Getting to the Caribbean is easier than you might think with our step by step guide which includes:

  1. What you need to do prior to your arrival
  2. The procedures on arrival
  3. What to expect during your vacation
  4. NEW! – What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

There has never been a safer time to travel. Knowing that each destination requires a negative covid test means that you can rest assured that your flight is covid free, all visitors in the destination you are travelling to are covid free, allowing you to enjoy a safe and relaxed on-island experience in the comfort of your own private Caribbean Vacation Rental.


Here is a list of covid protocols for each destination in alphabetical order;

  1. Anguilla
  2. Antigua
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. British Virgin Islands
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. Grenada
  9. Hawaii
  10. Jamaica
  11. Nevis
  12. St Barts
  13. St Kitts
  14. St Lucia
  15. St Martin
  16. Turks and Caicos
  17. The US Virgin Islands

Anguilla


people swimming in the water in Anguilla

Prior To Your Arrival

Visitors from 1st November 2021

  • Visitors must apply for Entry Permission to Anguilla – https://escape.ivisitanguilla.com; the application for entry will include an arrival testing fee of US$0 per person. Applications will not be accepted later than 12.00 pm EST the day before the day of arrival.  For assistance with the travel application portal visitors may email [email protected] (please allow up to 12 hours for a reply); or cal 1-264-584-2710, or 1-264-497-5666/7 between the hours of 8.00 am and 7.00 pm EST.
  • All visitors 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated to be allowed entry into Anguilla; pregnant women and children under the age of 18 years are exempt from this requirement.  The definition of “fully vaccinated” is three (3) weeks or twenty-one (21) days after the second dose of the vaccine.  Mixed vaccines are accepted but they must be a variation of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.
  • Visitors entering Anguilla will need to produce a negative rt-PCR Covid-19 test 3-5 days before entry.
  • Acceptable test types are:
    • Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reactions tests (RT-PCR)
    • Nucleic Acid Amplification tests (NAA).
    • RNA or molecular test.
    • Antigen tests completed via a nasopharyngeal swab.
  • The laboratory that processes the pre-arrival test must be accredited.  Self-administered and antibody tests will not be accepted.

On Arrival

  • All guests are tested on arrival and will be required to stay in place at their hotel, licensed villa, or other rental accommodations while the test is processed (usually within 24 hours).
  • If the test result is negative, there will be no quarantine requirement. Visitors traveling with unvaccinated minors will not need to quarantine beyond the required stay in place on arrival. Guests are free to explore the island at will.
  • Guests staying on island for more than 8 days may be tested on Day 4 of their visit, at no additional cost.
  • Use masks during transit through port of entry (airport and seaport) and en-route to your pre-approved accommodations.

What To Expect On Island

  • Face coverings should be worn in all public areas such as the airport, seaport, supermarkets, whilst in public places.
  • Always maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet between people in indoor settings.  Social distancing is encouraged whilst on the beach.
  • Observe proper hygiene with frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative Covid-19 PCR test
Beach in anguilla

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


Antigua


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test for SAR$CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab taken within four (4) davs of theirFflight. (This includes transiting passengers). Please note that rapid antigen tests and home tests are NOT accepted.
  • All arriving passengers over the age of 5 are required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or a single dose vaccine to be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda.  Children below the age of eighteen (18) years arriving at a port of entry are exempted from this requirement.
  • A Health Declaration Form must be completed and presented on arrival at the airport (handed out on all arriving aircraft).

On Arrival

  • Fully vaccinated passengers entering Antigua and Barbuda who can present verifiable documentation that they have received both doses of a World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or one dose of a single dose COVID 19 vaccine end have e COVID 19 RT-PCR negative test result will be allowed to stay at bio safe/certified accommodation.  At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the FULL vaccine dosage. Partiallv vaccinated/unvaccinated visitors will be allowed to stay at a COVD 19 Certified Accommodation/Lodging.
  • Visitors are required to observe all protocols during their stay and patronize only COVID-19 certified excursions.
  • Certified Ground Transportation is mandatory from the airport to your villa – Exceptional Villas will arrange this for you. Should you wish to rent a car, this must be delivered to your villa and we can arrange this at no extra charge.
Villas in Antigua

What To Expect On Island

  • All of our villas are certified by the Central Board of Health of Antigua and Barbuda as being Covid compliant.
  • Wearing of face maks is mandatory in public spaces throughout the island. Social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.
  • Curfew in place from 11pm to 5am daily. Beaches are open from 5am til 7pm daily.
  • From October 15th, restaurants are open for sit-down service.
  • We can arrange delivery of a rental car to your villa.
  • All bars and gyms will be closed until further notification.
  • Churches can continue to hold regular services under certain conditions.

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK from Antigua

Prior to Departure:

  • As from 26 January, US, UK and Canadian residents will be required to take a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to their arrival back to their own countries. Details will be provided on where and how to get this test.

Returning to the U.S.:

  • The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  

  • Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travelers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.


