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Caribbean Island Travel – Where can you go now? What Covid-19 testing is required?

Trying to keep up with the latest news about where you can travel in the  Caribbean this winter?… and under what terms? At WIMCO, we are updating news about each islands Covid-19 testing requirements, to make your vacation planning easier. This page is updated daily.

Looking to vacation in some remote destination within the US this year?  WIMCO also has a portfolio of private properties in several mountain resort destinations that might be of interest. Wondering about flights? We can set up commercial flights or private flights for you to any US destination or Caribbean island.

Covid-19 PCR test requirements – Most Caribbean islands are requiring that the traveler present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result to enter the destination. Several are now accepting rapid result antigen tests. Please use the search tool below to find a test center near you.

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View info on Covid-19 testing requirements for entry to these Caribbean islands:

St Barts | St Martin | Turks & Caicos | Rocky Mountain States | Anguilla | Barbados | Mustique | USVI | BVI | Jamaica | Grand Cayman | Dominican Republic | The Bahamas | Antigua | Mexico | Riviera Maya | St Lucia | St Kitts and Nevis | Puerto Rico | Private Islands

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So, Where Can You Vacation This Season?

Most Caribbean islands have successfully controlled and eradicated the coronavirus locally, and have reopened to tourism. Below is a list of Caribbean islands and regions that you can travel to now, and what the requirements are. These updates are based on official government announcements. Where ever you travel internationally, you will be required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR or Antigen test, and in several cases you will be required to log on to a travel entry request portal to submit the info in advance. Scroll down to the island-specific paragraphs below for complete details.

Riviera Maya & Tulum, Mexico – No testing required for entry, screened for symptoms upon arrival, no quarantine required.

Punta Cana, Cap Cana & Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic – No testing required to enter, random screening of arrivals.

St. BarthsPCR or Antigen tests required for entry, within last 3 full days, no portal upload required, no quarantine required.

Turks & Caicos – PCR test required, within last 5 full days, portal upload required, no quarantine required

British Virgin Islands – PCR test required, with last 5 full days, portal upload required, 4 day quarantine in your villa or hotel , then second test required

US Virgin Islands – PCR test required, within last 5 full days, portal upload required, no quarantine required

St Martin/Sint Maarten – PCR or Antigen tests required, within last 5 full days, portal upload required, no quarantine required

Mustique – PCR test required, within last 5 full days, portal upload required, second rapid test required upon entry, then no quarantine after testing negative

Anguilla – PCR test required for entry, within the last 5 full days, portal upload required, quarantine in your villa or hotel for 10 days, with select excursions and activities allowed if requested first

Bahamas (and associated private islands there) – PCR test required for entry, within the last 5 full days, portal upload required, no quarantine, however second rapid test required after 4 days

Jamaica – PCR or Antigen tests required for entry, within last 10 days, portal upload required, no quarantine required

Barbados – PCR test required for entry, within the last 3 full days, portal upload required, quarantine in your villa or hotel until results from second test are received (within 24-48 hours)

Antigua & Barbuda – PCR test required for entry, with last 7  full days, no portal,  14 day quarantine in place and second test required

Grand Cayman – PCR test required for entry, with last 5 full days, portal upload required, 14 day quarantine and second test required

St Kits and Nevis – PCR test required for entry, with last 3 full days, no portal, 7 day quarantine and second test required

In the USMontana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, ColoradoNo covid-19 testing requirement for arrivals

Travel Tip:  Looking for an extra level of assurance when traveling? Consider a MedJets membership for peace of mind.

* Reopening dates and entry requirements announced by local governments are subject to change. The situation on each island is fluid. Contact your WIMCO villa specialist at info@wimco.com for the most up to date information, or to be placed on a destination travel alert list. Complete travel requirement info listed below.

Getting there:  The TSA is allowing passengers to carry  up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in a carry-on bag. Many airport restaurants have reduced service to take out, and airlines are encouraging passengers to bring their own food and beverages as in-flight meal service is reduced. Airlines are performing sanitizing “wipe downs” of the planes during change overs. Read Read: What is it like to Fly Now? 

