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Puerto Rico

Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Puerto Rico
Continent: North America
Capital City: San Juan
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:
Main Cities: San Juan, Aguadilla, Ponce, Bayamón, Caguas, Guaynabo, Mayagüez, Arecibo, Carolina, Yauco, San Germán, Trujillo Alto, Guayama, Fajardo, Las Mareas

Country Size: 13,790 sq km
Population: 3,971,020

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Spanish, English

Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%

National Holidays: US Independence Day, 4 July (1776); Puerto Rico Constitution Day, 25 July (1952)
Economic Status:

Puerto Rico has one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region. A diverse industrial sector has far surpassed agriculture as the primary locus of economic activity and income. Encouraged by duty-free access to the US and by tax incentives, US firms have invested heavily in Puerto Rico since the 1950s. US minimum wage laws apply. Sugar production has lost out to dairy production and other livestock products as the main source of income in the agricultural sector. Tourism has traditionally been an important source of income with estimated arrivals of nearly 5 million tourists in 2004. Growth fell off in 2001-03, largely due to the slowdown in the US economy, recovered in 2004-05, but declined again in 2006-07.

Security:

no regular indigenous military forces; paramilitary National Guard, Police Force

US Presence:

None (Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States)

Document Requirements:

None (Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States)

Major Airports:

Airports:  17;  Airports w/paved runways:  12

San Juan - Luiz Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU/TJSJ)

San Juan Airport, Puerto Rico, PO Box 37250, Airport Authority, Airport Station, San Juan PR 00937-0250, PUERTO RICO
San Juan Airport, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Airports Authority, 100 Ave Salvador V Caro, Carolina PR 00979, PUERTO RICO
Tel: +1 787 791-3840, +1 787 319-9262
Fax: +1 787 791-4427
Email: fsosa@prpa.gobierno.pr
Website: www.prpa.gobierno.pr

Customs Tel: +1 787 253-4540/1
Fax: +1 787 253-7811
Customs Hours:24 hours

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Comparable to that in the rest of the US.  Use common sense measures, like those you would employ while visiting any other US city or town.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 8.42 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy:  TOTAL: 78.53 (male 74.85/ female 82.39)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid
Boosters:  MMR, DPT, as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Cutaneous larval migrans is a risk for travelers with exposures on beaches and leptospirosis is common in many areas and poses a risk to travelers engaged in recreational freshwater activities. Such activities may include whitewater rafting, kayaking, adventure racing, or hiking.
Endemic foci of histoplasmosis are found on many Caribbean islands, and outbreaks have occurred in travelers.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Comparable to that of the rest of the US, some limited equipment, supplies, etc, especially in rural areas of Puerto Rico.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 28
Referrals: 114
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Dengue epidemics have occurred on many of the Caribbean islands.  Most islands are infested with Aedes aegypti, so these places are at risk for introduction of dengue.  Protecting yourself against insect bites (see below) will help to prevent this disease.

In 2006, malaria (falciparum) was confirmed in travelers to Great Exuma, Bahamas, and Kingston, Jamaica, areas where malaria transmission typically does not occur.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  None,  1-787- local number
Internet Country Code:  .pr

 



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