Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ›’ All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ” ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
πŸ›’ The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 2022)
β›΅ 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚒 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
πŸ“„ ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Catch a Flight at the Ceiba International Airport

Ceiba International Airport

If you are traveling to Culebra or Vieques, your choices are to take the ferry out of Ceiba or to fly. If you choose to fly, you can depart from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in Carolina (commonly called the San Juan Airport), the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG) in San Juan (commonly called the Isla Grande Airport), or the new Ceiba International Airport (RVR) in Ceiba (formerly called the José Aponte de la Torre Airport).

The Ceiba International Airport (RVR) opened at the end of November 2008. Located at the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Ceiba, this airport replaces the recently closed Diego Jiménez Torres Airport (FAJ) in Fajardo. For people who want to fly to Culebra, Vieques or even some of the other nearby islands (like the US Virgin Islands), flights from this smaller airport on the east coast are much more economical than flights from the airports in the San Juan area.

Getting to the Airport

Map to Ceiba International Airport

If you’re driving from the San Juan area, you’ll want to take Route 66 east to Route 3 east toward Fajardo. In the Fajardo area, Route 3 becomes Route 53. Once you’re on Route 53, you’ll want to take Exit 2 (which is before the first toll booth), which is for Puerto del Rey marina. This will put you back on Route 3 heading south. Then, really all you need to do is follow the signs for the airport. You’ll continue on Route 3, and eventually you’ll turn left onto Tarawa Drive. Again, just follow the signs.

Since Ceiba International Airport is located on the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base, you’ll come to a small guard house at the gate to the base. When we went, the guard just waved us past. Just continue to follow the road. It seems a bit tricky as they are doing construction. They’ve blocked all the side roads so there’s no choice as to what to do. Eventually, you’ll get to the airport terminal building.

If you need to park, there is hourly parking to the left near the building.

 

At the Airport

Ceiba International Airport in Ceiba

Inside the building, there are counters for the airlines: Air Flamenco, and Vieques Air Link. The airlines run planes back and forth to the Culebra Airport (CPX) and to the Antonio Rivera RodrΓ­guez Airport (VQS) in Vieques (commonly called the Vieques Airport) as either charter or at scheduled times during daylight hours (roughly 6:00am to 6:00pm). Typical round-trip fares are about $80 per person to Vieques ($90 RT for Culebra). They generally run on schedule :-).

If you end up waiting, you’ll be happy that the airport has clean bathrooms. There may be a snack bar open, but it looked closed recently.

There is a parking lot that is open 7 days a week 6:00am to 7:00pm. The parking fee is $1.00 for the first hour and 50¢ for each additional hour. It is $8.50 for 24 hour parking. Add IVU (sales tax) on all the prices. The parking attendant accepts cash and credit.

Car Rentals

If you plan to return to the out-islands and need a rental car just while on the main island. Carlos Jeep Rental is also at the airport and they offer a shuttle to/from the ferry. 787-742-3514 or check their web site .

Avis car rental- They provide a shuttle from the Ceiba Airport to their office, just outside of the airport gate. If you plan to return your rental car to the San Juan International Airport (SJU), you can check if Avis will allow this one-way drop-off. They don’t offer this one way rental all the time, so call to check. They also close early on the weekend. web site You can call them directly at 787-885-0505 or 787-605-0166 for more information.

There is also a Allied Car rental — 787-455-7350 in Puerto Del Rey marina. And a Thrifty Car Rental at the Fajardo Inn. They also have a shuttle that will pick you up at the Ceiba Airport and they also sometimes have a one-way rental with return at San Juan International Airport (SJU). Their fee for this is around $60. You can call them directly at 787-860-2030 for more information. I would suggest calling but also trying to book on-line.

For more information about the services at the Ceiba Airport call (787) 729-8715 or 787-534-4101.

For more information on Air Flamenco’s services to Culebra, you can call 787-534-4220 , or check their web site.

For more information on Vieques Air Link’s services to Vieques or Culebra, you can call 787-534-4222, or check their web site.

If these 2 larger airlines are booked, you can always look into chartering a flight.

For more information on Taxi Aero (they do charters to both out islands), check their web site or you can call (787) 602-7605.

We estimate the driving time from the San Juan area to the Ceiba Airport to be about 75 – 90 minutes.

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