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.
Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers must submit a health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to travel and upload a negative PCR test taken between 24 and 72 hours prior to arrival. Vaccinated visitors must upload a vaccination certificate, pay online for a rapid antigen test ($100; test is given on arrival) and present notification of health clearance to travel to Dominica and receipt for antigen test.
If antigen result is negative, there is no mandatory quarantine for fully vaxxed travelers who have been medically cleared. They must record temperature daily and report any symptoms, and must stay in Safe in Nature certified properties.
Unvaccinated travelers will be transported to a mandatory quarantine at a government-operated facility or a Safe in Nature-certified property for five days, take a PCR test on day 5 and await results for up to 48 hours.
Unvaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaxxed family must follow same protocols as their fully vaxxed family members. Kids five and above will be tested on day 2; those five and under do not need a PCR test. More information: GoDominica.com. Updated Aug. 16.
Open to U.S. visitors. All travelers are required to fill out a Traveler's Health Affidavit. Travelers will get a temperature check upon arrival. A rapid Breathalyzer-style test will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival. The test takes five minutes and detects if a traveler was exposed or infected within the last four hours. If positive, the traveler quarantines in a designated area within his hotel and is regularly tested until symptoms are gone. Health and travel insurance coverage that covers hospitalization for coronavirus in the DR, telemedicine services, costs for extended hotel stays and airline ticket changes is required and is free to travelers through July 30. More information: godominicanrepublic.com. Updated June 8.
Open to U.S. visitors. All adult visitors to Grenada must be fully vaccinated, effective July 31. Fully vaccinated travelers entering Grenada have to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative PCR test upon arrival at the airport ($150). Prior to entry, fully vaccinated visitors must book approved Pure Safe accommodations for a minimum of two nights, apply for a travel authorization, provide proof of a negative PCR test done 72 hours prior to travel and pre-pay for the PCR test at the airport. Children 13 years and under traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians can quarantine with them for up to 48 hours. Unvaccinated minors between 14 and 18 years old can travel to Grenada with their vaccinated parents/guardians, but the entire travel party must quarantine for up to seven days. Guests staying at an all-inclusive resort must take an antigen test upon arrival at the resort and a PCR test on day five of their stay. All requirements can be viewed at www.puregrenada.com/travel-advisory. Updated July 29.
Martinique and Guadeloupe are in lockdown, due to a surge in Covid cases on the islands. On Guadeloupe, curfew hours run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the end of August. Bars, gyms, stadiums and swimming pools are closed. Updated Aug. 16.
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Aug. 14 may affect current entry regulations. Prior to the earthquake, the country was open to U.S. visitors who were required to produce a negative antigen or PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. American Airlines still had several flights listed from JFK to Port-au-Prince via Fort Lauderdale.
The CDC issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice on Aug. 11, indicating a very high level of Covid-19 in the country. In addition, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4-Do Not Travel Advisory on Aug. 2, citing kidnapping, crime, civil unrest as well as high Covid case numbers. More information: Travel.State.gov and the U.S. Embassy website. Updated Aug. 16.
Jamaica has imposed tighter Covid-19 restrictions due to the rapid surge in case numbers and hospitalizations. The new restrictions are in effect through Aug. 31. Curfew hours run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday. Beaches are closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Nightclubs are closed and gyms, restaurants, zoos and bars must operate at 50% capacity with social distancing enforced. Weddings are limited to 50 attendees; public events can have no more than 30 in attendance. Masks must be worn at all times.
All travelers must submit proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test or antigen test taken within three days of travel. Travelers must complete and submit the online travel authorization form between two and five days prior to arrival and must submit the approval during the airline check-in process.
Tourists are required to stay in the "Resilient Corridors" designated for tourism purposes along the north and south coasts of the island and are required to remain at their hotel or resort within the corridor for the duration of their stay. However, they may leave the hotel to visit any tourist attraction that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a Covid-19 Resilient Licensed tourist attraction located within the Resilient Corridors. The list of such attractions is available at VisitJamaica.com. All travel to and from the attraction must be on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act. Updated Aug. 11.
Martinique and Guadeloupe are in lockdown, due to a surge in Covid cases on the islands. A curfew on Martinique took effect on Aug. 10 and will last three weeks. Curfew hours run from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Martinique authorities have recommended that visitors not continue their stays. During the hours of 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. people on Martinique cannot venture further than half a mile from their homes. Updated Aug. 16.
Montserrat is open to U.S. visitors on Oct. 1. All visitors must be fully vaccinated, provide vaccination card and proof of a negative PCR test taken within five days of arrival, complete an online preclearance registration form three days before arrival, and quarantine for five days with a PCR test on day 4. The rules apply to everyone over the age of 12. Unvaccinated children under 12 may travel with vaccinated family members. For information, visit gov.ms.
Updated: Sept. 15.
Open to U.S. visitors. Unvaccinated travelers over the age of 2 must show proof of a PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and be tested weekly for stays longer than a week. Any unvaccinated traveler who arrives without a test result will be fined $300. The fine will be waived if the traveler presents evidence that a test was performed within 48 hours of arrival on the island. Unvaccinated travelers who arrive without a test result and who refuse to be tested within 48 hours or arrival and refuse to comply with the weekly test requirement must find other lodging arrangements, such as staying with relatives. They will not be allowed to stay in any hotelparadoro/short-term rental. In addition, all travelers must fill out an online
Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department's portal to obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and a QR code. Fully vaccinated travelers must present their official vaccination card. Visitors arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan can receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Terminal B. The same is offered on the islands of Vieques and Culebra via the Maritime Transportation Authority ferry terminal in Ceiba on the mainland's northeast coast south of Fajardo. More information: www.discoverpuerto.com Updated Aug. 26.
Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia)
Open to U.S. visitors. Regulations for both islands require vaccinated visitors to fill out a health application form, provide results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test done 48 hours before travel and show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers must fill out the health form, show PCR test result done 72 hours before travel, quarantine for five days and take a PCR test on day five. Day trippers from St. Maarten have to apply for entry into Saba or Statia and fill out the health form prior to arrival in those islands. For details, visit the tourism websites of Saba and Statia. Updated Aug. 4.
Open to U.S. visitors. All visitors 18 and over must be fully vaccinated, and all those 10 and older need proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than three days prior to travel or a rapid antigen test done no more than two full days prior to travel. Visitors who transit through St. Maarten need to pre-register to enter and must show results of the negative PCR test. U.S. visitors traveling to St. Barts through San Juan must show results of the negative PCR test. More information: www.saintbarth.com. Updated June 8.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Open to vaccinated U.S. travelers. Visitors must complete the Travel Authorization Form and submit a copy of their official vaccination card, along with their arrival date and KN number generated on their completed travel form via email or WhatsApp. Once these documents are accepted, travelers must upload their negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours prior to departure. Upon receipt, the traveler will receive the approval letter to enter the Federation. They must undergo a health screening at the airport on arrival, which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire. Fully vaccinated travelers must "vacation in place" at one of seven Travel Approved hotels for three days. Travelers will be tested on day 4 ($150). When a negative result is obtained, they are free to participate in tours, visit attractions, restaurants, beach bars and go shopping. Unvaccinated children under age 18 are subject to the same three-day protocol. More information: www.stkittstourism.kn/travel-advisory-update and www.nevisisland.com. Updated July 14.
Open to U.S. visitors. Fully vaccinated travelers must upload proof of vaccination when they fill out the pre-arrival travel authorization form. They must travel with their vaccination card. Upon arrival in St. Lucia, they are expedited via a dedicated Health Screening line and receive a non-electronic wristband which must be worn during their stay. Vaccinated visitors can book rental cars, dine at local restaurants, explore shops and markets and take part in additional activities on the island. Non-vaccinated travelers continue to be permitted to stay at up to two certified and approved properties for the first 14 days of their stay. All travelers ages five and up must obtain a negative PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival, submit the online travel registration form, stay at a Covid-19 certified hotel, submit to a health screening upon arrival and adhere to safety protocols in place, which include mask wearing in public places. More information: www.stlucia.org/covid-19. Updated June 8.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Open to U.S. visitors. All visitors must complete the health pre-authorization application through the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS), submit proof of a negative Covid test 72 hours before arrival or antigen test done 48 hours before arrival. Once authorization is approved, travelers receive a pre-authorization e-mail which contains a QR code showing vaccination status and Covid test result.
The St. Maarten SXM Protection Plan is mandatory health coverage for all visitors. The plan covers hospital costs, ICU costs, doctor consultations, Covid-19 tests and, if necessary, medical evacuation. For those 15 and up, the cost is $30 for visits up to 180 days; it is $10 for those under 15 years of age. Travelers from a high-risk country (the U.S. is considered high risk), will receive an automated daily email alert with a link to submit body temperature and any symptoms during first five days of their stay. More information: SintMaartenGov.org. Updated Aug. 16.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Open to U.S. travelers. All visitors must complete the pre-arrival form, show results of a negative PCR test done 72 hours before arrival and arrive with a fully paid reservation. They will be retested upon arrival. Fully vaccinated visitors must show proof of vaccination, quarantine for 48 hours and can then move to a "bubble protocol" hotel (three in Canouan, one in Bequia, one in Mustique and Petit St. Vincent Island & Resort). Unvaccinated visitors must quarantine for 14 days in a tourism-approved hotel at their own cost and be retested between day 4 and day 7 of quarantine. More information: discoversvg.com and www.gov.vc. Updated Sept. 17.
Turks and Caicos
Open to U.S. visitors. Effective Sept. 1, all visitors 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated to enter. Travelers are required to show proof of vaccination through the TCI Assured pre-travel program and portal prior to entering the country. The portal will accept vaccination proof (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Comirnaty, Spikevax and Vaxzevria). Proof of vaccination in the form of a digital copy or paper copy, inclusive of vaccine cards issued by the CDC, will be accepted.
The vaccination requirement is in addition to the existing protocols, which require a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test result done within three days of travel as well as medical/travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, a completed health screening questionnaire and certification that the traveler has read and agreed to the private policy document. All these requirements must be uploaded to the portal in advance of arrival. Any traveler testing positive prior to departing Turks and Caicos must quarantine for 10 days at his own expense and undergo a Covid-19 test on day 7 prior to release. More information: Turks & Caicos tourism. Updated Aug. 20.
Trinidad and Tobago
Open to U.S. visitors. All visitors, including those 16 and over, must be fully vaccinated and each must apply for entry through the Travel Pass application, upload result of a negative PCR test taken within three days of arrival, proof of vaccination and evidence of fully paid accommodations. More information: https://ttravelpass.gov.tt Updated Aug. 20.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Open to U.S. visitors. Every U.S. traveler 5 years and older must apply through the USVI travel portal and submit a negative Covid-19 test result taken within five days of travel. This applies to vaccinated as well as unvaccinated travelers. Upon arrival, travelers must submit the test result and travel authorization received from the portal. Travelers unable to produce the required test result are subject to a 10-day quarantine with testing until a negative result is achieved. More information: www.usvitravelportal.com Updated Aug. 18.