Access laws for U.S. Territories and Bermuda
Guam Code Annotated, Title 19, Chapter 2, Sections 2115, 2116; Title 10, Chapter 34, Section 34104; Title 22, Chapter 5, Section 5202
Guam guarantees that every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a specially trained guide dog in any public accommodation and on any public transportation without being required to pay an extra fee. The dog guide user however will be liable for any damage caused by the dog guide.
A totally or partially blind person has the right to equal access to accommodations, modes of transportation and housing accommodations, that do not include single rental or lease family residences of no more than one room. (Sect. 2115)
Seeing eye dogs are exempt from paying licensing fees. (Sect. 34104)
Puerto Rico Statutes; Laws of Puerto Rico Annotated, Title B, Chapter 13, Sections 201 through 204, last amended in 1979
Puerto Rico guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog guide in harness in all public accommodations and on all public transportation. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog guide's presence. A dog guide user can be requested to present for inspection the identification card provided by a dog guide school, as well as a health certificate issued by a veterinarian within the past 12 months.
Public accommodations include hotels, inns, cafeterias, elevators, bathing resorts, places of amusement, and all other places and facilities to which the public is invited. (Sect. 201, Sect. 204)
Public transportation includes trains, buses, ferries, taxis, and all other modes of conveyance offered for public use. (Sect. 201, Sect. 204)
Violation: Any person who interferes with the above-enumerated rights is guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed $100, or 30 days in jail. If force or violence is used to deny a dog guide user the rights enumerated-above, the offending person will be guilty of aggravated assault and may be fined up to $500, and imprisoned up to six months, or both. (Sect. 203)
United States Virgin Islands
Civil Rights Law, Chapter 9, Sections 152, 153-158
Every blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog guide in public places, accommodations, and conveyances without being required to pay an extra charge when said dog guide is equipped with a rigid U-shaped harness. (Sect. 153)
Blind persons have the same right as persons who are not blind to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, public beaches, and othe public places. (Sect. 152)
Blind persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges, including but not limited to, all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, stores, restaurants, grocery stores, elevators, courts, public educational facilities, including colleges and dormitories, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other place to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons. (Sect. 152)
Employment discrimination because of the use of a dog guide is prohibited. (Sect. 154)
A blind person who has a dog guide, or who obtains a dog guide, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations and shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such dog guide, but shall be liable for any damages done to the premises by such dog. Any provision in any lease or rental agreement prohibiting maintenance of a pet or pets on or in the premises shall not be applicable to a dog guide owned by a blind tenant. (Sect. 155)
Violation: Interference with the above-enumerated rights is a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than 60 days, or both. (Sect. 158)
A permit to bring a dog guide into Bermuda can be obtained by writing to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hamilton, Bermuda. Regulations are as follows: All animals, including household pets entering Bermuda, must be accompanied by: (1) a veterinarian's certificate, attesting freedom from all types of infectious and contagious diseases, and (2) certification that the area within a 50-mile radius from the place where the pet has been kept during the six months prior to its shipment has not been infected with rabies for at least one year prior to its shipment to the islands of Bermuda. Animals (dogs and cats) from countries other than Great Britain must also have a certificate at least one month old and stating that they have been vaccinated against rabies within one year immediately prior to arrival.
This health documentation must be faxed to the Department of Agriculture for approval before it will issue an import permit.