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Yes, you do need an ESTA. Puerto Rico has the same visa requirements as the mainland US (= ESTA needed for EU citizens), and like all other US airports, San Juan's airport does not recognize the concept of visa-free transit.


Personally, I'd definitely go for renting a car. Puerto Rico's a very car-centric place and you really need to your own wheels to get around anywhere outside San Juan (and arguably there as well if you plan on venturing outside the old city walls). Roads, signage and driving isn't too far behind mainland US standards, especially compared to what you see ...


There are no rental car companies that are inside the terminal as such, however there are a few brands that are located on the airport property. All still require catching a shuttle, however the ride is much shorter than to the off-airport locations. Companies with on-airport locations are : Hertz Enterprise/National/Alamo Avis/Budget All other brands ...


Yes. When it comes to ESTA all US territories are treated like mainland US. Therefore you always need to apply for ESTA. I'm from Germany myself and I always needed an ESTA number to transit through the US. Here are two links that should help (auf Deutsch ;) http://esta-usa-visum.de/puerto-rico-guam-und ...

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