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The Caribbean Islands Welcome Visitors After Covid – 19

The islands of the Caribbean have reopened to foreign tourists. Many islands have imposed varying limitations and procedures for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, and some have begun to relax their travel restrictions.
August 28, 2022
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After receiving their complete COVID vaccine and booster shots, many Americans are eager to start arranging their travel. 

Countries are reopening their doors to international visitors—usually with fewer admission criteria for individuals who have completed their vaccinations. Some places, such as Greece and Iceland, have welcomed vaccinated visitors for much of the past year, while others, including Australia and Morocco, particularly the Caribbean islands, are only now reopening.  

Barbados recently abolished all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, indicating that the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean is coming to a conclusion. 

The removal of the admission exam requirement would “have beneficial repercussions for the country’s tourism experience,” according to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley, as reported by the Caribbean Journal Staff on May 25, 2022. 

Unvaccinated travelers, on the other hand, will be tested at the airport unless they have certified proof of having had Covid within the previous 90 days. They are free to visit the island if they test negative. They’ll have to quarantine themselves if they’re positive. 

Barbados has witnessed an almost 90 percent drop in tourism since the COVID-19 outbreak began in 2019.  To assist Barbados, the IMF increased its Extended Fund Facility program by around $90 million, or about 2% of GDP, to help finance the country’s developing fiscal imbalance caused by falling tourism receipts and rising COVID-related costs. 

In addition to COVID-19, the US CDC recommends various immunizations for visitors visiting Barbados. Additionally, travelers arriving from a country where there is a danger of yellow fever virus transmission are needed to produce confirmation of inoculation. 

However, until an outbreak is present, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago are exempt from this requirement. The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is located in Wildey Business Park, St. Michael BB 14006, Barbados, W.I., for American citizens. In the United States, authorized travel vaccine clinics and pharmacies provide pre-departure vaccine assessments.

The Latest on Travel to The Caribbean: Requirements for U.S. Travelers

Travel Requirements to Caribbean

The islands of the Caribbean have reopened to foreign tourists. Many islands have imposed varying limitations and procedures for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, and some have begun to relax their travel restrictions. 

The following are the most recent updates on travel from the United States to each Caribbean country. We’ve divided each entry into entrance-requirement information for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers and particular restrictions for children to make this information easier to understand. 

Regardless of immunization status, all travelers must have a negative Covid test within one day of travel to enter the United States, except for U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Post Covid: Things to Consider

As a matter of fact, there are many factors to consider before opting to move to another region of the world, especially when the Omicron variation spreads and new variants such as Deltacron develop. 

With the health and safety of local communities in mind, stay away from nations with high infection rates, low vaccination rates, and overburdened medical infrastructure for the time being—all of which can change quickly. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention frequently updates its list of travel advice by destination, which divides nations into four categories based on their local COVID-19 risk level: low, moderate, high, and extremely high. 

Post Covid

With these factors in mind, we’ve compiled a list of sites that are currently available and accepting vaccinated travelers without requiring quarantine. Travel restrictions are subject to change, so travelers should regularly check the official government websites of their destination country—as well as the CDC website—before and during any trip. 

You should also think about getting travel insurance. All of the nations listed below require passengers to follow local public health guidelines in addition to COVID-19 immunization and testing requirements.

St. Barts

St. Barts Port

The Caribbean Island of Saint-Barthélemy, also known as St. Barts, is open to vaccinated U.S. visitors. Visitors must also present a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 48 hours, in addition to confirmation of immunization.

Bahamas

Suppose they can provide a negative test result within 72 hours of departure and apply for a travel health visa online. In that case, all U.S. travelers, regardless of immunization status, can visit the Bahamas. (Vaccinated passengers may provide a PCR or fast antigen test result; however, unvaccinated travelers are required to submit a PCR result.) 

All tourists must enroll in COVID-19 health insurance when obtaining a travel visa (the insurance is included in the visa application price, which ranges from $40 to $70 depending on vaccination status and length of stay).

Anguilla: Open to Vaccinated Travelers

Must show confirmation of immunization and a negative PCR test result obtained within three days of departure or a fast antigen test obtained within two days of departure. Travelers who have been vaccinated for more than six months but have not had a booster dose are subject to testing at their own expense ($50) upon arrival.

Antigua and Barbuda: Open to Vaccinated Travelers

Travelers aged 18 and up must show confirmation of immunization as well as the results of an RT-PCR or fast antigen test performed within four days of departure. 

Self-administered tests, home tests, and saliva samples are not acceptable. On arrival, you must fill out a Health Declaration form. Some vaxxed travelers who received a quick antigen test result may be forced to do an RT-PCR test upon arrival and wait for the results.

Aruba: Open to Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Travelers

Travelers no longer need to show confirmation of immunization or a negative Covid test. Aruba’s Embarkation/Debarkation Card requires visitors to fill out questions regarding their recent health. As part of the arrival form, Aruba mandates the purchase of tourist insurance.

Cayman Islands: Open to Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Travelers

Travel to the Cayman Islands is free of quarantine for those who have been vaccinated. The Caribbean nation has reached the fifth step of its reopening plan, which means that vaccinated visitors from countries where at least 60% of the population has gotten one dosage of the vaccine are permitted to travel around the islands (the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. fit that criteria). 

Travelers who have been vaccinated must get a certificate to travel, obtain a negative PCR or fast test result the day before departure, and have COVID-specific medical and travel insurance. 

Visitors who are not vaccinated are not permitted to visit the islands unless they have a close family connection, own property, or operate a business there.

Browse our list of Kanana Caribbean hot spots and also checkout our news page for more updates.

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