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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.

If any destination can handle a pandemic world, it’s the Caribbean. Resilient populations with closely bound communities have undergone shutdowns due to hurricanes and tropical depressions and are accustomed to protocols, shortages and regulations. At the start of the pandemic the region, like most of the world, shut down. Soon after each country established requirements and protocols for reopening the borders. The Caribbean remains open, even after two new variants of Covid have stunned the world. While each country has its own set of travel requirements, in general, the region would like to see visitors vaccinated with a negative PCR test.

The following list is a sampling of what each country requires, check the country websites for more details and changes that may occur. As the world returns to normal, these nations will relax protocols on a regular basis.

Anguilla

One of the first islands to reopen, Anguilla set up phases and followed strict protocols and continues to monitor and update requirements. All visitors must be fully vaccinated and present proof of vaccination as well as a negative Covid- 19 test. Visitors must apply for entry through the visitor portal, set up an account and be approved and tested upon arrival. Testing fee is $50.00. A 24-hour stay in place is required pending arrival test results. www.ivisitanguilla.com

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

Fully vaccinated visitors must also present negative test taken within 3 days of arrival and apply online. A health declaration form is to be completed prior to arrival and visitors are subject to screening and temperature checks. If test is required, the fee is $100.00. https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/

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

Aruba

All visitors must fill out the ED card online where submitting personal health assessment, uploading a negative Covid-19 test, antigen or PCR and purchase mandatory Aruba Visitors insurance. https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements

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

Bahamas

The first island nation to accept fully vaccinated travelers in lieu of RT-PCR test. Now, all has changed and all travelers staying in the Bahamas for 48 hours will need a rapid antigen test, regardless of vaccinations status. All visitors must fill out Bahamas Travel Health Visa and be approved for travel. Health insurance is required. https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates

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

Barbados

Travelers including those fully vaccinated will need to provide negative Covid-19 PCR test result. Proof can be a valid negative Rapid Covid-19 PCR test result done within 1 day prior to arrival in Barbados or a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result done within 3 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated must quarantine for five days and be tested on day 5. https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel- 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

Bermuda

On-island testing even for vaccinated travelers has been the norm for Bermuda, even before Omicron. All travelers must complete and purchase travel authorization application 1 to 3 days prior with supporting vaccine and pre-test documents showing negative PCR test or rapid antigen test. Once on Bermuda vaccinated travelers must be tested days 4 and 10 of their stay. https://www.gotobermuda.com/guide- bermuda-bound-travellers

Bermuda

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

Bonaire

Even with vaccinated travelers, a negative Covid-19 test is required for entry taken within 48 hours of arrival. Travelers must complete health declaration form 24 hours before and be tested upon arrival. https://bonairepublichealth.org/en

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 reopened its borders officially on December 1, 2020 with new protocols. New entrance includes obtaining a BVI Gateway Travel Certificate to be completed 24 hours prior to travel (https://bvigateway.bviaa.com/) Fully vaccinated travelers must provide negative PCR or antigen rapid test no older than 5 days, proof of vaccination and travel insurance. Unvaccinated travelers involve a quarantine period and various testing. BVI entry requirements vary due to the types of travelers as the islands receive a lot of yachties and day- trippers via sea. Ferry service and water taxis are in operation. https://www.bvitourism.com/reopening

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

This island group remained closed until the end of 2021 and began opening in phases. As of January 20, 2022 the nation is moving into phase 5 lifting quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from countries with at least 60% vaccination rates. Vaccinated travelers must apply to the Travel Cayman portal for certificate to travel, provide proof of vaccination, take a rapid test a day before departure, have medical and travel insurance and be tested on island on days 2, 5 and 7. Unvaccinated travelers are not able to visit the Cayman Islands at this time. https://www.visitcaymanislands.com/en- 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

Curacao

Travelers from all countries must complete online immigration before departure, digitally file out Passenger Locator Card 48 hours prior to departure and carry copy. Show proof of negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 48 hours before flight and upload the negative test results on dicardcuracao.com before departure. All passengers are required to take Antigen test on day 3 in Curacao. Medical or travel insurance is mandatory. https://www.curacao.com

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

Dominica

Travelers must fill out health questionnaire 24 hours before arrival and upload negative PCR tests as well as vaccination certificate, if vaccinated. Since US travelers are in the high- risk group even vaccinated must test upon arrival, cost is $100.00. Vaccinated travelers who test negative are free to proceed without any quarantine time. https://discoverdominica.com/travel-advisory- 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

