Is Puerto Rico domestic or international from the USA?

  • I am currently waiting for my green card in the USA. I was wondering if I could travel to Puerto Rico since it is a territory. Under my green card application I'm not allowed to leave the USA, if I do it is seen as abandoning my application. However if the flight is domestic I assume there would be no problem as there is no immigration.

    If you have a state ID, just use that one. I flew to Puerto Rico few years ago as F-1 student.

    @mlt What state ID did you use?

    You can fly domestic airlines with ID of any state. I had MN driver's license that time.

    @mlt Not all US state identifications are valid for flying as of 2020-10-01. See the *TSA Identification* page.

    FYI if you apply for a reentry permit prior to leaving the US you can stay outside of the country for up to 2 years without you been deemed as abandoning your LPR status. But I'd be consulting an immigration lawyer before I did that.

  • Flights to Puerto Rico are considered domestic flights, and US Citizens do not need a passport to travel between the US and any US territories. However, foreign citizens do need a passport to travel between the two, (see so I can't say for certain how a trip like that will affect your Green Card eligibility. Your best bet is to check with an immigration official.

    What ID do US citizens take? Would an Ohio driving licence suffice?

    @Vagish: That should be asked as a separate question.

    @user102008 I've added a link to a citation. (It will appear when the edit is approved.)

    @Vagish You should take your passport with valid U.S. visa, and any additional paperwork. While Puerto Rico is a _domestic_ flight, CBP does briefly talk to passengers on flights departing Puerto Rico, asking citizenship. This works similarly to the CBP checkpoints seen on U.S. highways in some states, though obviously without the highway or vehicles.

    But how do they know you are not a U.S. national if you just use another photo ID?

    I've been to PR twice as a non-US citizen, both times traveling from the mainland. On neither occasion did I need to talk to CBP, and on neither occasion did I need to show my passport (I have a US drivers license). However, any non-Citizen should *always* travel with their passport, especially when travelling to areas like PR or the border states. Regardless, none of this is relevant for the original question.

    @Doc There is a distinct gap between "you must show these documents" and "you must *be able to show* these documents upon request".

    I've flown from the US mainland to PR and back using nothing but a driver's license from a US state. Nobody batted an eye or asked to see anything else. While CBP may speak to some passengers, it is not done universally - so you might be on a flight where no one is selected or where you are simply waved through.

    The link showing that foreign citizens is no longer functional. United disagrees with you and doesn't list anything special for foreign citizens. Likewise I cannot find any official US government pages making such a statement. I strongly suspect that this answer is therefore incorrect.

    There is a requirement to carry your Green Card with you at all times though. As far as US authorities are concerned you never need your passport if you have a Green Card.

    The link in the answer appears to be dead.

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