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

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. Grenada
  8. Hawaii
  9. Jamaica
  10. Nevis
  11. St Barts
  12. St Kitts
  13. St Lucia
  14. St Martin
  15. Turks and Caicos
  16. The US Virgin Islands

Anguilla


people swimming in the water in Anguilla

Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test conducted within 3-5 days prior to arrival date
  • Insurance which covers Covid-19 medical costs and full hospitalisation, doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance
  • 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
  • An electronic travel authorisation certificate will be issued to your email address if your application is successful

On Arrival

  • Provide a hard copy of your negative Covid-19 PCR test result to a port health official
  • Undergo a mandatory Covid-19 PCR test and health screening 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 by us

After Arrival

  • Remain quarantined at your approved location for at least 10 days
  • Undergo regular health monitoring
  • Obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test to be released from quarantine
  • The use of a rental vehicle is prohibited until after guests are medically cleared by a negative Covid-19 PCR test result at the end of the quarantine period

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

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

Antigua


Prior To Your Arrival

  • A Covid-19 RT-RCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test to be taken within 7 days of the flight (Children under the age of 12 do not require a test)
  • Negative test result is required for entry to Antigua
  • A Traveller Accommodation form to be completed pre-travel (Exceptional Villas will supply that)

On Arrival

  • It is a mandatory requirement to wear a mask in all public spaces including the airport on arrival
  • Certified Ground Transportation is mandatory from the airport to your villa – Exceptional Villas will arrange this for you
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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
  • 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
  • Restaurants are open for delivery and take-away service and most have been certified for dine-in service
  • Curfew time on-island currently from 11 pm until 5 am

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


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All travellers will have to obtain a Bahamas Health Travel Visa before their trip, with the cost of the visa dependent on the length of stay
  • All visitors and residents must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, on an RT-PCR swab test, taken no more than 7 days prior to arrival which will be downloaded on the Health Visa
  • 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

  • Upon arrival all visitors will be given a rapid 20-minute test either at the airport or the marina. On day 6 of the visit (if staying that long) guests will be tested again with a 20-minute rapid test. Children 10 and under will be exempt from the antigen test requirement. The rapid test will take place at approved ports of entry
  • Social distancing must be adhered to
  • Masks are required at the airport and in public areas on the islands
  • 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

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

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

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Barbados


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests must obtain a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Fill out your online immigration/customs form and upload your negative test result at travelform.gov.bb
  • You will receive 2 receipts via email – one is for immigration & one is for customs. You should save these to your device & print them out, along with a copy of your covid test results
  • A great resource for detailed information and latest updates can be viewed at https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020

On Arrival

  • After you have arrived, an airport official will validate your test results and guide you through Immigration & Customs and Baggage Claim
  • Face coverings must be worn on the flight, in the airport terminal & in taxi’s etc..
  • All travellers must undergo a health screen
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After Arrival

  • Guests must travel straight from the airport to their BTPA quarantine approved villa.  The new protocols include that guests must stay in the villa with restricted movement until they have a second test returned as negative
  • Travellers will be retested 2-3 days after arrival (4-5 days after the 1st test)
  • Second tests may be taken at nearby Sandy Crest, or at other facilities and results are typically available within 12-15 hours
  • After a second negative test is received, guests are free to move about the island
  • If a guest, unfortunately, tests positive, he or she will be assessed by the Ministry of Health to determine his or her safety and the best place for isolation

What To Expect On Island

  • Simple measures have been put in place for self-monitoring while in Barbados.  Monitoring includes daily self-temperature checks and sharing that information with the public health teams who will check in via call or text. Monitoring is generally for 7 days after arrival
  • There is no curfew in place
  • Social distancing requires 1 meter between persons in public places
  • Face masks are required in all public spaces
  • Restaurants are open under social distancing and health restrictions

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
  • A wonderful vacation in one of the safest places to visit in the whole world during the global pandemic

Please note: The above protocols for Barbados are based on guests travelling from a high-risk country which includes the USA, Canada or the UK. If you are travelling from another country please contact us for the protocols for travelling from a medium risk destination. Testing is required in Barbados and our team can assist with the best testing facilities available including the option of being test in the comfort of your own villa after your arrival. 


The British Virgin Islands


Prior To Your Arrival

  • A Covid-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test to be taken within 5 days of the flight
  • Medical travel insurance that includes covid-19 coverage must be purchased prior to travel
  • Subscription to a contact tracing system through your mobile phone, and in some cases using a wearable device, and bearing the costs associated with these measures
  • Negative test result is required for entry to the BVI
  • You must register on the BVI Gateway portal & upload relevant documents at least 48 hours prior to travel
  • A BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate is to be completed for travel approval & this can be accessed on the BVI Gateway portal
  • Approved travellers must present their BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate along with their negative PCR test result, at the check-in counter prior to boarding the flight into the BVI

On Arrival

  • Beef Island travelers would be directed to the newly constructed welcoming centre for screening, relaxing environment which is located before you go through immigration
  • At the screening centre, guests will do a PCR test
  • Certified Ground Transportation is mandatory from the airport to your villa – Exceptional Villas will arrange this for you