Traveling to the Caribbean Islands now – What’s Required for Entry?

St. Barths travel news

President Bruno Magras confirms that St Barts remains open for tourism during the lock-down in mainland France. Nov 24 –  CDC moves St Barts down to level two risk – Practice Enhanced Precautions.

To enter the country, a traveler is required to take a Covid 19 test within the previous 72 hours (or three full days), and have a negative test result from that test.  The island accepts both Antigen and PCR tests, as long as the nasal swab method is used.

This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO in advance of travel. Clients with a negative test result can enter St Barts, and they are free to move about the island as long as they agreed to wear a mask when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public.

Are you connecting through St Martin (SXM)?  – if you are traveling to St Barts through St Martin, you will also need to fill out a travel entry request form for St Martin, and submit it prior to travel. The online form can be found here: https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/

On October 17, the local health authorities required restaurants to cap table sizes at 6 persons, and to space tables 3-4 meters apart. By French government decree, masks must be worn in all public places. See full details on the St. Barths Covid-19 travel page.

If you are staying on St Barths longer than 7 days, you will be asked to be tested a second time using a rapid antigen test. This test can be scheduled in your villa at a cost of 100 euros per person.

St Martin & Sint Maarten travel news:

The Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) is open to international flights. The government will accept both Antigen and PCR tests, as long as the nasal swab method is used.  If using the rapid antigen test method, the test needs to have been taken no more than 48 hours (or two full days) prior to arrival.

The only antigen tests accepted as of November 25 are:
a). Abbott – CGIA (Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test
b). Becton Dickinson (BD) –CGIA BD Veritor COVID test
c). Roche/ SD biosensor F test.

If using the PCR test method, the test needs to have been taken no more than 120 hours (or five full days) prior to arrival. There is no requirement to present a test when traveling through St Martin on your way back home.

Travelers to St Martin are also required to complete a Self Health Declaration Form online before traveling. Details can be found here: https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form

 

Turks & Caicos travel news

To enter the country, a traveler is required to present proof of having been tested for Covid 19 within the previous 96 hours, and have a negative test result from that test.

Turks & Caicos is also requiring the purchase of travel insurance that covers COVID19. Here are some insurance options https://tinyurl.com/ybc6e2e5. It costs about $30 a person and the insurer will issue a “Visa Letter” which indicates you meet the COVID19 coverage requirements.

Travelers need to visit the government website called TCI Assured to set-up an account, and upload their test results, and proof of insurance. The government will review the documents prior to arrival and issue a “TCI Assured” badge which travelers will show to the customs officer upon arrival. These re-opening procedures also apply to nearby private island resorts at Parrot Cay, Ambergris Cay and Sailrock Villas on South Caicos Island.

Jamaica travel news

All non-business travellers 12 years of age and over are required to upload a negative COVID test result. There are four types of approved tests, see list below. The date of the test must be within 10 full days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.

  • A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
  • A Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAA)
  • An RNA or molecular test
  • An Antigen test

Once you have your test result in hand, go to the Jamaica Tourism Travel Authorization website at https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com/, and upload your test results, travel dates and personal information. Your travel application will be reviewed, and authorization will be issued if the requirements are met.

Upon arrival, the traveler will be tested again, and is required to quarantine in place in their villa or hotel until the test result is received (within 24-48 hours). If the test is negative, the traveler is then free to move about the island.

Popular villa resorts are open including Half Moon villa resort, Round Hill Villas, Goldeneye Villas, and The Tryall Club.

US Virgin Islands travel news

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. announced that the USVI repened to tourism on September  19th. Travelers will need to produce a negative Covid 19 Test, which they need to upload onto the USVI travel portal at www.usviupdate.com prior to arrival.

