Travel & Acommodation
Customs and Immigration:
There are no passports or visas necessary for United States citizens, which mean that US citizens can travel freely in and out of the island without going through immigration or customs. US citizens only need to have some form of official government issued picture identification to enter Puerto Rico such as a current driver’s license or a photo-identification card issued to non-drivers by a state’s motor vehicles department. For additional information, contact your local U.S. embassy. or call the Puerto Rico State Department at (787) 722-2121.
Citizens of other countries have the same requirements as for entering the USA. Potential visitors must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The 90-day "visitor" visa is a non-immigrant visa to enter the United States temporarily. Those planning to travel to Puerto Rico for a different purpose, such as study or temporary work, must apply for specialized visas (either an M-1 or F-1 class). A visa is not a guarantee of entry into Puerto Rico. The bearer of a visa is subject to inspection at the port of entry by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials who have authority to deny admission (Homeland Security Advisor, La Fortaleza, P.O. Box 9020082, San Juan, PR 00902-0082 - 787-977-7730 / 7731).
At the airports in Puerto Rico, your luggage will be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure you are not carrying prohibited fruits and plants to the mainland. Avocado, papaya, coconut and plantain can be taken to the U.S.; mango, sour sop, passion fruit and plants potted in soil cannot. Travelers carrying undeclared prohibited items will be fined on the spot. Articles from Vietnam, North Korea, Kampuchea or Cuba, illegal publications, lottery tickets, chocolate liqueurs or pre-Columbian artifacts may not be brought into the country.
Passing through customs should be routine and quick. If you are taking prescription drugs, make sure you have a copy of the prescription with you; otherwise you could be held up.
If you want a copy of what is and is not permitted back on the mainland, write the U.S. Agriculture Department, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737 or call (787) 796-1650.
|Luis Muňoz Marín (LMM)
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Puerto Rico is easily accessible by air from major cities:
- 2 1/2 hours from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale
- 2 3/4 hours from Orlando and Tampa 3 1/2 hours from Atlanta and Pittsburgh
- 3 3/4 hours from Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia
- 4 3/4 hours from Chicago and Dallas 8 1/2 hours from Madrid and Montreal
Puerto Rico is the airline hub of the Caribbean with more than 900 domestic and 600 international flights per week from the U.S., Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. You can literally get here from almost anywhere. And, as a U.S. Commonwealth, no passports or visas are required for U.S. visitors; foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas as required. We also use U.S. currency, phone and mail services and both Spanish and English are official languages.
The brand-new Sheraton Hotel next to the Convention Center will be the official Congress Headquarters. Others nearby hotels are: Condado Plaza, La Concha, Marriott, Caribe Hilton and others.
The Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico has already signed contracts with the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Sheraton Hotel.
Conceived as an "urban resort," the property will have on the first floor, the contemporary design calls for a large, open lobby, casino, and entertainment complex with music hall for live performances. Also included in the plan are two ballrooms, banquet and meeting rooms, spa, restaurants, shops and parking space. On the fourth floor, the design features a rooftop pool with cabanas, tropical gardens and views of Old San Juan and the harbor. Described as a "beach without sand," the area is designed to bring the Caribbean into the Convention Center District for conventioneers.
More details about the hotel:
- It will have 500 bedrooms, 32 of them suites
- A 15,000 square feet ballroom
- 60,000 square feet space for meeting places (meeting rooms)
- 15,000 s/f casino
- 10,000 s/f spa and gym
- 70,000 s/f commercial space for restaurants, shops and entertainment