Because their home is a U.S. commonwealth nation, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and can travel freely from their island to the U.S. mainland. U.S. citizens from the mainland can travel to Puerto Rico without a passport or visa. However, U.S. residents with foreign passports would be subject to the same entry procedures in Puerto Rico that they would be on the mainland.
As a U.S. commonwealth, Puerto Ricans and Americans share the same citizenship.
U.S. citizens must have a state-issued photo identification, like a driver’s license or department of motor vehicles-issued non-driving photo ID, to enter Puerto Rico. This requirement is the same as for air passengers traveling within the continental United States.
If you are a U.S. resident, but you hold a foreign passport, bring your passport with a valid U.S. visa or your residence card or naturalization certificate when you pass through Puerto Rican immigration.
Foreign tourists going to Puerto Rico are subject to a customs search on their first entry point in the United States, but will not be subject to the same search if they then fly from a continental U.S. destination to Puerto Rico. Entry into Puerto Rico by foreign citizens requires a U.S. visa or visa waiver, issued by the U.S. Embassy in the traveler’s country of origin.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you can choose to travel with a U.S. passport instead of other forms of photo ID. Show your U.S. passport and enter through the domestic traveler lanes at Puerto Rican immigration control.
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