The Latest on Traveling to the Caribbean

Protocols for traveling to the Caribbean during the ongoing pandemic


We love the Caribbean. It’s diverse and vibrant in culture, the community is welcoming and charming and the vibe is relaxing and laid back. You can’t overlook the gorgeous scenery, the unique and tasty cuisine, and the numerous activities from hiking to sailing or just rejuvenating in nature.

After months of closing and stringent protocols for entry, most of the nations have reopened their borders allowing visitors in with no questions asked, or very few.

The following list is a sampling of what each country requires, check the country websites for more details and changes that may occur.


One of the first islands to reopen now receives both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Those vaccinated must provide proof and those not vaccinated need a negative Covid-19 test three days before arrival.

Anguilla Meads Bay Beach

On Anguilla, Meads Bay Beach invites with silky- smooth white sand and gin blue water. Home to resorts like Malliouhana, Frangipani and Carimar Beach Club. Photo: William A. Boyd Jr./Anguilla Tourism

Antigua and Barbuda

As of August 29, 2022, all Covid restrictions have been lifted for arriving passengers via air, yacht and ferry.

Antigua English Harbour

Yachtsmen around the world know Antigua’s harbours. Stroll through Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour for a history lesson and check out the yachts at Falmouth Harbour. Photo: iStock


There is no longer proof of test or vaccination when heading to Aruba. All visitors must fill out the ED card online which is the country’s customs and immigration card. Visitors are no longer required to purchase the Aruba Visitors insurance.

Aruba Palm Beach

Once dotted with iconic fisherman’s boats the waters from Palm Beach to Malmok are now shared with windsurfers, kite boarders and snorkeling boats. Photo: Abner Valero/Unsplash


The first island nation to accept fully vaccinated travelers and today proof of vaccination is still in order. Unvaccinated arrivals will need an RT- PCR or antigen test three days before arriving. All visitors must fill out a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and be approved for travel.

Bahamas Arawak Cay Nassau

Arawak Cay in Nassau is the place to go for Bahamian fare. Known as Fish Fry there is an assortment of brightly painted restaurants and bars. Photo: Winston Tinubu/Flickr


Now open to all passengers whether vaccinated or not. There is no testing required. guidelines-2022

Barbados Harrismith Beach

Harrismith Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches on Barbados and sits on the windy southeast coast. You can reach the sand via a series of stone steps. Photo: iStock


Today vaccinated travelers must upload proof to the travel authorization application one to two days prior to arrival along with a negative test. Unvaccinated must be tested two days before arrival and will again be testing on island on the fourth day. bermuda-bound-travellers


Bermuda’s archipelago is a fishhook-shaped collection of 181 islands and islets. The eight larger islands are connected by bridges, some dating back to 1620. Photo: Reilly Durfy/Unsplash


The island has lifted all requirements and is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Travelers must complete a health declaration form.

Bonaire Washington Slagbaai

Washington Slagbaai National Park is Bonaire’s 14,000-acre nature reserve popular with hikers, mountain bikers and bird watchers. The lake at Gotomeer is the place to see flamingos. Photo: Natalie Rice/Flickr

British Virgin Islands

The islands are open to all travelers with no testing, vaccination, or quarantine involved. A BVI Gateway Travel Certificate is to be completed 24 hours before travel (

BVI Virgin Gorda

Spring Bay on Virgin Gorda, BVI is dotted with giant boulders that line the beach forming small coves. It’s a great spot for swimming and snorkeling. Photo: iStock

Cayman Islands

After some strict initial requirements and opening phases, the Cayman Islands has decided it’s time to open to all travelers. No requirements for testing or vaccine are needed. us/travel-requirements

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman has a number of white sand beaches with the most popular on the west coast. Long walks, restaurants and bars make Seven Mile Beach a favorite. Photo: Heidi Kiss/Pixabay


There is no covid testing, vaccinations, or quarantine for entry but travelers must complete an online immigration card two days before departure.

Curacao Willemstad

The capital and port town of Willemstad overlooks the St. Anna Bay. The colorful buildings were influenced by Dutch colonial and Caribbean concepts. Photo: Adolfo Ven/Curacao Tourist Board


Travelers are no longer required to submit tests, proof of vaccine, or quarantine time. for-dominica

Dominica Morne Trois Piton

Dominica’s Emerald Pool in the Morne Trois National Park is a short 15-minute walk through lush tropical forest. Swimmers and waders find a cool dip refreshing. Photo: iStock

Dominican Republic

Still, one of the most lenient countries when it comes to entry requirements in the Caribbean. There are no entry requirements but random testing upon arrival may be administered at ports of entry. om/coronavirus/

Saona Island DR

Mangroves, reefs and palm-lined beaches bring visitors to Saona Island for a day trip from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Photo: iStock


Grenada dropped requirements and is open to all passengers vaccinated or not. Visitors must fill out a health declaration form (

Grenada St Georges Harbour

St. George’s on Grenada is a perfect town to explore on foot. The historical capital showcases Georgian architecture, and colonial forts and churches. Photo: Hassine Wajdi/Flickr


