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.
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.
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 is understood for its white beaches and vibrant structures in the capital city of Oranjestad.
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.
You’ll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.
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.
Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.
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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.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3: High. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to the Bahamas.
The Cuban flag at the Melia Varadero International Hotel in Matanzas Province, east of Havana on Cuba’s north coast.
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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.
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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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.
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.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3: High. Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to the Dominican Republic.
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.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3: High. Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Jamaica.
Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.
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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.
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.
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— 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.