Do you have to go threw customs?
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As such, you do not go through customs (nor immigration) at all flying States to PR, nor PR to States. It's just like flying between New York and Florida.
And you don't need a passport, either. Just your government-issued photo id (driver's license) is all you need.
Now, when you get off the ship in San Juan I think you go through customs and immigration since you'll have been out of the US while on the ship. But I forget that part exactly.
Hope that helps!
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That is the correct procedure.... You will pass thru Customs and Immigration when you arrive back in San Juan on your ship.... One hint that will help you maybe, DO NOT REMOVE your ship luggage tags from your luggage before arriving at the airport.... If you are coming from a cruise ship to board an aircraft bound for the US mainland you will NOT have to pass thru USDA scanners at the airport.... This could save you anywhere from 5 min. to 45 min. depending on the line at the scanner...Ya know ... that never made any logical sense to me.
(This is more of a rant than anything else ... )
The whole purpose of USDA inspection is to ensure that certain plants and plant products are not being introduced into the States.
Just because the ship supposedly did an AG scan on the luggage, if the traveler has the luggage in their possession for any period of time between the ship and the airport ... then that should violate the ship's AG scan.
So, conceivably, you could get off the ship, spend a week here in PR, and not have to go through USDA inspection prior to check-in at the airport.
Because the ship's scan would somehow know what was added to the luggage after it left the ship?
I don't get it.