Travel to the Caribbean Islands – Where Can You Go Now? What Tests Are Required?

Are you trying to keep up with the latest news about where you can travel in the  Caribbean, and under what terms? At WIMCO, we are updating news about each island’s COVID-19 testing requirements, to make your vacation planning easier. We can assist in finding the ideal private villa for your group, educate you on what’s required to enter any island, then set-up commercial flights or private flights for you to any Caribbean island. Call us at 1-401-849-8012 or email info@wimco.com

Latest Travel News

  • Grand Cayman  – reopening Sept 9
    • Proof of vaccination, with final shot at least 14 days prior to arrival
    • PCR test results from a test not more than three days prior to arrival
    • Five day quarantine withing the property of your villa (ending Oct 9)
  • St Barts reopened on June 9
    • Proof of vaccination, with final shot at least 14 days prior to arrival
    • PCR test results from a test not more than three days prior to arrival
  • British Virgin Islands re-opened on May 15
    • Proof of vaccination, with final shot at least 14 days prior to arrival
    • PCR test results from a test not more than five days prior to arrival
    • Register for permission to enter via an online portal
    • PCR test on arrival at airport, no quarantine as long as test is negative
  • Barbados re-opened on May 15
    • Proof of vaccination with final shot at least 14 days prior to arrival
    • PCR test results from a test not more than five days prior to arrival
    • Register for permission to enter via an online portal
    • PCR test on arrival at airport, no quarantine as long as test is negative
  • Anguilla re-opened on  July 1
    • Proof of vaccination with final shot at least 14 days prior to arrival
    • PCR test results from a test not more than five days prior to arrival
    • Register for permission to enter via an online portal
    • PCR test on arrival at airport, no quarantine as long as test is negative

COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to these Caribbean islands:  Click on the island you want to travel to for information on entry requirements.

St Barts | St Martin | Turks & Caicos | Rocky Mountain States | Anguilla | Barbados | Mustique | USVI | BVI | Jamaica | Grand Cayman | Dominican Republic | The Bahamas | Antigua | Mexico | Riviera Maya | St Lucia | St Kitts and Nevis | Puerto Rico | Private Islands

* Entry requirements announced by local governments are subject to change. The situation on each island is fluid. Contact your WIMCO villa specialist at info@wimco.com for the most up to date information, or to be placed on a destination travel alert list. The details for entering each Caribbean island are listed below.

When traveling to the Caribbean – Get Tested First!

Most Caribbean islands are requiring that the traveler have proof of vaccination, and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to enter the destination. Please use the search tool below to find a test center near you. Please note: Even if you have been vaccinated, you will be still required to get tested in order to enter most destinations, and to wear a mask in public buildings once there.  Looking for a local testing center near you? Here are some helpful links:

Tests for Travelers

U.S. Government Test Center finder: Health & Human Services test center search tool

We recommend using COVID-19 testing centers affiliated with large hospitals and university medical centers such as Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan, Yale New Haven Health centers in Connecticut, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston. If you do not live in an area with a medical center that can quickly process test results, you may want to order an at-home test.  For those who do not have access to a nearby testing center, here are three at home nasal swab testing options:

Let’s Get Checked  

The Covid Consultants

Empower DX Lab

 

Travel Insurance Options

Regardless of where you choose to travel, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Visit the travel insurance marketplace to shop for the policy that best fits your needs.

Travel Tip:  Looking for an extra level of assurance when traveling? Consider a MedJets membership for peace of mind.

 

Necker Island

 

Traveling to the Caribbean Islands now – What’s Required for Entry?

St. Barts Travel News

June, 2021 update:

St Barts is open to tourism effective June 9.  Here is what you need to provide to your villa rental agency or hotel in advance to visit St Barts:

1.  Proof of full vaccination

2. Negative result from a PCR test taken no more than three full days prior to travel

Please note, the villa rental agencies and hotels are tasked with confirming that travelers have proof of vaccination before the arrival date. Read the details about travel to St Barts.

What’s required to connect to St Barts (SBH) through St Martin (SXM)? 

