Sentinel of the Caribbean

Fort Buchanan is located in the metropolitan area of San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico. Known as the “Island of Enchantment”, Puerto Rico offers a variety of landscapes, from white sandy beaches to lush green mountains and tropical forests. All within a mixture of history and culture.  
As the only federal military installation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Fort Buchanan is a critical part of the community and an important asset of the Department of Defense mission. Fort Buchanan serves and supports a military community comprised of Active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, as well as Air Force, US Marine Corps Reserve and the Navy Operational Support Center. It also serves s civilian population of DoD civilians, veterans, retirees and family members. The installation also supports over 30 federal agencies located in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fort Buchanan covers approximately 746 acres. The island is approximately 100 miles by 35 miles and similar in size to Connecticut.

Visitor Information
Vehicles entering Fort Buchanan are required to have either an adult authorized ID cardholder in the vehicle or an authorized visitor pass. To obtain the pass, the vehicle operator must process at the Visitor Control Center and present the following: A valid vehicle registration, proof of current vehicle insurance, valid driver's license. Click here for directions to Fort Buchanan.

The Fort Buchanan Visitor Control Center | (787) 707-3995/707-3241
The Fort Buchanan Visitor Control Center is temporarily located at Specialist Frances Vega Gate and is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Visitor Passes will be issued to all non-DoD persons with a valid reason for entering the installation. A visitor pass can be issued for up to 90 days for all non-DoD personnel. A security-vetting process will be completed on each non-DoD individual prior to receiving a visitor pass. This includes all non-DoD passengers riding in a non-DoD person’s vehicle.

For additional information on access to the installation click on Policy Memorandum No. 12, Installation Access Policy.