The test needs to have been taken no more than 120 hours (five days) prior to the time you arrive on at the airport in St Thomas. Travelers presenting a negative result from a Covi19 PCR test that was taken no more than 120 earlier can enter the USVI and travel about without restriction

All travelers to the Territory aged 5 and older must set-up an account and complete the Travel Screening Portal prior to leaving home.

Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen  and Tulum travel news

There are no requirements for entry, no testing is required, and there is no quarantine for vacationers visiting Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Health Authorities at the airport will be doing random temperature screening to confirm that vacationers are not showing symptoms. You are advised to wear a mask in the airport and to maintain adequate social distancing.

Dominican Republic travel news –

Public Health minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas stated that there are no requirements for entry to the Dominican Republic, no testing is required, and there is no quarantine for vacationers planing to stay in villas or hotels in Cap Cana, Punta Cana or Casa de Campo. You are advised to wear a mask in the airport and to maintain adequate social distancing.

Mustique travel news 

The Mustique airport (MQS) is open to international flights.  There are no COVID-19 cases on the island. The restaurants, tennis courts, activity centers and common areas will be open with social distancing policies in place. Test requirements for arrivals.

  • COVID 19 PCR – Test Certificate – negative test result (taken 5 days prior to departure)
  •  Complete the VINCYCOVID questionnaire (Set-up an account and complete the questionnaire on the government travel site
  • All guests are required to set-up an account on a government travel site, then send their test result by email to cordelia@mustique.vc as soon as it is completed as this allows time for pre-clearance protocol
  • Testing on Mustique.  In an effort to maintain a safe environment on the island, all passengers will be tested shortly after arrival on Mustique, at the cost of US $100 each. This test is to ensure the virus was not contracted during the transit period to Mustique. Anyone testing positive on the PCR test will be placed into mandatory 14 day quarantine at their villa.

The Bahamas Islands travel news

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that travelers wishing to enter the Bahamas must present proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within last five full days of arrival. The proof of negative result is part of the required Bahamas Health online Visa application all travelers must fill out upon arrival. Once you have your test, go to the Bahamas Tourism Health Visa portal at  https://www.travel.gov.bs/

There is no quarantine for visitors. All travelers are asked to respect social distancing protocols and the use of masks in public spaces when moving around the islands. If staying more than 4 days, a second rapid test required after 4 days to insure no virus was contracted during transit.

Private Island Resorts in the Bahamas  – private island resorts in the Bahamas are open for tourism this season including Kamalame Cay, Musha Cay, Over Yonder Cay and Fowl Cay.

British Virgin Islands travel news 

British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew A. Fahie announced that the BVI will reopen for tourism on December 1. Travelers vacationing in villas or hotels in Virgin Gorda, Tortola and the private islands of the BVI must provide proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days prior to day of travel, and have proof of travel insurance that includes coverage for medical expenses.

Travelers are required to set-up a profile at BVI Gateway Online Portal to complete a travel declaration and upload test results and get approval, in the form of a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate, to visit the BVI before boarding their flight.

Arrival, Test & Contact Tracing App: At a new Welcome Center in the Tortola airport officials will perform health screening including temperature check plus a COVID-19 PCR test. Visitors will also be required to download to their phone a contact tracing application (and in some cases using a wearable device).  Visitors must take “approved” transportation to their villa or hotel accommodations in the BVI.

4 Day Quarantine: Visitors MUST quarantine for four (4) days at the villa or hotel they are staying in. Day Four Test: On the forth day of the quarantine period visitors must take another COVID-19 PCR test. If negative, visitors will be able to move freely about the islands.

Costs: All PCR tests and tracking device (if necessary) would be at the visitor’s expense. Costs for the test are $175 per person.

Private Islands in the BVI –  private island resorts in the BVI will reopen for tourism on December 1  – this includes Necker Island, Scrub Island, Oil Nut Bay, Moskito Island, Eustatia Island, Cooper Island, Guana Island, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island and more.

Anguilla travel news

Anguilla Governor Tim Foy announced that travelers interested in visiting Anguilla can visit the Anguilla travel site to apply for permission to enter the country. To enter the country, a traveler will be required to present proof of having been tested for Covid 19 within the previous four full days, show proof that they have purchased travel insurance, and have a negative test result from that test.

