[Vaxxed or Not] Caribbean Islands Open To International Tourism

[Vaxxed or Not] Caribbean Islands Open To International Tourism

While most people still have the urge to travel internationally but don’t have any idea on the current travel landscape, we thought we would put together a list of Caribbean Islands that are open to international tourism and the different restrictions and requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Aruba

Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers are required to fill out an embarkation/disembarkation card between 72 and four hours prior to travel. All visitors 15 and over must upload a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Children 14 and under are exempt from the test. Those not producing a negative test result prior to arrival must take a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine until test result received but those 14 and under are exempt from the test. 

All visitors must purchase and pay for the Aruba travel insurance within 72 hours prior to departure; they can use their existing medical insurance to supplement the Aruba policy, but it cannot replace the Aruba travel insurance, which is $15 for travelers age 15 and over; no charge for children 14 and younger, More information: Aruba.com.    Updated Aug. 17.

Bahamas

Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers over the age of 2 must upload a negative PCR or antigen test result within five days of arrival and apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa within 14 days of travel. Vaccinated travelers must submit proof of vaccination. All travelers must opt in to the mandatory health insurance plan when applying for the visa. The fee is paid in advance and the price depends upon length of stay. Unvaccinated travelers must take a rapid antigen test on day 5 and submit a daily health questionnaire each day of their stay. More information: bahamas.comUpdated Sept. 24.

Barbados

Open to U.S. visitors. All visitors must complete the Immigration and Customs from form between 24 and 72 hours prior to arrival and present proof of a negative PCR test result taken with three days of arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers must take a free rapid or PCR test upon arrival and wait 8 to 12 hours for results at their approved accommodation (they are free to move about the resort, hotel or villa and go to the pool but not to the beach). Unvaccinated travelers must take the standard PCR test upon arrival, quarantine in their room at their accommodations for five days and take second PCR test on day five and await results before being released from quarantine. All travelers must take a rapid antigen test 24 hours prior to departing Barbados for the U.S. The test is $50 and can be done at one of several sites on the island. Many resorts offer on-site testing. More information: visitbarbados.orgUpdated June 21.

Puerto Rico

Bermuda

Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers must complete the online Bermuda travel authorization process within one to three days of arrival (cost is $75 and covers all on-island tests) and present proof of a negative PCR test taken within four days of arrival (this also applies to children 2 years and older). Vaccinated travelers must present proof of vaccination, be tested upon arrival and on days 4 and 10 of their stay. Unvaccinated children traveling with parents are subject to the same rules. Unvaccinated travelers must be tested upon arrival, must quarantine at their own expense for 14 days at one of seven approved hotels and be retested at the end of their quarantine. More information: GoToBermuda.comUpdated Aug. 9.

Bonaire

Open to U.S. travelers. Fully vaccinated visitors must produce proof of a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated visitors also must produce result of a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival as well as the negative PCR test. Bonaire has added the availability of rapid antigen testing at its Flamingo Airport to help travelers adhere to the current testing protocol. All travelers must complete a health questionnaire. All businesses, including hotels, car rentals, tour operators, watersports operators, taxis and restaurants, will carry a Bonaire Friendly Safety Seal certifying that they have been inspected and approved regarding health and safety standards. Updated July 27.

Cuba

Open to U.S. visitors. All arriving passengers must submit a health declaration, produce a Cuba Tourist Card (available from the airlines) and produce a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and take another PCR test upon arrival, with results available within 24 hours. The test upon arrival is free. All incoming travelers must have travel insurance that covers Covid-19 during their stay. Visitors must quarantine in accommodations until results arrive and be PCR tested at their own expense on Day 5. American visitors are barred from strictly tourist vacations to the all-inclusive resorts on the north coast but can travel to Cuba under 12 specific categories, the most popular of which is Support for the Cuban People. All regulations are detailed at https://cu.embassy.gov/covid-19-information

Curacao

Open to U.S. visitors. All visitors from very high-risk countries (including the U.S.) must complete the digital immigration card online prior to departure, fill out the passenger locator card within 48 hours of departure, show proof and upload a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure, show proof of medical insurance and take an antigen test at a local laboratory on the third day of the stay. The appointment must be made and paid for in advance. Children 12 and under who don’t show Covid-19 symptoms and whose parents/caretakers can show proof of a negative PCR test are not required to undergo a PCR test prior to arrival or the antigen test on day 3. More information: Curacao.comUpdated: Sept. 17.

Dominica

Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers must submit a health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to travel and upload a negative PCR test taken between 24 and 72 hours prior to arrival. Vaccinated visitors must upload a vaccination certificate, pay online for a rapid antigen test ($100; test is given on arrival) and present notification of health clearance to travel to Dominica and receipt for antigen test. 

Jamaica

If antigen result is negative, there is no mandatory quarantine for fully vaxxed travelers who have been medically cleared. They must record temperature daily and report any symptoms, and must stay in Safe in Nature certified properties. Unvaccinated travelers will be transported to a mandatory quarantine at a government-operated facility or a Safe in Nature-certified property for five days, take a PCR test on day 5 and await results for up to 48 hours. 

Unvaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaxxed family must follow same protocols as their fully vaxxed family members. Kids five and above will be tested on day 2; those five and under do not need a PCR test.  More information: GoDominica.com.  Updated Aug. 16.

Dominican Republic

Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers are required to fill out a Traveler’s Health Affidavitand international embarkation/disembarkation form 72 hours before departure from the U.S., print or take screenshot of QR code, which is scanned upon arrival and departure. A temperature check will be administered on arrival and/or rapid Breathalyzer test on random travelers. If positive, the traveler quarantines in a designated area within his hotel and is regularly tested until symptoms are gone. More information: godominicanrepublic.comUpdated Sept. 23.

Jamaica

Open to U.S. visitors. New curfew hours are in effect through Oct. 28. Hours are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the weekends. Businesses and parks must close one hour before curfew. Public beaches can operate at reduced hours. Restaurants, bars, gyms and zoos are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Weddings are limited to 20 attendees. Public events can have no more than 25 in attendance. Masks must be worn at all times. Curfews do not apply inside hotels or resorts. Guests are not allowed to leave the hotel during curfew. Beaches can only be accessed during curfew if they are private property of the resort. 

All travelers must complete and submit the online travel authorization form between two and five days prior to arrival and must submit the approval during the airline check-in process. All travelers over the age of 12, including those who have been vaccinated, must submit proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test taken within three days of travel.

Tourists are required to stay in the “Resilient Corridors” designated for tourism purposes along the north and south coasts of the island and are required to remain at their hotel or resort within the corridor for the duration of their stay. However, they may leave the hotel to visit any tourist attraction that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a Covid-19 Resilient Licensed tourist attraction located within the Resilient Corridors. The list of such attractions is available at VisitJamaica.com. All travel to and from the attraction must be on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act. Updated Sept. 24.

Puerto Rico

Barbados

Open to U.S. visitors. Unvaccinated travelers over the age of 2 must show proof of a PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and be tested weekly for stays longer than a week. Any unvaccinated traveler who arrives without a test result will be fined $300. The fine will be waived if the traveler presents evidence that a test was performed within 48 hours of arrival on the island. Unvaccinated travelers who arrive without a test result and who refuse to be tested within 48 hours or arrival and refuse to comply with the weekly test requirement must find other lodging arrangements, such as staying with relatives. They will not be allowed to stay in any hotelparadoro/short-term rental. In addition, all travelers must fill out an online Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s portal to obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and a QR code. Fully vaccinated travelers must present their official vaccination card. Visitors arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan can receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Terminal B. The same is offered on the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba on the mainland’s northeast coast south of Fajardo. More information: www.discoverpuertorico.com  Updated Aug. 26.

Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia)

Open to U.S. visitors. Regulations for both islands require vaccinated visitors to fill out a health application form, provide results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test done 48 hours before travel and show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers must fill out the health form, show PCR test result done 72 hours before travel, quarantine for five days and take a PCR test on day five. Day trippers from St. Maarten have to apply for entry into Saba or Statia and fill out the health form prior to arrival in those islands. For details, visit the tourism websites of Saba and StatiaUpdated Aug. 4.

St. Maarten/St. Martin

Open to U.S. visitors. All visitors must complete the health pre-authorization application through the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS), submit proof of a negative Covid test 72 hours before arrival or antigen test done 48 hours before arrival. Once authorization is approved, travelers receive a pre-authorization e-mail which contains a QR code showing vaccination status and Covid test result. 

The St. Maarten SXM Protection Plan is mandatory health coverage for all visitors. The plan covers hospital costs, ICU costs, doctor consultations, Covid-19 tests and, if necessary, medical evacuation. For those 15 and up, the cost is $30 for visits up to 180 days; it is $10 for those under 15 years of age. Travelers from a high-risk country (the U.S. is considered high risk), will receive an automated daily email alert with a link to submit body temperature and any symptoms during first five days of their stay. More information: SintMaartenGov.orgUpdated Aug. 16.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

US Virgin Islands

Open to U.S. travelers. All visitors must complete the pre-arrival form, show results of a negative PCR test done 72 hours before arrival and arrive with a fully paid reservation. They will be retested upon arrival. Fully vaccinated visitors must show proof of vaccination, quarantine for 48 hours and can then move to a “bubble protocol” hotel (three in Canouan, one in Bequia, one in Mustique and Petit St. Vincent Island & Resort). Unvaccinated visitors must quarantine for 14 days in a tourism-approved hotel at their own cost and be retested between day 4 and day 7 of quarantine. More information: discoversvg.com and www.gov.vc.  Updated Sept. 17.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Open to U.S. visitors. Every U.S. traveler 5 years and older must apply through the USVI travel portal and submit a negative Covid-19 test result taken within five days of travel. This applies to vaccinated as well as unvaccinated travelers. Upon arrival, travelers must submit the test result and travel authorization received from the portal. Travelers unable to produce the required test result are subject to a 10-day quarantine with testing until a negative result is achieved.  More information: www.usvitravelportal.com   Updated Aug. 18.

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