Caribbean Travel Advice

Antigua:

The following measures apply to travellers to Antigua and Barbuda regardless of vaccination status:

  • All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight. Only tests administered by health care professionals are valid. Home tests are not permitted.
  • Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals. Passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subject to temperature checks by Port Health Authorities. Arriving passengers who are allowed to stay in their private homes or at a government facility will be required to wear a monitoring bracelet according to the Quarantine Authority regulations.
  • Additional measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature, travel history checks, a check on whether your accommodation is on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List, and completion of a Health Declaration Form. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.
  • On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Antigua and Barbuda advise that all arrivals will be monitored for coronavirus for up to 14 days and that ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

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Barbados:

  • All travellers from the UK must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 3 days in advance of your flight’s arrival. Please note that the test can be taken at any time during the day 3 days prior to the date of your arrival in Barbados. (For example, if your flight arrives at 10pm on Saturday, you can take a test at any time on the Wednesday prior to this.) You should check the protocols to confirm and understand all requirements. Relevant test accrediting bodies and standards authorities include: ISO 15189, CAP, UKAS or the equivalent.
  • All passengers are also required to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel, to which they should upload their negative test result via www.travelform.gov.bb. The BIMSafe app can also be used.

Quarantine for unvaccinated arrivals

  • On arrival, you will be quarantined at approved facilities (a designated holding hotel, approved villa or a government facility at your own expense).
  • You will be required to undergo a second PCR test 5 days after arrival.
  • You will need to remain in your hotel room and may be required to wear an electronic tracking bracelet until you receive the results of your second test. If the result of that second test is negative, you will not be subject to further quarantine. The government aims to return results within 48 hours. Return times can sometimes be longer than this. See the Barbados Travel Protocols for further details.

Quarantine for vaccinated arrivals

  • On arrival, you will undergo a rapid PCR test either at the airport or at your government-approved accommodation. You will need to remain on the premises of your accommodation and follow the quarantine rules until you receive the results of your second test. The government aims to return results within 24 hours but it is recommended that you book two nights’ accommodation. See the Barbados Travel Protocols for further details.
  • If the result of that second test is negative, you will not be subject to further quarantine.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 at any point during your stay in Barbados, you will be required to self-isolate. You will first be transferred to the government isolation facility for 24 hours. You can then request to self-isolate at your hotel, apartment or villa, or government approved isolation property under strict stipulations that must be signed and adhered to. This will be at your own expense for non-nationals and non-residents. You will need to remain at your designated accommodation until the Barbadian authorities are satisfied that you have recovered. This may mean a mandatory stay of several weeks in Barbados. Upon recovery, tourists can continue their holiday or return home. See the Barbados Travel Protocols for full details of isolation options, facilities and requirements.
  • If you are deemed to have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, you will be required to quarantine at approved facilities. See Barbados Travel Protocols for full details.
  • You can find full and definitive details of the protocols at Visit Barbados website and are advised to read and understand the requirements carefully before departure.
  • You should monitor the Visit Barbados website website on a regular basis as the Government of Barbados may change the requirements without notice.

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Cuba:

The following measures apply to travellers to Cuba regardless of vaccination status:

Everyone travelling to Cuba must have certified proof of a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel at an accredited testing centre in the UK or the country you are travelling from. Children are not exempt. You should not use the NHS testing services to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. You will still be given a PCR test on arrival in Cuba.

Everyone has to complete a Health Declaration (with the address of where they will be staying) and have a PCR test.

Screening and quarantine

  • Tourists arriving on holiday charter flights will be given a PCR test on arrival. You will then be transferred to their hotels, and will be briefed on isolation rules there and further medical checks or testing at the hotel.
  • Non-residents will be given a PCR test on arrival and will have to stay at a designated isolation centre (may be a hotel) until they have a second negative PCR test (the test may be on fifth day). The costs of the stay, test(s) and transport to and from the accommodation have to be paid by you, by credit card. It is recommended to bring cash in case your credit card does not work.
  • Cuban nationals will also have to stay in a designated isolation centre until their second negative PCR test result. As will foreign residents of Cuba. The designated place of isolation for foreign residents will be specified by the relevant Ministry, e.g. MINCEX in the case of foreign business officials, MINREX for foreign media, and Ministry of Higher Education (MES) for foreign students.
  • If your first PCR test is positive (even if you arrived with a certificate of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your departure to Cuba) you will have to go into hospital or centre being run by Ministry of Public Health.
  • The costs of the stay in hospital or centre (and any medication) must be paid by credit card when discharged, or payment will need to be arranged directly by your travel insurance company. As a contingency, it is worth bringing cash (GBP, US Dollars or Euros) to settle the bill (a rough guide is £160 per day).

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Dominic Republic:

The following measures apply to travellers to the Dominic Republic regardless of vaccination status:

Passengers from the UK, Brazil and South Africa, including those who have travelled via a third country, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival.