If you are traveling to St Barths through St Martin, you will also need to fill out a travel entry request form for St Martin, and submit it prior to travel, along with your COVID-19 test result information. The online portal to register for access to St Martin is called EHAS, and it can be found here.

St Martin requires that everyone filling out an entry request form purchase a $30 medical insurance policy, however. Please note, you will also be required to submit a request to enter St Martin on your returning flight, although no additional testing is required.

What’s required to connect to St. Barts through San Juan (SJU)?

If you are traveling to St. Barths through San Juan, and you are not spending the night there, you do not need to complete the online travel request form required for travel to Puerto Rico. Just show your negative COVID-19 test result, and continue on to St. Barths. The same is true when you are transiting back through San Juan on your way home.

If you are spending one or more nights in Puerto Rico, you will need to complete the Travel Safe Puerto Rico registration form, which requires proof of vaccination or proof of a recent PCR test.

 

When returning to the U.S. from St Barts– All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs

St Martin & Sint Maarten Travel News

St Martin is open for tourism. Travelers flying into St Martin are required to produce a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 72 hours (or three full days) prior to arrival. Prior to departure, travelers are required request authorization to enter St Martin by filling out the St Martin travel authorization form, This includes uploading their test result, and providing proof of having medical insurance.  If you don’t have proof of insurance, you can purchase a medical insurance policy that covers the length of your stay in St Martin, at a cost of $30. Applications for entry to St Martin are reviewed and approved in under 24 hours.

Clients with a negative PCR test result can enter St Martin (both Dutch and French sides), and they are free to move about the island as long as they agreed to wear a mask when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine.

When returning to the U,S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR OR Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations on St Martin.

 

Turks & Caicos Travel News

Turks & Caicos is open for tourism.

Effective Wednesday July 28, 2021,, You need a COVID-19 PCR test, OR an Antigen test, taken no more than 3 days before arrival, and travel insurance.

Travelers need to visit the government website called TCI Assured to set up an account, and upload their test results and proof of insurance. The government will review the documents prior to arrival and issue a “TCI Assured” badge which travelers will show to the customs officer upon arrival. These re-opening procedures also apply to nearby private island resorts at Parrot Cay, Ambergris Cay, and Sailrock Villas on South Caicos Island.

Turks & Caicos is also requiring the purchase of travel insurance that covers COVID19. Here are some insurance options. It costs about $30 a person and the insurer will issue a “Visa Letter” which indicates you meet the COVID-19 coverage requirements.

Clients with a negative test result can enter Turks & Caicos, and they are free to move about the island as long as they agree to wear a mask when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine.

Turks and Caicos Island Curfew Relaxed:  Updated June 20, 2021

A night time curfew is in effect 1 AM to 5 AM until August 31.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. There are test sites at several resorts and hotels.   COVID-19 test locations on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

 

Jamaica Travel News

Jamaica is open for Tourism. All travelers to Jamaica age 12 and over will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test ( PCR OR ANTIGEN ) taken within three days of travel, according to updated information from the Jamaica Tourist Board.

July 1, 2021 update: All persons planning to board a flight to Jamaica require a Travel Authorization document. In order to obtain a Travel Authorization document, non-residents should apply for entry to Jamiaca at https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com.

Once you have your Covid 19 test result in hand, go to the Jamaica Tourism Travel Authorization website, input your passport information, upload your test results, travel dates, and personal information. Your travel application will be reviewed, and authorization will be issued vi email assuming the entry requirements are met. This test result also needs to be sent to WIMCO in advance of travel.

Upon arrival, travelers will be allowed to proceed to thier hotel or villa, unless they are showing signs of being ill. In that cases they will be tested on site. Travelers showing no signs of illness, and those who test negative at the airport, are then free to roam within a defined tourism coastal district called the Resilient Corridor which stretches from Negril to Montego Bay and on to Ocho Rios.

Popular villa resorts wothin the Resilient Corridor are open including Half Moon villa resort, Round Hill Villas, Goldeneye Villas, and The Tryall Club.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations on Jamaica.