Bahamas


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Vaccinated Travellers – all fully vaccinated travellers wishing to enter The Bahamas will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), with a negative result, within 5 days of arrival in The Bahamas.
  • Unvaccinated Travellers – must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, on an RT-PCR swab test, taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival. All persons who are 12 years and older and who are unvaccinated, will still be required to obtain a PCR test taken within five days of arrival in The Bahamas.
  • Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Health Visa application, as well as presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.
  • All travellers will have to obtain Bahamas Health Travel Visa before their trip, with the cost of the visa dependent on the length of stay. Which from 14th November includes insurance in the fee.
  • The Insurance covers the following scenarios:
    • If positive/asymptomatic: Vacation in Place
    • If positive/asymptomatic/pre-existing health concerns: Option to medevac
    • If positive/symptomatic: Immediate medevac
  • Fees:
    • Less than or equal to 4 nights: $40 USD
    • Greater than 4 nights: $60 USD
    • Please note Travel Health Visa applications take up to 72 hours to process
  • Please travel with the original submitted documents as well as the approval notification as these may need to be shown at check-in and upon arrival

On Arrival

  • All fully vaccinated travellers wishing to travel within The Bahamas, will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR), with a negative result, within five days of the travel date from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island
  • For unvaccinated travellers wishing to travel with The Bahamas, all persons who are 12 years and older and who are unvaccinated, will still be required to obtain a PCR test taken within five days of the travel date. This now applies to travel from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to
  • Masks are required at the airport and in public areas on island
  • You will be required to sanitize your hands before going in a taxi
  • Mask wearing is mandatory while inside the taxi
  • On Arrival at the villa Staff may be wearing masks
  • Upon arrival to the villa it is advised to change from travel clothes into fresh clothing
  • Any visitor who exhibits COVID 19 symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.  If a person tests positive they will be required to follow up with a COVID – 19 RT-PCR swab est.

What To Expect On Island

  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn as follows;
    • When travelling in a taxi
    • When checking in
    • Standing in line at attractions in public areas
    • Before being seated at a restaurant
    • When entering and exiting beaches but not required while on the beach
    • Before, during and after exercise
  • Travellers who are staying in The Bahamas longer than four nights/five days will be required to take a rapid Covid-19 antigen test.
  • All visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test. The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less and results are provided electronically via SMS and email.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative Covid-19 PCR test

bahamas

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


Barbados


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Download ‘BIMsafe’, the Barbados Governement App which will allow you to complete your pre-arrival forms and upload your Negative PCR test and more.
  • The most important resource for detailed information and latest updates can be viewed at https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020

Barbados’ New Covid-19 Travel Protocols Take Effect July 17th, 2021

The Government of Barbados has updated its travel protocols required for entry to the country as it continues to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and protect its citizens and visitors alike.  As a result, due to the global ongoing vaccination process, there have been a few changes to the quarantine and COVID-19 testing processes.

FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has approved the COVID-19 AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccinations for entry into Barbados. Travellers who are considered to be fully vaccinated are required to:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result 3 days prior to travel.
  • Provide a vaccination certificate on arrival to Barbados.
  • Have a standard COVID-19 PCR test done at the airport or their approved accommodation.
  • A colour coded band showing testing status will be issued to you:
    • GREEN Band – indicates travellers are willing to have a Rapid COVID-19 test done at the airport.
    • BLUE Band – indicates travellers have chosen to have a COVID-19 PCR test done at their approved accommodation.  This test should be booked before leaving the airport.
  • 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 where they are free to move around in accordance with the guidelines of that property (security fee will apply & staff may not be permitted to enter the villa until guests have cleared their test results).
  • All fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for approximately 1 to 2 days.Best Villas in Barbados

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

Any traveller who has not been fully vaccinated, not vaccinated at all, does not have any evidence of vaccination or has travelled from or transited through a country where the prevalence of certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados, are required to:

  • Provide a Negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival 3 days prior to travel.
  • Use specifically designated transportation providers for their transport from the airport to approved accommodation.
  • Stay within their approved villa before receiving a 2nd Negative COVID-19 PCR test.  Travellers are not allowed to leave their villa.  Staff are not allowed to work at the villa until quarantine & 2nd tests are passed.
  • Take their 2nd test 5 days after their arrival to Barbados.  Results are within 24-48 hours.
  • All unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for approximately 5 to 7 days.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

  •  Children under 18 who are travelling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the fully vaccinated traveller guidelines.
  • If you are travelling within a group as a vaccinated traveller with other unvaccinated travellers, you will be subject to unvaccinated traveller guidelines if you choose not to be separated.
  • All unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 must provide proof of a Negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival.
  • Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the guidelines for all vaccinated travellers, whereas, unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travellers.

Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change.  Travellers are encouraged to check www.barbadostravelprotocols.com for updates.

What to Expect on Island

  • It is important to check out www.barbadostravelprotocols.com for any specific curfews or restrictions that might apply during your stay.  You’ll find this under the section “During your Stay”.  The information on this government site is the most current.

 

On Departure

  • Returning to the U.S.A:

The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA.

