Travel to the Caribbean Islands – Where Can You Go Now? What Tests Are Required?

Are you trying to keep up with the latest news about where you can travel in the  Caribbean, and under what terms? At WIMCO, we are updating news about each island’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements, to make your vacation planning easier.

We can assist in finding the ideal private villa for your group, educate you on what’s required to enter any island, then set up commercial flights or private flights for you to any Caribbean island. Call us at 1-401-849-8012 or email us at info@wimco.com

The Latest Caribbean Islands Travel News

  • TSA extends the “mask mandate” through March 18, 2022. This means that travelers are required to wear masks in all airports and in all airplanes
  •  Effective December 6, 2021, all travelers 2 and older entering the US must present a negative covid test result that is no more than 24 hours old at the time of arrival. Travelers are advised to plan ahead to set-up a rapid antigen test the morning of their flight, or in the afternoon before.
  • FDA approved self-administered antigen tests are accepted by US immigration officers, as long as the test result is date and time stamped.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and FDA agree that a person is “fully vaccinated” once 14 days have passed since their second shot (for two shot vaccines). In the case of a one shot vaccine, 21 days need to have passed to be considered “fully vaccinated.

 

  • St Barts update – Jan 19 update

    • No pre-registration required
    • All travelers 18 and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated
    • All travelers 18 and older must proof of a negative COVID test, no more than 48 hours old at the time you board the flight into St Barts. Rapid antigen test recommended.
    • UK residents are  allowed to enter St Barts, effective January 14, 2022, however they must provide a test result that is no more than 24 hours old.
    • NOTE: If arriving via St Martin from France or the US, no test is required if you are fully vaccinated and boosted

 

  • Turks & Caicos – January 2 Update

    • Pre-registration required at TCI Assured portal
    • All travelers 16 and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated
    • All travelers 2 and older must provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen COVID test – no more than 3 days old
  • USVI – January 2 update
    • Pre-registration required at Visit USVI portal
    • Proof of vaccination not required
    • Proof of a negative PCR or antigen COVID test required – no more than 72 hours old
  • Anguilla – January 1 Update
    • Pre-registration at the Visit Anguilla Travel Authorization portal
    • Proof of being fully vaccinated
    • Proof of a negative Antigen or PCR test no more than 48 hours old at the time of arrival
    • Rapid antigen test upon arrival in the airport

 

  • The British Virgin Islands – BVI – January update
    • If you are fully vaccinated and 18 or older, there is no need to pre-register for entry
    • Upon arrival, present proof of being fully vaccinated
    • Provide proof of a negative Antigen or PCR COVID test no more than 5 days old
    • Provide proof of having medical or travel insurance
    • Agree to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival
    • Travelers under 18 years old only need to provide proof of a negative test result
    • Unvaccinated travelers 18 and older need to pre-register for entry, present proof of a negative PCR test, and agree to quarantine in place for 4-7 days
    • Unvaccinated travelers are required to pre-register for entry to the BVI at BVI Travel Authorization portal

 

  • St Martin / Sint MaartenEffective Jan 19

    • Pre-registration required at EHAS Travel Authorization portal
    • All travelers 18 and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated
    • FULLY vaccinated travelers who have been boosted will NOT be required to present any covid test results when applying for entry using EHAS
    • UK residents allowed to enter St Martin, with proof of a negative test result no more than 24 hours old

 

  • Grand Cayman –  January 20 update
    • Pre-registation required at the Grand Cayman Travel Authorization portal
    • All travelers 12 and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated
    • Proof of a negative Antigen or PCR test no more than 24 hours old at the time of arrival
    • Rapid antigen test upon arrival in the airport, and then during your stay on day 2 and 5

 

Insiders tip  about your Passport – make sure your passport will still be valid at the time of travel (it should be valid for at least six more months on the arrival date). Please note that US Passport Renewals take longer to process now, so plan ahead. For information on how to renew your passport, visit the USA GOV site, and read the “How to Renew a US Passport” section. You can mail in the application to renew, or call a regional Passport Agency office for an expedited process, which will involve extra fees.

Summary of the latest COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to each Caribbean island:  Click on the island you want to travel to for information on its entry requirements.

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

* 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. The details for entering each Caribbean island are listed below.

When Traveling to the Caribbean – Get Tested First!

