Puerto Rico FAQs 


Do I need to speak Spanish/ is there a language requirement?

Spanish and English are the official languages. Most Puerto Ricans speak English.

Do I need a passport?

United States citizens don’t need a passport to enter the island.

What's the currency in Puerto Rico?

The United States dollar is the official currency.

Is Puerto Rico safe to visit?

Though theft and robbery can happen, Puerto Rico is likely no more dangerous than your hometown. Simple precautionary measures can prevent crime, such as not leaving purses, bags or valuables visible in cars.

How do I get to Puerto Rico?

San Juan is the hub for flights from the United States and Canada. Travelers have a number of airline options to San Juan to include:

  • American

  • American Eagle

  • American Trans Air

  • British Airways

  • Cape Air

  • Carnival

  • Continental

  • Copa

  • Delta

  • Hill Aviation

  • Iberia

  • KLM

  • LASCA

  • LIAT

  • Mexicana

  • Northwest

  • PanAm

  • Spirit Airlines

  • Sunaire Express

  • Towers Air

  • TWA

  • United

  • US Airways

  • Vieques Air-link

How long does it take to fly to Puerto Rico?

Typical Flight Times: (outbound flights are slightly longer due to headwinds)

  • Miami - 2.5 hours

  • Charlotte - 3 hours

  • Philadelphia - 3.5 hours

  • Washington D.C. - 3.5 hours

  • Atlanta - 3.5 hours

  • Boston - 4 hours

  • New York - 4 hours

  • Dallas-Fort Worth - 4.25 hours

  • Chicago - 5 hours

How much does it cost to stay in Puerto Rico?

Food prices can vary from $3 for cheaper options to $30+ for higher-end meals in restaurants. Room rentals can range from $40 for cheaper options to $200+ for higher-end accomodations.

It is generally acceptable to tip between 15% to 20% when applicable.  

How do I get around in Puerto Rico?

There are taxis, Ubers, car rentals, buses, public transportation and limousines services available throughout the island. If driving, stay on the right side of the road (just like in the United States), but be aware street signs are in Spanish, distances markers are in kilometers, and gas is sold in liters.

How do I apply to volunteer?

Complete our online volunteer form.

Do I need vaccinations? If so, which ones?

No additional vaccinations are required, though the CDC recommends getting a typhoid vaccine if you are visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Where can I find additional resources about Puerto Rico?

More detailed information about travel can be found at Discover Puerto Rico.