Covid-19 in Puerto Rico, safety precautions, and travel tips.
It may not be possible to maintain complete peace-of-mind while traveling during the COVID-19 outbreak, but there are smart things we can all do to stay healthy if and when we decide to travel.
The spread of COVID-19 continues to raise concerns among travelers worldwide. If you meet certain high-risk criteria (you’re 60+ or in poor health), you may decide to stay home. But if your health is good and you decide to travel, here is some important information about Coronavirus in Puerto Rico plus useful information about our Fajardo hotel and how to have a healthy and safe trip.
COVID-19 in Puerto Rico
As of today, there has been one presumptive Coronavirus case reported in Puerto Rico and the risk to the public remains very low.
The Fajardo Inn
Our Fajardo resort is secluded and remote. On-site, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation including two restaurants, a salon, clean swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, plus beautiful botanic gardens and lots of fresh air. We also house a rental car facility on-site with clean, sanitized, vehicles should you want to cruise the island. We offer white-glove concierge service and are happy to accommodate special requests and itinerary changes, suggest things to do, set up excursions, etc. Our grounds are meticulously cared for. Each room is cleaned with powerful – yet safe – disinfectants.
Safe Travel Tips for the Coronavirus Outbreak
It’s no secret COVID-19 is very contagious so it’s a good idea to wash your hands often and pack items like hand sanitizer, sterile wipes, tissues, and emergency medication like fever-reducers. Avoid touching your face (a tall order considering we all touch our face a whopping 23 times per hour) and be prepared to wipe down surfaces at the airport and on the plane.
Keep up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is your source for up to date COVID-19 travel advisories and risk assessment by country. You can also check in with local information boards for city and state advisories. There’s certainly plenty of conflicting information out there, so be sure to do your homework before your departure.
Be smart about the airport.
The Coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to nine days so it’s best to limit your exposure to frequently trafficked areas like check-in kiosks, information counters, and public restrooms. Another tip is to not walk barefoot through metal detectors. Forgo the bins at security checkpoints and instead keep your belongings in a carryon bag which should be placed on the x-ray belt. Apply hand sanitizer regularly and wash your hands post-security.
Take precautions on the plane.
Generally, airlines are upping their cleaning procedures for domestic and international flights. Crews are giving extra attention to sanitizing armrests, seat belts, tray tables, overhead controls, and lavatory handles. Still, it’s a good idea to bring your own wipes to rubdown high-touch surfaces.
Don’t be fooled – it’s a myth that booking travel through sites like Expedia and Travelocity offer the best deals. When you book direct with the Fajardo Inn – on our website or by phone – you’ll get the best nightly rate, plus a very fair cancellation. For example,
Book airlines with “flexible booking” promotions.
A host of airlines such as United, Jet Blue, Delta, and American are offering fee waivers and refunds for flights booked over the next few weeks (more details from VOX). Plus, most flights are really inexpensive right now. Roundtrip tickets from New York to San Juan, for example, are as low as $71 through mid-May. After that, they rise to $138. If you’re in a low-risk demographic you can fly with peace-of-mind using safe-travel practices.
Purchase travel insurance.
Now is the time to purchase “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) coverage. This add-on to basic travel insurance gives you the freedom to cancel your trip for any reason that’s not already covered by your policy. With CFAR, you’ll be reimbursed between 50% and 75% your prepaid, forfeited and non-refundable trip costs. Always check with your insurer to make sure you have the right policy for your travel needs
The Fajardo Inn is open and happily welcoming guests. We’re ideally situated on the beautiful east coast of Puerto Rico, just minutes from El Yunque National Forest and miles of beautiful – remote – shoreline. For more information about our rates and cancellation policy, call 888-860-6006. We wish everyone safe and happy travels.
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