Most Caribbean islands are requiring that the traveler have proof of vaccination, and present a negative COVID-19 Antigen or PCR test result to enter the destination. Please note: Even if you have been vaccinated, you will be still required to get tested in order to enter most destinations, and to wear a mask in public buildings once there.  Looking for a local covid-19 testing center near you? Here are some helpful links:

Tests for Travelers

U.S. Government Test Center finder: Health & Human Services test center search tool

We recommend using COVID-19 testing centers run by the state you live in, or affiliated with large hospitals and university medical centers such as Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan, Yale New Haven Health centers in Connecticut, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston. If you do not live in an area with a medical center that can quickly process test results, you may want to order an at-home test.  Travel testing advice, read covid test scheduling tips.

At Home Antigen Tests for Travelers

If you do not have access to rapid antigen testing, you may want to order an at-home antigen test. Here are two at-home remote medical observation nasal swab antigen testing options. Tests are self administered, under the video supervision of a lab technician to verify your identity and the results. samples are uploaded to a lab via a cassette connected to your wifi network, or via a visual method. Test results are emailed to you, date and time stamped, usually within 15 minutes:

ABBOTT EMED at home antigen test

Get Tested Now at home antigen test

NOTE:  We advise you to check in advance whether the destination you are traveling to accepts test results from self-administered at home tests,

Rapid Antigen Testing in Airports – Day of departure

Several airports now offer rapid antigen testing the day of departure, for a fee, by appointment only. Select the link below that corresponds with the airport you will be departing from. We recommend that you still get tested the day before travel to make sure you are not positive before you depart for the airport.

In the Northeast

https://www.doctorstestcenters.com/flyri – Chicago and Providence

https://xprescheck.com/locations#0 – New York, New Jersey, Boston, Atlanta, Washington and more

https://www.rrtesting.com/phl – Philadelphia

In Paris

https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/roissy-en-france/depistage-covid-aeroport-charles-de-gaulle – Charles de Gaulle airport

https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/orly/cerballiance-aeroport-d-orly-orly – Orly airport

Travel Insurance Options

Regardless of where you choose to travel, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Visit the travel insurance marketplace to shop for the policy that best fits your needs.   Travel Tip:  Looking for an extra level of assurance when traveling? Consider a MedJets membership for peace of mind.

 

Necker Island

Traveling to the Caribbean Islands now – What Vaccination and Tests are Required for Entry?

St Barts Travel News

December, 2021 Update 

St Barts covid travel FAQ

1) Is St Barts open for tourism now? Yes

2)Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter St Barts? Yes

3) Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in St Barts now? Yes

Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter St Barts with a negative covid test result that is no more than 48 hours old when boarding the inter-island flight into St Barts. Rapid antigen test recommended

Unvaccinated travelers 18 and older are not permitted to enter St Barts

Please note, the villa rental agencies and hotels are tasked with confirming that travelers have proof of vaccination before the arrival date. Read the details about travel to St Barts during the covid era

Flying into St Barts (SBH) through St Martin (SXM)? What Covid Testing is Required?

If you are traveling to St Barts through St Martin, you will need to register for approval to enter St Martin / Sint Maarten no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. The travel approval website is called EHAS, for Electronic Health Authorization System. 

Travelers are required to enter information confirming flight info, country of residency proof of vaccination, proof of negative test result, local address when visiting, and passport information

EHAS Update – Effective January 1, 2022 – FULLY vaccinated travelers who have been boosted, and children 17 and under who have been vaccinated,  do not need to submit a covid test result when filling out the EHAS form. 

Once you complete the EHAS pre-trip registration and submit it, they will then send you a confirmation email authorizing you to enter St Martin. You will need this email in order to board your flight to St Martin.

Purchase of $30 medical insurance policy is required in order to complete the EHAS registration – however, those not spending the night in St Martin are exempt from this requirement.

DEPARTING TRAVELERS please note, you will also be required to submit a request to enter St Martin on your returning flight. Travelers 17 and under who are unvaccinated must submit a negative PCR test, no more than 48 hours old upon arrival.

Rapid testing site at St Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport

There is a test center outside of the airport terminal which administers rapid antigen tests. However, please note that a traveler has to clear security to leave the airport, then upon being tested, one has to got back through security screening again. This can take 2-3 hours.