One of the most lenient countries in the Caribbean relies on the travelers health affidavit filled out 72 hours before departure, which authorizes travel and provides travelers with a QR code scanned upon arrival. Random testing upon arrival and temperature checks are administered at ports of entry. Those who present vaccination card or negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival will be exempt from random testing. https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsro 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

Grenada currently accepts only fully vaccinated travelers. Visitors must fill out health declaration form (https://travelauth2.gov.gd/) and present vaccination certificate as well as a negative PCR test within 3 days of arrival. All fully vaccinated visitors will undergo health screening upon arrival. https://covid19.gov.gd/travel-covid/

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

Guadeloupe

The island just reopened on June 11, 2021 and allows US visitors that are fully vaccinated with a PCR test 72 hours before travel entry without the normal quarantine. A health declaration will be completed on arrival. https://www.guadeloupe.ars.sante.fr/covid-19- 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

Jamaica

The island began to welcome back visitors early in the pandemic with the resilient corridor, a zone that included most of the coastal areas. Travelers will need to apply for authorization and provide a negative Covid-19 test. Once there visitors are able to move about the corridor and visit certified attractions. https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorizati 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

Martinique

This French territory is open to vaccinated travelers from the US. Visitors must present negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival and complete health declaration upon arrival. https://meetmartinique.com/

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

Montserrat

The island is finally ready to receive tourists. Visitors must be fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test within 5 days of arrival and complete the online access declaration form. On-island quarantine is 5 days or a negative test on day 3. https://www.visitmontserrat.com/travel- 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

Before Omicron, Puerto Rico entry was a simple one step process: just upload your vaccination and get a QR code. The additional step requires a negative PCR test uploaded and the unvaccinated will have to quarantine for 7 days. https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/trav 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

Saba

New measures for entry now require a PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival to Saba. All travelers must submit Saba EHAS applications for entry. Proof of vaccination is required. http://www.sabatourism.com/travel- requirements

Saba

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

New protocol was put in place as of January 6, 2022 that now requires all travelers to submit a negative test either PCR or antigen taken within 24 hours of arrival. Visitors will also need to provide proof of full vaccination. On island curfew and a health pass is mandatory to enter restaurants and bars. https://www.saintbarth.com/st-barts-travel- restrictions/ https://www.stbarth.com/covid-19

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)

Statia visitors arriving from US must submit a PCR test taken 48 hours before arrival. The EHAS entry form must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Upon arrival a mandatory antigen test will be conducted. Vaccinated persons will have a 5-day monitoring period while on island. https://www.statiagovernment.com/document 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 opened to fully vaccinated travelers on May 29, 2021 with a vacation in place program, which has now ended. As of December 11, 2021 all vaccinated travelers must submit a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result. Incoming passengers must complete travel authorization form and include supporting documents at least 72 hours before arrival. Travelers must book at approved hotels on the islands. https://www.stkittstourism.kn/travel-advisory- update https://nevisisland.com/

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

All visitors are to complete an online travel form and provide negative PCR test results 5 days or less before arriving on island. Fully vaccinated visitors will not be required to quarantine. https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/

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: https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/. Passengers will receive an E-mail accepting or denying their request prior to their departure. Mandatory health insurance required for all travelers. Vaccinated travelers must provide negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival, travelers that have received booster shot can enter without test. https://stmaartenehas.com/travel- 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

Travelers must complete the pre-arrival form at www.health.gov.vc Fully vaccinated must arrive with a negative PCR Covid-19 test that was administered no more than 72 hours before arrival and stay in a resort specific hotel approved by Health Services and bear the stamp of NEMO. Arrivals may be retested if so determined by the Port Health Officer. http://health.gov.vc/health/index.php/covid- 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. However, only fully vaccinated visitors are allowed entry. In addition, all require a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Applicants can apply for the TTravel Pass online 72 hours before arrival. https://ttravelpass.gov.tt/

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 to fully vaccinated passengers only. All incoming travelers must obtain a TCI Assure Travel Authorization which includes a completed screening questionnaire at least 24 hours before departure and present a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test administered within three days of arrival. Also, visitors are requested to have medical/travel insurance that will cover medical evacuation. https://turksandcaicostourism.com/

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

USVI

New protocols for US Virgin Islands began the first of January 2022 as Omicron became prevalent around the world. Regardless of vaccination status all incoming passengers are required to provide a negative Covid 19-PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of departure. Travelers will be issued a QR code and must use the USVI Travel Portal to upload results. https://www.usvitravelportal.com/. For more information https://usviupdate.com/

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