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.

Puerto Rico at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

2016 Summer Olympics

Let the Games begin!

As we all know by now, the 2016 Summer Games of the XXXI Olympiad are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 05 August to 21 August 2016.

For 16 days, over 11,000 athletes representing 205 countries will compete in 42 different sporting categories.

Puerto Rico will be represented by 41 athletes at these Olympic Games. They will be competing in Athletics, Boxing, Diving, Equestrian, Judo, Road Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Puerto Rico’s Olympic Heritage

Puerto Rico has been competing under its own flag in the Summer Olympics since 1948, and in the Winter Olympics since 1984.

Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Puerto Rico’s athletes have garnered a total of 2 Silver and 6 Bronze medals …

  • Juan Venegas won Bronze in Boxing in 1948 in London
  • Orlando Maldonado won Bronze in Boxing in 1978 in Montreal
  • Luis Ortiz won Silver in 1984 in Boxing in Los Angeles
  • Arístides González won Bronze in Boxing in 1984 in Los Angeles
  • Aníbal Acevedo won Bronze in Boxing in 1992 in Barcelona
  • Daniel Santos won Bronze in Boxing in 1996 in Atlanta
  • Javier Culson won Bronze in the Men’s 400m Hurdles in 2012 in London
  • Jaime Yusept Espinal won Silver in Men’s 84kg Freestyle Wrestling in 2012 in London

Olympic Training in Puerto Rico

2016 Summer Olympics

The Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico (COPUR) (Puerto Rico Olympic Committee) is the National Olympic Committee for Puerto Rico. Founded in 1948, it is the official voice of the island to the International Olympic Committee. COPUR oversees Olympic sports on the island, and it selects the teams that will represent Puerto Rico in the Olympic Games. Its headquarters are in Casa Olímpico (which is the YMCA building) in Old San Juan.

The primary Olympic training facility in Puerto Rico, operated by COPUR, is the Albergue Olímpico (Olympic Hostel). Located in Salinas, the Albergue Olímpico was founded in 1983, as a training center for highly competitive athletes. The primary mission of the Albergue is to "build positive and educated minds in healthy bodies that are able to create new expectations of life".

Today, it serves as a training facility, as well as a public use athletic, recreation, and activity center. It has facilities for shooting, mountain biking (MTB), cycling, boxing, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, baseball, soccer, and track & field events. For recreation, it has a water park, a children’s water park, rock-climbing walls, miniature golf, a botanical garden, and a museum.

Highlights of Team PUR at the 2016 Summer Olympics

13 August: Mónica Puig Wins a Gold Medal!
First Gold Medal for Puerto Rico, and First Woman to Win an Olympic Medal for Puerto Rico!

12 August: Mónica Puig Beats Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova to Advance to the Finals
Guaranteed a Silver or Gold Medal!

11 August: Mónica Puig Upsets Germany’s Laura Siegemund to Advance to Semifinals

09 August: Mónica Puig Upsets Garbine Muguruza to Advance to Quarter Finals

05 August: Parade of Nations

Team PUR for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Puerto Rico is being represented in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games by 41 athletes, competing in 43 different events across 15 sporting categories.

Athlete Sporting Category and Event Medals
Brian Afanador Table Tennis
Men’s Singles
Eric Alejandro Athletics
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Andrés Arroyo Athletics
Men’s 800m
Brian Babilonia Road Cycling
Men’s Road Race
Lauren Billys Equestrian
Individual Eventing
Lely Berlitt Burgos Ortiz Weightlifting
Women’s 48kg
Women’s 53kg
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Athletics
Women’s 100m Hurdles
Luis Joel Castro Athletics
Men’s High Jump
Jeyvier Jesus Cintron Boxing
Men’s Fly 52kg
Grace Claxton Athletics
Women’s 400m Hurdles
Javier Culson Athletics
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Áurea Cruz Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Adriana Diaz Table Tennis
Women’s Singles
Stephanie Enright Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Alysbeth Félix Athletics
Women’s Heptathlon
Vanessa García Swimming
Women’s 50m Freestyle
Franklin Gómez Matos Wrestling
Men’s Freestyle 65kg
Manuel Huerta Triathlon
Men’s Individual
Yarimar Mercado Martinez Shooting
Women’s 10m Air Rifle
Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Melissa Mojica Judo
Women’s Over 78kg
Vilmarie Mojica Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Celiangeli Morales Athletics
Women’s 200m
Lynda Morales Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Karina Ocasio Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Alexandra Oquendo Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
María Pérez Judo
Women’s 70kg
Diamara Planell Athletics
Women’s Pole Vault
Mónica Puig Tennis
Women’s Singles
Rafael Quintero Diving
Men’s 10m Platform
Beverly Ramos Athletics
Women’s Marathon
Diana Reyes Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Erik Risolvato Swimming
Men’s 50 Freestyle
Yarimar Rosa Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Daly Santana Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Debora Seilhamer Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
David Adley Smith Athletics
Men’s High Jump
Natalia Valentín Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Wesley Vázquez Athletics
Men’s 800m
Shara Venegas Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Crystal Brittany Weekes Taekwondo
Women’s Over 67kg
Jamie Yusept Espinal Wrestling
Men’s Freestyle 86kg

For More Info

Source material for this article included the Rio 2016 web site, the Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico web site, Wikipedia.org, as well as other sources.

Image, logos, and pictographs used in this article are credited to Rio 2016 and the Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico (COPUR). The Parade of Nations video was posted on Facebook by Noticias 24/7. Those elements are the sole property of their respective copyright holders, and PuertoRicoDayTrips.com makes no claim to ownership of that content.

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