These Caribbean countries are reopening for tourists this month

These Caribbean countries are reopening for tourists this month

As COVID-19 restrictions ease
all over the world, a few
Caribbean countries have
begun the process of
reopening to tourists for the
summer months. Each
country has instituted a series
of strict guidelines to protect
not only its citizens, but
visitors to the respective
island as well.
As a whole, the Caribbean
responded quickly to the COVID-19
pandemic and as a result, infection
numbers have remained fairly low.
Bermuda
The island of Bermuda is slated to
open its borders to tourists on July
1. In response to COVID-19,
the country has instituted a series of
protocols for travelers before arrival,
upon entry and when departing.
According to Bermuda Tourism
Authority’s press release:
Prior to departing for Bermuda,
travelers should:
Obtain a certified negative PCR
COVID-19 test within 72 hours of
departure
Ensure they
have appropriate health insurance
Wear face masks when traveling to
the departure airport
Wear face masks and
practice physical distancing at
the departure airport
Complete a traveler screening form an
card
Upon arrival, travelers should:
Wear a facemask and practice social
distancing
When departing Bermuda,
travelers should:
Pre-boarding health screening in
the form of a temperature check
will be
conducted if your destination
jurisdiction requires it.
“… Now more than ever, we believe
travelers will value our genuine
hospitality, pristine beaches and
open spaces,” said Glenn Jones,
interim CEO of the Bermuda
Tourism Authority via a press
release. “The Bermuda government’s
plan is rigorous: protecting the
health of our community, while
allowing visitors to experience our
island safely and responsibly when
they are ready to travel.”
St. Barth
The island of St-Barthélemey is
reopening to tourists on June 22.
According to a press release from
the President of the Territorial
Council, Bruno Magras, visitors will
be required to present a negative
RT-PCR COVID-19 test three days
prior to departure. For those who
can’t get a test, one will be
administered within 24 hours upon
arrival. For travelers staying more
than seven days, a second test will
be required on day seven.
Puerto Rico
As part of the four-phase reopening
plan, Puerto Rico is officially
reopening its borders to tourists on
July 15. The country has eased
restrictions for its citizens to go to
beaches, dine at restaurants and
visit retails stores (by appointment
only). Puerto Rico’s island-wide
curfew ( 10pm – 5 am) remains in
effect through June 30.
Jamaica
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
officially opened his country’s
borders to tourists on June 15.
Jamaica will be implementing “re-
entry protocols” that will factor in
the risk level of where travelers are
arriving from.
“Countries that have a similar
management and profile result for
the epidemic regarding spread,
death rate, infection prevention and
control measures, contact tracing
protocols and other such criteria
could constitute a ‘travel bubble’
that would determine the protocols
that would apply to their entry,”
said Prime Minister Holness in a
press release.
According to the press release, all
travelers entering the country “will
be encouraged to undergo testing
at the port of entry.”
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos Premier, Sharlene
Cartwright-Robinson, announced the
country would be reopening its
borders on July 22. Flights from the
US, Canada and Europe will resume
“as soon as the destination is
ready.”
The Providenciales International
Airport will also reopen on July 22.
New health and safety protocols,
which are slated to be revealed in
the coming weeks, will be enacted
and address training and personal
protective gear.
“We are eager and excited to
reopen our borders and safely
welcome travelers back to the
picturesque Turks and Caicos
Islands later this summer,” said
Pamela Ewing, Director of Tourism
for the Turks and Caicos Islands
Tourist Board via a press release.
“In the meantime, we are taking
every precaution to ensure the
Islands are safe and to enhance the
exceptional experience and care
afforded by the destination and our
world-class hospitality partners. Our
intention is to cautiously reboot the
tourism sector, laying the
foundation for short- and long-term
recovery.”
Dominican Republic
Dominican Today, an English-
language newspaper based in Santo
Domingo, reported the country will
reopen its borders to visitors on July
1.
International flights are also
scheduled to resume as part of the
fourth phase of the country’s
reopening plan. According to Travel
Pulse, not all hotels will open on
the July 1 deadline, so visitors
should confirm their respective
accommodations before landing in
