Passport Requirements for Flying to Puerto Rico From the U.S.

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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.

As a U.S. commonwealth, Puerto Ricans and Americans share the same citizenship.

U.S. Citizens

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.

U.S. Residents

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 Visitors

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.

U.S. Passports

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.


Emily Manthei holds a masters degree from the University of Edinburgh and has written for publications as diverse as the “Oxford Journal of Theological Studies,” “Emanuel Levy Film Reviews,” “USA Today” and “Northern Express Magazine.” She also writes screenplays for short and feature films.


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