COVID – 19 Testing Requirements for Travel to Caribbean

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Ready to Travel? But have a million questions??

If you ask any travel professional today, I'm sure the number one question they hear is, "What are the travel restrictions due to COVID-19?"  Here is a list of the most frequented destinations by our clients.  For a full list please click the links below.

  • Antigua & Barbuda:

    Entry and Exit Requirements: 

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven (7) days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers. 
    • Are there health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health authorities upon arrival.
      • Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities.
      • Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.
      • All travelers arriving by sea are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival.
  • Barbados

    Entry and Exit Requirements: 

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
      • All travelers must complete the Online Immigration/Customs form at travelform.gov.bb and submit 24 hours prior to travel.
      • A traveler’s risk category will be determined by the highest risk level associated with any country that they have traveled to or transited through within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados. The United States is currently considered a high-risk country.
      • For more information, and to see a list of high-risk, medium-risk, low-risk and very low-risk countries: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, except for travelers from very low-risk countries.
      • It is mandatory for travelers from high and medium-risk countries to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility / laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival in order to enter Barbados.
      • Travelers from high-risk countries who haven’t submitted proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result may be denied entry to the country.
      • Persons from High-Risk countries with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility, and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms.
      • Persons travelling from Medium-Risk countries who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials. They will then be subject to  a second COVID-19 PCR Test taken 4-5 days after the last negative test.  Persons from low-risk countries, in order to expedite processing through the airport, are strongly advised to take, and will be allowed to present results of, tests taken up to five days prior to arrival.  Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required to take a test upon arrival.
      • Persons from low-risk countries, in order to expedite processing through the airport, are strongly advised to take, and will be allowed to present results of, tests taken up to five days prior to arrival. Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required to take a test upon arrival.
      • Persons from Low- Risk countries who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials. If you arrive without a negative COVID-19 PCR test, you will be required to take one upon arrival.
      • Persons travelling from countries within the Very Low Risk category, who have not travelled to or transited through any country designated as High, Medium or Low-Risk within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, will not be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival. These travelers will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • The type of public health measures taken upon your arrival and during your stay will be dependent on the risk category of the country you are travelling from.
      • Before disembarking, have your COVID-19 PCR test result visible (if applicable). These results will be screened for validity by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados.
      • Persons travelling from High and Medium-Risk countries will be monitored for a period of 14 days. Travelers must take a second COVID-19 PCR test between 4-5 days after the last negative test accepted by the Barbados Ministry of Health. If the traveler obtains a negative result, that person will likely be released
    • Masks must be worn while at the airport in Barbados.
    • Specific travelers who have non-standard circumstances that need to be addressed, are advised to contact The Ministry of Health and Wellness via cmo@health.gov.bb at least 72 hours prior to travel to Barbados to have their requests investigated and facilitated. Specific travelers include: Diplomats; Persons with a medical condition warranting special consideration (to be certified by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO)); Persons with a disability or travelling with persons with disabilities.
    • Travelers under 5 years of age will not be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test unless they are symptomatic or any member of the travel party has a positive test result.
    • Unaccompanied minors will be required to have a valid negative COVID-19 test result to enter Barbados.
  • The British Virgin Islands

    Entry and Exit Requirements:

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, if belonging to one of the listed excepted categories and with the approval of the Government of the British Virgin Islands.  Please visit here for the latest approved categories: https://bvitravel.vg/
      • Anyone interested in returning to the BVI is required to register through an online portal.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

    Movement Restrictions:

    • Is a curfew in place? Yes
      • Curfew is in effect until October 8 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
      • Persons operating vessels within Territorial waters must do so between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. except for ferry operators who may travel between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

    Quarantine Information: 

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
      • All passengers will be subjected to mandatory quarantine for at least 14 days.
      • All persons approved to re-enter the Territory must register to return to the Territory and will need to quarantine for 14 days in pre-approved accommodation where they will be monitored by security to ensure that there is no mingling with members of the public until their quarantine period has expired and they are tested negative for the virus.
      • There is a charge of $3,500 for security if quarantine is requested at a private property and, with effect from October 1, 2020, all qualified persons will be charged $2,500 per person for government quarantine accommodation, 24-hour security and meals.
  • Saint Barthelemy

    Entry and Exit Requirements: 

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • Arriving passengers (age 11+) must carry out a PCR test 72 hours before their departure.
      • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 cannot fly.
      • Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight.
      • As of July 18, airlines will be required to deny boarding to passengers who do not present the 72 hour negative PCR test and the sworn statement.
    • Are there health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Travelers are required to wear a face mask when entering the airport.
    • For details of the new modalities of entry to St. Barthelemy click here.

    Movement Restrictions:

    • Is a curfew in place? No
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

    Quarantine Information:

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
  • Saint Lucia

    Entry and Exit Requirements:

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
      • For information about Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry, please visit stlucia.org/covid-19
      • All persons entering Saint Lucia (including persons arriving from within the “Travel Bubble”) must complete a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form to ensure efficient and expedited processing on arrival. Please print and travel with a copy of your registration form. The form can be accessed at stlucia.org/covid-19
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • All arriving passengers including travelers from within the Designated Travel Bubble must have a negative result from a PCR test no more than 7 days before arriving in Saint Lucia.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • All arriving passengers to be screened, including temperature checks
      • All symptomatic passengers to be isolated and tested. If test result is positive for COVID-19 the passenger will be transferred to the Respiratory Hospital for treatment and care at their cost.
    • Upon arrival in Saint Lucia, all travelers must continue the use of face masks and physical distancing.

    Arriving by Sea: Travelers arriving by sea from within the Bubble Countries with a travel history from these areas in the last 21 days will be exempt from quarantine; however, they are required to obtain a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Negative test result no more than seven (7) days prior to date of travel, and are subject to mandatory screening on arrival. Vessels arriving from countries outside of the Caribbean Bubble MUST present a negative COVID-19 test and complete the required 14-day quarantine.

    Movement Restrictions:

    • Is a curfew in place? No
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
      • Hotel guests travelling from outside the designated travel bubble are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to participate in water-based excursions arranged by the hotel.

    Quarantine Information:

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
      • All arrivals from outside the CARICOM travel bubble must either:
        • Have confirmed reservations at a COVID-19 certified accommodation provider for the duration of their stay OR
        • Have a pre-arranged stay confirmed at a Government operated quarantine facility.
      • Persons found in breach of quarantine will be immediately taken into government quarantine for completion of time. Under the Quarantine Act, Police Officers have the duty to enforce compliance.
      • Hotel guests traveling from outside the designated travel bubble are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to transfer to another COVID-19 certified property to continue their stay, or participate in water-based excursions arranged by the hotel. Guests may not leave the property by vehicle or on foot during their stay.

Like everything else in 2020 that information is changing daily.  This post was created with you, the traveler, in mind.  Please make sure to check for the most up-to-date information before you travel.

For the Eastern Caribbean:

https://bb.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

For Mexico:

https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

For Puerto Rico:

https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-guidelines

For the Dominican Republic:

https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/