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

Vaccinated Visitors from 1st July 2021

  • If you are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, you must be vaccinated to enter Anguilla.
  • Vaccinated travelers will not be required to stay in place on arrival.
  • Vaccinated travelers will not be tested on arrival.
  • Vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide proof of insurance.
  • Vaccinated travelers will no longer need to pay entry fees.
  • You must still apply for entry permission – Complete online passenger information and health screening questionnaire – https://ivisitanguilla.com/escape/apply.html after supplying this information, documents will be verified and you will be contacted if any additional information is required.
  • Travelers must provide a negative Covid-19 test 3-5 days before entry.
  • Travelers must present proof of vaccination upon entry.
  • Multi-generational families or groups with individuals who are not eligible for the vaccine, will not need to stay in place.  Everyone in the group will need a negative PCR test 3-5 days before arrival and may be tested on arrival and subsequently during their stay – tests may be subject to a fee.

On Arrival

  • Provide a hard copy of your negative Covid-19 PCR test result to a port health official
  • Multi-generational families or groups may be tested with a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Use masks during transit through the port of entry (airport and seaport) and en route to your pre-approved accommodations
  • Be transferred to your accommodations to await test results – this will be prearranged and you may be tested again during your stay.  Testing fees will apply.

What To Expect On Island

  • Face coverings should be worn in all public areas such as the airport, seaport, supermarkets, whilst in public places
  • Social distancing is encouraged whilst on the beach
  • Short stay visitors will now be allowed to use Spa, Gym and Cosmetology services if both parties are fully vaccinated.

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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 


Antigua


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All visitors should ideally be fully vaccinated prior to arrival
  • All visitors (whether vaccinated or not) must take a PCR test for COVID-19, taken within seven days of their flight to Antigua.
  • A Health Declaration Form must be completed and presented on arrival at the airport

On Arrival

  • It is a mandatory requirement to wear a mask in all public spaces including the airport on arrival. (Please note that you may be fined up to EC$5,000 for not wearing a mask)
  • Arriving passengers entering Antigua and Barbuda who can present verifiable documentation that they have received both doses of an approved 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single dose COVID-19 vaccine and have a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test result will be allowed to stay a bio safe/certified accommodation.  At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the FULL vaccine dosage.  They will be required to quarantine for 48 hours within the property, but can take part in tours and activities, provided the vendor is Government approved.  Dining out is discouraged for the first 2 nights.  Your EV concierge can arrange chef service for you at the villa if required. NOTE: All properties represented by Exceptional Villas are bio  safe/certified
  • Passengers who are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated will be allowed to stay at a COVID-19 certified accommodation/lodging or subject to quarantine as determined by the Quarantine Authority
  • 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
  • It is a mandatory requirement to wear a mask in all public spaces (apart from beaches) and when traversing the villa property when in close proximity of other guests and staff. (Please note that you may be fined up to EC$5,000 for not wearing a mask).
  • Social distancing to be practised at beaches, but masks are not mandatory. Beaches are open from 6am until 7pm daily
  • We can arrange delivery of a rental car to your villa
  • All bars will be closed until further notification
  • Restaurants are open for sit-down service
  • Curfew time on-island currently from 11 pm until 5 am
  • Churches can continue to hold regular services under certain conditions

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

  • 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 when booked through Exceptional Villas.
  • 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.
  • 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: All travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Bahamas


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All visitors and residents must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, on an RT-PCR swab test, taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival.
  • 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
    • *If you are staying more than 4 nights, you will be required to get the rapid antigen test at one of the approved testing sites at each island
    • Please note Travel Health Visa applications take up to 72 hours to process
  • From 1 May 2021 there will be an exemption to testing for travellers who can upload evidence of full vaccination to their health visa application.
  • 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

  • Beginning Nov 1st everyone entering The Bahamas will no longer need to vacation in place.
  • 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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

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 May 8th, 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 on-going 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 or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations for entry into Barbados and effective May 8th, 2021, 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: 

All travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-detailsbefore-travel-uk

To secure a pre-departure rapid test, you should visit the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium (open 9.30am-4pm) in Wildey, Bridgetown, during the three days prior to your departure.  The process is estimated to las 90 minutes, after which you will receive your result.  Cost is 100 Barbadian dollars, payable by card only.  We encourage you to get tested as early as possible before your departure.

What This Means

  • A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

 


The British Virgin Islands


Prior To Your Arrival

  • A mandatory certified negative RT- PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Covid-19 test to be taken within 5 days of the arrival flight.
  • Proof of travel insurance that includes comprehensive medical coverage must be purchased prior to travel.
  • Apply for a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate at www.bvigateway.bvia.com at least 48 hours prior to travel.

Fully Vaccinated Visitors – effective 15 May 2021

  • Provide satisfactory evidence of being fully vaccinated
  • Take a PCR test within five (5) days of travel
  • Subject to a PCR test upon arrival (day zero)
  • Enter quarantine until a negative test is received from the BVI Health Services Authority

On Arrival

  • Upon arrival you will be directed to the BVIs Welcome Centre for the arrival day / Day 0 RT-PCR test.
  • Prior to travelling onward to your approved accommodations, all guests will be required to:
  • Activate a tracking system on their phones (data or wifi connectivity required)
  • Wear a wristband monitoring device
  • All guests will also be given an appointment for their Day 4 RT-PCR test
  • There is a $175 fee for each passenger and this covers: RT-PCR test on Arrival Day / Day 0; RT-PCR test on Day 4; Tracking bracelet rental, mobile apps and other related necessary procedures
  • 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 – unless fully vaccinated, please see above
  • All guests will receive another RT-PCR test administered on Day 4 (children under 5 do not need to be tested)
  • Once the result is negative, you will be allowed to move around the BVI freely
  • At all times, you would be required to have your mobile device with you, with the tracing software active. This is for your own protection, as well as the safety of others and 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:  

  • 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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 


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

  • 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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 


Dominican Republic


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

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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: Effective on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

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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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


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

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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


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
  • 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
  • Curfews are currently in place until 1st July.  Mon-Fri from 9pm til 5am.  Saturdays from 8pm til Sunday 5am.  Sundays from 2pm til Monday 5am.
  • Curfews from 1st July til 10th August will be Monday-Saturday from 11pm til 5am. Sundays from 6pm til Monday 5am.