  • Returning to Canada:  

All travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

 


The British Virgin Islands


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Register to travel on the BVI Gateway App, for a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate at www.bvigateway.bvia.com at least 48 hours prior to travel.
  • Obtain a Certified RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 negative test result 5 days before arrival and submit it on the App. Sampling must be nasopharyngeal and in the case of children 5 to 9 years old oropharyngeal. Children under age 5 will only be tested if medically indicated.
  • Complete and submit the Public Health Declaration form 48 hours before arrival to the Territory.
  • Each traveller including children must have completed an application to obtain a travel certificate for presentation to airline authorities.
  • Receive a Travel Certificate which is valid for 5 days.
  • Use your travel authorisation to make your travel arrangements and keep a printed or electronic copy of the authorisation AND your negative PCR results with you along with your ticket and passport to check-in and board your flight.
  • Present the Travel Certificate and a copy of the negative RT-PCR test to airline/vessel agent during the check-in process. Please note that you will not be able to board without your travel authorisation and PCR test results.
  • Be subject to the approved screening, Immigration and Customs procedures upon arrival in the Territory.
  • Be tested on arrival for SARS-CoV-2.
  • Install and/check the BVI Gateway App for health monitoring, medical health request, geo-fencing for quarantine support and contact tracing, on arrival.
  • Be transported to the approved property after completion of the testing, Immigration and Customs clearance processes.
  • Be quarantined at the approved location for 4 complete days.
  • Travellers will test on Day 4 and await results before release;
    a. If positive, the traveller will be isolated and care provided as needed for a
    minimum of 10 days.
    b. If negative, the traveller will be allowed free movement within the Territory.

Each traveller must complete an application to obtain a travel certificate for presentation to airline and/or ferry authorities.

  • Proof of travel insurance that includes comprehensive medical coverage must be purchased prior to travel
  • Fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries will require a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate at a cost of $85 ($35 plus $50 for testing on
    arrival); unvaccinated travellers $175.

Fully Vaccinated Visitors – effective 15 May 2021

  • Provide satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated
  • Take a PCR test within five (5) days of travel
  • A rapid COVID-19 negative test upon arrival at a cost of $50 is required.

On Arrival

  • Upon arrival you will be directed to the BVIs Welcome Centre for the arrival day / Day 0 RT-PCR test.
  • All guests will also be given an appointment for their Day 4 RT-PCR test
  • There is a fee for each passenger and this covers: RT-PCR test on Arrival Day / Day 0; RT-PCR test on Day 4
  • Guests will be required to take Government approved transportation to their villa

What To Expect On Island

  • All arriving guests are required to quarantine for four complete days at their villa
  • All guests will receive another RT-PCR test administered on Day 4 (children under 5 do not need to be tested, unless medically indicated)
  • Once the result is negative, you will be allowed to move around the BVI freely
  • At all times, adhere to current social distancing and safety measures

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada: 
From July 5 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada may be exempted from the federal requirements to: quarantine, including the government authorized
hotel for air travellers, and complete a day-8 test.

Fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:

  • Pre-entry test required
  • Quarantine plan in case you don’t get the exemption
  • Arrival test
  • Requirement’s checklist

Please find more information here about air travel as well as information for unvaccinated travellers. https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/enteringcanada-
checklist#flying

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


Costa Rica


Although Costa Rica is not a Caribbean Island we wanted to include it in our list of protocols as its a popular destination for our guests;

Prior To Your Arrival

 

  • A “Health Pass” epidemiological form to be completed online at https://salud.go.cr .  The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country.
  • As of August 1st 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNtech, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy.  The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.  Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass.
  • Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19.

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in airport terminal

What To Expect On Island

  • From December 1st, all guests must have an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter restaurants, bars, casinos, museums, gyms, hotels, theatres and adventure tourism.
  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces
  • Beaches open daily

What This Means

A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


Dominican Republic


Following you will find our list of protocols for the Dominican Republic;

Enjoy the best resorts in the Dominican republic, with an abundance of things to do and see

Prior To Your Arrival

  • As of April 1, 2021, the use of digital forms (E-Ticket) will be mandatory, for entering or leaving the Dominican Republic – the form can be accessed through the following link: E Ticket – https://eticket.migracion.gob.do. There are steps on how to complete the form.
  • As of April 26, 2021, travelers will no longer need to provide a negative PCR or Covid-19 test upon arrival
    • Instead airports and other ports of entry will perform a quick aleatory breath test to between 3% and 15% of passengers, and all those who present symptoms upon arrival
    • Passengers under the age of five and crew members are exempt from this procedure
    • Passengers who present symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and attended at authorised locations
    • Prior to departure, travelers should confirm with their airline provider and airport of origin regarding any testing or other related requirements for inbound flights to the Dominican Republic, or necessary requirements needed upon arrival to their country of origin
  • Medical travel insurance that includes covid-19 coverage is advised but not mandatory

On Arrival

  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in the airport and adhere to social distancing.
  • You may be subject to a temperature check on arrival or selected for a random Covid-19 rapid test.

What To Expect On Island

  • There is a curfew in place Monday to Friday from 10pm to 5am and Saturday and Sunday from 9pm to 5am – valid until May 16, 2021
  • It is law that masks are required for all public places and a variety of activities.
  • Large events and public gatherings of all kinds have been suspended.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family.

