Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country

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Most Caribbean nations have reopened for tourism with social distancing and mask-wearing measures in place. Curfews and capacity limits may also be in effect but are subject to change. Despite the worldwide Omicron variant surge, most Caribbean nations remain open for tourists with safety measures in place.

Read on for more information on various Caribbean islands’ border closures, quarantine procedures, and reopening plans.

Anguilla

All travelers must apply online for authorization to visit Anguilla. Only fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed to enter Anguilla unless they are pregnant or under 17 years old. All visitors will also need to show a negative test taken within two to five days of departure and will be tested again upon arrival. All travelers must pay a $50 testing fee.

Antigua and Barbuda

All travelers are required to present a negative PCR test taken within four days of their flight and proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated travelers also have the option of showing an antigen test instead of a PCR. Unvaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter Antigua and Barbuda, but they must stay at certified accommodation or will be subject to quarantine.

Aruba

Aruba reopened to travelers from Canada, Europe, and the United States. U.S. travelers must be tested within 48 hours before they travel to Aruba or at the airport when they arrive. Travelers coming from very high-risk countries, which includes the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, will need to show a negative test taken within 24 hours of arrival and will not have the option to test on arrival.

All visitors must complete a digital Embarkation and Disembarkation form which includes a personal health assessment and must purchase the mandatory Aruba Visitors Insurance, which will cover medical expenses if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay.

Bahamas

All U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to the Bahamas, but they must submit a Travel Health Visa Application, where they'll need to attach a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated travelers spending more than four nights in the Bahamas will be required to complete an antigen test on the fifth day of their visit.

The visa will cost between $40 and $60, depending on the length of stay and vaccination status, and travelers must opt into the health insurance that covers any COVID-19-related costs. A quarantine will only be mandatory if a traveler is symptomatic or tests positive for the virus.

Barbados

To enter Barbados, all travelers over the age of five must fill out the online immigration form on the BIMSafe App. Travelers must show either a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival or a PCR test taken within 72 hours.

Vaccinated travelers no longer need to get tested upon arrival and are free to move about the island. Unvaccinated travelers must book at least seven nights at pre-approved accommodation and quarantine for at least five days, pending a negative test taken on the fifth day.

Bermuda

Any traveler over the age of 18 must be fully vaccinated to travel to Bermuda and will need to fill out a Travel Authorization Form. On arrival, they must present a negative PCR test taken within four days or an antigen test taken within three days of departure. On arrival, all travelers must take a PCR test and isolate themselves at their accommodation until the results return. Non-immunized travelers who may qualify for an exception will be required to quarantine at a hotel for 14 days after arrival at their own expense.

Bonaire

All travelers must fill out the Health Declaration Form between 12 and 24 hours before entering Bonaire. Fully vaccinated travelers must show either an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure or a PCR test taken within 48 hours. Unvaccinated travelers must present the results of a PCR test. Proof of recovery within 180 days prior will also be accepted.

Regardless of vaccination status, travelers from high-risk countries like the U.S. must take an antigen test on their third day on the island. Appointments for this test must be made within 48 hours of departing for Bonaire.

British Virgin Islands

Fully vaccinated travelers need to show proof of vaccination, travel insurance, and a negative PCR or antigen test to enter the British Virgin Islands. As of late November, the rapid test on arrival is no longer being implemented for vaccinated travelers. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must register their visit via the BVI Gateway Portal. This includes minors traveling with fully vaccinated adults. Partially vaccinated travelers will also have to quarantine for at least four days and unvaccinated travelers will have to quarantine for at least seven days. A negative PCR result is required in order to be released from quarantine.

Cayman Islands

All U.S. travelers over the age of 11 must be vaccinated and apply for their visit through the Cayman Travel Portal. Every traveler over the age of 5 must present a negative test taken within 24 hours of arrival. After arrival, tourists must be tested on the second, fifth, and seventh day of their visit. Travelers arriving from a country with a vaccination rate lower than 60 percent will be required to quarantine for seven days and unvaccinated citizens and residents must quarantine for 10 days.

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Cuba

Cuba has reopened for international tourism. U.S. citizens are allowed to enter with proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, and a sworn declaration of health.

Curacao

The U.S. has been reclassified as a very high-risk country but U.S. travelers are still allowed to enter. Regardless of vaccination status, travelers will have to complete a digital immigration card and upload a negative test that was taken within 48 hours before departure. All travelers are also required to take an antigen test on the third day of their trip.

Dominica

Dominica is open for international tourism and is welcoming travelers from the entire U.S. All travelers will be required to submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to their arrival and show a negative PCR test taken within 24 to 72 hours before arriving. Fully vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival—at their own expense of $40. Unvaccinated travelers coming from high-risk countries must quarantine for at least five days.

