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 New York, Florida, Arizona and Texas in the 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.

Travelers that are low risk area will not be tested at the airport and can enjoy their trip within the ‘tourism corridor’. Travellers that are deemed high-risk will be tested on arrival. Travellers that are ultra-high risk (from certain US states) need to take a PCR test before travelling AND be tested again on arrival. 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

DR is open to tourism from July 1st and here are all the updated  protocols and rules they are following for the reactivation of tourism.

Check out my full travel guide 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.

 

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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