Let’s face it, moving anywhere with kids can be a little challenging. Add the uncertainty that comes with moving to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar requirements, and it might just add a little extra excitement to the equation.
The good news is, there’s nothing too difficult about moving to Puerto Rico (even with kids). U-Pack Moving makes it really, really easy. And to make you feel even more comfortable about the move, we’ve compiled a list of information related to moving to Puerto Rico with kids. I think you’ll find it very helpful. And of course, if you have questions about how moving to Puerto Rico with U-Pack works, we’ll be happy to help. Getting a free moving quote is easy too; just call or click.
Things you should know if you’re moving to Puerto Rico with Kids:
- Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, U.S. Immigration and Customs Laws and Regulations apply. That means that children who are U.S. citizens do not need a passport to fly from a U.S. state or territory to Puerto Rico (and vice versa).
- For the same reason, parents are not required to provide a child’s birth certificate, as long as the child is a U.S. citizen and the flight originates in the U.S. Each airline determines identification requirements for minors, so contact your airline ahead of time to determine policies for traveling with minors. Typically minors under age 18 do not have to present identification for domestic U.S. travel. Get more information about flying with children from the Transportation Security Administration.
- There are no governmental health restrictions for flying into Puerto Rico from a U.S. state or territory; however, children should be current on vaccinations. Immunizations are required for school registration, but Puerto Rico does allow exemption from immunization if it contradicts their religious beliefs.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Puerto Rico has a primary seat belt law, which permits law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation for a seat belt violation, even in the absence of other violations. So if you’re driving (or riding) in Puerto Rico, buckle up.
- Child safety seats are mandatory in Puerto Rico. Infants 0-20 lbs. and less than one-year-old must be in a rear-facing car seat. Children 20-40 lbs., and over one-year-old can face forward in a secure convertible car seat. It’s also recommended that children under 4’0” and less than 80 lbs. use a booster seat, secured with a seat belt. All children under age 12 should ride in the back seat. For more information, visit the Department of Highway Safety.
- In Puerto Rico, teens can apply for a learner’s permit driver’s license at age 16. A learner’s license allows you to practice driving while accompanied by a licensed adult age 21 or older.
- Education in Puerto is mandatory between the ages of 6 to 17 years old. In Puerto Rico’s public school system, Primary school is six grades and secondary school is divided into two cycles of three years each. The first cycle starts in August and ends in mid-December, and the second cycle goes from January through May.
- The primary language taught in public schools is Spanish. English is taught as a second language (from Kindergarten to high school).