 

US Virgin Islands Travel News

The USVI are open for tourism. To enter St Thomas or St John USVI, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a Covid 19 PCR test or Antigen test using a nasal swab, taken no more than five full days prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO in advance of travel.. Travelers will need to upload the test result onto the USVI travel portal prior to arrival.

All travelers to the Territory aged 5 and older must set-up an account and complete the Travel Screening Portal prior to leaving home.

Clients with a negative test result can enter the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they are free to move about the island as long as they agree to wear a mask when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers flying into the US for foreign countries are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. While the USVI are part of the US, it is still recommended that travelers get tested prior to their return. This is to insure that a travler doesn’t unknowlingly infect people while traveling back to the States, and also to avoid any quarantines that individual US states have in place for travelers coming into the state who have not been tested. COVID-19 test locations in the USVI.

 

Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum Travel News

The Riviera Maya coast is open for tourism. There are no testing requirements for vacationers visiting the Riviera Maya are including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. However, we do advise all travelers to get tested before they travel so they can be sure they do not have the virus.

Health Authorities at the airport will be doing random temperature screening to confirm that vacationers are not showing symptoms. Clients are free to move about the area as long as they agreed to wear a mask when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations in the Riviera Maya region.

 

Dominican Republic Travel News

The Dominican Republic is open for tourism, including the areas of Cap Cana, Punta Cana and Casa de Campo. Public Health minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas stated that there are no requirements for entry to the Dominican Republic, no testing is required. However, we do advise all travelers to get tested before they travel so they can be sure they do not have the virus. Upon arival at the airport, 10% to 15% of passengers will be spot checked using a paid antigen test. Results are available in minutes.

Once the client arrives at their villa, clients are free to move about the area as long as they agreed to wear a mask when they enter a local business, and to practice good social distancing when out in public. There is no quarantine when visiting Cap Cana, Punta Cana, or Casa de Campo.

When returning to the US – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations in the Dominican Republic.

 

Mustique Travel News 

The island of Mustique is open for tourism. To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a Covid 19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 120 hours (or five full days) prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO and to cordelia@mustique.vc as soon as it is completed as this allows time for pre-clearance protocol.

Once a test result is obtained by the client, they need to visit the St. Vincent & Grenadines travel  authorization site, and set-up an account and complete the questionnaire

The Mustique Airport (MQS) is open to international flights. Getting to Mustique is still straightforward. Where possible, guests should fly to St. Lucia where they can then board a Twin Otter flight to Mustique. It is also possible to fly to Barbados or St. Vincent. Mustique is currently operating flights on demand from these islands. Please note that all passengers traveling on the local air shuttle whether arriving or departing Mustique will be required to wear medical-grade masks (these masks will not be provided). Once on the island of Mustique, masks are not required.

There are no COVID-19 cases on the island. The restaurants, tennis courts, activity centers, and common areas will be open with social distancing policies in place.

Testing on Mustique.  In an effort to maintain a safe environment on the island, all passengers will be tested upon arrival on Mustique, at the cost of US $100 each. This test is to ensure the virus was not contracted during the transit period to Mustique. Guests are asked to self-isolate in their villas until the test results are sent to them (in 24-48 hours). Anyone testing positive on the PCR test will be placed into mandatory 14-day quarantine at their villa. For those who would like to be tested again while on island, The Clinic at Mustique Island offers Rapid Antigen Swab tests.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations on Mustique.

 

The Bahamas Islands Travel News

The Bahamas are open for tourism.  Effective May 1, all travelers who can provide proof that they are fully vacinated, with the final shot being more than 14 days prior to arrival, may enter the Bahamas without restrictions.  Travelers wishing to enter the country need to visit the Bahamas Tourism Health Visa portal and upload their proof of vaccination. They will get an approval to enter letter via email.

Unvaccinated travelers will still have to comply with all of the country’s pre-testing and testing requirements, including applying for The Bahamas Travel Health Visa, proof of a negative test taken no more than five days prior to arrival, and rapid antigen testing if they’re staying in The Bahamas for longer than four nights and five days.