Flying into St Barts via San Juan (SJU)? What’s Required?

If you are traveling to St. Barts through San Juan, and you are not spending the night in Puerto Rico, you do not need to complete the online travel request form required for travel to Puerto Rico. Just show your negative COVID-19 test result, and continue on to St. Barths. The same is true when you are transiting back through San Juan on your way home.

If you are spending one or more nights in Puerto Rico, you will need to complete the Travel Safe Puerto Rico registration form, which requires proof of vaccination or proof of a recent PCR test.

 

When returning from St Barts to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within one day (24 hours ) of the arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

St Martin & Sint Maarten Travel News

St Martin covid travel FAQ

1) Is St Martin open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter St Martin? 

Yes, if you are unvaccinated. NO if you are fully vaccinated

2) Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in St Martin now?

Yes

St Martin is open for tourism.

Prior to departure, travelers are required to fill out a travel entry request form for entry into St Martin. The online registration site to request entry into St Martin / Sint Maarten is called EHAS, for Electronic Health Authorization System. If you are FULLY vaccinated, you are no longer required to submit a covid test when filling out the EHAS forms. 

Effective January 1, 2022 – FULLY vaccinated travelers who have been boosted, and children 17 and under who have been vaccinated,  do not need to submit a covid test when filling out the EHAS form.  All other travelers will be required to submit an antigen test not more than two days old at the time of arrival, or a PCR test no more than three days old at the time of arrival.  Purchase of $30 medical insurance policy is required in order to complete the EHAS registration – however, those not spending the night in St Martin are exempt from this requirement.

Once you complete the EHAS pre-trip registration and submit it, they will then send you a confirmation email authorizing you to enter St Martin. You will need this email in order to board your flight to St Martin.

You will be asked to provide proof of medical insurance. If you don’t have proof of insurance, you can purchase a medical insurance policy that covers the length of your stay in St Martin, at a cost of $30. Applications for entry to St Martin are reviewed and approved in under 24 hours.

When returning from St Martin to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter. COVID-19 test locations on St Martin.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Turks & Caicos Travel News

Turks & Caicos covid travel FAQ

1) Is Turks & Caicos open for tourism now?

Yes

2)Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Turks & Caicos?

Yes

3) Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Turks & Caicos now?

Yes

Effective August 20, 2021:

  • Proof of vaccination is required for all travelers 16 and older.  (must be 14+ days since second shot)
  • Turks will now accept both digital and paper copies of the vaccination card.
  • All travelers 2 and older are required to present proof of a negative covid test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival.

Travelers need to visit the government website called TCI Assured to set up an account, and upload proof of vaccination, 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 procedures also apply to nearby private island resorts at Parrot Cay, Ambergris Cay, and Sailrock Villas on South Caicos Island.

Turks & Caicos is also requiring the purchase of travel insurance that covers COVID19.  It costs about $30 a person and the insurer will issue a “Visa Letter” which indicates you meet the COVID-19 coverage requirements. TCI recommended insurers include – Travelex, Allianz Global Travel, Travel Guard

Clients with a negative test result can enter Turks & Caicos, and they are free to move about the island as long as they agree to wear a mask when they enter a local business and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine.

 

When returning from Turks & Caicos to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter. COVID-19 test locations on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Jamaica Travel News

Jamaica covid travel FAQ

1) Is Jamaica open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Jamaica?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Jamaica now?

No

All travelers to Jamaica age 12 and over will be required to do the following to enter Jamaica

  • Present proof of a negative COVID-19 test ( PCR OR ANTIGEN ) taken within three days of travel
  • Register to enter at the Jamaica Tourism Travel Authorization website
  • Input your passport information, upload your test results, travel dates, and personal information
  • Authorization to enter Jamaica will be issued by email assuming the entry requirements are met

Upon arrival, travelers will be allowed to proceed to their hotel or villa, unless they are showing signs of being ill. In that case, they will be tested on-site. Travelers showing no signs of illness, and those who test negative at the airport, are then free to roam within a defined tourism coastal district called the Resilient Corridor which stretches from Negril to Montego Bay and on to Ocho Rios.

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

When returning from Jamaica to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter. COVID-19 test locations in Jamaica.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

US Virgin Islands Travel News

USVI covid travel FAQ

1) Are St John and St Thomas in the USVI open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter the USVI?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in USVI now?

