General travel information
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Puerto Rico at this time.
Australians are advised to read the General advice to Australian travellers which provides general information about safety and security, local laws and customs, entry and exit requirements, health issues, travel and health insurance and consular assistance and registration.
Puerto Rico is a self-governed territory of the United States of America, and Australian travellers must meet all US entry/transit requirements. Make sure you check your visa requirements with the nearest Embassy of the United States well in advance of your travel. You should also read our travel advice for the United States of America.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
The hurricane season normally runs from June to November. See our Severe weather page.
Where to get help
Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurance provider in the first instance.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have a Consulate in Puerto Rico. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian Consulate-General in New York City at:
Australian Consulate-General, New York
150 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017-5612
United States of America
Telephone (1 212) 351 6500
Facsimile (1 212) 351 6501
See the Consulate-General website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
Other useful information
All Australians travelling to Puerto Rico, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australians can register in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or on-line. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.
If the situation changes and a travel advice for Puerto Rico is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our e-mail subscription service.
Foreign Affairs Canada also issues a travel advice for their citizens.
For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in Puerto Rico, see the following links:
- DFAT country information webpage
- Smartraveller business travellers page
- follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra may be contacted on (02) 6261 3305.