• Christine Hardenberger

The Caribbean is Reopening! Here's What You Need to Know

The Caribbean is reopening! With extremely low rates of infection and excellent safety protocols in place, the Caribbean is an wonderful choice if you are looking for a post-quarantine getaway. Whether you want to travel in the near future or are looking to plan a future trip, now is the time to book.

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It's important to note that each island has its own protocols and restrictions. 


Here is a quick rundown of the islands most visited by our clients:


Antigua and Barbuda

Number of cases: 26

Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders on June 1 in a phased plan that includes reopening the international airport, according to the government. Visitors are required to wear a mask in all public places. Additionally, visitors must take a COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to arrival and be able to present documentation of negative results. If they're unable to do so they must pay for a test locally or agree to quarantine at a hotel for 14 days.


Bahamas

Number of cases: Just over 100

The Bahamas hopes to reopen to commercial travel on July 1, according to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, with visitors only able to go to the islands where COVID-19 has been contained (including Cat Island and Abaco). Currently, international arrivals are restricted and many resorts and hotels are closed to international travelers. 


Barbados

Number of cases: 92

Barbados requires all arriving passengers to quarantine for 14 days, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados.


Dominican Republic

Number of cases: More than 17,700

The Dominican Republic has closed its borders to land, sea, or air arrivals, according to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. Additionally, masks are required in all public places and a curfew is in place at night, according to the U.S. embassy there

Grenada

Number of cases: 23

Grenada is looking at June 30 as a possible date for re-opening its borders, according to its prime minister. In order to do so, he said procedures have to be in place, including ensuring hotels have sanitation protocols. Charter flights, however, may resume earlier than that.

Jamaica

Number of cases:  588

Jamaica will open its borders to international travelers on June 15. The Ministry of Tourism has released COVID-19-focused health and safety protocols that are over 100 pages long. Sangster International Airport has enhanced cleaning protocols in place, and will conduct health screenings upon arrival. Guests will need to complete a health questionnaire and travel form before departure, and face masks will be mandatory at the airport, in taxis and at hotel common areas. Check out dos and don'ts for visiting Jamaica once it reopens.

St. Lucia

Number of cases: 18

Saint Lucia started welcoming visitors back to the island on June 4, requiring them to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 48 hours of boarding a flight. Visitors will also have to wear face masks and health authorities could conduct temperature checks on arriving passengers. In addition, the island is requiring hotels to apply for a COVID-19 certificate from the government that addresses several safety protocols like cleaning measures and enforcing social distancing.

Businesses on Saint Lucia have been allowed to reopen, but they must have protocols in place for social distancing and disinfecting surfaces.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Number of cases: 12

Turks and Caicos plans on reopening to tourists on July 22, utilizing new protocols for things like personal protective equipment and training, which officials said will be detailed in the coming weeks. The Grand Turk Cruise Center, however, will remain closed until August 31. Exact protocols for incoming visitor will be released in the coming weeks. Now is the time to take a break and get your toes in the sand. Let's chat about which island and which resort is right for you! Contact one of our Travel Professionals.

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