No

All travelers planning a trip to the USVI  aged 5 and older must register to enter at the USVI Travel Screening Portal prior to leaving home. Requirements:

– Negative test result from a Covid 19 PCR test or Antigen test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival

– Antibody tests are not accepted

– No proof of vaccination is required

Clients with a negative test result can enter the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they are free to move about the island as long as they agree to wear a mask when arriving when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine for people who produce a negative test result.

When returning from the Virgin Islands to your home country.

– to the U.S. – All Air passengers aged two years and older flying into the US for foreign countries are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) no more than 24 hours before their flight back to the U.S. While the USVI are part of the US, it is still recommended that travelers get tested prior to their return. This is to ensure that a traveler doesn’t unknowingly infect people while traveling back to the States, and also to avoid any quarantines that individual US states have in place for travelers coming into the state who have not been tested. COVID-19 test locations in the USVI.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

 

Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum Travel News

Riviera Maya covid travel FAQ

1) Is the Riviera Maya region in Mexico open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter the Riviera Maya?

Getting tested is recommended, but not required

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in the Riviera Maya now?

No

The Riviera Maya coast is open for tourism. There are no testing requirements for vacationers visiting the Riviera Maya are including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum. However, we do advise all travelers to get tested before they travel so they can be sure they do not have the virus.

Health Authorities at the airport will be doing random temperature screening to confirm that vacationers are not showing symptoms. Clients are free to move about the area 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. There is no quarantine.

When returning from Riviera Maya, Mexico to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.  COVID-19 test locations in the Riviera Maya region.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Dominican Republic Travel News

Dominican Republic covid travel FAQ

1) Is the Dominican Republic open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter the Dominican Republic?

Getting tested is recommended, but not required

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in the Dominican Republic now?

No

The Dominican Republic is open for tourism, including the areas of Cap Cana, Punta Cana, and Casa de Campo. Public Health minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas stated that there are no requirements for entry to the Dominican Republic, no testing is required. However, we do advise all travelers to get tested before they travel so they can be sure they do not have the virus. Upon arrival at the airport, 10% to 15% of passengers will be spot-checked using a paid antigen test. Results are available in minutes.

Once the client arrives at their villa, clients are free to move about the area 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. There is no quarantine when visiting Cap Cana, Punta Cana, or Casa de Campo.

When returning to the US – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs.

When returning from the Dominican Republic to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.  COVID-19 test locations in the Dominican Republic.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Mustique Travel News 

Mustique Island covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Mustique open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Mustique?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Mustique now?

Getting vaccinated is recommended but not required

The island of Mustique is open for tourism. To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a Covid 19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 120 hours (or five full days) prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO and to cordelia@mustique.vc as soon as it is completed as this allows time for pre-clearance protocol.

Once a test result is obtained by the client, they need to visit St. Vincent & Grenadines travel  authorization site, and set up an account and complete the questionnaire

The Mustique Airport (MQS) is open to international flights. Getting to Mustique is still straightforward. Where possible, guests should fly to St. Lucia where they can then board a Twin Otter flight to Mustique. It is also possible to fly to Barbados or St. Vincent. Mustique is currently operating flights on demand from these islands. Please note: that all passengers traveling on the local air shuttle whether arriving or departing Mustique will be required to wear medical-grade masks (these masks will not be provided). Once on the island of Mustique, masks are not required.

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.

Testing on Mustique.  In an effort to maintain a safe environment on the island, all passengers will be tested upon 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. Guests are asked to self-isolate in their villas until the test results are sent to them (in 24-48 hours). Anyone testing positive on the PCR test will be placed into mandatory 14-day quarantine at their villa. For those who would like to be tested again while on-island, The Clinic at Mustique Island offers Rapid Antigen Swab tests.

When returning from Mustique to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.  COVID-19 test locations on Mustique.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

The Bahamas Islands Travel News

Bahamas covid travel FAQ

1) Are the Bahamas islands open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter the Bahamas?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in the Bahamas now?

Yes

The Bahamas are open for tourism.  Effective May 1, all travelers who can provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, with the final shot being more than 14 days prior to arrival, may enter the Bahamas without restrictions.  Travelers wishing to enter the country need to visit the Bahamas Tourism Health Visa portal and upload their proof of vaccination. They will get an “approval to enter” letter via email.

