Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
  • Where can I find the “stay at home” or “shelter in place” order?
          Click this link for executive orders in English and Spanish: https://www.estado.pr.gov/en/executive-orders/
Click this link for Stay-at-Home order in English:
  • Does the executive order provide any specific exemptions concerning aviation activities? Yes.
On March 15, 2020, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Wanda Vázquez Garced, issued an Executive Order to facilitate the private and public closings necessary to combat the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and control the risk of contagion within the Island.  
During the curfew hours—from 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.—citizens may only take public roads in emergency situations, except that the curfew restrictions do not apply to private or public security personnel at the state and federal level; health professionals; personnel working in hospitals, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, bioscience facilities or health centers; personnel working within the wholesale distribution chain; personnel whose work involve the manufacture of goods and foods from origin to consumer sales establishments; personnel working with critical infrastructure and utilities, call centers, port and airport staff; members of the press; or citizens who are dealing with an emergency or health situations.  These individuals are authorized to travel to their workplace and back during whatever hours are necessary.

  • Is there any interpretive guidance available concerning aviation activities?
  • Who can I contact to request clarification or additional guidance?
Office of Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced: 1-787-721-2400
Puerto Rico Ports Authority: 1-787-723-2260

Additional notes:
  • What other resources should I consult before deciding to fly? Check with local governments (counties, cities, etc.) for any additional restrictions.
Additional recommendations:
  • Pilots are reminded to carefully check all NOTAMs before flight and be alert for ATC service reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pilots should also contact the Airport Manager prior to departure/arrival to confirm availability of services. 
  • AOPA cannot not provide legal advice or legal opinions on State restrictions.  Members are encouraged to contact the AOPA Pilot Information Center at (800) USA-AOPA for the names of AOPA Legal Services Plan Panel Attorneys licensed to practice in your state.   
  • AOPA recommends following all guidance provided by the CDC and state and local officials.   Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 impacts to General Aviation at this AOPA web page

Posted by AOPA Announcements on Apr 23, 2020 8:44 AM EDT