Caribbean islands are open, with restrictions, for travel


The increased distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has  prompted many Caribbean destinations to ease entry requirements, and some countries no longer require pre-travel testing if visitors can show proof of vaccination. Several resorts in the region have even made on-site testing available, enabling visitors to conveniently comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirement that international travelers test negative before returning home. In other words, it’s now easier than at any time since the pandemic began to get away to the Caribbean and its beautiful beaches.

Even with protocols in place to protect visitors and residents against Covid-19, the entry requirements for several islands have been changing as Covid cases rise or fall. In addition, several islands have begun adopting two-track entry regulations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

However, 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. 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 public health agencies are recommending 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.