Beaches of white sand, beautiful rain forests, gorgeous mountains, the sights and sounds of the Caribbean... If you're a U.S. citizen looking for an exotic adventure without the hassle of passports and immigration posts, Puerto Rico fits the bill. Puerto Rico is an easily accessible commonwealth of the U.S. and requires only a valid proof of identity when arriving from the U.S. mainland.
Citizens of the United States do not need a passport to enter Puerto Rico. However, U.S. citizens will need a valid U.S. driver's license or some other form of official government-issued picture ID to enter Puerto Rico.
Alongside a valid picture ID, traveling students may also want to bring an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). This form of student ID can provide discounts on some cuisine, transportation and accommodations while in Puerto Rico. Additional benefits to the student cardholder include a 24 hour emergency helpline and some travel insurance benefits.
U.S. citizens can work in Puerto Rico without any official visa or work permit.
Should you travel away from Puerto Rico into other parts of the Caribbean and want to re-enter the United States from any non-territory point, you must present a valid U.S. passport to gain re-entry.
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Michael C. is a freelance writer and actor who lives in New York. He has provided research articles for Harvard University / Massachusetts General Hospital, online content for Fly Communications and copy editing for Actors' Equity Association.