Caribbean Travel Requirements – January 08, 2022 COVID-19 Update

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another over the past two years as it continues to spread worldwide. Here is a COVID-19 update on how it has affected us and an update on what to expect when traveling to the Caribbean islands. 

About COVID-19 – It first appeared in Wuhan, China 2 years ago on December 01, 2019 and the highly infectious virus rapidly spread throughout the world in 2020 and 2021. According to Worldometer, as at January 08, 2022, there have been 303,944,870 reported cases and the death toll now stands at 5,499,010 COVID-19 related deaths to date. The countries with the highest number of cases and COVID-19 related deaths to date are United States, India and Brazil.

COVID-19 World Statistics Update - January 08, 2022
Data Source: Worldometer

COVID-19 Response – The global response included implementation of laws to restrict gatherings to limit contact, social distancing, wearing of face masks. For many countries schools, businesses and all economic activity were initially closed and important events such as festivals and Carnivals were cancelled, rescheduled or postponed for obvious health and safety concerns. The travel industry was also severely affected as countries borders were closed, airlines and cruises grounded and travel grinded to a halt in many cases due to travel restrictions and bans. 

As time has progressed, many countries have taken managed measures to reopen their countries amid the rampant spread of the virus and emergence of new variants. While cases continue to increase countries are trying to cope and adjust to “the new normal”.

Vaccination Update – After many trials and a race for a vaccine, several pharmaceutical companies developed vaccines. Companies such as Pfizer-BioNTech, The University of Oxford and Astra-Zeneca and Moderna have developed vaccines which require 2 doses. Johnson & Johnson has developed a single dose vaccine. Several vaccine trials have taken place and vaccines are now being rolled out on a global scale. Booster shots are also now being administered to specific populations. As at December 17, 2021, as reported by Our World In Data, 59.1% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 9.4 billion doses have been administered globally and 29.8 million are now administered each day.

Covid-19 Update Caribbean

The good news is the Caribbean islands have reopened their borders and are welcoming visitors again with some health restrictions. As more people become vaccinated several countries have also revised their travel protocols in favor of vaccinated travelers. Here is an update on the travel requirements for visiting  Jamaica, BahamasTrinidad and Tobago, ArubaBarbadosMontserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominican Republic:

Travel to Jamaica – Updated Travel Restrictions

Jamaica COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

Jamaica COVID-19 Update

As of  January 08, 2022 Jamaica has confirmed a total of 99,463 COVID-19 cases and 2,489 related deaths. This is the country with highest number of cases in the English-Speaking Caribbean. 

All travelers to Jamaica, 12 years of age and over are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight to Jamaica. The date of the sample collection must be within 3 days of the travel date.

All persons arriving in Jamaica will also be subject to a quarantine order according to the assigned traveler category.

The risk-based testing and quarantine protocols differ among the following four categories of passengers:

  1. Residents – Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica.
  2. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes staying within the “resilient corridor
  3. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes
  4. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”

RESIDENTS – Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica

Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica may be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk as a result of exhibiting symptoms, exposure to persons who have tested positive, belonging to a high-risk group or other risk factors.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers that present a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of departure to Jamaica will not be required to quarantine on arrival. Otherwise they will be placed under a Home Quarantine measure for a period of 8 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

Persons that are not vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will be placed under the Home Quarantine measure for a period of 14 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

NON-RESIDENTS – Persons visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation or outside the resilient corridors at approved Covid-19 compliant JTB licensed accommodations

On arrival in Jamaica, travellers will undergo a health screening and risk assessment and may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility.

NON-RESIDENTS – Visiting Jamaica for business purposes

All persons visiting Jamaica for business purposes are required to do a COVID-19 PCR test with a sample taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing at the airport on arrival. Please note that this is in addition to the pre-test prior to departure. Business travellers will be required to pay for the test to be conducted on arrival.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers that present a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of departure to Jamaica will not be required to quarantine on arrival.

For those travellers not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, if the test is negative, they would be released from quarantine but remain under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers” measure for the duration of their stay.

