The Secretary of Health, Carlos Mellado, announced that any traveler who arrives in Puerto Rico without a negative molecular test will be fined $ 300.
The test must have been carried out within a period of three days or 72 hours prior to your arrival on the Island.
“We are complying with Governor Pedro Pierluisi’s mandate to establish more restrictive measures that allow us to control the spread of the virus and, in this way, slow the rise in infections. We are seeing the behavior of the disease a little more aggressive, which moves us to take changes that allow us to protect life, health and medical-hospital resources, “said Mellado.
The new provisions apply to passengers who are in process or have completed their vaccination process.
The administrative order, which will take effect on Wednesday, April 28, grants a dispensation to all travelers to be able to perform the molecular test without the need for a referral.
Mellado explained that the fine will be canceled once the traveler presents the result to the system BioPortal within a maximum term of 48 hours after arrival on the island.
“Airports have been identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a possible source of easy contagion, for these purposes, and in keeping with the Governor’s priorities, We prioritize implementing measures that help prevent and control the spread of the virus. We want them healthy and we are going to continue working until we can stop the pandemic, ”the official said.
The administrative order will allow entry to the country of people who have already recovered from the virus, but their molecular test continues to test positive, since people who have recovered from covid-19 can continue to test positive for up to 90 days after their infection. In these cases, the agency will require the traveler to attach evidence of their recovery history in the Traveler Declaration digitally.
Likewise, any passenger whose molecular test result is positive will be responsible for assuming all medical expenses and their stay. The traveler will have to be kept in isolation until the Department of Health so determines.
For people who do not arrive with the test, the Department of Health will offer a list of laboratories where passengers can go and have said test done without having to present a medical order or a referral. Passengers must remain in quarantine until they have a negative molecular test result, which should not exceed 48 hours.
“Any passenger who acts against the orders and guidelines of the Department of Health, will be imposed an administrative fine of not more than $ 5,000.00. In the case of a second occasion the fine may be up to a maximum of ten thousand dollars,” said the doctor.
Likewise, it will proceed to upload it to your traveler’s declaration digitally. Once the process is completed, the system will consider the Department’s requirement to be fulfilled and will eliminate the administrative fine from the system.
Earlier, the official had advanced that more restrictive measures were going to be imposed at the airport to try to contain the rise in infections that have been registered on the island in recent weeks.
The Health Department report reported today 977 new cases confirmed by molecular testing, adding 108,864 positives since the start of the pandemic. Probable cases total 14,185 with 391 new infections. Meanwhile, 913 suspected cases put the total number of infections by positive serological test at 109,093.