Returning to Your Country:

Many countries require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding your departing flight or entering your home country. Please confirm with the authorities of your destination country the specific type of viral test you need (PCR, antigen or antibodies) and the time it should be administered (48, 72 or 96 hours). It is important to note that these requirements depend on the authorities of other countries and can change at any time.

Returning to the U.S.A.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Please note: The Dominican republic is on the red list for travel to the UK. Before you travel to England you must: obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test as well as booking a test for day 2 and day 8 – to be taken after arrival in England. You must also complete a passenger locater form. – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk On arrival in the UK, you must quarantine in your home and take the day 2 and day 8 test. If you wish you can end your 10-day quarantine through the Test to Release scheme. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel . Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.

Explore the mountains and lakes of this enchanted land, the Best place to stay in Dominican republic.

 


Grenada


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All travellers must complete, sign and submit a Health Declaration form, and download and register on Grenada’s Contact Tracing App, both of which will be found on www.covid19.gov.gd
  • Low Risk Countries – where there is no known community transmission (CARICOM countries) – travellers will be allowed into Grenada subject to undergoing a mandatory rapid test at the time of entry
  • Medium Risk Countries – where there is active but manageable transmission (Canada, UK and other EU countries) – must provide the following:
    • All passengers must have a certified copy of a Negative PCR test dated no more than 7 days prior to departure
  • High Risk Countries – countries where there is active and widespread transmission (only charted flights, until further notice) are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine period of up to 14 days
    • All passengers must have a certified copy of a negative PCR test, dated no more than 7 days prior to entry into Grenada
    • All travellers must have travel insurance covering COVID-19 or declare they will bear the cost of treatment and isolation

Fully Vaccinated Visitors – from 1st May 2021

  • Negative PCR test taken 3 days before arrival
  • Test on arrival – results in 24 – 48 hours
  • You are free to explore Grenada with no restrictions

On Arrival

  • All travellers will undergo health screening on arrival (symptom review, temperature checks, and testing if deemed necessary)
  • Low Risk Countries – travellers will be allowed into Grenada subject to undergoing a mandatory rapid test at the time of entry
  • Medium Risk Countries – must provide the following:
    • All passengers must have a certified copy of a Negative PCR test dated no more than 7 days prior to departure
    • Present health form, negative PCR test results and proof of app download
    • All passengers will have to undergo a Rapid Test on arrival at the airport
  • High Risk Countries –
    • All passengers must have a certified copy of a negative PCR test, dated no more than 7 days prior to entry into Grenada
    • Present health form, negative PCR test results and proof of app download
    • All passengers will be PCR tested within 48 hours of arrival and will be required to spend up to 14 days in a state approved quarantine facility (at traveller’s expense)
    • Individuals will be deemed medically cleared after testing negative twice on PCR tests within 48 hours – at the discretion of health officials

After Arrival

  • Guests will be transported to the accommodation using approved transportation and can continue to stay within the ‘Pure Safe Accommodation’ without the requirement of further testing
  • Upon completion of your vacation, guests will be ferried to the airport using approved transportation to board their flights

What To Expect On Island

  • Guests wishing to leave the ‘Pure Safe Accommodations’ and interact with the public, must have a Covid-19 PCR test done on or after the 4th day of their stay and will be allowed to venture outside the ‘Pure Safe Accommodations’ if the results are negative (Covid-19 PCR results are usually ready within 2 working days)
  • Mask should be worn in all public areas, airport, supermarkets, shops and public areas

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


Hawaii


Although Hawaii is not a Caribbean Island we wanted to include it in our list of protocols as its a popular destination for our guests;

Prior To Your Arrival

Pre-Clear process to bypass 10-day quarantine: to qualify for pre-cleared arrival into Hawaii, travelers must complete the following:

  • Create a Safe Travels Account for every adult on the itinerary (minors to be added to an adult itinerary) https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/ 
  • Complete the mandatory health questionnaire within the account.
  • Upload negative test results (PDF format) for every adult and minor (five years and older) on the itinerary to the account prior to boarding.  Bringing a copy of negative testing results is also recommended.  Note that the COVID-19 test must be from a trusted testing and travel partner and taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Travelers meeting Hawaii’s testing requirements will be exempt from quarantine and receive a Pre-Clear wristband from their air carrier’s guest service agents who will verify their documents before boarding..

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in the airport terminal.
  • Once in Hawaii, provided that the Safe Travel Account has been created and completed correctly, travelers will be allowed to deplane and bypass airport screening lines.

What To Expect On Island

  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces including beaches
  • Restaurants are open but can only accommodate customers who have made reservations
  • On Oahu and Maui, customers wishing to enter restaurants, bars and gyms will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.


