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Caribbean Island Re-Opening Dates for Tourism, post coronavirus lockdowns

Trying to keep up with the latest news about the reopening dates of your favorite Caribbean island? At WIMCO, we are streamlining information on island re-openings and travel guidelines, to make your vacation planning easier. Looking to vacation somewhere within driving distance? We feature private properties in several destinations in the US too. Wondering about flights? We can set up commercial flights or private flights for you to any destination or island. This page is updated daily.

Covid19 PCR pre-arrival testing requirements – Most Caribbean islands are requiring that the traveler present a negative Covid19 test result in order to enter the destination. Please use the search tools below to find a test center near you. We also can recommend expedited testing options in a select few metro areas, contact us for details at info@wimco.com

US Government Link to Test Center finderHealth & Human Services test center search tool

CVS Link to Test Center finder: CVS test center search tool

View info on traveler testing requirements for each Caribbean island:

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So, where can you vacation now?

 

Several Caribbean islands and US destinations have successfully controlled and eradicated the coronavirus locally, and have announced border reopening dates. Below is a list of regions and countries that have published a tentative date when they plan to re-open their borders for tourism, based on official government announcements. Where ever you travel outside of the US, travelers will be required to present a copy of a negative Covid-19 test result.

USVI (St John, St Thomas) – Open for tourism as of June 1*

The Rockies – Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado – Open for tourism as of June 1*

Riviera Maya & Cancun – Open for tourism as of June 8 *

Antigua & Barbuda – Open for tourism as of June 4*

Jamaica – Open for tourism as of June 15*

St. BarthsOpen for tourism as of June 22*

Mustique – Open for tourism as of July 1*

Punta Cana & Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic – Open for tourism as of July 1*

Bahamas (and associated private islands there) – Open for tourism as of July 1*

Barbados – Open for tourism as of July 12*

Turks & Caicos (and associated private islands there) – Open for tourism as of July 22*

St Martin/Sint Maarten – Planning to re-open for tourism in August*


* Travelers can expect to be temperature scanned by the TSA prior to boarding, and also at airports upon arrival. In some destinations travelers will be asked to produce a copy of  a negative Covid19 test result before being allowed to enter the country. 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.

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? 

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions for Caribbean Islands and Airports

St. Barths travel news – Open for tourism as of Monday, June 22 –    The CDC classifies St Barts as having the lowest level of health risk – level one – risk is low.  To enter the country, a traveler would be required to present proof of having been tested for Covid 19 within the previous 72 hours, and have a negative test result from that test. By French government decree, masks must be worn in all public places. See full details on the St. Barths Covid-19 travel page.

St Martin & Sint Maarten travel news – Open for tourism as of July 1– 
Princess Juliana Airport re-opened to international flights on July 1. The government requires that travelers get tested in advance of their departure, and that they present a negative Covid-19 test result that is no more than 72 hours old upon arrival.  Once a traveler clears customs, there are no restrictions on movement by visitors, and no quarantine required. By French government decree, masks must be worn in all public places. See details

St Martin will not accept flights from the US until August at the earliest.

Turks & Caicos – re-opened for tourism on July 22

Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson ended the shelter at home order on May 4. On May 29, she announced that the county’s borders would be re-opened to tourism on July 22.   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.

The government has launched a website called TCI Assured where travelers can 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 on South Caicos.

Jamaica – Re-opened for tourism on June 15 –  Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that starting on July 15 all non-business travellers 12 years of age and over will be required to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited medical laboratory. The date of the test must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization. Half Moon villa resort reopened on June 15. Round Hill Villas is closed until September 1. The Tryall Club is proposing to reopen in early November.

US Virgin Islands – re-opened for tourism on June 1.  (St John, St Thomas reopening info)- Governor Albert Bryan Jr. reopened the island for tourism on June 1. On July 10 the following rules were put in place for all people traveling to the USVI. Requested test data can be uploaded via the USVI Travel Portal.

  • Anyone traveling from a state with a 10% + Covid-19 infection rate will have to have a negative test 5 days prior to travel. If a test has been taken but results are pending they will have to self-quarantine until the negative result is in.
  • List of states will change based on the data from Jon Hopkins University. As of July 9th, residents of these states will need to produce test results:  Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas.
  • Anyone from those states that travels without having taken a test has to self-quarantine for 14 days. If the test is taken on island, the person can stop quarantining once the test comes back negative
  • Additionally, all beaches will close at 4pm every weekend. All bars and bars in restaurants will be closed. Restaurants will remain open but people cannot sit or stand at the bar, even to dine.

Riviera Maya travel news – re-opened for tourism on June 10 –  On May 13, the Tourism Promotion Council announced that hotels in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya coast are open for tourism as of June 10. Airlines from Canada, the United States and Europe have confirmed flights for June 10 and beyond. There will be no restrictions of movement for arrivals.

Dominican Republic travel news – reopened for tourism in July.  Public Health minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas has scheduled the reopening of hotels, beaches and restaurants for June 17. The country is not expected to reopen for tourism until June 17 at the earliest.