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 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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 

 

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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

Four Seasons Nevis

Paradise Beach Resort

Oualie Beach

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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


St Barts


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All travellers coming from a Green Zone must present a negative test result of their PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of their departure to St. Bart’s. (Green Countries: EU, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada)
  • Green Zone travellers who are fully vaccinated may travel freely throughout the island.  Those who are not vaccinated must minimize contact with people outside of their travel party for 7 days and perform a test on day 7.
  • If arriving from an Orange Zone proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours (2 days) of arrival OR negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) of arrival will be required to enter. (Orange Countries: Mexico, UK)
  • 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

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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 


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

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

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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Beach at The Landings St Lucia


St Martin


Prior To Your Arrival

Guests from USA and Canada must take a COVID-19 PCR test performed on a naso-pharyngeal swab within 72 hours before departure to St. Martin and receive negative results OR a COVID-19 Antigen test with negative results within 48 hours before departure to St. Martin. (see more detailed information below)

A Health Authorisation form to be completed online at: https://stmaartenehas.com/  (purchasing the mandatory insurance is integrated with this form).

All arriving passengers to St Martin (with the exception of transit passengers) must have a mandatory COVID-19 insurance. For further information, visit: https://www.sxmprotectionplan.com

As of January 27, a travel ban is in place for people who have been in a banned country 14 days prior to entering St. Martin. The list of banned countries is the following: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Surinam, Uruguay, Venezuela.

On Arrival

Face coverings must be worn in the 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.

Guidelines and protocols for your villa will be provided upon your booking enquiry

From 29th June, curfew in place between 11pm and 6am on both the French and Dutch sides.

What This Means

A safe and secure vacation for you and your family

All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative PCR test

The Dutch Side of the Island requires the following:

On the Dutch Side your negative test must be under 120 hours for the PCR or 48hrs for an antigen (all Antigen Test brands that are FDA approved).

The French side of the island requires the following:

For the French side, your negative test must be under 72 hours for the PCR or 48hrs for an antigen. If you meet the French Side requirements you do not need to retest on St. Martin. However, if you do not meet the requirements on the French side you will need to retest within 48 hours of arrival.

If you are staying on the French Side and you do not have a PCR test under 72 hours or an antigen test under 48 hours you will be required to do another test once you arrive on Island. The testing drive-in is near Hope Estate (near Bleu de Perse), the exact location is the following https://goo.gl/maps/xL8Yp8vqc9Cou7WB9. The test is free if you provide your rental contract as proof of your stay in St. Martin.

This is why we recommend clients get a PCR test within 72 hours or an antigen test within 48 hours to meet both the Dutch and French Side requirements to avoid retesting.

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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


Turks and Caicos


Prior To Your Arrival

All visitors and residents must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival. Please note testing is not necessary for children under 10 yrs of age

All visitors must hold a round trip ticket

Villas in Turks and Caicos

Important Information

Home test kits are NOT allowed

Only nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal are accepted, no saliva or nasal!

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.

Just a couple of tips: for US guests, leave the following question in 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 travelling all through the US within the last 6 weeks.  So, this question does NOT mean the country you are travelling from – that question comes later in the form. Also, list ALL family members travelling with EACH form submitted.  It is 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 On Island

A daily curfew introduced for ALL ISLANDS from 11pm to 5am effective 2 – 17 March 2021 unless otherwise stated.

All businesses on ALL ISLANDS to be closed by 10pm.

Restaurants and bars are to be limited to 30% of normal capacity both indoors and outdoors for sit down only. No congregating around bar and restaurant counters allowed.

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 in order to comply with physical distancing requirements and other applicable regulations.

Pleasure craft to be limited to 30% of normal capacity for excursions.

Extended restrictions for weddings and funerals as follows: limited to 20 people and must be held outdoors.

Extended a complete ban on public and private gatherings, sporting or social activity of any description on ALL ISLANDS including on beaches.

Mandatory face coverings must be worn in public areas but are not required on the beach.

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.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 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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-detailsbefore-travel-uk

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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 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. Travellers 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 the airport terminal

After Arrival

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

What To Expect On Island

Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in public places

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

All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative Covid-19 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 on Jan 18, 2021 at 4am, all travellers over 10 years old returning to the UK will require a negative Covid-19 test. The required test must be either a PCR molecular polymerase chain reaction or LAMP Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification or an Antigen test and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to the UK. You will also need to complete a Passenger locator form – https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


Conclusion

If you are dreaming of that perfect vacation to get away from all the stress of everyday life and are looking for the perfect climate to escape to then look no further than the Caribbean. Now more than ever we need to prioritize what is important and making memories to last a lifetime and the safety of our family should be top of that list. With all of the above protocols in place for entering the Caribbean, there has never been a better and safer time to travel.

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Note: PROTOCOL CHANGES EFFECTIVE: 15 JANUARY 2021

In light of the fluidity of the Covid-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Guests are encouraged to check with Exceptional Villas for the latest guidelines

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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.

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