Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Cuartel de Ballaja Lights Up the Night

2/20- the show is NOT running at the moment, hopefully it will be repaired soon. I will update when I hear it has restarted.

Ballaja Light Show

Old San Juan at night is a different place than it is during the day. The songs of the coqui echo in the plazas, and the buildings glow with lights, creating a different feeling altogether.

The Cuartel del Ballaja is now decked out in lights — the outside glows with different colored lights, luring you in to see the real show … a 3D projection mapping film called Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto. The film is projected onto the walls of the courtyard, creating an amazing show of light and sound.

Ballaja Light Show

Technologically, it is a state of the art film process called Ultra HD 3D Projection Mapping. I am not sure how it is done but boy what an amazing thing to see. The process creates 3D-looking scenes that mix animation and real images. The result is projected onto the top 2 floors of the far wall of the courtyard in the 160 year old Cuartel de Ballaja (barracks).

Ballaja Light Show

The creative use of the lights and film sometimes uses the architecture in the scene, and other times hides or totally reconstructs what you are seeing to a whole new look. The state of the art sound system provides a background soundtrack throughout the show.

Ballaja Light Show

The lighting alone is great, and I think that people of all ages will love it. The show tells the basic story of Puerto Rico, from its fiery volcanic origins, to the indigenous peoples, to the arrival of Columbus, to the slavery, on up to the present day. It depicts some of the culture, and the beautiful and famous people and places around Puerto Rico.

We should point out that our photos here do not do justice to what you will see in person.

Ballaja Light Show

They have two soundtracks for the narration — one in English and the other in Spanish. They try to alternate the language from show to show throughout the evening (depending on the audience). In reality, there isn’t a lot of narration throughout the show. So even if you catch the show in a language you don’t understand, I think you will still really enjoy the show — you will "get it" just from the scenes.

Ballaja Light Show

They set up folding chairs in the open-air courtyard, so there’s the chance that the show could be delayed due to rain. The show itself is about 17 minutes long.

They light up the inside of the Ballaja between shows with a changing rainbow of lights, so it’s even enjoyable while you wait for the show to start.

Amazingly, the show is FREE! It really is a must see for locals and tourists alike.

Ballaja Light Show

They are showing this from 7:30pm onwards Fridays, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, usually 3 times through the night. They sometimes post the show schedule on their Facebook page, so you can check there for up to date info.

The coqui photo at the top of this article is from Tony Miceli Creative.

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