As part of its four-phased reopening plan, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico has announced that it will resume international tourism from July 15. By Kumar Shree

Puerto Rico becomes the latest country to join the list of nations reopening their borders for international tourism after a prolonged period of Coronavirus-induced lockdown. It will have a set of safety guidelines and regulations in place to ensure strict monitoring of the travellers.

 

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Those arriving at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport – the only operational airport in Puerto Rico – will need to furnish a COVID-19 negative test report. To facilitate this, the airport will also have a free testing facility. Moreover, those coming into the country will need to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine, irrespective of their test reports. The government is working around a way to exempt travellers who test negative.

As reported by PR Newswire, Carla Campos, executive director of the PRTC, says, “When we say we want to aim for a gold standard in health and safety, we mean it. All tourism-related businesses must comply and practice the guidelines included in this comprehensive programme. The PRTC will also inspect and certify over 350 hotels and operators over the next four months that must comply with these standards. We are certain that the assurances and security measures provided, coupled with the experiences that make Puerto Rico such an attractive destination, will play a vital role in the short-term recovery of the island’s travel industry.”

 

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While hotels all around Puerto Rico have been operational throughout, the recent update will also enable common and commercial spaces such as pools, bars, restaurants and shops within these hotels to operate at half capacity. Doing so will ensure social distancing, despite being operational.

As part of their reopening, people in Puerto Rico can expect random temperature checks before entering restaurants. Those with irregular temperatures could be denied entry.

Much like the rest of the world, this year has been particularly difficult for the island. Apart from the pandemic, on January 6, 2020, Puerto Rico’s famed tourist spot Punta Ventana also succumbed to a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that shook the southwestern part of the island.

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