Duty Free Ferry Cruise Ports | Port of San Juan Pto Rico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Port of San Juan Pto Rico

This international port handles both ferries and cruise ships. If your ferry is travelling to another country from this port, you will be able to purchase duty free goods on board or at the embarcation port shop.

Most, if not all cruise ships, sail in international territorial waters, so you will be able to buy duty free and tax-free goods onboard during your journey.

Some cruise lines only allow you to consume your duty free alcohol after you have finished your cruise. Check with your cruise specialist before you sail, for more details.

Cruise Shipping Lines operating from these major ports include: Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Seaborn, Costa, P&O, Carnival, Celebrity, Windstar, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Star, Thomson, Tallink and Silja Line. The duty free allowances on cruise ships will depend on where you are travelling to and from and how often you leave and re-join the ship with the goods you have purchased on shore. Your customs allowance limits will apply at the point that you finally leave the ship and return home. So search your final destination above, click a travel point and then the red customs button for your exemptions. Your cruise specialist will be able to assist you with reservations and other details.

The duty free purchase and customs rules when travelling from Puerto Rico can be confusing. US citizens returning to the mainland do not need to clear customs, whereas foreign citizens do. If you are travelling by ship and the last port of call is another country, other than Puerto Rico, your jouney will be regarded as an international journey, so you will be able to purchase duty free goods, both in the port and onboard ship. If you fly direct to the US mainland from San Juan, this is regarded as a domestic flight and the usual 'international' duty free purchase allowances will not apply. This journey to the US can be likened to similar flights within the European Union which are regarded as intra-EU domestic flights, with no duty free facilities.