Dominican Republic

All travelers entering and departing the Dominican Republic will need to complete an online entry or exit form to obtain the QR codes that will be requested while traveling. The form is available on the official website of the Immigration Department. Some travelers may be subject to random testing, but travelers with proof of vaccination or a negative test can bypass testing if they are chosen. Travelers must also sign an affidavit upon arrival declaring whether or not they have experienced symptoms.

Entry is suspended for travelers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Angola.

Grenada

Grenada has reopened for tourism and proof of vaccination is required to enter. All travelers must also provide a negative PCR test taken within three days before their trip. They must also fill out the Pure Safe Travel Authorization Certificate and Travel Health Declaration Form prior to travel.

Guadeloupe

All travelers must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours to enter Guadeloupe. Only fully vaccinated travelers from low- and medium-risk countries are allowed to enter Guadeloupe without quarantining. Unvaccinated travelers from high-risk countries may be allowed to enter but they will have to quarantine for seven days.

Jamaica

All visitors have to apply for a Travel Authorization before checking in for their flight. All travelers over the age of 12 will need to upload a negative test result with their travel authorization request, which should be submitted within three days of flying. Results from home test kits will not be accepted. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo a health screening and if it is deemed that they have symptoms or are traveling from high-risk areas, they will be tested at the airport and will have to wait for their test results while quarantined at a government-approved hotel.

To ensure the safety of the local community, tourists who do not want to quarantine are required to stay within the prescribed tourist zones known as the "resilient corridor." As of November 18, fully vaccinated travelers who wish to travel to areas outside the resilient zones will not be required to quarantine as long as they have a negative PCR test.

Martinique

U.S. travelers who have been fully vaccinated are allowed to enter Martinique, but they will also need to present a negative test taken within 72 hours. Unvaccinated travelers are only allowed to enter if they have a justified reason and will be required to quarantine for seven days.

Montserrat

Fully vaccinated tourists can enter Montserrat. They must complete the Access Declaration Form and obtain a negative PCR test within five days of arrival. A minimum five-day quarantine is mandatory and each traveler must pass a PCR test to be released.

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Puerto Rico

Anyone arriving from an international destination or who has not been fully vaccinated will need to complete a Travel Declaration Form and upload a negative test, taken within 24 hours before their trip. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, arriving from the U.S. will need to show a negative test result taken within 48 hours. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for seven days.

All hotels and vacation rental hosts will require guests to show proof of vaccination or a test taken within 72 hours of check-in. It is also required for restaurants, bars, and any business where food and drinks are served. Until February 2, bars and restaurants are operating at 50 percent capacity.

St. Barts

Only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter. They will need to supply a negative test within 72 hours before their trip and a sworn statement that they have no symptoms. No quarantine is necessary with proof of vaccination.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Only fully vaccinated travelers, and unvaccinated children under 12 traveling with fully vaccinated guardians, will be allowed to enter St. Kitts and Nevis. All travelers must complete the online entry form, but as of December 11, they are no longer required to show a negative test or quarantine for 24 hours.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia is open and all travelers over the age of five will need to be tested within five days of departure and must upload a negative PCR result to their Travel Authorization Form. All travelers must complete and print out the Health Screening Form to present on arrival in St. Lucia. Unless they can show proof of vaccination, travelers will be required to quarantine at a certified hotel or resort for 14 days, or the duration of their stay.

St. Maarten

Travelers may enter St. Maarten with proof of vaccination, as long as the final dose was administered within the past year. If a traveler's vaccination is older than one year, they will need to show proof of having received a booster shot or present a negative antigen or PCR test taken within 48 hours of entering. Unvaccinated travelers may enter, but are required to show a PCR test. All visitors need to upload a negative test or proof of vaccination when filling out the online application for entry, but no quarantine is necessary.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Regardless of vaccination status, travelers from high-risk countries like the U.S. will need to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before their trip. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days at their own expense in an approved hotel, which they should reserve in advance. They'll be tested again on the fourth or seventh day of quarantine and will be allowed to leave when they test negative.

Travelers arriving from the following extremely high-risk areas will also be tested on arrival and must quarantine for seven days in an approved hotel: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Israel, and Hong Kong.

Trinidad and Tobago

Only fully vaccinated foreigners are allowed to enter on the condition they can provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and show proof of vaccination. No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens.

Turks and Caicos

All tourists must be fully vaccinated unless they are under 16 years old. Additionally, everyone over the age of 2 will need to apply for authorization and provide a negative PCR test, taken within three days before departure, and proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs. Everyone older than 16 is required to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and attend events.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Regardless of vaccination status, every traveler above the age of five must submit a negative test result through the USVI Travel Screening Portal and produce a negative test taken within three days of departing—or 24 hours if the traveler is arriving from outside the U.S. by plane. A positive antibody test taken within the last four months will also be accepted. Only travelers who are unable to produce original test results will be required to quarantine at their own expense.

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