the country.
St Lucia
Hiker standing at lookout towards
Gros Piton © Justin Foulkes /
Lonely Planet
St Lucia
The Minister of Tourism, Dominic
Fedee, announced that the first
phase of reopening St Lucia will
begin on June 4. The plan will lift
the ban on international flights
from the United States only.
“[The strategy], protects nationals
and visitors from the threat of
Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) through advance
testing; daily screening and
monitoring of staff and visitors;
sanitization at various points
throughout the travelers’ journey;
and new social distancing
protocols,” explains a press release
from St Lucia Tourism.
Approximately 1500 hotel rooms in
the country are preparing to open,
pending completion of the country’s
new COVID-19 certification process.
New protocols for visitors include
proof of a negative test within 48
hours of a St Lucia-bound flight;
using a face mask and practicing
social distancing upon arrival and
being subject to temperature checks
and screening by health authorities
at ports entry.
Aruba
Prime Minister Evelyn Weber-Croes
announced a tentative time frame
between June 15 – July 1 for
reopening the island.
“As a country that is heavily reliant
on tourism, we are preparing to
once again receive tourists, but will
do so only when the proper
processes are in place to ensure the
safety of visitors and our people,”
said the prime minister in a May 8
press release.
The country has instituted island-
wide protocols that “adhere to the
highest standards of health,
sanitation, and social distancing”
according to the press release.
The Bahamas
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis
announced plans for the country to
reopen its borders on July 1. The
deliberate approach will be based
entirely on the number of
COVID-19 infections in the
country.
“We are looking at a possible date
for commercial travel on or before
July 1 of this year,” the prime
minister explained, according to the
Tribune News – a Bahamian news
organization. “These dates may
change depending on the
circumstance. I want to repeat,
however, that this date is not final.
It will be adjusted if we see a
deterioration of the COVID-19
infection trends or if we
determine that the protocols and
procedures are not in place
sufficiently to warrant this
opening.”
Carlisle Bay Beach at Antigua
Idyllic tropical Carlisle Bay Beach
with white sand, turquoise ocean
water and blue sky on the island of
Antigua is stunning © BlueOrange
Studio / Shutterstock
Antigua and Barbuda
The country welcomed its first
international tourists on June 4 via
an American Airlines flight from
Miami.
According to The Antigua Observer,
four of they 147 passengers “are
being quarantined at a government-
designated facility.” Others
passengers have opted to
quarantine at home or other resorts
on the island.
“Those who will be quarantined
either at home or a cottage near to
their home will be monitored by
health officials. This is something
we have done before, but in this
case, it will be ramped up,” Tourism
Minister Charles Fernandez told the
Observer.
500px Photo ID: 92136699 –
Nothing like the bright blue ocean
at Carriacou in Grenada ©
Petronella Pieprz / 500px
Grenada
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell
announced tentative plans to
reopen the country in June.
“We collectively agreed to start
gradually relaxing the restrictions
for travel, as the pandemic in the
region has been largely contained,”
the prime minister said in an article
posted in the Caribbean Journal.
“Governments, airlines and hotels
are now finalising the details of the
phased re-opening. Assuming the
requisite protocols are in place, we
expect to open our borders in the
first week of June.”
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands will reopen
to “leisure travelers” on June 1.
“We did not want to rush to reopen
in reaction to what other
destinations are doing. Instead, we
have engaged in data-driven, risk-
based analysis, in conjunction with
the Virgin Islands Department of
Health and federal guidance from
the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and other stakeholders,”
says Commissioner of Tourism
Joseph Boschulte via a press
release.
According to Boschulte, a series of
new health and safety guidelines
has been instituted for USVI
Tourism.
Flights
Delta Air Lines announced June
flights to Aruba; Bermuda; Bonaire;
Kingston and Montego Bay,
Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Turks
and Caicos; Punta Canan and Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic; San
Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix; St.
Maarten and St. Thomas. However,
approval by those governments is
still pending.

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