Caribbean Countries that are opened up for tourism – covid-19 updates 2021.

Dominican sunset – 2ADNOMAD

The Caribbean is what tropical dreams are made of! The region is made up of the Caribbean Sea and 30 island territories but thousands more islets, reefs, and cays. Each island has a different influence and history. But the out break of covid-19 has influenced a lot of change when it comes to those planning to visit the Caribbean . Different Caribbean islands have put protocols in place for travelers entering their Borders , So most Caribbean islands are requiring that the traveler present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to enter the destination.

These Beautiful Tropical islands known for their white sand beaches and resorts, while others are known for their scuba diving and fishing have not also remained the same since the beginning of the pandemic outbreak. So if you considering sailing from island to island to get a more in-depth experience and a glimpse of local life, Keep in mind that some islands may require you to follow there various stated health protocols to ensure health safety for you and there citizens. Truth be told here we all miss the old life when we used to live without being worried about worried quarantined, unexpected border closure or even wearing facemasks.

Karibik, Mittelamerika, kleine Antillen, Barbados, Saint Joseph,Bathsheba Park

So where is it safe, or even possible, to travel? And what do you need to know before you hop on a plane? 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. Please follow the respective country’s guidelines in response to fighting the pandemic.

Jamaica: Travelers will need a negative test taken within ten days departure (children under 12 are exempt) and a completed travel authorization form. On the island, tourists can stay in a “resilient corridor” where they can leave the resort to visit certified tourist attractions.

Once you have your test result in hand, go to the Jamaica Tourism Travel Authorization website, 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 roam within a defined tourism coastal district called the Resilient Corridor which stretches from Negril to Montego Bay and on to Ocho Rios.

British Virgin Islands: 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 Traveler Authorization 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 4 days at the villa or hotel they are staying in.

Day Four Test: On the fourth 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 devices (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.

Haiti: A health declaration form must be completed in-flight and presented to immigration authorities upon arrival. Temperature screenings are mandatory upon arrival. Those who want to visit Haiti must go through a medical check, purchase COVID-19 travel insurance, and submit a health form. Although this policy is not yet approved, it’s expected that all international travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

For more information, check this website.

Guadeloupe: On July 1, 2020, Guadeloupe became another Caribbean island open for tourism, albeit with some nationality and flight restrictions. While it’s open to tourists from all over the world, travelers from certain countries can’t enter due to European Union restrictions (Guadeloupe is a French Overseas Territory).

Travelers must present a negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before their departure. They must present an affidavit stating they don’t have symptoms and haven’t been in contact with any COVID-positive individuals.

This island is a great place to enjoy incredible food and rum, as well as watersports in the crystalline sea. If you’re planning on traveling here, be sure to check Guadeloupe’s official tourism website.

Puerto Rico: 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.

Cuba – Cuba is open for tourism for travelers from any country. However, as of mid-January 2020 there are some severe restrictions, including prohibition on travel between provinces and restaurants being allowed to serve only take-away customers. Tourist travelers will be given a PCR test on arrival in Cuba and are required to self-isolate until a negative result is received – typically around 48 hours, though it can be longer, especially for weekend arrivals. Additionally, all travelers to Cuba will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from their country of origin, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Cuba.

Aruba: Aruba currently allows visitors from Bonaire and Curaçao. Tourism from other Caribbean nations (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada will begin on July 1. United States tourism will begin on July 10. 

All travelers must complete the online ED card and purchase Aruba visitors insurance, even if they already have a policy that covers the coronavirus.

These entry restrictions are worth the effort, as Aruba boasts some of the friendliest locals in the world. The culture is diverse, which also means there are lots of delicious dishes to try. Besides, the country is one of the safest in the Caribbean, and it’s easy to get around the island.

Bahamas: Travelers who wish to skip the island’s mandatory quarantine must test negative for COVID-19 within five days of departure and apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa which requires you to opt-in to mandatory Covid health insurance. A second, rapid antigen test must also be taken on day five of the visit. Children 10 years old and younger do not need to be tested prior to arrival.

To enter the country, tourists must have a health visa, which they can apply for on the official website. They must also have COVID-19 travel insurance, which is available here.

What’s unique about this country is that there is a cluster of islands to explore. Each offers delectable seafood and cocktails, outdoor recreation and watersports, and beautiful beaches (some with wild pigs roaming around)!

For more information, check our guide to the Bahamas’ reopening plan.

Barbados: Visitors from high-risk countries such as the U.S. are required to take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival, upload the negative result online before departure, and bring it to the airport. All travelers must undergo a clinical examination upon arrival. They should also submit an Online Immigration/Customs Form within 24-72 hours of their trip.

Travelers will then have to quarantine at their hotel for two days and be retested four to five days after the first test.  Barbados is a tropical wonderland and surfer’s paradise, as well as the best Caribbean island to find rare green monkeys. However, the country’s reopening procedures are quite strict, so check here for more information.

Anguilla: The Caribbean island is open to pre-approved tourists from certain countries. It requires prospective travelers to apply in advance and submit a negative test before arriving. Once on the island, visitors must remain in an approved location for at least 10 days.

