Routes Americas 2016

The route development forum for the Americas

San Juan, Puerto Rico
17 – 19 February 2016

Visa Information

The Visa Invitation letter request process is now open for Routes Americas 2016.

US citizens do not need a visa to travel to Puerto Rico and will only need official Government proof such as a driver’s license to enter the country.

For all other visitors it may be necessary to obtain a visa to enter Puerto Rico. The US Government introduced The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows citizens of specific countries travel to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa. These citizens must register online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to their trip to Puerto Rico.  There is no additional fee for this application.

Currently, 35 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium ,Czech Republic, Denmark, including Greenland and Faroe Islands, Estonia,
Finland (including Aland Islands), France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands including Aruba and Netherlands Antilles, Norway(including Azores and Madeira), Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (full British citizens only).

Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Singapore

Australia, New Zealand

All eligible international travellers who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization. Please follow the link for the application;

For all other countries, a Puerto Rico Transit visa must be applied for. As the visa application process can take up to 3-4 weeks, you should apply as soon as you have booked your trip.

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Visa Invitation Letter

In addition to the visa application form, relevant fees and photos may be required; embassies may also require a letter of invitation from the inviting company. Should you require such document from our host Puerto Rico Tourism Company, please complete the electronic request form in full ensuring accuracy throughout.

Most embassies and consulates accept a scanned copy of the invitation letter and therefore Puerto Rico Tourism Company will issue the letters to applicants via email as an attachment. If your embassy or consulate does not accept an electronic copy, please select an alternative format in the ‘Format Options’ section of the request form.


Please note – invitation letters will only be issued to individuals registered to attend the event.

Should you have any questions relating to visas or the visa invitation letter procedure please contact us on