NON-RESIDENTS – visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”

Based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, persons may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers that present a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of departure to Jamaica will not be required to quarantine on arrival. Persons that are not vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will be placed under a Quarantine measure at their intended accommodation for a period of 14 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

Travel Restrictions as a Result of Omicron Lifted

Travel restrictions implemented in November 2021 as a result of the Omicron variant have been lifted.

All travelers to Jamaica are reminded that the Government of Jamaica Controlled Entry Programme protocols must be observed at all times.

Jamaica’s COVID-19 Travel Resource Centre provides detailed information for travel to the island.

Visit here for more general information about the COVID-19 in Jamaica:

Ministry of Health and Wellness

Ministry of Tourism

Travel to Bahamas – Updated Travel Restrictions

Bahamas COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

Effective 27 December, 2021, any person presenting test results older than three days (72 hours) will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

VACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Effective 27 December, 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling to The Bahamas from other countries will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Please Note: The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travellers, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Rapid Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for fully vaccinated persons.
  • Effective 27 December, 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling inter-island (domestic) within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Effective 27 December, 2021, unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, entering The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Test (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA) test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.
  • Effective 27 December, 2021, children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Please Note: The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for children ages 2-11, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Rapid Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for this age group.
  • Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements
  • Effective 27 December, 2021, non-vaccinated persons travelling inter-island within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel, and present to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are travelling.

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19  test, all persons travelling to The Bahamas, with the exception of Bahamian citizens and residents, are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa on the Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application Website.

As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee.

The Travel Health Visa is also no longer required for inter-island travel within The Bahamas.

As of 13 December, 2021, the Travel Health Visa requirement for citizens and residents was discontinued. Instead, Bahamian citizens and residents are required to present a negative COVID-19 test at check in prior to departure.

As of January 08, 2022, The Bahamas has recorded a total of 27,122 COVID-19 cases and 717 related deaths. 

Persons wishing to travel to Bahamas can visit the COVID-19 Travel Requirements page for all requirements to travel to Bahamas.

Visit here for some more information about the COVID-19 in the Bahamas:

Ministry of Health

Bahamas COVID-19 Information Page

US Embassy in the Bahamas

Travel to Trinidad and Tobago – Updated Travel Restrictions

Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

Travel Restrictions as a Result of Omicron Lifted

Effective January 07, 2022 Trinidad and Tobago has lifted a previously imposed ban on travel for most individuals entering from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The restrictions were put in place due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Travelers from those countries must now follow the same requirements that apply to persons entering from other countries.

Non-Nationals (persons who are not Citizens or Permanent Residents of Trinidad and Tobago)

All persons who:

• are not citizens or permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago and

• have visited the countries listed above within a fourteen (14) day time period of their arrival in Trinidad and Tobago will NOT be allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago at this time.

Nationals (Citizens and Permanent Residents of Trinidad and Tobago)

While all Trinidad and Tobago citizens and permanent residents who have visited the countries listed above, within a fourteen (14) day time period of their arrival in Trinidad and Tobago, will be allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago, they will require a mandatory state-supervised quarantine of no less than 14 days.

Current Travel Categories

Trinidad and Tobago officially reopened its borders to international travel on July 17, 2021 with international flights allowed into Trinidad only. The entry requirements are as follows:

Three categories of people are allowed entry:

  • Category 1 – fully vaccinated citizens or legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Category 2 – unvaccinated citizens or legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Category 3 – other persons unvaccinated

At this time non-nationals who are unvaccinated will not be allowed to enter the country.

Citizens who are fully vaccinated will be allowed entry having shown proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours or less before arrival.

These citizens will not be required to quarantine.

Children with vaccinated parents will also be allowed to go home.

A fully vaccinated person is defined as someone who has received the required number of doses of a WHO-approved vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the final dose has been administered.

A citizen who is not vaccinated must go into state-supervised quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

These individuals must also show a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.
The Prime Minister added that a digitalized system in the form of an app will be used to allow people to submit their personal information.

Trinidad and Tobago has instituted a TT Travel Pass which is a mandatory requirement for all travelers entering the country. All travelers must enter travel, COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 test information to acquire a TT Travel Pass online  before being allowed to enter the country. 

