find out when and if you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico.

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Do You Need a Passport to go to Puerto Rico as A U.S. Citizen

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If you are a citizen of the United States of America traveling to Puerto Rico is the same as traveling to any as state. So you do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico as an American citizen.

In fact, even the airport taxes and fees are the same as flying anywhere else in the states. So you don’t even pay more airport tax flying to Puerto Rico.

Is there a better deal for an Island Getaway? I can’t! 

Passport Requirements for Puerto Rico

It is important to note that U.S. Customs suggest bringing a government issued I.D. Personally, in the name of safety I would recommend bringing two forms of identification.

Another option is emailing pictures of multiple IDs to yourself in case yours gets damaged, lost, or stolen.

This applies to both exiting and leaving the country.

The easy of travel to Puerto Rico makes an ideal destination if you haven’t got your passport and want to get away from mainland America.

Will I have Trouble with the Airlines?

Imagine you’re on the plane before take off. Suddenly you jerk up in your seat “Do you have to have a passport to go to San Juan?” you ask yourself. Well, like we talked about it is not required for U.S. citizens to have a passport to go the island, I have heard and read cases of where the airlines tell customers that they must have a passport to get on the plane.  

They rushed ordered a passport for their son, but when they got to the airport, no one asked to see the passports. So they spent almost $300 on a rush order passport for nothing. if this happens to you tell them that you ask they think that you do need a passport to go to Puerto Rico.

When the Miami Herald wrote a post and contacted the airline, they were reimbursed for the rush order of a passport.

 So do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico? 

For Puerto Rico passports aren’t required, but you never know what the airlines are going to say. If you have a passport, then I would consider bringing it in case of trouble.

When You Need a Passport to go to Puerto Rico

There is only one instance that I have found in which citizens of the United States didn’t have the right passport requirements.

For example, if you are an American Citizen but and are catching an insanely cheap flight directly from backpacking Europe to San Juan, you will need to show your passport when you land in Puerto Rico.

However, this shouldn’t be a huge hassle because if you are in another country, then you have your passport anyway. You will need to show your it upon arrival so make sure you don’t pack it in your checked luggage.

Do You need a passport to go to Puerto Rico for a NON US Citizen.

Simply, yes. If you are a not a citizen of the United States, you not only need a passport travelers, but you will also need a United States Visa.

The visa is the same visa you need for entry into America.

If you are a Citizen, all the same, laws apply to you as traveling anywhere in America. If you are an NON U.S. Citizen, all the same visa rules apply to you as they would traveling to any other part of America. 

Imagine Puerto Rico as the 51th state.If you treat it this way when planning out your trip and you will have an easier time planning your trip.

Passport Requirements For Puerto Rico FAQS

Can I go to Puerto Rico Without a Passport

What kind of ID do you need to fly to Puerto Rico? If you are a citizen of the U.S. then yes, all you need is a valid government issued  I.D. not a passport.

Do You Need A Passport for 2020 in Puerto Rico?

Can I go to Puerto Rico if I am not a US Citizen? Yes, If you are not from the USA you can visit Puerto Rico. However, you need a passport and possibly a visa to visit Puerto Rico.

What Documents do I need to Travel to Puerto Rico

American Citizens only need a government issued photo I.D. This can be a drivers license. If you aren’t a citizen of the USA then you need a visa to enter the USA as well as a passport.

Do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico if you have a green card?

The same rules apply to Green Card holders as US Citizens. Therefore you do not need a passport to go to Puerto Rico as a green card holder.

Other things to know about Puerto Rico

Phones If you are using a US phone provider than your phone should work fine. If you travel a lot I recommend the T-Mobile international plan that works in over 100 countries.

Currency You have don’t need to exchange currency Puerto Rico uses the USD

Budget Puerto Rico is a tiny island on which most things are imported. This means that the price of food and drink is quite high.

Credit and Debit Cards Your credit and debit cards should work fine, but I always advise calling the banks and letting them know you are traveling. They will put a travel status on your card which stops if from being blocked.

So what are you waiting for, get some cheap tickets using Kayak Explore and start your island vacation to Rico passport free.

I hope this answered the question of do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico.

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