All the Caribbean Countries That Are Letting in Americans Right Now
From the Bahamas to Bermuda, these are all the Caribbean islands currently open to tourists.
By Sarah MedinaUpdated: Monday December 21 2020, 3:44 PM
Dreaming on an island vacation in 2021? It might actually be in the cards this winter, if you’re willing to read through the fine print. The islands that make up the Caribbean have been in various stages of reopening since June 2020, with many countries open to tourists who are willing to be tested before departure. Here’s what each island requires from visitors who are thinking of hoping on a flight this year:
Countries appear in alphabetical order:
Anguilla: The Caribbean island is open to pre-approved tourists from certain countries. It requires prospective travelers to apply in advance and submit a negative test before arriving. Once on the island, visitors must remain in an approved location for at least 10 days.
Antigua and Barbuda: Visitors 12 years old and older are required to arrive with a negative test from within seven days of their flight. All travelers will be monitored for Covid symptoms for up to 14 days.
Aruba: Aruba currently allows visitors from Bonaire and Curaçao. Tourism from other Caribbean nations (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada will begin on July 1. United States tourism will begin on July 10.
Bahamas: Travelers who wish to skip the island’s mandatory quarantine must test negative for COVID-19 within five days of departure and apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa which requires you to opt-in to mandatory Covid health insurance. A second, rapid antigen test must also be taken on day five of the visit. Children 10 years old and younger do not need to be tested prior to arrival.
Barbados: Visitors from high-risk countries such as the U.S. are required to take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival, upload the negative result online before departure, and bring it to the airport. Travelers will then have to quarantine at their hotel for two days and be retested four to five days after the first test.
Photograph: Courtesy Bermuda Tourism Authority
Bermuda: To travel to Bermuda, visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than five days before departure (children nine and younger are exempt) as well as fill out a travel authorization form online and pay a $75 fee (children nine and younger are $30). Travelers will also be tested at the airport and have to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready, which typically takes about a day. Visitors will then be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice each day and report it online.
British Virgin Islands: Travelers must register online at least 48 hours before departure, submit a negative test taken within three days of departure and have medical insurance that covers Covid to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo another test and must download a contact tracing app before using approved transportation to get to approved accommodations to quarantine for four days. And the end of quarantine, visitors will take another test, and if negative, be allowed to visit select locations. A fee of $175 is required to cover the two tests, a contact tracing bracelet and the app.
Cayman Islands: Not currently open to U.S. visitors.
Cuba: All arriving passengers must submit a health declaration, have health insurance that covers Covid, produce a Cuba Tourist Card (available from the airlines) and take a (free) test upon arrival with results available within 24 hours. Visitors must quarantine until test results are ready and be tested again on day five of the trip. Note that Americans are banned from only-tourist vacations.
Curaçao: Visitors coming from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Florida will be allowed to enter if they show proof of a negative test from within 72 hours before traveling and fill out an online immigration card and Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours of their departure. Visitors will also have to show a state-issued ID to prove they live in one of the approved states.
Dominica: Travelers from high-risk countries such as the U.S. will need a negative test taken 24-72 hours before arrival and submit an online health questionnaire. Upon arrival, travelers will undergo another test. If it is negative, travelers will be taken to either a “Safe in Nature” certified property or a quarantine location for at least five days. On the fifth day, travelers will be re-tested and can be medically cleared if that result is negative.
Dominican Republic: There are currently no travel restrictions for the D.R.
Grenada: Travelers must arrive with a negative test taken within three days of arrival, a Pure Safe Travel Certificate (which you can get online), travel medical insurance that covers Covid, and a reservation for at least seven days. Travelers can be re-tested on day four of the trip if they want to leave the hotel.
Guadeloupe: Not open to U.S. travelers.
Haiti: A health declaration form must be completed in-flight and presented to immigration authorities upon arrival. Temperature screenings are mandatory upon arrival.
Jamaica: Travelers will need a negative test taken within ten days departure (children under 12 are exempt) and a completed travel authorization form. On the island, tourists can stay in a “resilient corridor” where they can leave the resort to visit certified tourist attractions.
Martinique: Borders have not reopened to U.S. travelers.
Monserrat: Borders have not reopened to U.S. travelers.
Puerto Rico: A negative test, taken 72 hours prior to arriving, and a travel declaration form are required for entry after which visitors will receive an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR code.
St Barts: Upon arrival, visitors will have to show proof of a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of departure as as well as a sworn statement you haven’t had symptoms of the virus or been in contact with someone with a confirmed case (children under age 11 are exempt). Travelers who stay longer than seven days will be required to take a second test on the eighth day.
St Kitts and Nevis: Visitors must fill out an entry form online, download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing app, and present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine at an approved hotel, but will be able to move around the hotel’s property and participate in hotel activities. On the seventh day, visitors will get re-tested and, if they test negative, can book excursions through the hotel.
St. Lucia: If visiting St. Lucia, you will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival and complete a pre-arrival registration form. Visitors must also have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for the duration of their stay.
Saint Marteen: Be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 120 hours of your arrival and fill out an online immigration card prior to travel.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Travelers will have to complete a pre-arrival form online, present a negative test taken within five days of arrival, and take another test upon arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine for five days in an approved hotel and be retested between day four and five of quarantine.
Turks and Caicos: Before traveling, you’ll need to apply for a travel authorization, upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of travel (children under 10 are exempt), have insurance that covers COVID-19 costs, and complete a health screening questionnaire online.
U.S. Virgin Islands: Travelers older than five must use the country’s online screening portal and submit a negative test taken within five days of travel. Upon arrival travelers must show the original test result and travel certification received from the portal.
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