Puerto Rico Travel Vaccines

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November 26, 2023
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Puerto Rico confirmed dengue and Zika cases in 2023.

Puerto Rico Travel Vaccines 2023

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Canada, and the United Kingdom have published vaccination recommendations when visiting Puerto Rico. In 2023, the CDC recommends several routine vaccinations, as well as rabies, measlestyphoid, and hepatitis. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) confirmed in November 2023 that countries in the Caribbean Islands face large-scale dengue outbreaks.

Puerto Rico Disease Outbreaks 2023

The Puerto Rico Department of Health, Arboviral Disease Report, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) compile weekly information on Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika virus cases during 2023. Dengue virus is endemic in Puerto Rico, with most cases confirmed in the San Juan area. As of November 24, 2023, week #44, about 864 dengue cases have been reported. Additionally, there have been 43 Zika and (0) Chikungunya cases reported in 2023. Puerto Rica's health department reported in 2021, there was one new case of tuberculosis per 100,000 population in Puerto Rico. In 2019, the estimated HIV infection incidence rate (new diagnoses) was 11.4 per 100,000 population. There were no reported cases of human rabies in the country in 2020. Previously, the Department of Health reported about 800 leptospirosis cases and 14 related deaths following Hurricane Fiona

Puerto Rico's life expectancy at birth in 2023 was 79.9 years, about four years more than in 2000.

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

The U.S. State Department and the Consulate do not have active Travel Advisories issued for Puerto Rico. The U.S. passport agency is Centro Gubernamental Minillas, Torre Norte, Piso 9, Avenida Jose de Diego, Parada 22, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00940.

Suppose you were born in Puerto Rico or are a naturalized U.S. citizen. In that case, you do not need a U.S. Passport Book or U.S. Passport Card to travel anywhere that is considered under U.S. jurisdiction, including the continental United States of America, Alaska, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John), and other U.S. territories. In addition, travelers from other countries visiting Puerto Rico have the same visa and passport requirements that would apply if visiting the mainland United States.

In October 2023, Amanda Webster, an Indianapolis resident and art teacher, did not return from visiting Puerto Rico.