Unvaccinated travelers will still have to comply with all of the country’s pre-testing and testing requirements, including applying for The Bahamas Travel Health Visa, proof of a negative test taken no more than five days prior to arrival, and rapid antigen testing if they’re staying in The Bahamas for longer than four nights and five days.

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 is required after 4 days to ensure 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.

When returning from the Bahamas to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.  COVID-19 test locations in the Bahamas.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

British Virgin Islands Travel News 

BVI covid travel FAQ

1) Are the BVIs open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter the BVI?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in the BVI now?

Yes

The British Virgin Islands are open for tourism. All travelers who can provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, with the final shot being more than 14 days prior to arrival,  and who produce a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than five full days prior to travel, may enter the BVI without restrictions. Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to pre-register for permission to enter the BVI.

Unvaccinated travelers 18 and older need to provide proof of a negative PCR test no more than five days old. The test results need to be uploaded to the BVI Gateway Online Portal. Once their request to enter has been processed, they will get a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorization Certificate via email.

Travelers vacationing in villas or hotels in Virgin Gorda, Tortola, and the private islands of the BVI must also have proof of travel insurance that includes coverage for medical expenses.

Private Islands in the BVI –  private island resorts in the BVI are open. This includes Necker Island, Scrub Island, Oil Nut Bay, Moskito Island, Eustatia Island, Cooper Island, Guana Island, Jost Van Dyke, Buck Island, and more.

When returning from the BVI to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.  COVID-19 test locations in the BVI.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Anguilla Travel News

Anguilla covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Anguilla open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Anguilla?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Anguilla now?

Yes

Effective July 1, Anguilla is open for tourism.

All travelers are required to register in advance for entry into Anguilla on the Visit Anguilla website. Here is what is required to enter Anguilla.

  • Set up a profile on the Visit Anguilla website. Families or persons traveling together can submit one application. However, the name, date of birth, and passport details of each person in the group must be added to the application
  • Upload proof of having been fully vaccinated (having had second shot at least 21 days prior to arrival) for all travelers 18 and older. Anguilla only accepts the following vaccines for entry: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, J&J/Janseen
  • Upload a negative test result from a PCR test taken no more than five full days prior to arrival will still be required. All travelers including toddlers are required to be tested. The ONLY accepted COVID-19 test is the real-time rt-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) from a nasopharyngeal swab
  • The immigration department will review all applications to enter, and if all conditions are met satisfactorily, the traveler will get an email authorizing them to enter Anguilla
  • Upon arrival, all travelers will be given a rapid antigen test and will be asked to stay in their villa or hotel until the test results are processed (no more than 12 hours). Once a negative test result is received, travelers are free to move about the island without restriction

When returning from Anguilla to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.  COVID-19 test locations on Anguilla.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Barbados Travel News

Barbados covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Barbados open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Barbados?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Barbados now?

Yes

Barbados is open for tourism. All travelers with proof of being fully vaccinated may enter Barbados, and will not be subject to any restrictions on movement, or quarantines. Travelers must provide proof that they have received the second vaccine shot at least 14 days prior to their arrival date, and must take a Covid-19 test no more than 3 full days prior to arrival, and upload the results prior to arrival.

Travelers are asked to input their proof of vaccination and Covid-19 PCR test results into an app developed by the Barbados Health Ministry called BIM Safe.

When returning from Barbados to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.   COVID-19 test locations in Barbados.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Grand Cayman Travel News 

Grand Cayman covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Grand Cayman open for tourism now?

Yes, however, travelers are required to quarantine between 7-10 days upon arrival

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Grand Cayman?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Grand Cayman now?

Yes

September 15, 2021 update
Grand Cayman has postponed the date when travelers can visit the island without having to quarantine. The details can be found on the VisitCaymanIslands official website. A summary of the terms and conditions is noted below.
Starting on October 14, 2021 
– Travelers of ALL AGES are required to produce proof of vaccination
Plus proof of a negative Covid19 test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival
– Then pre-register for entry via the Grand Cayman Travel Authorization website. Approved travelers must also agree to be tested at the airport upon arrival
– Travelers are then required to quarantine at their villa for 7 days, then be retested, before being allowed to travel freely around the island
Starting in January 2022
–  End of quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers
– Unvaccinated children (under age 12) will now be allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists
– no quarantine period will be required for unvaccinated children
– Unvaccinated visitors above the age of 12 will still be required to quarantine for 14-days
– Pre-registration will still be required for entry into Grand Cayman

* The entry requirements above are subject to change. Consideration is being given to reducing the quarantine period to 7-10 days for non-vaccinated visitors.