Jamaica


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests 12 years and older must obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test up to 72 hours prior to travel at a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) approved or ISO 15189 certified medical facility.
  • A Flight Authorization Form must be completed within 7 days prior to arrival in Jamaica. Please go to https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com/ to sign up and complete both your Flight Authorization Form and also your Immigration forms online.  Your villa will be listed on the drop-down menu on the first page of the travel authorization page.  Click on it to process your application.
  • Negative test results to be presented to the airline in order to check-in for the flight
  • We recommend that guests take out Covid Insurance for your trip. Specifically, one that covers repatriation. Covac Global is recommended for policies that will repatriate you on a positive Covid test. (We will supply you contact details for Covac Global).
  • VIP Attractions are now open for Meet & Greet service arrivals, or as a bundled arrival & departure service.  The service is recommended as they do fast track guests through the COVID assessment areas of the arrivals portion of the airport.  Your EV concierge will be happy to book this service for you

Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in the airport terminal

villas in Jamaica

What To Expect On Island

  • Certified Ground Transportation is mandatory from the airport to your villa (we will arrange that)
  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces and when in close proximity to villa staff.  Guests can decide to not wear a mask at the villa if they so wish.  Staff will be wearing masks and will practice social distancing
  • Restaurants are open for dine-in, takeaway and delivery service
  • Beaches open from 6am until 7pm daily.  Social distancing to be practised, face coverings not mandatory
  • All travellers returning home to the US, Canada & the UK must acquire negative COVID test prior to departing Jamaica
  • Current curfews are Monday-Friday from 8pm til 5am. Saturday from 6pm til 5am. Sundays and Holidays are No Movement Days.

What This Means

A safe and secure vacation for you and your family.

All guests 12 years & older travelling from the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico are required to have a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test up to 72 hours prior to travel at a CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments approved or ISO 15189 certified medical facility.  Please click on the link, scroll to the bottom, choose Laboratory and enter just your state to find a location near you https://www.cdc.gov/clia/LabSearch.html

If the Ministry of Health assesses a traveler during the arrival process and requires them to have an additional test, it will be carried out via a PCR-nasal swab test at either the airport or at an approved medical clinic near to their accommodation.

  • If a guest tests positive on arrival or during their stay in a villa, they will be isolated at the villa if there is space or at a government quarantine facility for 2 weeks OR until they have received two negative COVID-19 tests. Any extended stay at the villa, including mandatory isolation or quarantine, will be at the guests own cost. Any positive guest in home quarantine will be supervised & consistently checked up on by the Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel.

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Return Documentation: Because of the possibility of a false negative Antigen test, we encourage all guests, who chose to get the Antigen tests, take it 3 days prior to their departure, this will then give sufficient time for the Doctor to administer a PCR test, which has a 24hr turnaround time and gives a more accurate result.

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States (even if guests are fully vaccinated) and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to the USA.

Returning to Canada: As of October 30, all travelers over 12 years old departing and returning to Canada must be fully vaccinated.  For their return to Canada, they must show a negative Covid-19 test.  Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult and show a negative test to return to Canada.  Additionally, they must take a Covid test 8 days after their return home. Children under 5 years old are exempt.  The test required must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada and can only be one of the following tests:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

All travelers must complete the ArriveCAN travel authorization within 72 hours prior to their travel to Canada.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html

 Returning to the UK:

All fully vaccinated travelers will be required to complete a Passenger Locator form https://provide-journey-contact-details.homeoffice.gov.uk/passengerLocatorFormUserAccountHolderQuestion to be completed within 48 hours of arrival into the UK.  Additionally, they must organize a Covid-19 test on day 2 after returning to the UK.   They will need to enter their Covid-19 test reference numbers on their Passenger Locator form.  Resident children under 4 years old do not have to take the COVID-19 travel test.

Resident children between 5-17 years old do not have to take the COVID-19 travel test but they do have to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 after their arrival into the UK.

If travelers are not fully vaccinated, they will need to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure, organize a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival into the UK.   Additionally, they must complete a Passenger Locator Form. On arrival, they will need to quarantine at home for 10 days.

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Round Hill Resort in Jamaica


Nevis


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Complete the entry form on the national website (knatravelform.kn)
  • Submit a negative PCR test completed within 72-hours of travel (List of accredited labs to be provided by the Ministry of Health, at a later date)

On Arrival

  • It is a mandatory requirement to wear a mask in all public spaces including the airport on arrival
  • Undergo a temperature check and health questionnaire.
  • Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less)

What To Expect On Island

  • Visitors staying 1-7 days are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
  • Visitors staying 8-14 days will undergo a PCR test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveller tests negative on day 8, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (list to be announced later).
  • Visitors staying 14 days or longer will need to undergo a PCR test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveller will be allowed to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Visitors will be asked to follow basic health and safety protocols like frequent hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing and mask wearing. They will be required to wear masks whenever they are outside of their hotel room/villa.

Approved Hotels

What This Means

A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Before you travel to England you must: obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test as well as booking a test for day 2 and day 8 – to be taken after arrival in England. You must also complete a passenger locater form. – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk On arrival in the UK, you must quarantine in your home and take the day 2 and day 8 test. If you wish you can end your 10-day quarantine through the Test to Release scheme. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel . Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.

