How is the debt default affecting services and resources in Puerto Rico? Are hospitals, electricity and other essentials reliable at the moment?
Aside from the onslaught of people asking the exact same question regarding the default multiple times, everything seems pretty much the same.
Thanks for your response - clearly you're annoyed by people's inquiries... I've read other posts and a great deal of other material about the crisis. It doesn't seem unreasonable for people traveling to an area to ask these questions - or to ask them repeatedly as the news coming out is increasingly alarming - without being in PR or having family or friends there, it's hard to know how the things we hear on the news are actually affecting people (if at all). And this site is a travel forum intended to answer questions about travel to particular cities / countries / regions.
I'm not clearly annoyed. That's you're interpretation, possibly one seated in embarrassment. That was not my intention. I was joking around in what seems to be a very serious platform. There is a search function at the top of the page which can be used to find the answers you seek.Edited: 04 May 2016, 00:31
The news are not alarming and in fact answer your question. The government defaulted on one of many GOs so they could continue paying for local services. So nothing has changed. No need to worry. Please read the forum.
Btw, there are more private than public hospitals and the power company is a separate entity within the government. So these services will not be affected.Edited: 04 May 2016, 01:50
The news being presented in the States WRT to Puerto Rico _is_ alarming. Between the government default and Zika, the news media is portraying Armageddon on the island.
I think it completely reasonable for future travelers to ask these questions time and time again, as things do and will change over time.
Oh, and to answer the question ... core government and utility services are still intact and functioning. Visitors will not notice much of a difference, if any.
Planning a first trip in July and I agree that this is something to be aware of and follow!
Hey folks. Detroit went bankrupt! Did they shut down Michigan? PR is very much a part of the United States. They are a commonwealth, but as with any state, the US government would step in if there were any serious safety issues. After all the US is a first world country..
This isn't true. The problem lies with the fact that PR cannot declare bankruptcy and the US government is failing to act on their behalf.
This is something to be aware of but not asked about every day. The fact that the government is defaulting in one payment only means that new loans for new infrastructure works will be hard to get. So any effect will be evident in 2-3 years, not now. Services will not be affected as 1) those are budgeted for and that is why the GO payments are underfunded and 2) part is paid with federal funds.