Exiting Puerto Rico
1. The use of Masks is optional
TSA has eliminated the use of mandatory masks at airports around the U.S, making the use of masks in SJU optional. However, the CDC continues to recommend its use to keep everyone protected. Make sure to continue to travel with maks in your luggage; some international airlines may require them. Please visit: https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/statements/2022/04/18/statement-regarding-face-mask-use-public-transportation?fbclid=IwAR1mcBQH9z6y-DV5oV6XfIIBjfCzMRusCJ63UofPdrt3UK2VQJHRY47SwTM
2. Verify the requirements for entering and departing from your destination
At least one or two weeks before traveling, check with the official website of the country or city you will visit to see their restrictions. If you travel to the United States, check the CDC to find out about the restrictions and status in the states and territories. Similarly, you can use the CDC page to check the status of infections in the country you visit. If you have questions or concerns, the authorities are here to guide you on the protocols.
3. Arrive early for your flight
Because anything can happen on your flights, we recommend arriving at least 2 hrs and a half before your domestic flights (U.S) and 3hrs and a half before your international flights. Be sure to communicate with your airline for more information and the flight status system to keep updated.
4. If you are traveling domestically (United States), inspect your luggage in the USDA stations
All who travel from Puerto Rico to the U. S will have to have their luggage checked by USDA officers. They are located at the entrance of every terminal. For more information, please go to: http://aeropuertosju.com/pasajeros/usda/.
5. If traveling with food, make sure to register and ensure it
We know you want to surprise your loved ones with their favorite food and treats they miss so much! We recommend freezing and ensuring all your food is inside the registered luggage that will go in the cargo. Registering will help to avoid delays from the TSA. Don’t forget to plan and see what you can or can’t bring aboard, https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all, as well as the USDA-approved food list: http://aeropuertosju.com/en/passengers/enusda/.
6. Travel with the proper documents
To speed up the TSA process, keep the following documents in hand: boarding passes(either printed or electronically), valid identifications for domestic flights (such as driver’s licenses), and international (such as mandatory passports). All your family members should have this documentation if they are 18 years or older. Learn all the valid identification requirements for your flight here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification. Minors of 18 years of age traveling with an adult will not be required to have an identification. If a minor travels alone, you must consult the airline for their requirements.
7. Speed up the boarding process
The key to protecting yourself is to follow the rules and comply with the regulations of the places you visit. To prevent additional delays in the boarding, you should check-in online if the airline allows you to.
8. Prepare for the TSA inspection line
To travel safely and fast, you should remember to empty your pockets, take your jacket or sweater off, shoes, and use a separate bin for any electronic devices (laptops, tablets, etc.). Follow all the instructions from the security officer. For more information about the TSA protocols and what to do on special occasions, please read their guidelines at: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening.
Entering Puerto Rico
1. The need for a Traveler's Declaration has been eliminated
3. The use of masks is now optional
Masks are now optional at SJU. However, the CDC continues to recommend the use of masks to make sure we keep on being protected. Always travel with masks in your luggage; some international airlines require them.
4. The need to show a negative COVID-19 test has been eliminated
The negative test requirements for COVID-19 are no longer required for all international and domestic passengers. Non-citizen passengers must present a vaccination card. Check out the new measures under the CDC.
5. If returning from an international flight, fill out a customs declaration form
You will need to complete the customs declaration form before leaving the airport. Check out the guide on what you can or can’t bring with you: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/know-before-you-visit.
6. Up your arrival, check the means of transportation offered
We want to remind you that we count on various means of transportation, some of which are located on the first level. You can find Car Rental, Taxi, Rapidshare (Uber), and prepaid transportation. Follow the signs and Consult the rates at: http://aeropuertosju.com/en/transportation/.