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. 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. Tourists do not have to quarantine unless they plan to stay more than eight days.

Antigua and Barbuda

Travelers over the age of 5 must have a negative PCR test taken within four days of their departure and will be monitored for 14 days. Vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine, but they will only be allowed to stay in approved accommodation.

Aruba

Aruba reopened to travelers from Canada, Europe, and the United States. Travelers can show proof of vaccination or choose to be tested within 72 hours before they travel to Aruba or at the airport when they arrive. Those 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 proof of vaccination and a negative antigen or PCR test result taken within five days of arriving. Unvaccinated travelers are allowed to enter, but they must provide a negative PCR test result.

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 on the BIMSafe App. 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. As of October 24, 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

Travelers over the age of nine will need to take a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days before departure 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 hotel for 14 days after arrival at their own expense.

Bonaire

All tourists must fill out the Health Declaration Form and provide two negative test results. Regardless, of vaccination status, travelers from high-risk countries like the U.S. must take an antigen test on their fifth day in 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. They will also be given a rapid test upon arrival and will be free to go when the test returns negative. 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

Only vaccinated tourists are allowed to enter the Cayman Islands after applying through the Cayman Travel Portal. They must present a negative PCR test before arrival, proof of vaccination, and quarantine for at least seven days at a facility or approved residence or hotel. Another PCR test must be taken at the end of the quarantine period. Borders are set to reopen on November 20 and quarantine will no longer be required.

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Cuba

Commercial flights have resumed operations in Cuba and the island has reopened for international tourism. U.S. citizens are allowed to enter and regardless of vaccination status, all travelers will need to show a negative test taken within 72 hours. Upon arrival, they must also submit to a mandatory PCR test and self-isolate until the results return.

Curacao

The U.S. has been reclassified as a 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 24 to 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.

Grenada

Grenada has reopened for tourism and proof of vaccination will be required to enter. All travelers are still required to provide a negative PCR test taken within three days before their trip and will also be tested on arrival. After a 48 hour quarantine, tourists will be free to explore the island if their test results return negative.

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

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 October 29. 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 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 72 hours before their trip. Vaccinated visitors arriving from the United States only need to show proof of vaccination. Visitors will be screened at the airport and symptomatic travelers will be quarantined at a government facility.

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.

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 18 traveling with fully vaccinated guardians, will be allowed to enter St. Kitts and Nevis. 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 24 hours and will be allowed to leave their approved hotel until they test 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. 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

Regardless of vaccination status, all U.S. visitors to Dutch St. Maarten will need to upload a negative test, and proof of vaccination (if they have it) when filling out the online application for entry. No quarantine is necessary. After November 1, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to show a test and all unvaccinated children over the age of 5 will be required to show a negative test..

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 and will be tested again on arrival. Travelers who can show proof of vaccination are only required to quarantine for 48 hours while awaiting the results of an entrance test.

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.

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 travelers must be fully vaccinated unless they are under 16 years old. They will also need to apply for authorization and provide a negative PCR test, taken within three 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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