 


St Barts


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All travelers 18 and older are required to provide proof of an approved vaccination (CDC Card) to enter St Barths. Travelers under 18 are not required to provide proof of vaccination.
  • All travelers 10 and older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, from no more than 3 days prior to arrival. Alternatively, you can provide results from an antigen test from no more than 2 days prior to arrival
  • Children under 10 are not required to provide test results, however, it is a good idea to get tested when traveling.
  • If you are travelling to St. Barths through St. Martin, even if you are not spending a night in St. Martin, travellers will need to pre-register to enter St. Martin airport. The online form is called EHAS (Electronic Health Authorization System). To complete you will need the results of your PCR test.

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in the airport terminal

What To Expect On Island

  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces (apart from outdoors and beaches)
  • Beaches are open with no restrictions, but social distancing is encouraged
  • Guidelines and protocols for your villa will be provided upon your booking enquiry
  • Nightclubs are currently closed.

Please Note: When returning home via St. Martin you will also be required to submit a request via EHAS to enter St. Martin, although no additional testing is required.

villas in st barts

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


St Kitts


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Complete the entry form on the national website (knatravelform.kn)
  • Submit a negative PCR test completed within 72-hours of travel (List of accredited labs to be provided by the Ministry of Health, at a later date)

On Arrival

  • It is a mandatory requirement to wear a mask in all public spaces including the airport on arrival
  • Undergo a temperature check and health questionnaire.
  • Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less)

What To Expect On Island

  • Visitors staying 1-7 days are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
  • Visitors staying 8-14 days will undergo a PCR test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveller tests negative on day 8, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (list to be announced later).
  • Visitors staying 14 days or longer will need to undergo a PCR test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveller will be allowed to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Visitors will be asked to follow basic health and safety protocols like frequent hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing and mask wearing. They will be required to wear masks whenever they are outside of their hotel room/villa.

Approved Hotels

  • Park Hyatt St. Kitts
  • Royal St. Kitts Hotel
  • Kitts Marriott Resort
  • Koi Resort, by Curio, Hilton

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 

 


St Lucia


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Consistent with existing protocols, all arrivals to Saint Lucia must adhere to all safety protocols in place, including wearing a mask in public places
  • Each adult (18 and over) is required to submit a Travel Registration Form  https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/travel-registration-form/ This should be completed at least 7 working days before travel.  Your Covid-19 test result is not immediately required to complete this step.  Travelers 17 years and younger should be included on an adult form
  • All arriving passengers 5 years and older must have a negative result from a PCR test done no more than 5 days prior to arrival in Saint Lucia.  Please note the day of arrival in Saint Lucia is counted as the 5th day.  You are required to upload your test result where you registered.
  • There is no flexibility on the type of test – It must be a Covid-19 PCR test.
  • If you are unable to upload your test results, please send to: [email protected] * Please print and travel with your test results
  • Once you have submitted your travel registration form and your accommodation and PCR test have been verified, you will receive a Travel Authorization Letter. Please allow up to 3 days for processing. If you do not receive a travel authorization letter within 48 hours of travel, please email [email protected] with each adult passenger’s name in question and the corresponding reference numbers.
  • Please be aware that a Travel Authorization Letter does not guarantee your Covid-19 test is acceptable. *Please print and travel with your Travel Authorization Letter
  • Download, print and travel with a completed Health Screening Form on your day of travel, for presentation on arrival. Available on www.stlucia.org/covid-19
  • You may be denied boarding if you fail to present both PCR test and the Travel Authorization documents.
  • If your booking is last-minute, (i.e. within 5 days of travel), please forward names and reference numbers immediately after travel submission to [email protected]
  • You must print and travel with the following
    • Your test results
    • The travel authorization letter
    • The auto-response email that you received on submission of the travel authorization form (check your SPAM if you did not receive an email)

NOTE– SUBMISSION OF THE FORM DOES NOT REQUIRE THE PCR TEST RESULT. THE FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND NO LESS THAN 3 DAYS BEFORE TRAVEL

Fully Vaccinated Visitors

  • Fully vaccinated visitors have expanded access on island and enjoy additional activities; all while observing on-island protocols
  • Proof of vaccination must be available to show at the airport
  • Vaccinated passengers will be issued with a wristband while at the airport, which must be worn throughout your stay and removed only on departure
  • Fully vaccinated means, a passenger surpassed a two-week period after the second dose of the two-shot vaccine or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine* Fully vaccinated passengers are required to fulfil the same entry protocols above.

Visitors must have confirmed reservations at Covid-19 certified properties. Your visit may be split to stay at up to 2 certified properties.

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in airport terminal
  • All arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols relevant to airport
  • All arriving passengers will be screened, this will include temperature checks
  • All symptomatic passengers will be immediately 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.
  • Other passengers will be transferred by certified taxi to approved COVID-19 Accommodation or to a government quarantine facility
  • Social distancing must be adhered to
  • Masks are required at the airport and in public areas on island

After Arrival

  • Staff may be wearing masks
  • Upon arrival at the accommodation, it is advised to change from travel clothes into fresh clothing.

