Things to do before relocating to Puerto Rico


If you are visiting this website as part of planning your relocation to Puerto Rico you are already on the right track. Here are some things you should consider before you move.

Your new address

An important thing to do before you move is to communicate your new forwarding address to your home state authorities, utility companies, insurance provider, bank, mortgage provider, pension providers, former employers, local authorities, etc. or any other party that may still need to communicate with you once you have moved to Puerto Rico.

Please press on the following link to change your U.S. address online:

Your identity

Please bring with you proof of identity and certificates proving your personal circumstances (marriage, birth, etc.). Before you move make sure you have a copy of such certificates and updated proof of identity.

You may request the certificates and social security card online by pressing on the following links:

Your health insurance

If you have health insurance in your home country, find out – before you move – the implications that moving to Puerto Rico will have on your cover. There are several companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield that extend their coverage to Puerto Rico.

Your car

If you own a car, or other vehicle, you will need to evaluate, before you move, if it makes sense to pay the costs to import it, or if it financially makes more sense to sell it in your home state and buy a new one in Puerto Rico.

Generally speaking, if you are planning to stay in Puerto Rico for a few years, it normally makes sense to sell your car in your home state and buy another in Puerto Rico.

To obtain an estimate of excise taxes, press on the following link:

Your furniture

Moving your furniture is going to be a considerable cost. Find out how much a mover is going to charge you for this. It’s probably far cheaper to sell your furniture in your home state and buy new furniture in Puerto Rico.

Before you move, do your math and see what the cheaper option for you is while living in the Puerto Rico. Here are some suggestions for moving companies:

Your pets

For pets traveling to/from Puerto Rico to any of the Continental US, it is not considered an international shipment. Pets will only need regular domestic health certificates as well as proof of current vaccinations (if any).

Puerto Rico Pet Travel and Import Requirements:

  • International Health Certificate – Within 10 days of departure your vet will need to issue a Health Certificate as required by all airlines. This certificate states that your pet is in good health and OK to fly.
  • Rabies Vaccination & Certificate – In general, it is required that dogs be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered to be free of rabies. Dogs and cats coming from areas not free of rabies must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate. If a vaccination has not been performed, or if the certificate is not valid, the animal may be admitted if it is confined immediately upon arrival at a place of the owner’s choosing. The dog must be vaccinated within four days after arrival at the final destination, but no more than 10 days after arrival at the port of entry. The animal must remain in confinement for at least 30 days after being vaccinated.

Your language skills

If you are not proficient in Spanish, you should attend language courses upon your arrival. You might find this very useful once you are in the Puerto Rico to help you in your everyday routines. There are many excellent schools that offer Spanish as a second language in Puerto Rico.

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