Puerto Rico - Formalities
Fly the Q flag on entering Purto Rican waters.
It is necessary to clear in with both Customs
and with Immigration.
arriving from outside the territory must contact the US Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) immediately.
The telephone number to report arrival is 1-877-529-6840 or (787) 729-6840. Seven days a week: 08:00 to 24:00. Outside these hours: (787) 253-4533 or (787) 253-4538.
Only the capatain is permitted got go ashore, if necessary, to report arrival.
All yachts (including American yachts) coming from the US Virgin Islands must report their arrival in Puerto Rico. The whole crew must visit the CBP officer, although US boats can report by telephone only if they are part of the Local Boater Option programme. See Customs
There is an entry fee to pay if you come to Puerto Rico (see "Fees" below for details). If you do not have a cruising permit
(see "Documents" below for details), you will have to pay this entry fee in every harbour.
It is also necessary to also phone
the freephone number when moving from one district to another. A personal visit will not be required unless departing Puerto Rico.
There are four districts, North, South, East, and West. The East district is based in Fajardo and covers Puerto Rico East coast
and the Spanish Virgin Islands
A departure Zarpe is available if one is required for your next port of call.
After you clear out, you have 48 hours to leave Puerto Rico.
Non-US nationals must return the immigration docket in their passports, issued on arrival, but this can be done by post.
There is more detail on security
and clearance measures on the Noonsite USA/Customs
Last updated January 2013.
A useful contact if wishing to clear in at one of the unofficial Ports
of Entry in the west of PR (Puerto Real or Boquerón, Cabo Rojo).
SSCA Cruising Station Host
(Thomas Cordero) , Puerto Rico
Tom is a helpful contact for information about Puerto Rico.