What To Expect On Island

  • Non-vaccinated guests 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 to participate in certified activities, tours and excursions.
  • In private settings, individuals are required to limit their contact as much as possible to family and adhere to all necessary protocols and general hygiene procedures.
  • Boat rides are prohibited for the three (3) week period.
  • Alternate days for unvaccinated locals and visitors with respect to recreational parks, sites & attractions, restaurants are to be maintained during this period.
  • All land based transfers by COVID-19 tourism service providers are permitted.
  • There is a curfew in place from 11pm to 4am every day.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

  • August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated.
  • September 7 (tentative): All other foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated.

Check if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

For more information please visit the following site: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 


St Martin


Prior To Your Arrival

    • Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor arriving by air including transits, Sint Maarten and Saint Martin residents. Without the health pre-authorization boarding will not be possible. Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours.
    • People who are fully vaccinated do not require a PCR test prior to arrival on-island
    • PCR testing is mandatory for non-vaccinated travelers, 72 hours prior to arrival. Or Antigen test 48 hours prior to arrival.
    • People are considered fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine:
      • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
      • 4 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine
      • the approved vaccines are: Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca) and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
    • The government of Sint Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers with destination Sint Maarten with the exception of Sint Maarten residents, transit passengers departing the same day (checkbox), flight crews (checkbox), transiting cruise ship crews (checkbox), French nationals residing in France or a French territory, BES-ZVK insured (checkbox) and AUC faculty and students (special procedure). The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Travelers requiring the COVID-19 insurance must complete this process upon application. For more information on and all questions related to the COVID-19 insurance please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com or contact customer support at [email protected]ectionplan.com
    • The application must be completed in order to be processed. information on the vaccination status (including proof of completed vaccination in case fully vaccinated) and the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance in case required. Children must have the online health form filled out by their parents. Provide a working personal email address on which you are reachable.
    • All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. Failure to comply with the screening at the Health Check Point upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country. If re-tested upon arrival you will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known.
    • Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
    • If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) pre-authorization PDF via e-mail, which must be presented at check in and to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. This PDF will also contain a QR code which will show the vaccination status and COVID test result when scanned. Keep the original rt-PCR or antigen test result and proof of vaccination always with you. Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well in case you haven’t received a response. If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health pre-authorization has been denied.
View of the pool at C'est la Vie Villa in St. Martin

C’est la Vie Villa in St. Martin

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in airport terminal
  • Passengers may be subject to temperature screening

What to Expect on Island

  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces
  • Beaches are open with no restrictions, but social distancing is encouraged

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

Returning to the USA:

  • The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:

  • Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travelers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK:

  • Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK. You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated. All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival. The government says you should book this test before you travel. You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive. You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11). You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5). You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

Banned Countries
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

 


Turks and Caicos


Prior to Arrival

      • All visitors who are 16 years and over will require proof of being vaccinated to be granted entry to destination.
      • Starting on September 1, 2021, all travelers 16 and older will be required to present proof of vaccination through TCI Assured, a quality assurance pre-travel program and portal, prior to entering the country. Travelers must be fully vaccinated, with the second shot taken over two weeks prior to traveling, or one shot taken over two weeks prior for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccines that are currently being accepted are Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The TCI Assured portal will accept proof of vaccination in the form of a digital or paper copy of proof of vaccination (unless exempted under the regulations).
      • Visitors aged 10-15 do not need to be vaccinated but must present a negative COVID-19 test result. Visitors under 10 years old are not required to be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test result. Exempt visitors include those with clear proof from a doctor that they are medically exempt from taking the vaccine and will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to traveling.
      • Please note the following tests are now accepted: a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT PCR), A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAA), an RNA or molecular test, an antigen test.
      • All visitors must hold a round trip ticket.

Very Important Information

      • Home test kits and Antibody tests are NOT allowed
      • Please note the following tests are now accepted: a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT PCR), A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAA), an RNA or molecular test, an antigen test.
      • If you live in the United States, see CAP Accredited Laboratories for a list of approved labs. https://www.cap.org/laboratory-improvement/accreditation/accredited-laboratory-and-biorepository-directory/
      • The name, address, telephone number and email address of the laboratory at which the PRC Covid-19 test was conducted needs to be on the documentation.
      • Full names, date of birth and address of the person test for the PCR Covid-19 test
      • It is also mandatory for visitors to obtain medical insurance that includes air evacuation.
      • Once the requirements have been met visitors must apply for Travel Authorization on the Tourist Board website https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/ and follow the instructions. This can be uploaded up to 72 hours in advance of departure. All persons should certify that they have read the privacy policy document.
      • Complete a health screening questionnaire.
      • Once the information has been uploaded you will be notified, and a reference code is emailed to you
      • Please travel with the original submitted documents as well as the approval notification as these will need to be shown at check-in and upon arrival into TCI.
      • A guest who is made subject to quarantine or hospitalization shall bear the costs of all treatment received and the costs for accommodation and board.
      • Just a couple of tips;
        for US guests, leave this question BLANK: “countries travelled from or through in the last six weeks”
        This is misleading; if a US guest picks the US as a country visited, they will assume the person has been traveling all through the US within the last 6 weeks. So, this question does NOT mean the country you are traveling from – that question comes later in the form.
      • Also, list ALL family members traveling with EACH form submitted. It is ridiculously repetitive data entry, but it works.

