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)
🛒 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)
🍔 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.
👪 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)
🛒 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)
⛵ 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
👪 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.
📄 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.

What’s Happening? January 2020

Even though Christmas is over, the Holiday Season is still in full swing here. The big highlights in January are Three Kings’ Day and the San Sebastián Street Festival. And high Tourist season is in full swing- so be ready for days of sun and fun.

While there is almost always something interesting happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve special mention. Here are a few of those events for January 2020.

January Events

January 2 to 22: Winter Baseball

Feed your baseball habit by catching the local Puerto Rican winter season.

Through January 5: Visit the Nao Santa Maria

This full size replica of one of the ships used by Columbus in 1492 is docked between piers 3 and 4 in Old San Juan. It is open for tours daily from 10am to 6pm. We’re seeing some conflicting info about their schedule – it is possible that the ship will be in Old San Juan through January 31, but we can’t confirm that.

January 6: Three Kings Day

Here in Puerto Rico, Christmas is celebrated as a subdued and religious holiday. But the BIG holiday is Three Kings Day.

The town of Juana Díaz boasts the original celebration, with biggest celebration on the island. Usually, the official Kings start a caravan around Puerto Rico on January 2, and end up in Juana Díaz on the night of January 5. This post about the caravan route is in Spanish, but it has all the towns and times where/when you can see the caravan. The big present giveaway and 3 Kings celebration for the family will be held in Old San Juan on the grounds of El Morro on January 6 from 8am to 3pm. Check our Facebook page for more events.

Through January 6: Santa’s Christmas Garden at the Caguas Botanical Garden

The Caguas Botanical Garden is all lit up for the Christmas season! Plus there is food and music and family fun. See their Facebook page for more info.

Through January 6: Navitown at Bahia Urbana

Bahia Urbana Pier 8 in Old San Juan comes to life with Christmas lights, rides for kids, and live music at night. There will be special events, artisans, and food kiosks. See their Facebook page for more info.

January Events

Through January 7: La Feria – The Park

The largest amusement park in the Caribbean takes place in the parking lot of the Hiram Birthorn Stadium in San Juan every year around Christmas. Complete with typical carnival rides, games of chance, musical entertainment, and usually a circus, La Feria – The Park is fun for the whole family.

January 16 to 20: San Sebastián Street Festival

The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián is a big street (or now multi-street) party. Hundreds of thousands of people pour into Old San Juan for the celebration. It is sort of like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Lots of artisans, live music, food, and drinking! There is an opening parade, usually about 6pm, with the cabezudos (big heads)! We will update our article as more detailed info becomes available.

January Events

January 19: Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas

The 44th Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas in San Sebastian honors the heifer (female cow) who is the patron of the town. Bands, kids, floats, and decorated cows parade down the street. The parade starts at 10am at corner of Route 111 and Route 445, and follows along Route 111 for a while until Route 119. Then it is a town festival with rides and artisans, food and music! See their Facebook page for more info.

January 24 to 26: Legend Surf Classic

An official Masters Division Event from the Federation of Surfing PR, aimed to provide both male & female contestants with the opportunity and the challenge to showcase their skills. It features many of the original surfers that started the sport in Puerto Rico. At Dome’s Beach in Rincon. Check out some great surfing and fun time at the local bars. See their Facebook page for more info.

January 16 to 18: La Vuelta Puerto Rico

La Vuelta Puerto Rico is the ultimate cycling adventure for serious endurance athletes interested in a unique pro-like experience. Circumnavigate the entire island as part of a fast-paced international peloton on this fully-supported, three-day, 375-mile event. Serious sport, serious fun with amazing views and experiences through the Puerto Rican countryside. See their web site for more info.

Other Events

As always, you can check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening throughout the year across the island.

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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