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Vieques

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

Couples wishing to get married in Puerto Rico must obtain a Marriage License from the Demographic Registry office. There is no waiting period. The most convenient office is located in the third floor of Plaza Las Américas Mall (525 Avenida Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Juan, 00918, Puerto Rico). The office is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am-9pm and on Sunday from 11am-7pm. You can call to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-800-866-7827 (from the United States or Puerto Rico) or 1-800-981-7575 (from Latin America).

Requirements:

Valid photo identification issued by the government of the country, or state, where he/she lives in (e.g. driver's license, passport or state ID Foreigners must present a valid passport, visa or green card).

Affidavit

Any person who is not a resident of Puerto Rico and wishes to get married on the island must present an affidavit or sworn statement certifying that he/she:

(1) are not residents of Puerto Rico,

(2) that the purpose of their visit to the Island of Puerto Rico is to get married,

(3) if a foreign citizen, will not stay in Puerto Rico for more than what is specified in the permission documents to enter U.S. territory granted by the appropriate federal agency

Note: The affidavit must be written by a lawyer, Notary Public or other person authorized to administer paths in that country. This declaration must accompany the application.

Medical certification that meets all the tests required for marriage in their place of residence. Such certificate will be valid for a period of ten (10) days from their expedition. After 10 days, the couple will have to get a new certification to get married.

If you are a Puerto Rican resident, blood and urine test are required. These include tests for Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea and it must be conducted by a Puerto Rican physician or Federally Certified Laboratory. If you test positive for one of these diseases, you will need to show that you are under a doctor's care and treatment. Bring original results since copies are not valid. The cost for the laboratory test in Puerto Rico ranges from $66 to $70 per person.

If you are not a Puerto Rican resident you do not have to take the blood test, however you will need to provide a sworn statement that you are not a Puerto Rican resident.

Internal Revenue Stamp of $20.00 from the Puerto Rico Government.

Birth certificate copies (the names of the parties shall be recorded as they appear on the certificate).

Divorce decree (if applicable).

Spouse's death decree (if applicable).

The registrar shall examine all documents, if in compliance; the marriage certificate will be issued and signed.

Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent.

For the last and final step, make sure the priest/minister or judge who officiates the wedding deliver the certificate, marriage license and all other documents to the Demographic Registry of the municipality where the ceremony took place no more than 10 days after the marriage.


The couple must review all these documents, sign all sections of the marriage certificate using permanent black or blue ink, or typewriter (not with a ball point pen), and officiate at the ceremony.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

There are no passports or visas necessary for United States citizens, which mean that US citizens can travel freely in and out of the island without going through immigration or customs. US citizens only need to have some form of official government issued picture identification to enter Puerto Rico such as a current driver's license or a photo-identification card issued to non-drivers by a state's motor vehicles department. For additional information, contact your local U.S. Embassy or call the Puerto Rico State Department at (787) 722-2121.

Citizens of other countries have the same requirements as for entering the USA. Potential visitors must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The 90-day "visitor" visa is a non-immigrant visa to enter the United States temporarily. Those planning to travel to Puerto Rico for a different purpose, such as study or temporary work, must apply for specialized visas (either an M-1 or F-1 class). A visa is not a guarantee of entry into Puerto Rico. The bearer of a visa is subject to inspection at the port of entry by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials who have authority to deny admission (Homeland Security Advisor, La Fortaleza, P.O. Box 9020082, San Juan, PR 00902-0082 - 787-977-7730 / 7731).

At the airports in Puerto Rico, your luggage will be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure you are not carrying prohibited fruits and plants to the mainland. Avocado, papaya, coconut and plantain can be taken to the U.S.; mango, sour sop, passion fruit and plants potted in soil cannot. Travelers carrying undeclared prohibited items will be fined on the spot. Articles from Vietnam, North Korea, Kampuchea or Cuba, illegal publications, lottery tickets, chocolate liqueurs or pre-Columbian artifacts may not be brought into the country.

Passing through customs should be routine and quick. If you are taking prescription drugs, make sure you have a copy of the prescription with you; otherwise you could be held up.

If you want a copy of what is and is not permitted back on the mainland, write the U.S. Agriculture Department, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737 or call (787) 796-1650.

Traveling with Pets. Before taking a flight with your animal, have your veterinarian examine your pet to ensure that it is healthy enough to make the trip. Airlines and State health officials generally require health certificates for all animals transported by air. You will be required to: 1) Outfit your pet with a sturdy collar and two identification tags. The tags should have both your permanent address and telephone number and an address and telephone number where you can be reached while traveling. 2) Rabies quarantine certificate from veterinary doctor stating that pet has had a rabies shot. For more information contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Puerto Rico office, Veterinary Division at (787) 766-6050.