There is no quarantine for visitors. All travelers are asked to respect social distancing protocols and the use of masks in public spaces when moving around the islands. If staying more than 4 days, a second rapid test required after 4 days to ensure no virus was contracted during transit.

Private Island Resorts in the Bahamas – private island resorts in the Bahamas are open for tourism this season including Kamalame Cay, Musha Cay, Over Yonder Cay, and Fowl Cay.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations in the Bahamas.

 

British Virgin Islands Travel News 

The British Virgin Islands are open for tourism. Effective May 15,  all travelers who can provide proof that they are fully vacinated, with the final shot being more than 14 days prior to arrival,  and who produce a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than five full days prior to travel, may enter the BVI without restrictions.

Travelers need to visit the BVI Gateway Online Portal to upload proof of vaccination and their PCR test results. Once their request to enter has been processed, they will get a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorization Certificate via email.

Travelers vacationing in villas or hotels in Virgin Gorda, Tortola, and the private islands of the BVI must also have proof of travel insurance that includes coverage for medical expenses.

Private Islands in the BVI –  private island resorts in the BVI are open. This includes Necker Island, Scrub Island, Oil Nut Bay, Moskito Island, Eustatia Island, Cooper Island, Guana Island, Jost Van Dyke, Buck Island, and more.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations in the BVI.

 

Anguilla Travel News

Effective July 1, Anguilla is open for tourism.  All travelers who present proof of having been fully vaccinated (having had second shot at least 21 days prior to arrival), will be permitted to enter Anguilla with no restriction on their movements, and no quarantine.   A PCR test taken no more than five full days prior to arrival will still be required.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations on Anguilla.

 

Barbados Travel News

Effective May 8, Barbados is open for tourism. All travelers with proof of being fully vaccinated may enter Barbados, and will not be subject to any restrictions on movement, or quarantines. Travelers must provide proof that they have received the second vaccine shot at least 14 days prior to their arrival date, and must take a Covid-19 test no more than 3 full days prior to arrival, and upload the results prior to arrival.

Travelers are asked to input their proof of vaccination and Covid-19 PCR test results into an app developed by the Barbados Health Ministry called BIM Safe

Upon arrival in Barbados, travelers will

  • Have a standard or rapid COVID-19 PCR test done at the airport or their approved accommodation
  • Use specially designated transportation providers for their transport to their approved accommodation and while awaiting their COVID-19 PCR test result
  • Stay at their approved accommodation until they get the PCR test result (12-24 hours) where they are free to move around in accordance with the guidelines of that property

Once the traveler gets the negative PCR result from the test taken at the airport, they are free to move around the island, without restrictions.

When returning to the US

All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations on Barbados.

Grand Cayman Travel News 

July 8 update – Partial reopening starting on September 9.  Travelers are required to produce proof of vaccination, and then agree to self quarantine in the grounds of their villa for five days.
Starting on October 14 , the self quarantine requirement will be eliminated.

Vaccinated tourists must pre-register travel intent & vaccination status with Grand Cayman Travel Authorization website. Travelers are expected to be required to present proof of a Covid19 test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, and to agree to be tested at the airport upon arrival.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs. COVID-19 test locations on Grand Cayman.

The entry requirements above are subject to change. Consideration is being given to reducing the quarantine period to 7-10 days for non-vaccinated visitors.

 

Antigua Travel News  

To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a Covid 19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 168 hours (or seven full days) prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO.

Once on the island, visitors are required to seld quarantine in their villa or hotel for 14 days. At the end of the quarantine, a second test required. Clients with a negative test result are free to move about the island as long as they agree to wear a mask when they enter a local business and to practice good social distancing when out in public.

The nearbyJumby Bay Private Island resort is open.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs.

 

Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita, Mexico Travel News

The Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita areas are open for tourism. No COVID-19 test is required for entry, and there are no quarantines for visitors. Health Authorities are performing health screening at the airport including temperature checks. You are advised to wear a mask in the airport and to maintain adequate social distancing.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs.