Trinidad and Tobago’s borders were previously closed effective midnight March 22, 2020.

Vaccine Combinations Allowed

The approved COVID-19 vaccines and combinations allowed for entry of non-nationals into the country are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech – Approved December 31, 2020
  •  AstraZeneca  – Approved February 15, 2021
  •  Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) – Approved March 12, 2021
  • Moderna-NIAID – Approved April 30, 2021
  • Sinopharm BIBP – Approved May 7, 2021
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac – Approved June 1, 2021
  • First dose AstraZeneca and second dose Pfizer-BioNTech – Approved June 15, 2021
  • First dose AstraZeneca and second dose Moderna-NIAID – Approved July 30, 2021

The country’s current State of Emergency was discontinued on November 17, 2021. The pandemic continues to be managed under the Public Health Regulations.

Persons are encouraged to stay at home as far as possible as the country’s community spread of COVID-19 is continuing to increase. Restrictions which are still in place include:

  • Continued closure of teaching institutions. Face-to-face instruction only allowed for 4th – 6th Form Secondary School students. Online learning continues for all other levels
  • Continued closure of daycare and other childcare facilities
  • Mandatory use of face mask for persons over the age of 8

As of January 08, 2022, Trinidad and Tobago has recorded a total of 96,070  COVID-19 cases and 3,010 related deaths. 

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

Find more information about the COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago here: 

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Communications

Loop TT

Travel to Aruba – COVID-19 Update

Aruba COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

As of December 01, 2021 Aruba has closed its borders to South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. This is due to the detection of the Omicron variant in these countries.

As of January 08, 2022, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Aruba is 26,166 with the related death toll now standing at 181. 

Travel to Aruba is now open to most countries. Travel from Brazil, India and South Africa is allowed once again. Travel from Venezuela is still not permitted since prior to the pandemic. 

Travelers are required to complete an online immigration (ED) card
as well as purchase mandatory COVID-19 health insurance prior to travel. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival is also required. Travelers who do not provide a negative COVID-19 PCR prior to arrival must test upon arrival at the airport and isolate in their hotel until they receive a negative test result.

Mandatory requirements for travel to Aruba were updated effective December 29, 2021. The Aruba government has also temporarily suspended the option for providing proof of vaccination, effective August 01, 2021.

The following safety measures have been added:

  • Curfew no longer in effect 

  • All establishments are required to close by 1:00 am at the latest. This is not applicable for establishments at hotel properties. Closing times per hotel may differ, please check with your hotel for more information. Casinos must close by 2:00 am at the latest.

  • Seating at restaurants is a maximum of eight per table (excluding children under the age of 12), both indoor and outdoor. Tables must be at least 1.5 m apart.

  • All bars, rum shops, nightclubs and restaurants can serve at tables only. For bars & rum shops maximum seating is four persons per table, indoor and outdoor.
  • Live background music permitted with a maximum of five musicians. Only “Satellite dancing” is permitted (dancing next to your table). This also applies to hotel and resort properties.
  • An alcohol ban is temporarily in effect in certain public places in Aruba. Hotel guests can order alcoholic beverages on the beach as long as they stay on the hotel property, and can bring their beverages to their palapa or beach chair as long as they order from the hotel bar. Alcoholic beverages can still be enjoyed at beach bars or restaurants not affiliated with a hotel, as long as patrons stay within the grounds of the establishment. It is currently prohibited to consume alcohol on any other beaches, parking lots, parks, or in any public place unless it is a licensed establishment.

  • There are restricted zones that are off-limits between the hours of 7:00 pm and 5:00 am. Restricted zones include all beaches and public parking lots.

  • No groups over eight people are allowed to form in public spaces unless the group consists of a family from the same household. This includes gatherings on the beach.

  • Social gatherings or parties allowed with a maximum of 150 persons inside or 250 persons outside and social distancing of 1.5m.

Wearing a mask is mandatory at specific places in Aruba by government regulation. Visitors and locals alike are expected to have a mask with them at all times to use in the mandated locations indicated below, as well as any other instances where social distancing is not possible. 

