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.

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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