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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 or US ski areas 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. We can assist in finding the ideal private villa for your group, then set-up commercial flights or private flights for you to any US destination or Caribbean island.

When traveling to the Caribbean – 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. Please use the search tool below to find a test center near you. 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 testing center? Tests for Travelers,  or use this US Government Test Center finder:  Health & Human Services test center search tool

We recommend using covid testing centers 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.  Here are three at home nasal swab testing options – Let’s Get Checked,    The Covid Consultants,   Empower DX Lab

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.

What’s Required When Returning to the US?

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 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 must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

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

* 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.

Necker Island

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  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.

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

St. Barths travel news

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 three full days) prior to arrival.  As of January 18, the island’s health authorities will no longer accept antigen tests when authorizing entry to the island. This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO in advance of travel. Children under 10 years old are not required to be tested.

Clients with a negative Covid19 PCR 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. There is no quarantine.

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

Connecting to St Barts 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, along with your covid-19 test result information.

The online form can be found here: https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/

St Martin requires that everyone filling out an entry request form purchase a $30 medical insurance policy, however, this is NOT required if you are not spending the night in St Martin.  . Please note, you will also be required to submit a request to enter St Martin on your returning flight, although no additional testing is required.

If you are staying on St Barts longer than 7 days, it is recommended that you arrange to be tested a second time using a rapid antigen test. This test can be administered at the drive up test center in St Jean, without appointment. Details on the hours of operation and location can be found on the St Barts Covid 19 test center page.

St Martin & Sint Maarten travel news:

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 in advance of travel. St Martin will also accept 3 types of rapid antigen tests (see details below), as long as test is taken no more than two full days prior to arrival. You will also be required to purchase a $30 medical insurance policy that covers the length of your stay in St Martin.

Travelers to St Martin upload their test results onto a travel entry request form. This is also where you purchase the required medical insurance. Review and approval usually takes 12 hours or less: https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form 

St Martin will  accept 3 types of rapid Antigen tests, as long as the nasal swab method is used
a). Abbott – CGIA (Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test
b). Becton Dickinson (BD) –CGIA BD Veritor COVID test
c). Roche/ SD biosensor F test.

Clients with a negative test result can enter St Martin, 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. There is no quarantine.

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. Covid 19 test locations on St Martin

Turks & Caicos travel news

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 in advance of travel.

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.

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.

Clients with a negative test result can enter Turks & Caicos, 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. There is no quarantine.

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.  Covid 19 test locations on Providentiales, Turks & Caicos.

Jamaica travel news

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 10 full days prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO in advance of travel. There are four types of approved tests, see list below.

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

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. Covid 19 test locations on Jamaica

US Virgin Islands travel news

To enter the St Thomas or St John USVI, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a Covid 19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 10 full days prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO in advance of travel.. Travelers will need to upload the test result onto the USVI travel portal prior to arrival at https://www.covid19usvi.com/covid-19/travelers

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

Clients with a negative test result can enter the US Virgin Islands, 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. There is no quarantine.

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. Covid 19 test locations in the USVI.

Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen  and Tulum travel news

There are no testing requirements for vacationers visiting Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.However, we do advise all travelers to get tested before they travel so they can be sure the 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 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 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. Covid 19 test locations in the Riviera Maya region.

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. However, we do advise all travelers to get tested before they travel so they can be sure the do not have the virus.

Clients 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. Covid 19 test locations in the Dominican Republic.

Mustique travel news 

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 the 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 travelling 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 a Rapid Antigen Swab tests.

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. Covid 19 test locations on Mustique

The Bahamas Islands travel news

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,. Once a test result is obtained by the client, they need to visit the Bahamas Tourism Health Visa portal and upload the test result.

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.

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. Covid 19 test locations in the Bahamas.

British Virgin Islands travel news 

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, Once a test result is obtained by the client, they need to visit the 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.

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.

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 to the BVI 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 are open – this includes Necker Island, Scrub Island, Oil Nut Bay, Moskito Island, Eustatia Island, Cooper Island, Guana Island, Jost Van Dyke and more.

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. Covid 19 test locations in the BVI.

Anguilla travel news

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 96 hours (or four 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 Anguilla travel site to apply for permission to enter the country.  Client are also required to show proof that they have purchased travel insurance.

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 and from select restaurants, at select tmes – 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

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. Covid 19 test locations on Anguilla

Barbados travel news

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 96 hours (or four 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 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 the first five days, then get tested on day five.  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.
Details can be found here:   www.barbadostravelprotocols.com
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.
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. Covid 19 test locations on Barbados.

Grand Cayman travel news 

Grand Cayman will re-open to non-residents in phases. The first phase is a Global Citizen Concierge Program” (GCCP) which launched on December 1, 2020. It seeks to welcome back affluent, remote-working professionals, and their families, with a digital visa good for up to 2-years. The GCCP remains the only reasonable option for non-resident travelers to enter the Cayman Islands at present. The country’s borders are expected to fully re-open to non-resident tourists on March 1, 2021.

Travelers interested in learning more about the GCCP remote work visa option 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

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. Covid 19 test locations on Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is scheduled to re-open for tourism on March 1, 2020.

Vaccinated travelers showing proof of vaccination, will not have to quarantine. However, COVID testing is required upon arrival and on Days 5, 10, and 15. Non-vaccinated travelers, no new protocols announced yet but must follow current protocols including a PCR test on arrival, 14-day self-quarantine in your villa or hotel, and a final Day 15 PCR test.

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.

Antigua travel news  

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, visitors are required to seld quarantine in their villa or hotel for 14 days. At the end of the quarantine, a second test required. Clients with a negative test result 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.

Nearby Jumby Bay Private Island resort is open.

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

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 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

St Lucia travel news

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 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

Grenada travel news

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 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

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 (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 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

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.

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 websitePlease 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.

 

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,

Hawaiian Islands 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 days 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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