Most Caribbean islands have reopened to international tourism, and several islands have begun adopting two-track entry regulations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Here are the latest developments for travel from the U.S. to each Caribbean country.
All international passengers flying into the U.S. from the Caribbean islands (with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test received no more than 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to the U.S. Airlines will deny boarding to those passengers who do not produce a test result. Since the rule was announced many hotels in the Caribbean region have stepped up to offer their guests pre-travel testing.
In addition, the CDC recommends that travelers get tested again three to five days after arrival and stay home for seven days after travel, unless they have been fully vaccinated.
Please double-check requirements with the countries' official websites, as protocols change quickly.
Open to U.S. travelers. Only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed entry. U.S. travelers must apply through the visitor portal, submit a negative Covid-19 test result three to five days before travel and provide proof of medical insurance and vaccination. The vaccination proof must be the legally issued card/identification by the country administering the vaccine and will be reviewed by the authorities in Anguilla to ensure authenticity. Children under 17 and pregnant women are exempt from the test requirement.
Anguilla lifted the four-day quarantine requirement for leisure visitors staying at hotels, resorts and licensed villas, regardless of length of stay. Visitors staying at a private home or rental accommodation which is not a licensed villa are still required to quarantine for four days. All visitors are tested upon arrival and must stay in place awaiting test results, which are usually delivered within 12 hours. Once a negative test result is received, visitors are free to leave the property and explore the island.
However, all visitors are tested on day 4 of their stay. If a visitor tests positive, he must quarantine at his accommodation until a negative test result is reached. To cover the costs of the new testing regime, a single test fee of $200 will be charged, effective Oct. 1. The fee will cover the arrival test and the test on day 4. If visitors are staying longer than a week, they will have to pay for a third test. It is not included in the $200 fee. More information: Anguilla's visitor website. Updated Sept. 8.
Antigua and Barbuda
Starting Oct. 1, all arriving visitors are required to show proof of having received at least the first dose of an approved vaccine, except for children below age 5, who are not required to be tested. The requirements to complete a travel accommodation form and submit to a temperature check upon arrival will remain in place. Visitors who complete a successful screening are not required to quarantine once booked at a certified accommodation (at least 435 hotels and villas are certified). More information: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com. Updated Sept. 20.
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.
Open to U.S. visitors. As of Aug. 6, all travelers over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, must upload a negative PCR test result taken within five days of arrival in the Bahamas. (This new protocol is waived for anyone who has already applied for an obtained a Bahamas Travel Health Visa.) Unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older must also take a rapid antigen test on day four if staying longer than five days and fill out a health questionnaire every day of their stay. Testing centers are located in many hotels, resorts, medical centers, marinas and municipal locations. All visitors must also complete and upload a Bahamas Travel Visa and are required to opt into the mandatory health insurance plan when applying for the health visa. The fee is paid in advance and the price depends upon the length of stay. More information: www.bahamas.com/travelupdates. Updated Aug. 4.
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.org. Updated June 21.
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.com. Updated Aug. 9.
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.
British Virgin Islands
Open to U.S. travelers. The British Virgin Islands adjusted entry procedures for visitors due to an uptick in Covid-19 cases. Fully vaccinated travelers must undergo a rapid antigen test at the port of entry. The cost of the test is $50, and results will be available before visitors leave the port of entry in approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Other entry requirements remain the same: All travelers must provide a PCR test or rapid antigen test within five days of arrival, and vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination. Travelers partially vaccinated or unvaccinated must quarantine for seven days. Everyone must show proof of medical insurance that provides coverage for Covid-19 and must register on the online portal within five days of planned travel date to obtain the Traveller Authorization Certificate ($35 for vaccinated travelers, $105 for all others). When fully vaccinated travelers are with unvaccinated children between ages 5 and 17, the children will be tested upon arrival and will get a second test on day four. More information: bvitourism.com. Updated July 14.
Not open to U.S. visitors. The Cayman Islands' plan to reopen the border to tourists is on hold due to a recent rise in community transmissions of Covid-19. The territory had planned to start allowing a limited number of verified vaccinated travelers starting in October, but that plan has been put off for the rest of 2021. Updated Sept. 15.
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.
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.com. Updated: Sept. 17.