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Countries in the Caribbean Open For Americans

Escape from the cold this winter. The perfect solution to long, cold, and dark nights – Caribbean countries, packed full of sun. Leave the gloom and the grey far behind and enjoy resorts all available to choose from. 

Rustourismnews has compiled the list of all the Caribbean countries that are open for American tourists in winter 2020/2021.

Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders on June 1. All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals. The measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature and travel history checks, completion of a Health Declaration Form and further testing for Coronavirus. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.

Passengers arriving by sea are not required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test but must enter via Nevis Street Pier in St John’s and follow the screening and quarantine instructions of Port Health.

Visitors instructed by the local authorities to take a Coronavirus test on arrival may be asked to pay a fee of US$ 100 or local equivalent in cash.

Aruba started welcoming U.S. visitors on July 10.  Aruba has government-mandated procedures that are currently in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic, for visitors to be granted entry to Aruba and also while staying in Aruba. Travelers coming from certain U.S. states are required to upload a negative COVID-19 test online taken within 72 hours before arrival. 

The Bahamas. As of October 15, beaches and major hotels will reopen on all islands.

Effective, September 1, 2020, the government announced new entry requirements for the Bahamas, including:

  • Approved Bahamas Health Visa available at travel.gov.bs
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than five (5) days prior to arrival
    • The only applicants who are not required to provide a COVID-19 test are:
      • Children under the age of ten (10)
      • Pilots and crew who remain overnight in The Bahamas.
  • Mandatory 14-day Vacation-In-Place (VIP) Experience at a hotel, private club or rented accommodations (like Airbnb), as well as on a private boat.

Barbados. Travelers from the United States will need to bring a negative-PCR test no older than 72 hours before departure. After leaving the airport, the passenger will be quarantined for 14 days at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense. On day 5-7 of the 14-day quarantine, the traveler can take another PCR test and will be released from quarantine if negative. 

Belize will reopen for tourism on October 1, requiring visitors to download Health App and complete the required information, to book an approved Gold Standart Hotel, take the COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Passengers who do not bring a negative test will be tested at the airport at the travelers’ own cost ($50).

Bermuda opened its borders on July 1. Visitors will need to be tested for COVID-19 twice: once no more than seven days before departing and another upon arrival, a $75 fee is required. Additionally, visitors have to fill out an online form. Travelers will have to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready. Visitors will be tested several times while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice a day and report it online.

The Cayman Islands will open for Americans starting October 1st, 2020. American travelers will need to present a negative coronavirus test completed within 72 hours before entering the country and will be required to self-quarantine for five days and present a second negative test. This will be required for everyone 10 years or older. All travelers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days at home or in hotels. Travelers will be asked to wear health monitoring electronic devices and may be subject to random checks.

The number of people who will be allowed to visit will be capped at 800 people.

Visitors to the Dominican Republic must come with a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days before arrival. 

Dominica is open for tourists since August 7, 2020. Visitors from the US will have to bring a negative-PCR test no older than 72 hours before departure, fill out an online questionnaire, and agree to a rapid test upon arrival. After a rapid test is given on arrival, providing its negative, travelers will be taken to a government quarantine, or government-approved place, for 5 days and will be cleared after another PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine.

Grenada is accepting American tourists since August 1. The beautiful island nation requires 2 PCR tests, contact tracing, health declaration forms, and more. 

The international airport in Port-au-Prince is open to regular two-way commercial passenger flights as of June 30. If you travel to Haiti by air you may have your temperature taken upon arrival. You may be required to complete a health declaration form on the flight, including contact and location information in Haiti, and present it to immigration authorities upon arrival. You will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days in your own accommodation.

Jamaica reopened for American tourists on August 20th and requiring to fill out an online Travel Authorization Card before departure and COVID-19 test upon arrival, The test should be conducted at a laboratory accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

St. Bart’s welcome tourists since June 22. Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test, obtained at least 72 hours before arrival.

St. Kitts and Nevis will begin reopening in October.  It is one of only 26 countries worldwide and one of only 10 Caribbean nations where the risk is categorized very low – so low that No Travel Notice is required. All U.S. travelers arriving in St. Kitts and Nevis must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, quarantine for 14 days, and take a second test when the 14 days is complete.

St. Lucia reopened to American travelers in June. Travelers from the United States will need to bring a negative-PCR test no older than 72 hours before departure, have to complete a pre-arrival registration form and should expect to undergo temperature checks.

On Aug. 1 St Maarten officially reopened its borders to travelers from the US. Visitors are required to travel with a copy of their health declaration. Travelers are required to complete an online immigration (ED) card prior to travel.

All passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours before the travel date. No other test will be accepted by the authorities of St. Maarten. Visitors who fail to provide a COVID-19 test will be tested and quarantined for 14 days at their own expense.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is now requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken within five days of travel. Additionally, travelers must have medical / travel insurance that covers medevac (insurance companies providing the prerequisite insurance will also be available on the portal), a completed health screening questionnaire, and certification that they have read and agreed to the privacy policy document.  These requirements must be complete and uploaded to the TCI Assured portal, which will be available on the Turk and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website (www.turksandcaicostourism), in advance of their arrival.

As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, we suggest that you follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking the trip. 

 

 

Iuliia Tore