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sahithi444
03-07-2015, 02:06 AM
Hi,

We are a bunch of masters students curretnly on a valid STEM OPT (extension). We have our EAD cards. We are planning to visit Puerto Rico this May for long weekend (May 25).
We also submitted our documents for H1B application. Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico if our H1Bs are picked ?

We have OPT extension EAD card validity till JUNE 2016.
Thanks
Sahithi

eshchandra
04-04-2015, 05:46 PM
Hi,

We are a bunch of masters students curretnly on a valid STEM OPT (extension). We have our EAD cards. We are planning to visit Puerto Rico this May for long weekend (May 25).
We also submitted our documents for H1B application. Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico if our H1Bs are picked ?

We have OPT extension EAD card validity till JUNE 2016.
Thanks
Sahithi
We visited Puerto Rico 3 years ago. All we took is our drivers license. No immigration check is done provided your flight is from US mainland. On the other hand, we visited US virgin islands last year and there they do have the immigration check. My wife was studying and we showed I-20 and Indian passport. It is better to take your passport and drivers license/state id. Please check the customs and border website.

lookforme_prash
06-29-2015, 10:39 PM
Hello,

I intend to visit Puerto Rico for vacation. I am on H1B and have a valid I797. I don't have a stamp on passport.

Many of the forums I read say that I am safe to travel to Puerto Rico. But this is what I read on bp website which is updated Jan 2015.

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Will travelers from U.S. territories need to present a passport to enter the United States?

U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR's) who travel directly between parts of the United States, which includes Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), without touching at a foreign port or place, are not required to present a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Green Card. However, it is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID and copy of birth certificate.

Hawaii is a U.S. state and therefore passport documentation requirements for U.S. citizens and LPR's do not apply.

Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

Questions about requirements for domestic travel should be directed to Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA can be reached at 1-866-289-9673.

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Does this means from now on we need a valid stamp in passport to enter the US back from Puerto Rico?

hariswaminathan
07-02-2015, 12:47 PM
Hello,

I intend to visit Puerto Rico for vacation. I am on H1B and have a valid I797. I don't have a stamp on passport.

Many of the forums I read say that I am safe to travel to Puerto Rico. But this is what I read on bp website which is updated Jan 2015.

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Will travelers from U.S. territories need to present a passport to enter the United States?

U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR's) who travel directly between parts of the United States, which includes Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), without touching at a foreign port or place, are not required to present a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Green Card. However, it is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID and copy of birth certificate.

Hawaii is a U.S. state and therefore passport documentation requirements for U.S. citizens and LPR's do not apply.

Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

Questions about requirements for domestic travel should be directed to Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA can be reached at 1-866-289-9673.

If you wish to receive automatic updates to this Q&A, select "Subscribe to Updates" on the left side of this screen.
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Does this means from now on we need a valid stamp in passport to enter the US back from Puerto Rico?


Puerto Rico is a US territory. If you enter and leave PR from within the US, there is NO passport control. It's like a domestic flight. If you enter PR from an international destination or plan your onward journey out, then obviously a passport is required as it is the same as leaving or entering the US border. I have traveled to PR with my US DL only in the past.