All passengers will have their temperature tested. The Dominican authorities will administer a rapid diagnostic breath test to a percentage of randomly-selected passengers on arrival. Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms will also be tested. Passengers may be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test. If a passenger tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate in an authorised location.

You should comply with additional screening and other social distancing measures put in place by the authorities and follow instructions from the airport authorities.

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Grenada:

All travellers over the age of 5 are required to have a negative PCR test taken within 3 days (72 hours) of travel to Grenada.

People providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test, administered on entry, and paid in advance. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.

The Government of Grenada’s entry health protocols means that all travellers must pre-book approved accommodation for quarantine on arrival, pre-pay for COVID test, apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and obtain a negative COVID PCR test result within 3 days of travel. Link to full details is on Ministry of Health website. These rules are subject to change and should be checked regularly. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Testing/screening and quarantine on arrival

All arrivals need to comply with the regularly updated entry health protocols including testing and quarantine. Full details are available on the Ministry of Health website.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

If you live in England, Grenada will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You cannot use a handwritten NHS COVID card as proof of vaccination for travel purposes.

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Jamaica:

The following measures apply to travellers to Jamaica regardless of vaccination status:

  • Before checking in for a flight to Jamaica, you must get authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website;
  • All travellers from 12 years and upwards arriving in Jamaica must present a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test, which was conducted within 72 hours before the date of travel;
  • Business travellers must submit a negative COVID-19 test and be subject to testing on arrival (which they will need to pay for);
  • All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the airport.
  • You will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If you are fully vaccinated this is reduced to 8 days.

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St. Kitts and Nevis:

With effect until 3 June travellers from the UK are not allowed to enter St Kitts and Nevis. Once the advisory has been lifted, vaccinated travellers from the UK (those who can satisfactorily demonstrate that they have received two anti-COVID doses approved by the WHO more than 14 days previously) will be able to leave quarantine after ten days once negative PCR tests have been received. Non-vaccinated travellers from the UK will be required to quarantine inside their hotel room for the duration of their stay or mandatory 14-day quarantine. Whilst in quarantine, visitors will not be allowed to move freely around their hotel.

Travellers should regularly check the St. Kitts Tourism Authority websites St.Kitts Tourism and Nevis Tourism Authority for updates and information on pre-travel authorisation, documentation required, permitted hotels and other travel requirements. Changes may take effect at short notice.

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St. Lucia:

Testing and Quarantine requirements on arrival

  • All travellers must complete a Pre-Arrival registration form prior to arrival to St Lucia which can be found on the St Lucia COVID-19 page. Reservations for either a Government operated quarantine facility or a COVID-19 certified property must be confirmed before travel.
  • Pre-testing prior to travel is now mandatory. All travellers must provide certified proof of a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) COVID-19 test taken five days or less before travel to St Lucia. Passengers will be refused boarding if they do not have proof of a negative test. You will need to check with an accredited healthcare provider in the UK or your country you are travelling from for PCR testing options. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
  • All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport. All passengers will advance through immigration, baggage claim, customs and, except those from the Travel Bubble, arrivals for transportation to their COVID-19 certified property or Government operated quarantine facility.

Quarantine requirements

  • All returning residents are required to quarantine for 14 days at a Government operated quarantine facility or a COVID-19 certified property.
  • All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for 14 days.
  • Any symptomatic passengers will be isolated and tested and required to remain in quarantine/isolation at your hotel or Government operated quarantine facility until the test result is obtained. If the test is positive all visitors and nationals will be transferred to a treatment facility until they receive two negative test results and are clinically stable.

Lifting of Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Persons

Persons who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to go into quarantine on arrival. Persons must have received their second dose 14 days prior to arrival on the island. This provision is valid from 31 May 2021 to 30 June 2021. All other protocols must be adhered to such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Complete list of protocols are on https://www.stlucia.org/en_UK/

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

If you live in England, Saint Lucia will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You should not use your NHS vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status.

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Trinidad and Tobago:

The Trinidad and Tobago government have closed its borders to all international flights indefinitely.

British nationals wishing to enter or depart from Trinidad and Tobago via other available options must first obtain an exemption to do so from Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of National Security via an online application. You must also provide a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, which was taken within 72 hours of arrival into the country and follow local advice.

Travellers entering Trinidad and Tobago who have been in the UK in the 14 days prior to arrival:

  • Travellers in this category will need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel and on arrival will be required to be placed in state quarantine or state supervised quarantine for a 14-day period.
  • Nationals arriving into Trinidad and Tobago from outside the UK will be required to be placed in state quarantine, or state-supervised quarantine for a 7 day period followed by seven day period of home isolation. You will be tested on the sixth day of your quarantine and released to home isolation once you test negative.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago authorities will seek to prosecute people who breach COVID-19 protocols, including those who break quarantine protocols, which may result in a fine and/or a prison sentence.

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