Once on island, travelers will be tested on arrival, then are required to quarantine in place (in their villa or hotel) for 10 days, then be tested on day 10 to confirm they are not carrying the coronavirus.

Please note however that Tourists will be allowed to leave the villa for certain pre-approved outings such as boat rides and travel to select restaurants – ask your villa rental agency for details.  Managing these stringent re-entry protocols and procedures does come at a cost, and the following fees for entry have therefore been established by the Government of Anguilla, payable only on approval of the application:

For a stay of under 3 months:
Individual Traveler: US$1,000
Business Guest: US$1,000
Family (4 persons): US$1,500 (There will be a charge for additional family members, which will be shared on the site.)

This fee covers two tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence.

For a stay of over 3 months and up to 12 months:
Individual Traveler: US$2,000
Business Guest: US$2,000
Family (4 persons): US$3,000 (There will be a charge for additional family members, which will be shared on the site.)

This fee covers two tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence, the cost of extended time and a digital work permit.Details from the government press release

Barbados travel news

 All arriving passengers over the age of 5 are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within the last 4 full days prior to travel, or be tested at the airport on arrival in Barbados (testing at the airport may involve a 6-8 hour wait for test results, and is not recommended).

Prior to arrival, travelers are required to upload their Covid 19 test results and complete a pre-arrival form at the Barbados Travel Authorization website at www.travelform.gov.bb.

Travelers coming from “high risk” countries like the US, Brazil , Mexico, France, Argentina and Russia, are required to quarantine in place at their villa or hotel  for up to 14 days. Those willing to be tested a second time, this time on island, can take a COVID-19 PCR test between 5 – 7 days of their arrival. If the result of that second test is negative, that person will not be subject to further quarantine, and can move freely about the island.
Travelers from Medium Risk countries, which includes the UK and Canada, need only to present a valid Covid19 PCT test no older than 4 full days prior to travel, and then they are free to move about the island. They are asked however to take a second test on the 5th day of their stay in Barbados.

Grand Cayman travel news 

The island will re-open for tourism after December  1

Travelers need to set-up and account and apply for an entry permit at the Grand Cayman Travel Authorization website at www.exploregov.ky/travel . Arrivals DO NOT NEED to take a COVID PCR test prior to flying; however, they are required on arrival:

1. To take a PCR test at the Cayman Airport
2. Self-Quarantine at their villa or hotel for 14 days
3. Wear a location-monitoring bracelet during isolation
4. Take a PCR test at end of 14 days
5. Negative test result = permission to move freely around the island

 

Antigua travel news  

Antigua is open for tourism. Travelers to Antigua are required to submit a negative PCR test result for entry, with last seven full days, no portal 14 day quarantine in place and second test required

Nearby Jumby Bay Private Island resort will resume operations on November.

Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita, Mexico travel news

The Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita areas are open for tourism. No covid-19 test is required for entry, and there are no quarantines for visitors. Health Authorities are performing health screening at the airport including temperature checks. You are advised to wear a mask in the airport and to maintain adequate social distancing.

St Lucia travel news

The Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee announced a phased approach to reopening the island’s tourism sector. Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 7 days prior to travel. Travelers are asked to quarantine in place in their villa or hotel for the length of their stay. However, certain excursions have been approved. Check with your hotel or villa rental company for a list of approved outings.

Grenada travel news (re-opening to tourism on June 30)

Travelers to Grenada are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All travelers are asked to quarantine in place in either their villa or hotel for 4 days, and then be tested a second time, before being allowed to move freely around the island.

St.Kitts and Nevis travel news

Travelers to St Kitts and Nevis are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All travelers are asked to quarantine in place in either their villa or hotel for 7 days, and then be tested a second time, before being allowed to move freely around the island.