Mustique travel news – re-opened for tourism on July 1–  The Mustique airport (MQS) has reopened to international flights as of July 1.  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)
  •  Completed VINCYCOVID questionnaire (available here or can be obtained from your booking agent)
  • All guests are required to 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 48 hours 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 travel news –  reopened for tourism as of July 1 – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced the Bahamas is open for tourism as of July 1 . Travelers must now present proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 10 days of arrival. The proof of negative result is part of the required Bahamas Health Visa application all travelers must fill out upon arrival.

Info for US residents – updated July 27 –  Residents of the US will be permitted to enter the Bahamas, however they are required to quarantine in a government approved facility, at the guest’s expense, for 14 days, then pass a Covid 19 test, before being permitted to move about freely.

Private Island Resorts in the Bahamas – private island resorts in the Bahamas are open for tourism as of July 1. Kamalame Cay is open as of July 1. Musha Cay has announced that they will reopen on July 15.  Reopening dates for Over Yonder Cay and Fowl Cay have not been published.

British Virgin Islands travel news – reopening for tourism on Sept 1 (Virgin Gorda and Tortola travel restrictions) – Deputy Premier Carvin Malone ended the shelter at home order on April 26, and started a phased re-opening of businesses.  The BVI will open its borders to returning residents only starting on June 2 at the earliest. Non-resident visitors are not expected to be permitted to visit the BVI until September 1 at the earliest.

Private Islands in the BVI –  private island resorts in the BVI will reopen for tourism no earlier than September 1 – this includes Necker Island, Scrub Island, Oil Nut Bay, Moskito Island, Eustatia Island, Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island and more. Guana Island will reopen no earlier than Oct 1.

Anguilla travel news – Anguilla Governor Tim Foy ended the shelter at home order on May 4, As of April 20 there are no active cases on Anguilla, however at this time there is no published date for a reopening of the borders to non-residents.  When will Anguilla reopen to tourism?  On June 18, the Government agreed to a plan to evaluate a July 31 reopening date. To enter the country, a traveler would be required to present proof of having been tested for Covid 19 within the previous 72 hours, and have a negative test result from that test.

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

Barbados travel news – re-opening for tourism on July 12  The shelter at home order ended on May 4, and there are no active covid cases on the island. The borders will be re-opened for tourism on July 12.

Prior to arrival, travelers are required to upload their Covid 19 test results and complete a pre-arrival form at www.travelform.gov.bb.  All arriving passengers over the age of 5 will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours of 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)

Travelers coming from “at risk” countries like the US, Brazil , Mexico and Russia, will be required to present a negative Covid 19 PCR test, and then spend 7 days in an approved quarantine facility, and monitored daily for the onset of symptoms. At the end of the seven-day period, they will be required to undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test.who are staying in country for more than a week will be asked to take a second Covid19 PCR test on day 7.

Flights to Barbados will start on July 12, with a twice weekly Air Canada service from Pearson International on Thursdays and Saturdays. On July 18, British Airways will resume a weekly flight out of London Gatwick; and JetBlue is tentatively set to return to the island on July 25 with four weekly flights out of JFK. Intraregional flights on Caribbean Airlines are expected to resume in mid-July 2020, while Virgin Atlantic’s weekly service from London Heathrow will return on August 1 and increase in October and then on August 5, American Airlines will resume flights out of Miami.

Grand Cayman travel news – re-opening for tourism on Sept 1 – Minister Alden McLaughlin ended the shelter at home order on May 11, however a nightly curfew remains in place. All international arrivals into Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman are suspended until 31st August 2020 at 11:59 pm.    The country is not expected to reopen for tourism until Sept 1, 2020 at the earliest.

Antigua travel news (re-opening later this summer)  – The lockdown established by the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda is scheduled to end on June 22.  The island will re-open in stages; a re-opening of borders to tourism is not expected until late summer. Nearby Jumby Bay resort will resume operations on October 12.

Mexico travel news (re-opening to tourism this summer) – Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Tulum reopened for tourism on June 10. Visitors can fly into the Cancun International airport to access this region, and there are no travel restrictions once you arrive. The Cabo San Lucas area will reopen to tourism in stages starting in July.

St Lucia travel news – re-opening to tourism on June 4 – On May 18, the Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee announced a phased approach to reopening the island’s tourism sector. Phase one includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on June 4, for flights from the United States only.

Grenada travel news (re-opening to tourism on June 30) – Prime Minister, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, has identified 30 June 2020 as the possible date for re-opening the country’s borders.  Nearby Calivigny Island is scheduled to reopen in January, 2021

St.Kitts and Nevis travel news (re-opening this fall) – Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has closed the country’s borders indefinitely.  This impacts flights to both St. Kitts’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport and Nevis’ Vance W. Amory International Airport. No date has been announced for the reopening of the borders.

Puerto Rico travel news – reopened to tourism on July 15 –  San Juan airport is open and accepting flights from North American cities. Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced ended the shelter in place order on May 22.  Starting on July 15, all travelers arriving at the San Juan airport will be 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 – Re-opened for tourism on June 1 – Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming are all open to tourism, as are the national parks within those states. WIMCO has introduced private and premier house rentals in select areas. Please use this form to tell us where you want to go in the US,

Hawaii

COVID-19 as of July 28, 2020  – Governor David Ige announced that the pre-travel testing program has been postponed to Tuesday, September 1. This new date is tentative and will be re-evaluated. The mandatory 14-day travel quarantine will remain in place through August 31.

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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