Travel to the Caribbean during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases stay in flux around the world. Health authorities warn that travel increases your opportunities of getting and spreading out the Covid-19 infection. Unless you’re completely immunized, staying at home is the very best method to stem transmission. Below is info on what to understand if you still prepare to take a trip, existing since September 6.

(CNN) — If you’re preparing to take a trip to the islands of the Caribbean, here’s what you’ll require to understand and anticipate if you wish to go to throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The very first thing to remember is the Caribbean Sea area includes 13 independent island countries. There are a lot more abroad areas. Each of them has its own guidelines, based on regular modification.

A few of the islands opened back up to take a trip in the summertime and fall of 2020. Others resumed more just recently. Limitations can differ. Some islands need quarantines, even for immunized tourists, while others do not even ask for a Covid-19 test. Guidelines differ depending upon your native land.

With the spread of the Delta version, the United States Centers of Illness Control and Avoidance has actually included more locations to its greatest threat classification — Level 4. That consists of locations in the Caribbean.

Likewise bear in mind that typhoon season continues through November 30. Usually, the worst part of the season is mid-August through September. Islands in the southern part of the Caribbean are generally less impacted by cyclones than their more northern next-door neighbors. Get updates at CNN Weather condition.

Here’s a roundup of crucial highlights on 10 popular Caribbean locations, with the most recent info in strong. Follow the links supplied so you can learn all the vital information and look for updates prior to you schedule a journey. Guidelines may alter in between updates to this post:

Aruba

Aruba is known for its white beaches and colorful buildings in the capital city of Oranjestad.

Aruba is understood for its white beaches and vibrant structures in the capital city of Oranjestad.

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What’s on deal: Days are generally dry and bright. Arikok National forest includes caverns, desert landscapes and huge lizards. Wide beaches surrounding clear jade water are the huge draw.

Who can go? People of all nations can go into with the exception of Venezuela.

Entry requirements: All visitors 12 and older should have an unfavorable arise from a molecular Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival if originating from a high-risk nation, despite vaccination status. This list is on Aruba’s tourist site and goes through alter.

Aruba visitors medical insurance is necessary. No quarantine remains in location. Travelers who check favorable for Covid-19 are needed to remain in necessary seclusion, nevertheless.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Very high. Avoid travel to Aruba.

The Bahamas

You'll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.

You’ll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.

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What’s on offer: The chain has 700 islands — from the hustle and funky beats of the capital city, Nassau, on New Providence, to the peaceful beaches on many less-visited islands. You can swim with pigs or dive with sharks.

Who can go? The Bahamas is open to all international travelers.

Entry requirements: All travelers must present a negative result from a PCR check taken no more than five days before arrival, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Children younger than 2 are exempt. You must fill out a health visa application and opt in to the Bahamas’ Covid-19 health insurance. Unvaccinated travelers staying longer than four nights and five days must also take a rapid antigen test on day five and fill out a daily health questionnaire. You must also test for travel between various island within the Bahamas chain.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Very high. Avoid travel to the Bahamas.

Barbados

Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.

Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.

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What’s on offer: Golf, history and architecture get visitors beyond the beach on the most easterly island in the Caribbean. Rum distilleries offer tours and the local cuisine — a blend of African, Indian, Irish, British and Creole flavors — will soak up the spirit.

Who can go? The island is welcoming visitors from around the world. Barbados has discontinued its Caribbean travel bubble.

Entry requirements: Both fully vaccinated travelers and the unvaccinated must present a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than three days before travel. You must upload results to the BIMSafe app.

Vaccinated travelers also take a rapid test upon arrival and quarantine for one or two days awaiting results. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for five days, take another PCR test and remain in quarantine until receiving results. You must book your room ahead of time at a government-approved accommodation (scroll down for list).

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3: High. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to the Bahamas.

Cuba

The Cuban flag at the Melia Varadero International Hotel in Matanzas Province, east of Havana on Cuba's north coast.

The Cuban flag at the Melia Varadero International Hotel in Matanzas Province, east of Havana on Cuba’s north coast.

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What’s on offer: The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba has a plethora of beaches. The romantic charm and mystique of Old Havana and the lush Viñales Valley, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, set this destination apart.
Who can go? Cuba is allowing visitors from around the world to enter. The US government doesn’t allow its citizens to visit Cuba for general tourism purposes. However, there are a variety of permitted reasons to visit.

Entry requirements: Visitors are required to show proof of a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken within three days of arrival. They must take another PCR Covid-19 test upon arrival in Cuba and quarantine at a government-approved hotel. On day five, they take another Covid-19 test. No exemptions for the fully vaccinated. Cuba remains on lockdown as it has for much of the pandemic.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Very high. Avoid travel to Cuba.