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 times. 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: U.S. $1,000
Business Guest: U.S. $1,000
Family (4 persons): U.S. $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: U.S. $2,000
Business Guest: U.S. $2,000
Family (4 persons): U.S. $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.

For more information, check Anguilla’s official tourism website.

St Kitts and Nevis: Visitors must fill out an entry form online, fill out an online immigration form, and download the SKN COVID-19 mobile tracking app and present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine at an approved hotel, but will be able to move around the hotel’s property and participate in hotel activities. On the seventh day, visitors will get re-tested and, if they test negative, can book excursions through the hotel.

They should also present their accommodation reservation number with a Travel Approved certificate. For a list of these accommodations, check the St. Kitts Tourism and Nevis Tourism website.

Antigua and Barbuda: Visitors 12 years old and older are required to arrive with a negative test from within seven days of their flight. All travelers will be monitored for Covid symptoms for up to 14 days.  

Saint Marteen: Be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 120 hours of your arrival and fill out an online immigration card prior to travel. Travelers flying into St Martin are required to fill out the St Martin travel authorization formand submit it prior to boarding their flight. This is also where you purchase the required medical insurance. Review and approval usually takes 12 hours or less.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that mainland France is closing its borders to non-EU citizens. French overseas territories like St Martin are NOT exempt to this travel restriction, and as a result, access into St Martin is restricted from Feb 2 onwards. We expect the restriction to be temporary. will update this page with an end date as soon as one is made available to us.

Visitors already on St Martin as of Feb 2 are welcome to stay as long as they like, and they can leave at any time. Grocery stores, restaurants and shops remain open.

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.

St. Lucia: If visiting St. Lucia, you will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival and Tourists must also complete this form before arriving. Visitors must also have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for the duration of their stay.

Those who’ve spent the last 21 days within the “Travel Bubble” may move freely around the island, although they must lodge in an approved travel bubble accommodation. All other travelers must spend at least 14 days in certified accommodations and may only participate in the tours on this list.

For more information, you can check this website.

British Virgin Islands: Travelers must register online at least 48 hours before departure, submit a negative test taken within three days of departure and have medical insurance that covers Covid to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo another test and must download a contact tracing app before using approved transportation to get to approved accommodations to quarantine for four days. And the end of quarantine, visitors will take another test, and if negative, be allowed to visit select locations. A fee of $175 is required to cover the two tests, a contact tracing bracelet and the app. 

Grand Cayman: 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.

Travelers do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to flying to the Caymans; however, they are required on arrival. All travelers wantng to enter Grand Cayman are required to request authorization in advance, and apply for the GCCP remote work visa program at the Grand Cayman Travel Authorization website.

Once accepted into the GCCP program for long-term stays, there are additional requirements.

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

Bermuda: To travel to Bermuda, visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than five days before departure (children nine and younger are exempt) as well as fill out a travel authorization form online and pay a $75 fee (children nine and younger are $30). Travelers will also be tested at the airport and have to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready, which typically takes about a day. Visitors will then be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice each day and report it online.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Travelers will have to complete a pre-arrival form online, present a negative test taken within five days of arrival, and take another test upon arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine for five days in an approved hotel and be retested between day four and five of quarantine.  

Mustique: 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 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 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.

British Virgin Islands: Travelers must register online at least 48 hours before departure, submit a negative test taken within three days of departure and have medical insurance that covers Covid to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo another test and must download a contact tracing app before using approved transportation to get to approved accommodations to quarantine for four days. And the end of quarantine, visitors will take another test, and if negative, be allowed to visit select locations. A fee of $175 is required to cover the two tests, a contact tracing bracelet and the app. 

St Barts: Upon arrival, visitors will have to show proof of a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of departure as as well as a sworn statement you haven’t had symptoms of the virus or been in contact with someone with a confirmed case (children under age 11 are exempt). Travelers who stay longer than seven days will be required to take a second test on the eighth day.

St Barts Island

For information check out the government website.

Grenada: All travelers must present a PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival. They must complete this Health Declaration Form and download the Ronatrac mobile tracking app. 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. Tourists must stay in a Pure Safe Travel Accommodation. They’ll have to show their hotel reservations to the immigration desk at the airport. 

Grenada underwater museum

The island is known for its world-famous chocolate and spices, but it also boasts lush rainforests full of waterfalls and pristine beaches where leatherback turtles roam. For more information, visit Grenada’s official tourism website.

These are the current Caribbean islands open for tourism, although the list may vary as the COVID situation develops. We’ll update the list if anything changes.

Criteria for re-opening to Caribbean Islands tourism.

The World Health Organization, the WHO, has established 6criteria 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..

It’s time to plan your next tropical getaway to the Caribbean during Covid 19 pandemic but its wise before you depart, to check out WHO TRAVEL GUIDLINES and also respective country travel requirements you may need before you embark on your amazing vacation to the CARIBBEN. These stunning Caribbean islands will keep you busy and take your breath away.

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