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

Daily Life In Cuba During Coronavirus Pandemic
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With each island enacting social distancing guidelines and various lockdown rules, the spread of the coronavirus in the Caribbean slowed significantly in May and intra-island flights slowly resumed throughout the summer. By 2021, some Caribbean countries are still closed but most have reopened and tourism has returned to a new normal with social distancing and mask-wearing measures in place.

Some countries have already rolled back and revised their tourism reopening plans following jumps in infection rates, but others are still going strong with testing and quarantine strategies. Read on for more information on various Caribbean islands’ border closures, quarantine procedures, and reopening plans.

Anguilla

Only fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed to enter Anguilla. Children traveling with fully vaccinated adults or adults who are not eligible to receive the vaccine will be exempted. Vaccinated travelers will not need to quarantine or pay an entrance fee. Unvaccinated children will need to arrive with a negative PCR test taken within three to five days and may be tested on arrival.

Antigua and Barbuda

Travelers over the age of 12 must have a negative PCR test taken within seven days of their departure and will be monitored for 14 days. All travelers are required to quarantine at a government-approved accommodation, but fully vaccinated travelers can quarantine at home for 48 hours only.

Aruba

Aruba reopened to travelers from Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Travelers can choose to be tested within 72 hours before they travel to Aruba or at the airport when they arrive. However, Americans who choose to get tested at the airport will need to stay in mandatory isolation until the results of their test come back negative. All visitors must complete an 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

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 the negative results of a PCR test taken within five days of arriving. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements.

The visa will cost between $40 and $60, depending on the length of stay, 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 within 24 hours of arriving. Anyone coming from a high-risk or medium-risk country, like the United States, must be tested within 72 hours before their trip and upon arrival with an antigen test.

Once they arrive, they must quarantine at one of the designated hotels or villas listed on the Barbados Tourism website. On the fifth day of their quarantine, they will be tested again and will be released if the test is negative. During their quarantine, all travelers must wear an electronic tracking bracelet. Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine, but they will be tested upon arrival and must quarantine until the results are returned.

Bermuda

Travelers over the age of nine will need to take a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days before departure, have health insurance, and fill out a Travel Authorization Form. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and will be required to quarantine until the results return negative. Non-immunized travelers will be required to quarantine at a quarantine hotel for 14 days upon arrival.

Bonaire

All tourists must fill out the Health Declaration Form and provide two negative test results. Travelers must take a PCR test within 72 hours of their flight and an antigen test within 24 hours of their flight. No quarantine period will be required.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands requires visitors to be tested within five days of arriving, upon arrival, and on the fourth day of their mandatory quarantine. When the last test comes back negative, travelers will be free to move about the islands. Fully vaccinated will need to show a negative test to enter, but they will not be tested on arrival or required to quarantine.

All travelers will need to register their trip online to obtain a Traveller Authorisation Certificate, which will need to be presented at the airport along with their negative test before flying to the islands, and must download the BVI Gateway App to their phones.

Cayman Islands

Only returning residents, property owners, relatives of residents, and those on student visas are allowed to enter the Cayman Islands. If they have not been vaccinated, they must present a negative test before arrival, undergo a minimum 14-day quarantine, and test negative before leaving the facility or home. Vaccinated travelers can apply for a reduced quarantine period of five days. A phased reopening is being planned for the fall of 2021.

Daily Life In Cuba During Coronavirus Pandemic
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Cuba

Commercial flights have resumed operations in Cuba and the island has reopened for international tourism. U.S. citizens will be permitted to enter, so long as they are traveling under one of the qualified categories. Regardless of vaccination status, travelers will need to show a negative test taken within 72 hours and will also be tested again with a PCR test upon arrival and must self-isolate until the results return.

Curacao

Curacao's borders are currently open for people traveling from low-risk and medium-risk countries, which are designated on the Curacao Tourism Board website. Travelers will have to complete a digital immigration card and show a negative COVID-19 test that was taken 72 hours before departure.

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. All visitors arriving in Dominica, regardless of vaccination status, will be rapid-tested and must quarantine if they test positive or exhibit symptoms. Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine as long as they test negative.

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. Antigen tests needed for a return trip will be free to any visitor staying at a hotel.

Grenada

Grenada has reopened for tourism and all visitors must acquire a PCR test within three days before their trip. Every traveler must also pay a one-time fee of $150 to cover the cost of testing. Travelers arriving from low-risk countries do not need to quarantine, but everyone else will need to book at least their first seven days at a government-approved accommodation. On the fifth day, tourists have the option to be tested again and will be allowed to leave the premises once a negative result is confirmed.

Guadeloupe

Only fully vaccinated travelers, including U.S. citizens, are allowed to enter Guadeloupe. All travelers will need a negative test result taken within 72 hours, but there is no requirement to quarantine.

Jamaica

Jamaica reopened its borders to all international tourists in June. 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, travelers will also be required to stay within the prescribed tourist corridors. Flights from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago are banned until August 10. Non-Jamaicans who have spent any time in these countries within 14 days of arriving in Jamaica will not be allowed to enter.

Martinique

U.S. travelers who have been fully vaccinated are now allowed to enter Martinique, but they will also need to present a negative test taken within 72 hours. Only unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine.

Montserrat

Montserrat is only open to residents, citizens, family members of Montserrat citizens, and select essential workers. American tourists are not allowed to enter Montserrat at this time. Anyone qualified to enter Montserrat under these conditions will need to register their trip with the Montserrat government, test negative within seven days before their arrival, and quarantine for 14 days at their residence or six days in a quarantine facility. Fully vaccinated travelers will only be required to quarantine for five days and will need a negative 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 72 hours before their trip. Vaccinated visitors arriving from the U.S. only need to show proof of vaccination. Visitors will be screened at the airport and symptomatic travelers will be quarantined at a government facility.

St. Barts

Vaccinated travelers from outside the EU, including the U.S., are allowed to enter. Regardless of vaccination status, those permitted to enter will still need to supply a negative test within 72 hours before their trip and a sworn statement that they have no symptoms. For non-vaccinated people, a seven-day quarantine followed by a test on the seventh day is mandatory.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Only fully-vaccinated travelers, and non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully-vaccinated parents, will be allowed to enter. All travelers must complete the online entry form where they should upload their proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel. Everyone will need to vacation in place for at least three days and will be allowed to leave their approved hotel after testing negative.

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. They will be required to quarantine at a certified hotel for 14 days, or the duration of their stay. Travelers who can show proof of vaccination will be free to move about the island as they wish.

St. Maarten

In August, Dutch St. Maarten moved into phase four of its reopening plan, meaning it is now open to visitors from nearby islands, Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Everyone who plans to visit St. Maarten will need a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours before their arrival and fill out the online application before departure. There is no requirement to quarantine if travelers can show a negative test.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Regardless of vaccination status, travelers from high-risk countries like the U.S. will also need to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before their trip and will be tested again upon arrival. They must then quarantine for at least 14 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 who can show proof of vaccination are only required to quarantine for 48 hours while awaiting the results of an entrance test.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago's borders reopened on July 17 with restrictions in place. 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

Any traveler, regardless of vaccination status, entering Turks and Caicos will need to apply for authorization and provide a negative PCR test, taken within five days before arriving, and proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs. U.S. citizens who are approved for travel are not required to quarantine, but anyone who arrives showing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 will be placed under quarantine for 14 days.

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 five days of departing. 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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