Visa for Puerto Rico
Do I need a visa to travel to Puerto Rico?
Yes, if you are a foreign national, you will probably need a visa to travel to Puerto Rico. You will need to apply for a special visa or Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) if you plan to visit the island as a tourist. If you plan to reside in Puerto Rico, you will need to apply for a residency or immigrant visa.
Most foreigners need a visa or ESTA to visit Puerto Rico. Citizens of certain countries are not allowed to enter Puerto Rico: Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. U.S. citizens do not need a passport or visa to travel to Puerto Rico.
Types of visas to Puerto Rico
Tourist visa or ESTA
Business and tourist visa - B1/B2
Transit visa - C
Commercial or flight crew visa - D
Trade visa - E
Student visa - F
Student visa - M
Exchange visa - J
Media and Journalist Visa - I
Personal Transfer Visa - L
Visa for people with extraordinary abilities - O
Sports visa - P
Visa for International Cultural Exchange - Q
Religious visa - R
Family visa - V
Citizens of the following countries need to apply for a visa to Puerto Rico at an embassy
Citizens of approximately 190 countries are required to obtain a visa from an embassy or consulate to enter Puerto Rico, regardless of the planned length of stay or purpose of travel. These restrictions are mandatory for foreign nationals, whether they need a tourist visa, business visa, student visa, work visa, transit visa, resident visa or any other type of visa. To obtain a visa from the Puerto Rico embassy, one must make an appointment in advance at the nearest U.S. government diplomatic office and fill out a consular visa application. The applicant will need to appear for a personal interview and will need to bring different documents depending on the type of visa required.
Citizens of which countries do not need a visa to Puerto Rico?
Currently, Puerto Rico and U.S. visa laws identify up to 10 countries and territories whose citizens do not require a visa or travel authorization to visit. Most of these are neighboring jurisdictions. Among them are Canadian citizens, who can also obtain work authorization in Puerto Rico and the U.S. under a simplified procedure under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Citizens of Bermuda of the British Overseas Territories also do not require a visa to Puerto Rico for stays of up to 180 days in most cases.
Citizens of other neighboring jurisdictions, such as the Bahamas and citizens of the British Overseas Territories, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, are also allowed visa-free entry to Puerto Rico under certain conditions. Most of these citizens are allowed to stay in Puerto Rico for up to 180 days.
How do I get a visa to Puerto Rico?
Citizens who are authorized to participate in tourist, business or transit trips of 90 days or less are required to submit an online application for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA can only be submitted online and you can use our visa center. We will help you at every step of the visa application process.
You just need to fill out the form with the required information and pay for the ESTA. Within 3 days, you will receive your approved travel authorization by email. It is important to make sure that all the information provided is correct and never hide or misrepresent information, as this can lead to problems with government authorities.
How much does a visa to Puerto Rico cost?
The cost of a visa to enter Puerto Rico depends on the specific type of visa required. Prices for all visas issued through the embassy vary depending on the type required.
How far in advance do I need to apply for a Puerto Rico visa?
All non-immigrant visas require an application at least 6 months prior to the planned travel. For immigrant visas, it is recommended to apply 3-9 months prior to travel, depending on the specific visa type.
People seeking ESTA travel authorization can apply at any time, and a 72-hour notice prior to travel to Puerto Rico is usually sufficient. However, it is recommended that you apply at least 10 days in advance, just in case of possible delays.
Can a Puerto Rico visa be changed after it has been granted?
No, once you have received your ESTA travel authorization or visa, it is not possible to change any information. If you have made a mistake in your information, you will have to reapply for an ESTA, but you will have to pay the government fees again.
If you are applying for a regular visa, you will have to visit the embassy and reapply or ask for the incorrect information to be corrected and pay the relevant government fees again.
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