Puerto Rico

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
Level 34
New York, NY 10017-5612
United States of America
Telephone (1 212) 351 6500
Facsimile (1 212) 351 6501
Website: www.newyork.usa.embassy.gov.au.

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:

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra may be contacted on (02) 6261 3305.

While every care has been taken in preparing this information, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees, including any member of Australia's diplomatic and consular staff abroad, can accept liability for any injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein.