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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Puerto Rico at this time.
Australians should read Travel Smart for useful travel information to help you prepare for your trip, and advice on what you should do if you run into problems overseas.
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.
Puerto Rico is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The infection often occurs without symptoms but in some cases can cause fever, rash, severe headache, joint pain, and muscle or bone pain. There are no vaccines. All travellers are urged to protect themselves by taking measures to prevent mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women (or women trying to become pregnant) should consider postponing travel to Puerto Rico or talk to their doctor about implications. See our travel bulletin on Zika virus.
The hurricane season is June to November when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services may occur. However, tropical storms and hurricanes may also occur in other months. See our Severe weather page.
Where to get help
Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.
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 (USA) at:
Australian Consulate-General, New York
150 East 42nd Street, 34th Floor
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.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the Consulate-General you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
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: