An island vacation might actually be in the cards this year, if you're willing to read through the fine print. The islands that make up the Caribbean have been in various stages of reopening since June, with many countries open to tourists who are willing to be tested before departure. Here's what each island requires from visitors who are thinking of hoping on a flight this year:
Countries appear in alphabetical order:
Anguilla: U.S. travelers who want to go to Anguilla must apply for permission from the island's government and partake in a mandatory quarantine of at least 10 days in a government approved facility.
Antigua and Barbuda: To be allowed into the country, travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within seven days of the flight, upon arrival at the airport. All arriving passengers will still be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days. Note that Antigua currently has an 11pm curfew in place.
Aruba: Aruba currently allows visitors from Bonaire and Curaçao. Tourism from other Caribbean nations (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada will begin on July 1. United States tourism will begin on July 10.
Bahamas: All travelers must complete an electronic application before departure, upload results of a negative test taken within five days of arrival and provide contact information. Travelers are also subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own expense and must take another test at the end of the 14 days or the end of their stay.
Barbados: A negative test is required for entry into Barbados. Travelers from high-risk countries (like the U.S.) with a valid negative test result will still be quarantined at a designated hotel at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility, and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms.
Bermuda: In addition to a negative test result taken within seven days of departure, visitors must complete a travel authorization online, which includes a $75 fee to administer another test upon arrival. U.S. citizens are required to quarantine until results from the arrival tests are ready.
British Virgin Islands: Not currently open to U.S. visitors or international travelers.
Cayman Islands: Not currently open to U.S. visitors but plans are in place to reopen on October 1.
Cuba: All international flights have been suspended until September 30, 2020.
Curacao: Not currently open to U.S. visitors.
Dominica: Travelers must submit a negative test result recorded with 24-72 hours prior to arrival and submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival. All travelers from high-risk countries (USA included) are only allowed to book and stay at COVID certified accommodation or a government operated quarantine facility. On the fifth day of quarantine, a PCR test will be administered. If negative, travelers will be released from quarantine.
Dominican Republic: Rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival. Be advised that a curfew is in place in most cities.
Grenada: Passengers from the U.S. are required to have proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival and have to take a PCR test within 48 hours of their arrival. All visitors must have travel insurance covering Covid-19 and must submit a health form as well as download the country's contact tracing app.
Guadeloupe: Not open to U.S. travelers.
Haiti: A health declaration form must be completed in-flight and presented to immigration authorities upon arrival. Temperature screenings are mandatory upon arrival.
Jamaica: Jamaica reopened to tourists from all countries on June 15. U.S. citizens must request a travel authorization and upload proof of a negative test. Visitors to the island are requested to quarantine at their location of arrival for up to 14 days.
Martinique: U.S. travelers are currently banned. For passengers arriving from approved countries, quarantine is not required as long as they show no symptoms and have a negative test result.
Monserrat: Borders have not reopened to U.S. travelers.
Puerto Rico: A negative test, taken 72 hours prior to arriving, and a travel declaration form are required for entry after which visitors will receive an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR code.
St. Barths: Tourists must provide a COVID-negative test performed within three days prior to arrival.
St. Kitts and Nevis: Not currently open to U.S. visitors.
St. Lucia: Visitors must also present certified proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within seven days of boarding their flight and must also have confirmed reservations at a COVID-19 certified accommodation provider for the duration of their stay.
Saint Marteen: All travelers from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Travelers from the U.S. must complete a pre-arrival form, arrive with a negative test done no more than seven days prior to arrival, must be retested upon arrival and quarantine for five days in an approved hotel at their own expense. Visitors will be retested on day 5, or until the test is negative.
Turks and Caicos: All travelers to the Turks and Caicos are required to obtain pre-travel authorization via the TCI Assured portal. Travelers will have to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (taken within five days of arrival), insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, and a completed online health screening questionnaire.
US Virgin Islands: The U.S. Virgin Islands will reopen for the second time starting September 19. Travelers from anywhere are allowed to enter, but you can only fly in from the United States. All visitors must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to an online portal before their flight.
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