Details for Caribbean countries open/opening for travel

The travel itch is so real right now. With most of us being in lockdown for months in end, there is an urge to travel albeit to safe destinations. While local roadtrips or state-cations are still the most popular kind of trip right now, I am so ready for a real tropical trip!

The Caribbean is one of the easiest International island destinations to visit from the US and its probably the destination I visit back the most! With so many beautiful diverse islands to choose from – you can make many return trips and have a different type of vacation every single time. Fortunately many Caribbean islands were either COVID free or had very few cases and are planning to reopen to US travelers with very strict travel guidelines. Here is the latest news on various Caribbean countries that are currently open or soon opening for travel :

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders on June 1 in a phased plan that includes reopening the international airport, according to the government. Visitors are required to wear a mask in all public places. Additionally, visitors must take a COVID-19 test 7 days prior to arrival and be able to present documentation of negative results. Check out more details and updates on their tourism board.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

Jamaica

Jamaica opened for travel from June 15th. All travellers must obtain a Travel Authorization prior to departure and to adhere to safety protocols while in Jamaica. For all travel from July 10, 2020 and onwards, all travelers from USA will be required to upload a negative Covid-19 RT PCR test result. The date of the test must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.Check out more details here.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

St Lucia

St Lucia opened to tourists on June 4. Starting from July 9th, the revised rules say that all arriving passengers (with the exception of persons traveling from within the Caribbean bubble) must have a negative COVID 19 result from a PCR test within 7 days of travel. All persons entering Saint Lucia (including persons arriving from within the “Travel Bubble”) must complete a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form to ensure your efficient and expedited processing on arrival. Visitors will also have to wear face masks and health authorities could conduct temperature checks on arriving passengers. Check out more details here.

 

Aruba

Aruba is opening to the US from July 10th. if you live in certain high risk US states you would need to show a negative COVID 19 result from a RT PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. For other low risk states – you have the option of taking the test 72 hours prior to departure or taking the test upon arrival (and being in quarantine until they give you the results). Check out all the reopening details here.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is opening from July 22nd. I had a trip planned to the island in April and the reopening makes me super excited! If things go well, I hope to replan a trip later in the year. Some of the travel requirements are – a negative COVID 19 result from an RT PCR test no more than 5 days prior to departure, mandatory health insurance and an online health screening. More details here.

 

Dominican Republic

Travelers to the Dominican Republic have to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test on arrival that’s five days old or less. Otherwise, you are given a test and a health evaluation upon arrival. Check out all details here.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis is reopening its borders on Oct 31st! You would need to complete an entry form on the national website and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72-hours of travel. You also need to undergo a health screening at the airport, download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app and have an approved hotel accommodation. You can only stay in the hotel from day 1-7 and take an additional test on day 7 – which has to be negative to be able to move around the island. More details here.

Check out my full travel guide to Nevis for more details on this untouched Caribbean gem.

 

Bahamas

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Until 31st October all incoming visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or the duration of stay, whichever is shorter, which means limiting the vacation experience to the grounds and amenities of a traveler’s hotel or accommodations. Beginning 1st November, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents thereby, enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.

You would need a negative RT PCT Covid test taken 7 days prior to travel and a Bahamas health travel visa. You are also required to take a rapid test upon arrival and on day 5. More details here. 

Check out my travel guide to the Exumas here.

 

Bermuda

Bermuda is open and welcoming visitors back to the island as of July 1. Every traveller must complete the Bermuda travel authorisation process online (Within 48 hours of departure) as well as  take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result. ( ideally within 72 hours, but no more than 5 days before departure). Check out all the reopening rules to follow here.

 

US Virgin Islands

The USVI was open from June 1st and is the easiest Caribbean destination for US travelers as it is within the country.

 

Puerto Rico

Another domestic Caribbean destination is Puerto Rico, which will be opening on July 15th and would require a mandatory COVID 19 RT PCR test taken with negative results , no more than 72 hours prior to departure. More details here.

 

Barbados

Barbados will officially reopen its borders to international travel on July 12th 2020. Travellers are required to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours prior to your arrival in Barbados.  To be considered for process fast-tracking, travellers are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test result 72 hours prior to travel and travel with proof of results. If you dont get tested before arrival, travellers from high risk countries like the US will be tested on arrival and quarantined until you get the results.  Check out all the travel details here.

St Barts

St. Barts officially reopened to tourists on June 22. Every visitor to the island will be asked to provide a COVID-negative RT-PCR test performed within three days prior to the visitor’s departure. If it’s not possible to arrange a test prior to departure, visitors will be required to be tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival. Until test results are known, visitors will be required to observe “strict quarantine” in their villa or hotel room during which time interaction is limited to only those traveling in your party.

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Travelers planning to arrive between July 1 to 31 (phase one) are expected to adhere to rules such as :  filling up a coronavirus questionnaire form whether online or on flight prior to arrival + undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. You would need to quarantine for 24 hours in hotel or rental (discharge will happen when rapid antibody or PCR test results comes back negative and traveler does not show any sign or symptoms).

If you arrive with a negative (IgG & IgM) antibody test (tested within 5 days prior to entry) and a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test (tested within 2 days prior to entry) then you can skip the mandatory quarantine. More details here. Phase 2 is from August 1st and the rules might change and be updated, so definitely keep that in mind.

 

St Maarten

August 1st is a projected opening date for the island for travellers from the US and is subject to change. All travelers must have a negative COVID 19 result from an RT PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to travel and must complete an online self health declaration form. All details on this here.

 

Curacao

Starting the first week of November, the Dutch island of Curaçao is reopening to US citizens, but only if you’re a resident of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. All visitors must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of traveling. More details here.

Dominica

This eastern Caribbean island reopened to international tourism in early August. All travelers to Dominica must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, recorded between 24 and 72 hours before arrival, and complete an electronic Immigration and Customs form via Dominica’s online portal 24 hours before traveling. More details here.

Grenada

To travel to Grenada you need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result with seven days of travel and have a minimum four-day reservation at an approved hotel for quarantine. You can take a second teston day 4  to be allowed to move about or remain at the hotel for the rest of the vacation. More details here.

 

As a disclaimer it goes without saying that things can change at any point and if you decide to go on any trip going forward it would be best to assess it for yourself based on your situation – talk to your doctor, follow health officials guidance and research local and global travel restrictions before making any serious travel plans. Also if at all you decide to go, it would be best to self quarantine 14 days after you arrive back or get tested asap within a few days of arrival at your local health care facility.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and healthy.

Jyo

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