 

On Arrival

  • Social distancing must be adhered to
  • Masks are required at the airport and in public areas on island
  • You will be required to sanitize your hands before going in a taxi
  • Mask wearing is mandatory while inside the taxi
  • At your villa: The Staff will be wearing masks
  • Upon arrival to the villa, it is advised to change from travel clothes into fresh clothing

What to Expect

  • A Daily curfew introduced for ALL ISLANDS from 1am – 5am effective 1st July 2021 unless otherwise stated.
  • All businesses on all Islands to be closed by 12am
  • Restaurants and bars are to be limited to 70% of normal capacity both indoors and outdoors for sit down only. Bars 50% capacity for indoor bars and 70% capacity for outdoor bars. Persons can now sit at bars, advising as of best practice to know who you are sitting next to.
  • There are no restrictions on inter-island travel.
  • A business establishment shall indicate its capacity by a sign posted outside the entrance to the building, having regard to social distancing requirements.
  • Capacity shall be calculated to comply with physical distancing requirements and other applicable regulations.”.
  • Pleasure craft to be limited to 70% of normal capacity for excursions.
  • As of July 1st, Churches can operate at 70% capacity
  • As of July 1st, the new measures allow 100 persons for social gatherings
  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in public areas but is not required on the beach

 

View of in water loungers at the beach at Sailrock Resort in Turks & CaicosSailrock Resort – Turks & Caicos

 

What this Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the USA. This order will take effect on January 26, 2021.

Returning to Canada:  Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travellers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.


The US Virgin Islands


Prior To Your Arrival

  • The travel screening portal should only be completed within five days of travel. Every traveller aged five and older who enters the US Virgin Islands is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal www.usvitravelportal.com and submit a COVID-19 test result prior to travel, to avoid processing delays, enhanced health screening and/or mandatory self-quarantine.
  • Effective 18th January 2021, travellers 5 years of age or older, will be unable to board an aircraft to the Territory without travel certification from the portal. Travelers 5 years of age or older who arrive by vessel are also required to have certification from the portal prior to arriving in the Territory.
  • Travellers are required to provide evidence of:
    • A COVID-19 molecular (e.g. RT-PCR, viral or nucleic acid amplification) test from a nasal or throat or oral rinse and/or saliva sample taken and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory) OR
    • A COVID-19 antigen (rapid) test from a nasal or throat swab sample and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory), OR
    • A COVID-19 antibody finger stick or blood draw test taken, and POSITIVE result received (both within four months of commencement of travel to the Territory)

On Arrival

  • Travellers should produce their original test result and travel certification received from the portal upon arrival. The lab that performs the Covid-19 test, must be certified, you can check on https://www.cdc.gov/clia/LabSearch.html
  • Upon arrival into any U.S. Virgin Islands port, all travellers are subject to the Territory’s screening procedures.
  • Face coverings must be worn upon disembarking and in airport terminal.

After Arrival

  • Once travellers have provided their documentation (see above), they are free to travel to their villa.

What to Expect

  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in public places and on public transport.
  • Adhere to social distancing (6 feet apart)
  • Maintain high standards of hygiene, wash your hands regularly.

What this Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

RETURNING TO THE USA:
The CDC has released a statement expanding its requirements for negative COVID-19 tests (NAAT, PCR or Antigen) for all air passengers above the age of 2 entering the United States and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to the USA. If unvaccinated you must also self-quarantine for 7 days even if you test negative. However: The Order to present a documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 does not apply to air passengers flying from a US territory or possession to a US state.
US territories and possessions of the US include American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
We strongly advise all guests to check with their airline as the date approaches to be sure of any changes.

RETURNING TO CANADA:
Effective Midnight on Jan 7, 2021, all travellers over 5 years old returning to Canada will require a negative Covid-19 test. The test required must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada. (Microlabs has a dedicated portal for travelers to Canada – https://www.microlabs.limited/
Passengers are also required to test 3-5 days after travel. And if unvaccinated you must also self-quarantine for 7 days.

Returning to the UK: Effective from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.  You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.  All travellers except children under the age of 5, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.  The government says you should book this test before you travel.  You must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK with details of where you’ll stay in the UK for 10 days after you arrive.  You must get tested for Coronovirus in the 3 days before you start your journey to the UK (not applicable to children under 11).  You must book Coronavirus tests to take on days 2 and 8 after you arrive (not applicable to children under 5).  You must stay at the address you put on the form for 10 days after you arrive – this is called “self-isolating” or “quarantine”.

 

View of the beach in St. Croix, USVI

The Buccaneer Beach House – Beach in St. Croix, USVI

About Linda Browne

Linda is the Marketing and Sales Executive for Exceptional Villas and has an in-depth knowledge of the travel industry. Linda's qualifications are in the area of business, marketing and tourism. Linda travels for much of the year inspecting all of our luxury villas; the majority of her time is spent in the Caribbean and Europe.