The French islands dropped all entry requirements allowing both vaccinated and unvaccinated. A health declaration will be completed on arrival. jaime-la-guadeloupe-je-me-teste

Guadeloupe Grand Terre Gosier

The town of Le Gosier on Guadeloupe has plenty seaside restaurants and shops. Beach lovers head to Gosier Island for picnics and snorkeling. Photo: iStock


The island began to welcome back visitors early in the pandemic with the resilient corridor. Now the island allows all travelers to visit whether vaccinated or not. on/

Jamaica Negril

Jamaica’s waterfalls are a must on any visit to the island, there are as many as 40. YS Falls is made of several falls that flow into pools. Photo: Andreas Volz/Pixabay


This French territory is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated as of August 2022.

Martinique Creole

Creole cuisine in Martinique is a fusion of French and African accented with a Caribbean twist. Seafood is readily available and fish is on most menus. Photo: Jametlene Reskp/Unsplash


While the island scrapped pre-arrival testing, all visitors will be tested upon arrival whether vaccinated or not. advisory/

Montserrat Volcano

The once dormant Soufrière Hills Volcano erupted in 1995, the first time in 400 years. Today Montserrat is known for hiking and bird watching. Photo: Chuck Stanley/Flickr

Puerto Rico

US travelers arrive in Puerto Rico just as they would travel through the US Mainland. No testing or proof of vaccination. el-guidelines

Puerto Rico Cueva Ventana

One of the best views on Puerto Rico, a hike to Cueva Ventana unveils pre-Columbian petroglyphs and stone engravings along the way. Photo: Wei Zeng/Unsplash


The island is open to all travelers whether vaccinated or not. requirements


The Bottom is the largest town and the capital of Saba. The island is know for its red-roofed houses with green trim and shutters. Photo: Carmen Eckard/Flickr

St. Barts

Now it’s a breeze to enter this island as no proof of vaccine or negative test is required. restrictions/

St Barts Gustavia

Views of St. Barts from above showcase the capital city and harbor of Gustavia and the runway, which is one of the shortest in the world. Photo: St Barths Tourism

St. Eustatius (Statia)

Just like sister isle Saba, there is no testing or proof of vaccination required to visit. s/regulations/2021/05/31/country-list

St Eustatius Hiking

While the island of St. Eustatius (Statia) is popular among divers, the interior attracts hikers to the Quill with various trails around the crater rim. Photo: Christine Warner/Flickr

St Kitts & Nevis

The sister islands just announced in August there are no longer requirements for testing or vaccination. Visitors must complete an online customs and immigration form. update

St Kitts Brimstone Hill Fortress

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park on St. Kitts dates back to 1690. Today visitors can walk across the Citadel and wander through the barracks. Photo: Shutterstock

St. Lucia

This island is open to everyone whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. All visitors are to complete an online health screening form before travel.

St Lucia Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay, just south of Castries on St. Lucia is a perfect slice of Caribbean with anchored sailboats and white sand beaches lined with palms. Photo: iStock

St. Maarten/St. Martin

Arrivals to this dual-nation island come through Dutch St. Maarten and must follow that country’s protocol. Fill out the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) on the website: Vaccinated travelers will not need to provide a test but unvaccinated must provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival. requirements/

St. Martin Grand Case Restaurant

A stroll up and down Grand Case on French St. Martin is heaven for any gourmand. Tempting are the French Bistros and the Lolos grilling barbeque. Photo: iStock

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

This island chain is open to all. Vaccinated travelers must complete the pre-arrival form at Unvaccinated must arrive with a negative PCR Covid-19 test that was administered no more than 72 hours before arrival. Arrivals may be retested if so determined by the Port Health Officer. 19-protocols-documents

St. VIncent Nature Trail

Lush rainforest, tropical flora and a glimpse of the St. Vincent parrot in its natural habitat are in order on a hike through Vermont Nature Trail on St. Vincent. Photo: iStock

Trinidad & Tobago

One of the last nations to open, the islands are now accepting US tourists whether vaccinated or not with no tests involved. Applicants can apply for the TTravel Pass online 72 hours before arrival.

Trinidad & Tobago

The Trinidad Carnival is one of the best street festivals in the world. Vibrant elaborate costumes, parties, dancing in the streets and steel band competition round out the event. Photo: iStock

Turks & Caicos

Open only to fully vaccinated passengers. For questions about exemptions to mandatory vaccinations email [email protected]

Turks & Caicos

Home to lux resorts like Wymara and Grace Bay Club, Grace Bay Beach is the most popular and beautiful on the island of Provo in the Turks & Caicos. Photo: Matthew S/Flickr


The three islands are open to all travelers from the US. For more information

USVI Magens Bay Beach

World-famous Magens Bay on St. Thomas is the most stunning beach on the island. One mile of white sand surrounds the horseshoe bay of calm aquamarine water. Photo: Christian Wheatley/iStock