When returning from Grand Cayman to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.   COVID-19 test locations on Grand Cayman.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

Antigua Travel News

Antigua island covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Antigua open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Antigua?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Antigua now?

Yes

Effective October 1, 2021:

– ALL travelers must provide proof of a PCR test taken within 4 days of arrival

– Travelers 18 and older must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Jansen/JJ, Sinopharm, Sinovac)

– ALL arriving passengers or the head of a family are required to complete a health declaration form issued on your flight

Once on the island, visitors are required to wear masks in all public spaces and shops. Restaurants are open for take-out and delivery only. Bars remain closed.

The nearby Jumby Bay Private Island villa resort is open.

When returning from Antigua to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.   COVID-19 test locations on Grand Cayman.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

 

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.

When returning from Mexico to your home country:

To the US – Effective Dec 6, 2021:

All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.   COVID-19 test locations in the Cabo San Lucas area

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

 

St Lucia Travel News

St Lucia Island covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of St Lucia open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter St Lucia?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in St Lucia now?

It is recommended

To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 168 hours (or seven full days) prior to arrival. This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO. Once on-island, 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.

When returning from St Lucia to your home country:

– To the US – Effective Dec 6, 2021:

All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

 

Grenada Travel News

Mustique Island covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Grenada open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Grenada?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Grenada now?

It is recommended

Travelers to Grenada are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours (3 full days) 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.

When returning from Grenada to your home country:

– To the US– Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

 

St.Kitts and Nevis Travel News

St Kitts and Nevis covid travel FAQ

1) Is St Kitts and Nevis open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter St Kitts and Nevis?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in St Kitts and Nevis now?

It is recommended

Travelers to St Kitts and Nevis are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours (3 full days) 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.

When returning from St Kitts and Nevis to your home country:

To the US – Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

 

Puerto Rico Travel News 

Puerto Rico covid travel FAQ

1) Is the island of Puerto Rico open for tourism now?

Yes

2) Do I need to provide proof of a recent negative PCR or Antigen test result to enter Puerto Rico?

Yes

3)  Do I need to be vaccinated to vacation in Puerto Rico now?

It is recommended

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 COVID-19 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 antibody 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.

To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 72 hours (or 3 full days) prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO. Once a test result is obtained by the client, they need to visit the Puerto Rico travel authorization website.

Please note:  travelers who are transiting through Puerto Rico, and who are not spending the night in the country, do not need to complete the travel authorization application.

When returning from Puerto Rico to your home country:

– To the US – Effective Dec 6, 2021, All US residents aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within 24 hours of their arrival back in the US.  Travelers should plan ahead to make sure they can get a rapid antigen test done, ideally around 12 hours before boarding the flight to the US. No registration is required for US residents to re-enter.

– To the UK – All UK residents are required to get a viral test within 3 days of their arrival back in the UK. Terms of re-entry are impacted by the country you have visited. Read the details on the UK Government Travel Rules site.

To France – All French residents must provide proof of vaccination when re-entering France. Read the details on the French Government Travel Rules site.

How to Get a Digital Record of Your Vaccination

Some destinations and countries may require that you upload a digital record of your proof of vaccination. For more detail on how to get your digital vaccination record, please refer to our vaccination passport article

Rocky Mountain States Travel News

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.

 

What’s Required When Returning to the U.S.?

Effective January 26, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. All passengers flying to the US from a foreign country will be required to present a negative test result when returning to the US. Read full CDC guidelines.

Air passengers aged two years and older are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

Airlines will ask passengers to fill out this Covid test attestation form to confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not have proof of a negative test or recovery or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

 

Getting There 

What is it Like to Fly Now?

TSA extends airport and airplane mask mandate through January 18, 2022. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson confirmed the extension of the dates, first reported by Reuters. “The purpose of TSA’s mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” the spokesperson said.

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 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 on Coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

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

 

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