Health Authorities will perform temperature checks for all arrivals, and ask them to complete a health questionnaire at the airport upon arrival, and then download a contact tracing app. Travelers will be restricted to their hotel and hotel grounds for the first 7 days of their stay.

For those travelers staying longer than a week, they will be tested again on day 7; if negative, they can book select excursions and access select destination sites.  Travelers staying more than 14 days will take another test on day 14; if that’s negative, they are free to move around the island

Puerto Rico travel news 

San Juan airport is open and accepting flights from North American cities. All travelers arriving at the San Juan airport are asked to present a copy of a negative Covid19 test result. If travelers arrive at the San Juan airport without the requested test result documentation, they will be offered a rapid COVID-19 test (an anti body test) at the airport. Even if the test result is negative, it will be mandatory for the traveler to quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay.

Private Islands in the BVI, Grenadines and Bahamas reopening this summer in phases– Access to private island resorts is governed by the countries whose territorial waters they lie within. Consult the list above for area specific information.

Rocky Mountain States – Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming are all open to tourism, as are the national parks within those states. No covid-19 tests are required for entry into these destinations. WIMCO has introduced private and premier house rentals in select areas such as Big Sky, Montana; Sun Valley, Idaho, Park City, Utah and Taos, New Mexico. Please use this form to tell us where you want to go in the US,

Hawaii travel news

Governor David Ige announced that the Hawaiian island are open for tourism. Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test is required, and the test needs to have been taken no more than four full fdays prior to arrival. The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS: American Family Care (AFC), American Samoa Department of Health, Atlas Genomics, Bartell Drugs, Capstone Clinic, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care at Oakland Airport, Clarity Lab Solutions, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, Color, Costco/AZOVA, CVS Health, Diagnostic Laboratory Services (Hawaii), Discovery Health MD, GoHealth Urgent Care, Hawaii Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente, Minit Medical, National Kidney Foundation of Hawaiʻi’s Consortium, through an agreement with the City and County of Honolulu, S&G Labs Hawai‘i LLC, University of Washington Medicine, Urgent Care Hawaii, Vault Health, Walgreens, WestPac Labs, and XpresCheck (as of 11/20/20).

Travelers are required to upload the test results to the Hawaii Travel Authorisation Website at https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/.

 

Getting there: 

What is it Like to Fly Now?

For all airport procedures, please read this full article. In short, airlines are using high-grade disinfectants to sanitize all surfaces during layovers. Planes staying overnight will receive an enhanced cleaning procedure. For personal sanitation measures, the TSA has reversed its stance on liquids, and is allowing passengers to carry up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in a carry-on bag, which will be screened separately. Social distancing measures will be in effect during screening as well. Many airport restaurants have reduced service to take out, and airlines are encouraging passengers to bring their own food and beverages as in-flight meal service is reduced.

Criteria for re-opening to Caribbean Islands tourism.

The World Health Organization, the WHO, has established six (6) criteria that countries should use before lifting or relaxing the restrictions. These are:

  1. Controlling the transmission of the virus;
  2. Ensuring that the local health systems are able to detect, test, isolate and treat every COVID-19 case and to trace every contact;
  3. Ensuring that outbreak risks are minimized in special care settings such as healthcare facilities and nursing homes;
  4. Instituting preventative measures in workplaces, schools and other places where essential services are offered;
  5. Managing the risk of importing the virus from other countries/territories; and
  6. Fully educating, engaging and empowering communities to live under what has been described as the new normal

European Union Countries

For more news updates about travel to Italy, France and Greece during covid-19, countries with a coronavirus travel ban, and the latest information coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions for Italy, France and Greece

Travel advisories for North Americans planning to travel abroad

  • US State Department – As of August 6, the global travel advisory has ended, and country specific travel advisories are in effect.
  • CDC – As of August 1, the global travel advisory has ended. The CDC has returned to country specific travel advisories.
  • CDC statement on the risk of getting Covid19 while flying – Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, try to avoid contact with sick passengers, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Canadian Government – Avoid all travel outside of Canada

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