Puerto Rico reopened two of its international airports on April 1.

Gay Nagle Myers
Gay Nagle Myers
Insight: Puerto Rico's lessons learned

Tourism professionals assessed how the island's crisis preparedness and recovery strategies will play a role in the post-Covid era.

Ponce's Mercedita International airport on the south coast and Aguadilla's Rafael Hernandez airport on the northwestern tip of the island had both been closed to commercial flights since March 20, 2020, when the pandemic hit.

San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International airport in San Juan remained open this past year.

JetBlue now offers flights from JFK and Orlando to Ponce; Spirit has service from Orlando to Aguadilla.

Covid safety measures are in place at both airports, and entry requirements remain the same as in San Juan: Arriving passengers must fill out an online travel declaration form and produce a negative Covid test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival. This applies to travelers who have already been vaccinated.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and is excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative Covid-19 test to enter or return to the U.S.

Recently released data by Adara, a global provider of travel data, revealed that Puerto Rico's bookings are up nearly 25% from a year ago, totaling $112 million in hotel bookings since January.

Isla Verde in San Juan topped first place among destinations with the biggest increase in searches on Tripadvisor year-over-year. 

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