  • All inbound visitors ages 15 and older must wear a mask during flight to Aruba and in the airport in Aruba
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory in any indoor public space

The mental health hotline for anyone feeling overwhelmed and going through stress and anxiety can speak directly to a psychologist remains. It is open from 2 pm to 10 pm.

Find more information about the COVID-19 in Aruba here: 

Visit Aruba

Aruba News

Barbados Travel Requirements Update

Barbados COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

Barbados has updated its Travel Guidelines and Protocols  effective January 06, 2022. Updates include acceptance of 1-day rapid PCR tests, removal of mandatory second test for fully vaccinated travelers and removal of countries of special consideration.

Acceptance of Rapid COVID-19 PCR Tests

Effective January 7, 2022, travellers are permitted to travel to Barbados with a valid negative Rapid COVID-19 PCR test result done within 1 day prior to arrival in Barbados OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result done within 3 days prior to arrival.

Accepted tests include tests which were taken at an accredited or recognized laboratory by a healthcare provider via a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both). LAMP tests, self-administered tests or home kits and tests using saliva samples will NOT be accepted

Removal of Mandatory Second Test for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Fully vaccinated travelers to Barbados with a valid negative pre-flight COVID-19 PCR test result will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in the island. However, the Chief Medical Officer reserves the right to request COVID-19 testing of any traveler and to quarantine them if required.  

Removal of Countries of Special Consideration

The List of Countries of special consideration has been discontinued.

The visa entry requirements for nationals of India, Brazil and South Africa seeking to travel to Barbados has also been discontinued. Persons holding passports from these countries are no longer required to apply for entry visas from the Barbados Immigration Department.

All Travelers

All travelers must complete the Barbados Online Immigration/Customs Form and submit 24 hours prior to travel. It is mandatory for all travelers to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility / laboratory within 3 days or  Rapid COVID-19 PCR test result done within 1 day prior to arrival in Barbados.

The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have travelled from or transited through countries of special consideration within the 21 day period immediately prior to arrival, will determine which protocols apply.

The following remains in place:

Nonvaccinated persons will be subject to 5 days quarantine before their second PCR test and will only be allowed to move freely after the return of their negative result. Totaling approximately 7-8 days inclusive of quarantine.

ALL travelers must travel with a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR test result.

With specific reference to the type of PCR test required and accepted for entry into Barbados:

Specific Requirements:

  • The specimen taken must be a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) taken by a healthcare provider
  • The sample must be taken within 3 days prior to arrival or  Rapid COVID-19 PCR test result done within 1 day prior to arrival in Barbados.
  • The laboratory performing the test must be an accredited, certified or recognized facility

Please note that the following will NOT be accepted:

  • Nasal swab samples
  • Saliva samples
  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits

Travelers are also encouraged to download the BIMSafe app from Google Play or the Apple Store prior to travel. The app will allow visitors to complete their online ED form, upload negative COVID-19 PCR test results and complete their health questionnaire, all from one centralized place. The App also provides capabilities for monitoring temperature and symptoms during the 7 days after a traveler’s arrival. View the updated Travel Guidelines and Protocols for more details on the BIMSafe app.

As of January 08, 2022, Barbados has reported a total of 31,004 COVID-19 cases and  the related death toll is now 265.

Find more information about the COVID-19 in Barbados here: 

Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados Today

Loop News Barbados

Travel to Montserrat – Travel Protocols Update

Montserrat COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

Montserrat has updated its Travel Protocols effective October 01, 2021.

Presently persons allowed to travel to Montserrat is restricted to Montserratians and several specific categories of persons as outlined in the Updated Travel Protocols.

Before travelling to Montserrat ensure you:

  • Confirm your accommodation
  • Get Tested. A negative COVID-19 PCR Test/RNA Test taken no earlier than 5 days prior to travel is required for persons 5 years and older.
  • The Access Declaration Form must be completed and submitted at least 72 hours prior to the expected date of arrival. 
  • Only air travel is permitted via Fly Montserrat or SVG Air. All persons must wear a mask or face covering on the aircraft and while being processed at the airport.