Curaçao

The Penha Building was built in 1708 in the Dutch colonial style and is now a department store in Willemstad, the capital of the island.

The Penha Building was built in 1708 in the Dutch colonial style and is now a department store in Willemstad, the capital of the island.

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Who can go? Curaçao divides countries and territories — and the travelers arriving from them — into four categories: very low risk, low risk, high risk and very high risk. You need to check which category you’re in as they may have varying requirements.

Entry requirements: All visitors except those coming from “very low risk” destinations must have negative results from a Covid-19 PCR test that’s no more than 48 hours old before your flight to the island. There are no exemptions for the fully vaccinated. All travelers must fill out the passenger locator card 48 hours before arrival. No quarantines are in place unless you test favorable for Covid-19 during your stay.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Very high. Avoid travel to Curaçao.

Dominican Republic

Tourists take pictures of flamingoes in Bayahibe, La Altagracia province.

Tourists take pictures of flamingoes in Bayahibe, La Altagracia province.

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Who can go? Travelers around the world may enter, but depending on where you’re coming from, entry requirements will differ.

Entry requirements: Travelers from many nations — including the United States, Canada, Mexico and France, among others — do not need a Covid-19 test to enter. But as of June 28, the DR has set up a list of nations from which you do need a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Nations on that list include Brazil, Ireland and the United Kingdom, among others. No quarantines are in place.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3: High. Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to the Dominican Republic.

Jamaica

Reach Falls, near the city of Port Antonio, is a popular destination in Jamaica.

Reach Falls, near the city of Port Antonio, is a popular destination in Jamaica.

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Who can go? Until September 17, anyone who has been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Paraguay, Peru or Trinidad and Tobago within 14 days of their intended date of entry will not be approved OK’d for travel.

Entry requirements: Travelers 12 and older must have a negative result from a Covid-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or antigen test performed taken within three days of the travel date. You must fill out a travel authorization form.

Visitors are allowed to go only to “Resilient Corridors” designed specifically for tourists along with other licensed accommodations that meet Covid-19 safety standards. If you require a Covid test upon arrival, you must quarantine in your hotel or resort until you get a negative result.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3: High. Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Jamaica.

Puerto Rico

Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.

Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.

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Who can go? Puerto Rico is a US territory. According to US State Department and CDC guidelines on international travel, people who have been in Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, Iran, India, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom in the past 14 days will be denied entry for leisure travel. Others who meet entry requirements may enter.

Entry requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights must upload their vaccination card to the island’s online portal, which will generate a QR code. Nonvaccinated travelers on domestic flights must have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

International visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

People who arrive without a test must take a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and go into quarantine awaiting results. Failure to comply could result in a $300 fine.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Very high. Get fully vaccinated before traveling to Puerto Rico.

Turks and Caicos

Colonial houses line the waterfront in Cockburn town, Grand Turk.

Colonial houses line the waterfront in Cockburn town, Grand Turk.

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What’s on offer: This British overseas territory — northeast of Cuba and southeast of the Bahamas — is known for it coral reefs, ripsaw music and a low-key vibe. Whale watching, snorkeling and a range of other outdoor activities pair well with the islands’ natural aquatic beauty.

Who can go? Visitors from around the world are welcomed to vacation here.

Entry requirements: You must be fully vaccinated if you’re 16 or older to visit. All travelers 10 and older need a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than three days before arrival to enter. There’s no quarantine on arrival. You must fill out a travel authorization form, and Covid-19 travel insurance is needed as well.

United States CDC travel advisory: Level 2: Moderate. Unvaccinated travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19 should avoid nonessential travel to Turks and Caicos.

US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas saw a lot of cruise ship activity before the pandemic.

St. Thomas saw a lot of cruise ship activity before the pandemic.

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What’s on offer: From fine dining, scuba diving and golfing on St. Croix to the pristine shores of unspoiled and undeveloped St. John, these islands have a lot to offer. In lively St. Thomas, boating and duty-free shopping are big draws.
Who can go? The USVI is a US territory. According to US State Department and CDC guidelines on international travel, people who have been in Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, Iran, India, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom in the past 14 days will be denied entry for leisure travel. Others who meet entry requirements may enter.
Entry requirements: Travelers 5 or older who enter by air or sea are required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a Covid-19 test result before travel. You must have one of the three following to enter:

— A negative result from a Covid-19 molecular test taken and received within five days of the start of your trip.
— A negative result from a Covid-19 antigen test taken and received within five days of the start of your trip.

Results from Covid-19 antibody tests are no longer being accepted for entry.

No Covid-19 test is required for travel to and from the US Mainland.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Really high. Get fully vaccinated prior to traveling to the United States Virgin Islands.

CNN’s Forrest Brown, Marnie Hunter and Patrick Oppmann added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.