Travel restrictions are being lifted in the US, but in Puerto Rico they will still be in place, and the US government is preparing for the possibility that travellers from Canada and other countries will be able to travel to Canada and the U.S. from 2019.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says the restrictions are a result of a review of the hurricane season, which began in mid-October.
“The Hurricane Season is a long and challenging season that involves extensive travel to and from Puerto Rico,” the DOT said in a statement.
“This is a very busy time for travel in Puerto Rica, and we are confident that the review process will help improve the overall safety of our travel community.”
The DOT said it was working with the Puerto Rican government and other interested parties to ensure travel is not restricted in Puerto Rican communities, such as those in the southern cities of San Juan and Guaynabo.
The island is currently experiencing a “very busy season,” and has experienced some of the worst hurricanes in recorded history.
Puerto Rico’s hurricane season was last officially completed on April 26, and this time around the island has already experienced its third Category 4 storm on the ground.
The first major hurricane to hit the island, Wilma, killed more than 150 people in 2015.
The DOT also announced that it will work with Puerto Rican authorities to review how they manage travel during the hurricane period, and will provide updates to the public on the progress of that process.
The announcement comes as the US territory of Puerto Rico is preparing to take on some of its biggest challenges, including the need to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
The Puerto Rican economy has been hit hard by the storm, and many residents remain without power and basic supplies.
The island has also suffered from an unprecedented increase in the number of Americans seeking treatment in hospitals and the emergency room.
On Tuesday, the U of P announced that all but 5% of the medical staff had returned to work, a figure which could rise even higher if the number is not kept at that level.