 

St Lucia Travel News

To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 168 hours (or seven full days) prior to arrival. This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO. Once on island, travelers are asked to quarantine in place in their villa or hotel for the length of their stay. However, certain excursions have been approved. Check with your hotel or villa rental company for a list of approved outings.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs.

 

Grenada Travel News

Travelers to Grenada are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours (3 full days) prior to travel. All travelers are asked to quarantine in place in either their villa or hotel for 4 days, and then be tested a second time, before being allowed to move freely around the island.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs.

 

St.Kitts and Nevis Travel News

Travelers to St Kitts and Nevis are required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours (3 full days) prior to travel. All travelers are asked to quarantine in place in either their villa or hotel for 7 days, and then be tested a second time, before being allowed to move freely around the island.

Health Authorities will perform temperature checks for all arrivals, and ask them to complete a health questionnaire at the airport upon arrival, and then download a contact tracing app. Travelers will be restricted to their hotel and hotel grounds for the first 7 days of their stay.

For those travelers staying longer than a week, they will be tested again on day 7; if negative, they can book select excursions and access select destination sites. Travelers staying more than 14 days will take another test on day 14; if that’s negative, they are free to move around the island.

When returning to the U.S. – All Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight back to the U.S. departs.

 

Puerto Rico Travel News 

San Juan airport is open and accepting flights from North American cities. All travelers arriving at the San Juan airport are asked to present a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result. If travelers arrive at the San Juan airport without the requested test result documentation, they will be offered a rapid COVID-19 test (an antibody test) at the airport. Even if the test result is negative, it will be mandatory for the traveler to quarantine and cover their own medical expenses/possible extended stay.

To enter the country, a traveler is required to produce a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test using a nasal swab, taken no more than 72 hours (or 3 full days) prior to arrival.  This test result needs to be sent to WIMCO. Once a test result is obtained by the client, they need to visit the Puerto Rico travel authorization website.

Please note:  travelers who are transiting through Puerto Rico, and who are not spending the night in the country, do not need to complete the travel authorization application.

 

Rocky Mountain States Travel News

Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming are all open to tourism, as are the national parks within those states. No covid-19 tests are required for entry into these destinations. WIMCO has introduced private and premier house rentals in select areas such as Big Sky, Montana; Sun Valley, Idaho, Park City, Utah, and Taos, New Mexico. Please use this form to tell us where you want to go in the US.

 

What’s Required When Returning to the U.S.?

Effective January 26, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. All passengers flying to the US from a foreign country will be required to present a negative test result when returning to the US. Read full CDC guidelines.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a PCR or Antigen test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

Airlines will ask passengers to fill out this Covid test attestation form to confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not have proof of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

 

Getting There 

What is it Like to Fly Now?

For all airport procedures, please read this full article. In short, airlines are using high-grade disinfectants to sanitize all surfaces during layovers. Planes staying overnight will receive an enhanced cleaning procedure. For personal sanitation measures, the TSA has reversed its stance on liquids and is allowing passengers to carry up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in a carry-on bag, which will be screened separately. Social distancing measures will be in effect during screening as well. Many airport restaurants have reduced service to take out, and airlines are encouraging passengers to bring their own food and beverages as in-flight meal service is reduced.

Criteria for re-opening to Caribbean Islands tourism.

The World Health Organization, the WHO, has established 6 criteria that countries should use before lifting or relaxing the restrictions. These are:

  1. Controlling the transmission of the virus;
  2. Ensuring that the local health systems are able to detect, test, isolate and treat every COVID-19 case and to trace every contact;
  3. Ensuring that outbreak risks are minimized in special care settings such as healthcare facilities and nursing homes;
  4. Instituting preventative measures in workplaces, schools, and other places where essential services are offered;
  5. Managing the risk of importing the virus from other countries/territories; and
  6. Fully educating, engaging, and empowering communities to live under what has been described as the new normal

European Union Countries

For more news updates about travel to Italy, France, and Greece during covid-19, countries with a coronavirus travel ban, and the latest information on Coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions for Italy, France, and Greece

 

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