Puerto Rico Travel Vaccines and Advice
Puerto Rico has many identities. An amazing green backdrop contrasts with the turquoise of the sea. Technological evolution coexists with tradition; large hotels are situated alongside traditional huts. Head to the beaches for a multitude of diving and tanning opportunities on stretches of sandy beaches. Partygoers will be in their element with music throughout the day and night. To experience the cultural side of Puerto Rico, a trip to San Juan will delight you. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city is full of traces from its past. The cities of Ponce and Loiza also offer rich architectural heritage.
Recommended travel vaccinations for Puerto Rico
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids|
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
|Yellow Fever||Mosquito bites|
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Puerto Rico
|Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
Current Weather in Puerto Rico
Medical Care in Puerto Rico
Whilst there is no real health risk present in Puerto Rico and the health system is sufficient, hospital fees can be high. If you require hospitalization during your stay, note that Hospital Bella Vista in the city of Mayaguez is well equipped and will provide you with quality care. You can also visit the Hospital Pavia Yauco to receive good treatment; this modern health facility offers a range of medical services.
You should anticipate potential health problems before your stay and should pack a first aid kit.
If you experience a medical emergency, dial 911. Ambulance wait time is short and you will be treated by qualified paramedics. In the event of more serious diseases, medical evacuation by plane is required.
Is Puerto Rico Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Health||Zika virus and dengue fever warning|
|Risk level (San Juan)||Normal security precautions|
|Risk level (Puerto Rico)||High degree of caution|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Puerto Rico?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Only a passport is required to enter Puerto Rico. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure.
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Embassy of Canada to Puerto Rico information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian Consulate to Puerto Rico
Hato Rey Center, 268 Ponce de Leon, Suite 1111,
San Juan (Hato Rey), Puerto Rico, U.S.A., 00918
Tel.: (787) 759-6629
Fax: (787) 294-1205
Canadian Consulate General to the U.S.A. (MIAMI)
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1600,
Miami, Florida, U.S.A., 33131
Fax: (305) 374-6774
Email: [email protected]
Click here to access the embassy’s website
Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Consulate General in United States.