CURRENCY

Puerto Rico's monetary unit is the United States Dollar (USD) as it is a commonwealth country of the United States of America. Puerto Ricans refer to the US Dollar as the 'peso' or 'dolar'.

LANGUAGE

Official Languages Spanish & English

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The average temperature in Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico is around the 80’s all year round and the record low is 40 degrees F. On the interior / mountain side of the island the temperature drops a little in the evening but just by a difference of 3-5 degrees F. A cold front from the north called a norte only drops the temperature to the 60’s F.

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For decades, this pretty island was a secret escape in the Caribbean for a few in the know. With the Navy’s departure in 2003, the island began to get more attention and the secret was out. Vieques has become one of the hottest destinations in the Caribbean, yet when you’re here, it’s quiet and uncrowded. Vieques is not a cookie cutter Caribbean destination, whether you’re coming for a family vacation, romantic escape, or with a group of friends, everyone seems to have something in common when the leave…they end up coming back. If you’re searching for a unique vacation, one that brings on feelings of wonder and relaxation, one that connects you back with nature, then Vieques is for you. Nature lovers will have plenty of activities to be wrapped up in blissful natural beauty. You may arrive as a tourist, but you’ll leave as a traveler. In Vieques, it’s all about the journey leading to extraordinary experiences under the sun and a starry sky.

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The beaches of Vieques are constantly being praised and ranked among the best in the Caribbean and the world for so many reasons. You can actually experience what it’s like going back in time, where you can experience the beaches of the Caribbean the way it used to be decades ago. Vieques undeniably offers the very best beaches in the Caribbean, they’re not only pretty, they’re addictive, and visitors that come here come back again and again. The beaches of Vieques, perfectly capture the enchantment of Puerto Rico that existed over 6 – 7 decades ago. This small island has been blessed with countless picture perfect beaches with clear blue, azure and turquoise waters unlike any other island in the Caribbean. Each beach has a different type of sand ranging from pure white to baby powder soft black. Isla de Vieques is the island where you hold hands with your loved one, look back and you want to grab your camera to capture the only set of footprints on the beach… yours.

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The Airport in Vieques is a small commercial air facility owned by the Puerto Rico Port Authority and a hub for small local airline companies. Airlines offering flights to Vieques fly out from the airports of the main island of Puerto Rico such as Luis Muñoz Marin in San Juan (SJU), the Isla Grande Airport (SIG) and the new nearby airport in Ceiba, PR (RVR). Air Ambulances to Puerto Rico from Vieques are also available. Ever since the exit of the United States Navy from the island in 2003 the airport has become an even more important part of the economy of Vieques, most of the island revenue is derived from tourism.

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Exciting new shopping opportunities on Vieques have mushroomed in recent years in the wake of the Navy exit and the ensuing tourist influx. In general, the consumer products stores, and the tourist and souvenir shops in both Isabel Segunda and Esperanza have gotten more sophisticated. For the first time in years, the clothing stores in Isabel Segunda and Esperanza are actually in fashion. Another place where the upgrade trend is also evident is in the quality of food and beverage offerings at grocery and convenience stores (which mirrors improvement in restaurant quality). There are two small shopping areas in Vieques, The Malecón in Esperanza and off the corner of main street (Muñoz Rivera) and Antonio G. Mellado in Isabel II. While there is no Louis Vuitton, Hermes, or Cartier the casualness and beauty of the island comes through in the boutiques with hand-picked fashions and one-of-a-kind items. Nowhere is the burst of creativity greater than in the growth of island art galleries.

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This is still a relatively quiet place, but there are more places to party, and the parties are getting more festive every year. In general, there is still no place better than the Esperanza malecón on a Friday night, drinking cheap, cold beer and listening to some great music and conversations.

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This island has the sumptous traditional flavors of the big island of Puerto Rico that come from a mix of Taino & Spanish culture. Talented chefs have moved to the island bringing their own talent and creating interesting fusions, giving foodies pleasant dining experiences.

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Enjoy underwater adventures snorkeling and scuba diving the very clear waters of Vieques, the fun in the water doesn’t end at sunset, the magic continues when you book a tour of the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. On the water there’s more adventures, kayak the mangrove channels, have fun paddle boarding and jet skiing.

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Vieques Island is located just a short 6 miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, the Star of the Caribbean. Puerto Rico also possesses several other offshore islands; Isla de Culebra, Isla de Mona, Isla Desecheo, Isla de Vieques is the largest of all the Puerto Rico Islands.

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