What To Expect On Island

  • For the first four days, you would be required to remain within the compound of your villa and to avoid or minimise contact with others outside of your party, as well as to keep your movement to a minimum
  • On the fourth day, you would be required to take another PCR test
  • Once the result is negative, you would be allowed isolated movement to designated places. These would be locations that are not high-traffic or high-risk. These locations are currently being coordinated by Environmental Health and other Government agencies
  • A final PCR test would be administered on Day 8 and once this test also returns negative, you would be able to move within the Territory, without limitation
  • 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

What This Means

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

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

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • A “Heath Pass” epidemiological form to be completed online
  • Guests must have secure health insurance that covers Covid-19 (we can set this up for you)

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in airport terminal

What To Expect On Island

  • Curfew/driving restrictions: 10 pm until 5 am (weekdays) and 8 pm until 5 am (Saturdays & Sundays)
  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces
  • Beaches open from 5 am until 2330 pm daily
  • From 1st November onwards, visitors from all states of the US will be granted entry to Costa Rica

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

Grenada


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Negative Covid-19 PCR test required within 7 days of travel
  • Minimum of 5-day reservation at approved accommodation for observation and quarantine
  • Visitors on day 4 have the option to get a Covid-19 PCR test to be allowed into the community or remain at the villa for the duration of your stay
  • All guests are requested to complete an online pre-travel information (including acceptance of the Waiver of Liability Agreement) and upload the relevant documentation if required (copy of negative PCR test, proof of reservation) http://covid19.gov.gd/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/HEALTH_DEC_FORM.pdf
  • Download relevant contact tracing app and register prior to travel – Ronatrac Mobile App, available on google

On Arrival

  • All travellers will undergo health screening on arrival (symptom review, temperature checks, and testing if deemed necessary)
  • You will be required to present your completed Health declaration form, a Waiver of Limited Liability Agreement form, a public health locator form, a copy of your negative Covid-19 PCR test result to immigration for verification and other required document for entry to Grenada

After Arrival

  • Guests staying at approved ‘Pure Safe travel accommodations’ hotels and resorts will not normally be tested on 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
  • All Visitors on Island will have obtained a negative Covid-19 PCR test

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

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • A Travel & Health Form to be completed online

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
  • Restaurants are open but can only accommodate customers who have made reservations
  • Beaches open from 7 am until 7 pm daily
  • Curfew from 9 pm until 5 am

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

Jamaica


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 test within 7 days prior to arrival
  • A Traveller Accommodation Form to be completed pre-travel (we will supply that)

On Arrival

  • Face coverings must be worn in the airport terminal

What To Expect On Island

  • Curfew: 11pm until 5am
  • 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 the villa staff
  • Restaurants are open for dine-in, takeaway and delivery service
  • Beaches open from 6 am until 7 pm daily.  Social distancing to be practised, face coverings not mandatory

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

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
  • 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

St Barts


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • A Health Authorisation form to be completed online (if flying via St Martin)

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

What This Means

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

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

St Lucia


Prior To Your Arrival

  • All arriving passengers 5 years and older must have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test done no more than 7 days prior to arrival in Saint Lucia. Test results should be sent to [email protected] and cc to [email protected]
  • All passengers 18 years and older must complete and submit a Travel registration form no less than 3 days before travel to Saint Lucia https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/travel-registration-form/
  • All persons 18 years and older must submit a Travel Registration Form 3 days or more before arrival. Please print and travel with a copy of the following;
    • Auto-response email that you will receive after submission
    • Your test results
    • The travel authorization letter that you will receive once your stay has been verified

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 the island

After Arrival

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

What To Expect On Island

  • Guests are required to remain on the 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

St Martin


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • A Health Authorisation form to be completed online

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
  • Beaches are open with no restrictions, but social distancing is encouraged
  • Guidelines and protocols for your villa will be provided upon your booking enquiry

What This Means

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

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
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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
  • Once the information has been uploaded you will be notified, and the reference code is emailed to you
  • Please travel with the originally submitted documents as well as the approval notification as these will need to be shown at check-in and upon arrival into TCI

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

  • There is a curfew imposed in Provo from 8 pm to 5 am
  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in public areas but is not required on the beach
  • Restaurants will close one hour prior to curfew time to allow all to get back to their accommodation/home in time

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
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US Virgin Islands


Prior To Your Arrival

  • Guests must obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 5 days of travel
  • A COVID-19 antigen (molecular/PCR/rapid) test taken, and negative result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory), OR
  • A COVID-19 antibody test taken, and positive result received (both within four months of commencement of travel to the Territory)
  • They must have completed travel documents which can be found on usvitravelportal.com, this applies to all guests and children aged five and older

On Arrival

  • You should produce your original test result and travel certification received from the portal upon arrival
  • Upon arrival into any U.S. Virgin Islands port, all travellers are subject to the Territory’s screening procedures
  • Face coverings must be worn in airport terminal

After Arrival

  • Once travellers have provided their documentation they are free to travel to their villa

What To Expect On Island

  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in public places

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

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: 13 OCTOBER 2020

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

Email: [email protected]

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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