Full details can be viewed at Montserrat Updated Travel Protocols.

As of January 08, 2022 the the total number of positive cases in Montserrat is now 110 with only 1 fatality reported in April 2020. There are currently 62 active cases on the island. 

Here are some useful links to get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Montserrat:

The Montserrat Reporter 

Government of Montserrat Website

Updated Travel Protocols for St Kitts and Nevis 

St. Kitts and Nevis COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

St. Kitts and Nevis has updated its Health and Travel Protocols effective December 11, 2021. The Federation is observing a phased reopening with specific entry and travel requirements to be maintained by visitors.

Currently, only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry into St. Kitts & Nevis. Exemptions for Citizens, Residents, and non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully-vaccinated parents or guardians.

A traveler is considered fully vaccinated, 14 days after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinovac or Sinopharm) or two weeks after the traveler has received a single dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson’s/Janssen). As of July 12, St. Kitts & Nevis accepts a mixed vaccine doses of two dose regimens of AstraZeneca/Oxford, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Sinovac and Sinopharm.

All travelers must submit a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken 72 hours prior to travel, along with the required embarkation form, and all other supporting documentation. An embarkation form is required regardless of age. Forms must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to travel.

Please note, acceptable COVID-19 PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal sample. Self-samples, rapid tests, or home tests will be considered invalid.

Fully vaccinated travelers are required to submit a copy of their official Vaccination Record card including dates when doses were administered.

Visit knatravelform.kn to access the form, upload your test results, and Vaccination Record card details as required.

Travelers are currently required to complete and  submit the St. Kitts and Nevis Online Immigration/ Customs Form to seek approval for entry. 

A detailed list of travel requirements is available on St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism website.

While it is the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere, the Federation has one of the highest testing rates among CARICOM nations and in the Eastern Caribbean and uses only the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which is the gold standard of testing.

As of January 08, 2022 the total number of COVID-19 cases in St. Kitts and Nevis is now 3,904 with the reported COVID-19 related deaths still standing at 28 to date. 

St. Kitts & Nevis was the last country in the Americas to confirm a case of the virus.

Here are some useful links to get the latest updates on COVID-19 in St Kitts and Nevis:

Ministry of Health

The St Kitts Nevis Observer

SKN Vibes

Antigua and Barbuda – Updated Travel Requirements

Antigua and Barbuda COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

As of January 08, 2022 Antigua and Barbuda has reported a total of 4,715 COVID-19 cases and the related death toll is now 119. There are currently 499 active cases on the islands. 

Updated Travel Requirements

ALL arriving passengers including returning nationals and residents are required to present verifiable documentation of full vaccination using the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or a single dose vaccine to be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda. Children below the age of eighteen (18) years arriving at a port of entry are exempted from this requirement.

Fully vaccinated arriving passengers can present an RT PCR test negative result of four (4) days or fewer from date of testing, OR an approved Rapid Antigen test negative result of four (4) days or fewer from date of testing to be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda. This includes transiting passengers. Only tests using nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal specimens/swabs are accepted. Home tests, self-administered tests and those using saliva samples are not accepted. The list of approved Rapid Antigen tests is provided Here.

Fully vaccinated passengers with valid SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) Rapid Antigen Test negative results may be required to submit to an RT PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival at their own expense. Instructions on permissible activities while awaiting results will be provided by Port Health officials.

Unvaccinated minors between the ages of five and eighteen years old must present a negative RT PCR test/ Rapid Antigen test of four (4) days or fewer from the date of testing. Unvaccinated minors who are not staying at a certified resort/accommodation (Airbnb)) will be required to quarantine at home for a period of fourteen (14) days.

Children below the age of five (5) years entering Antigua and Barbuda, DO NOT REQUIRE a COVID -19 RT-PCR test.

Fully vaccinated passengers entering Antigua and Barbuda who can present verifiable documentation that they have received both doses of a World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or one dose of a single dose COVID 19 vaccine and have a COVID-19 RT-PCR/ approved Rapid Antigen negative test result will be allowed to stay at bio-safe/certified accommodation/yacht. At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the FULL vaccine dosage.

