Countries Opening Borders to Tourists - Caribbean
Updated: Nov 29, 2020
In the wake of COVID-19, many popular tourist destinations are beginning to reopen their borders to tourists from around the world.
Each destination has a different set of rules for travel. Some of these areas will allow people from all countries, while others are more specific about only allowing people from low- or moderate-risk areas.
Many of the destinations require a COVID-19 PCR negative test result a few days before arrival, some require a test or even a second test upon arrival, and some do not require a test at all. Many countries are only performing health screening.
Almost all countries have social distancing measures in place, and most require masks in public areas.
If you plan to travel to any of these destinations, make sure to check their website for the latest information as many of these countries are changing their regulations as the virus progresses.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Antigua and Barbuda began reopening to tourists on June 1. Visitors over 12 must have documentation of a COVID RT-PCR test taken in the past seven days before arrival and may be monitored for up to two weeks.
Visitors arriving by boat may be asked to quarantine. Visitors are required to wear masks and practice social distancing in public areas.
Aruba began its reopening in mid-June, and since July 10th, it has opened its doors to tourists from Canada, Europe, most of the Caribbean, and the US.
Aruba has not set a date for visitors from other areas. The island has a strict procedure for testing before entry, and tourists from certain states are required to be tested both before and after arrival.
The Bahamas reopened on July 1st but closed to most US visitors three weeks later after seeing a surge in cases of COVID-19.
The Bahamas has reopened again to US visitors at the end of July with stricter requirements. Visitors must now present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR taken in the past ten days and must quarantine for 14 days once in the Bahamas. Face masks are required.
Barbados opened its borders to international tourists on July 12. If you live in the US, flights to Barbados won’t resume until July 25th and August 5th.
If you want to get into the country quickly, you will need documentation of a COVID-19 RT-PCR taken within 72 hours of arrival. Otherwise, you will have to get a test upon arrival.
Bermuda opened its borders to visitors on July 1st. Starting on July 11th, the island is requiring all visitors over the age of 10 to have a PCR COVID-19 negative test within seven days before arriving in the country.
UPDATE: Cuba opened to tourism with FREE testing on arrival For more info, check our full post on Cuba opening for tourists.
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Cuba is planning to reopen its airports and hotels sometime in early August, but most American airlines won’t be able to fly into Havana until August 25th.
Cuba plans to test everyone entering the country and will use contact-tracing. Face masks will be required in all public spaces, and the country recommends you bring your own sanitizer into the country.
Dominican Republic opened its doors on July 1. Starting July 31st, visitors over the age of five must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within the last five days or will have to take a test when arriving.
These tests will be free. The area has a curfew in place from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM on weekdays and 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM on weekends.
Grenada is slowly opening its borders to visitors. On July 15th, they began allowing flights from the Caribbean as long as the country was labeled low-risk. On August 1st, flights from medium-risk areas like Canada and the UK were allowed. Visitors from other areas may only enter through chartered flights.
Jamaica reopened its borders to tourists on June 15. The country no longer requires testing for all visitors entering the island, but visitors may be subject to testing based on the level of risk in their home state or country. Tourists will be screened at the airport and then tested based on risk.
Puerto Rico opened its borders to tourism from all countries, also US citizens. All passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR Covid test on arrival.
St. Lucia began reopening on July 9th. If you are traveling from their designated travel bubble, you may explore the island. If you are traveling from anywhere else, you must stay at a COVID-19 approved hotel and may only participate in activities organized by the hotel.
All visitors over the age of three must have a COVID-19 PCR test no more than seven days before travel, even if traveling from the bubble.
St. Marteen opened its airports to tourists and also to American visitorsstarting August 1. Travelers from the US are not allowed to travel from the Dutch St. Marteen into the French St. Martin, though.
Only visitors from France and a few other areas on the safe list art allowed in St. Martin. Travelers to St. Marteen will need documentation of a COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before travel.
Source: VIKTOR VINCEJ, Traveling Lifestyle
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