Fully vaccinated returning nationals and residents who can present verifiable documentation that they have received both doses of a WHO or MOHWE approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or one dose of a single dose COVID 19 vaccine and have a COVID-19 RT-PCR/ approved Rapid Antigen test negative result will not be required to quarantine. At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the FULL vaccine dosage.

Persons quarantined at a government-approved facility for a period of fourteen (14) days will do so for a fee not exceeding EC$82.00 per night.

Arriving passengers who are permitted to quarantine at home or instructed to stay at a government quarantine facility may be required to wear a monitoring bracelet according to the Quarantine Authority regulations.

Passengers who arrive without COVID 19 test results, with results from incorrect COVID 19 test assays, or Rapid Antigen Test results of four (4) days or fewer from the testing date will be charged the cost of administering the required RT PCR test assay. The fee is US$100.00 for non-nationals.

The approved vaccines are listed below:

  • AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Covishield
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Moderna (Pikevax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Sputnik V

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s National Covid-19 Vaccination Technical Working Group, has approved the mixing of the AstraZeneca vaccine with either Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

The Ministry of Health and The Environment states that visitors who have had mixed doses of vaccines as noted above will be able to enter the country.

Visitors may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities.

Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.

The wearing of a face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to. Therefore, all passengers arriving in Antigua and Barbuda must wear a face mask on disembarkation, while on the airport compound, and in all public places.

All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form which will be distributed on the plane and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health Authorities upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.

Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID 19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities.

Transiting passengers/Crew members who require an overnight stay will be required to proceed to a hotel or government-designated facility to await departure.

All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services entering the waters of Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Antigua Port Authority, using VHF Channel 16, at least six (6) hours prior to arrival. Instructions will be given to guide the crafts to either the Nevis Street Pier or to a holding area.

A detailed list of requirements outlining protocols for persons wishing to travel to Antigua and Barbuda can be found at Updated Travel Advisory.

Here are some useful links to get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda:

Antigua and Barbuda government information services

US Embassy in Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and OECS COVID-19 Information

Travel to Dominican Republic – COVID-19 Update

Dominican Republic COVID-19 Dashboard - January 08, 2022 Update
Data Source: Worldometer

The Dominican Republic is currently the second  most affected country in the Caribbean region after Cuba. As of January 08, 2022 it has reported a total of 444,985 COVID-19 cases and 4,252 related deaths. 

Most travelers (for example, from United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Puerto Rico, etc.) do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to enter the Dominican Republic. Airports and other ports of entry will perform a quick, aleatory breath test to a percentage 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 a vaccination card no less than 3 weeks after the last dose was placed or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempted from the random test. All passengers will also need to perform a temperature check. Passengers who present symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and attended at authorized 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.

Note: It is not required to present the vaccination card upon arrival in the Dominican Republic, to enter the resorts, establishments and tourist transportation regulated by the Ministry of Tourism. However, it is required to present the vaccination card with 2 doses of the vaccine applied or PCR test performed at least 7 days before to enter establishments outside the hotels and tourism complexes. Therefore, visitors over 12 years of age must carry their vaccination card with them to leave the tourism complexes or resorts.  See more details in “CURRENT MEASURES FOR ALL SECTORS REGULATED BY THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND THE CIVIL AVIATION BOARD“.

Passports: All foreign citizens who enter the Dominican Republic, exclusively for tourism purposes, must have a valid passport during their stay and departure from the country. This exceptional measure is valid until July 31, 2022.

A detailed description of travel requirements for the Dominican Republic updates as of December 21, 2021 can be viewed at its Latest Updates page.

Here are some useful links to get latest updates on coronavirus in the Dominican Republic:

Ministry of Public Health

Additional information on COVID-19 and its impact on the region can be sourced at:

The Caribbean Public Health Agency 

Centre for Disease Control (CDC) 

The Caribbean is open for travel and welcomes travelers from across the globe, however, in order to safeguard your health and the health of the residents on the islands please check the COVID-19 protocols for the island you wish to travel to. Enjoy your vacation and stay safe

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