Caribbean Travel Advice

Antigua:

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

Pre-arrival requirements

All passengers five 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.

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 on arrival

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.

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Barbados:

Entry to Barbados

Barbados has published travel protocols setting out its entry requirements in relation to COVID-19. Visit the Visit Barbados website for full details. You should read these before your departure and monitor the pages on a regular basis as the requirements may change at short notice. Masks should be worn at all times during your travel to Barbados and your passage through the airport. Social distancing and hygiene protocols are in place.

Arrive with a COVID 19 negative test

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 Travel Form. The BIMSafe app can also be used.

If you arrive in Barbados from the UK without a valid negative PCR test, you may be denied entry to the country. 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. On arrival all passengers are also subject to a health screen.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

Barbados will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

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

From 8 May a new protocol is in place for fully vaccinated individuals (2 doses administered more than 14 days prior to arrival) who have not visited high risk countries including India, South Africa or Brazil in the previous 21 days.

Details of what the Barbadian authorities will accept as proof of vaccination can be found on page 6 of the Barbados Travel Protocols. If you are able to provide sufficient proof that you have been vaccinated then you will be treated as if you are unvaccinated.

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.

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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:

Effective 31 July only fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed entry into Grenada with some exemptions. Please refer to the exemption list here for more details. Persons 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. One is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine. Children 13 years and under, traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians, can quarantine with them for up to 48 hours. Unvaccinated minors between 14 and 18 years old can travel to Grenada with their vaccinated guardians. The entire travel party will be treated as unvaccinated and required to quarantine for up to 7 days.

The Government of Grenada’s entry health protocols mean 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:

  • BEFORE GOING TO JAMAICA (5 DAYS BEFORE) – https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/
  • All passengers arriving in JAMAICA must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, NAA, RNA or Antigen test fit to fly) conducted within 72 hours before the date of travel.
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  • 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.
    If you are fully vaccinated and do not wish to quarantine for 8 days, you may choose to take a PCR test when you land in Jamaica to release you from the quarantine order.

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St. Kitts and Nevis:

A travel advisory is in place. Travellers from the UK are currently not allowed to enter St Kitts and Nevis. Once the advisory has been lifted, all travellers from the UK must have received two doses of the COVID vaccine and submit online notification to the St Kitts and Nevis authorities.

Fully vaccinated travellers will be asked to “Vacation in Place” at a Travel Approved hotel for a period. Check the latest guidelines on the St Kitts Tourism website.

Visitors will be able to leave quarantine after 5 days once negative PCR tests have been received. Whilst in quarantine, visitors will not be allowed to move freely around their hotel.

Vaccinated parents travelling with a non-vaccinated child under 18 will not be allowed to integrate into St Kitts and Nevis until PCR tests for the child taken on day 14 have come back negative.

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.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

St Kitts and Nevis has not yet confirmed that it will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You should follow the entry rules for unvaccinated people. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.

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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 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, St Lucia will accept the NHS COVID Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, St Lucia will accept your respective NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

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Trinidad and Tobago:

All travellers from the UK must present on arrival a valid negative NASOPHARYNGEAL (nasal swab) RT-PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours (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 Trinidad and Tobago.

All passengers are also required to apply for a Travel Pass via the following online gateway here up to 72 hours prior to travel, to which they should upload their negative test result. The TTravel Pass can be printed or saved on a mobile device for use to board the flight and to gain entry into Trinidad and Tobago. The TTravel Pass website gives full details on additional entry requirements.

Non-nationals who are NOT fully vaccinated will not be allowed entry to Trinidad and Tobago at this time.

Quarantine for unvaccinated arrivals

Nationals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated MUST enter the country through the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad only. On arrival, unvaccinated passengers ((i.e. people who are citizens or have permanent resident status only) will be required to quarantine at a designated State Supervised Quarantine Facility for 14 days (at a designated holding hotel at your own expense). Before beginning your application for a TTravel Pass, you MUST have proof of confirmed accommodation at one of these facilities. The list of approved state supervised quarantine hotels is available here. You will be required to undergo a medical assessment within 24hrs of arrival and take a second PCR test 7 days after arrival. Passengers testing negative on day 7, completing their remaining quarantine period, and remaining asymptomatic can then leave quarantine following a medical assessment. Passengers testing positive are transferred to hospital.

See the Ministry of Health Quarantine Protocols for Passengers Entering Trinidad and Tobago and TTravel Pass.

Quarantine for vaccinated arrivals

From 17 July, fully vaccinated individuals (2 doses administered more than 14 days prior to arrival) with a negative PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival; with proof of vaccination (WHO approved) will not be required to quarantine. (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status’)

Unvaccinated Children travelling with a vaccinated parent or guardian will not be required to quarantine providing they provide proof of a negative PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival. In addition, unvaccinated children will be required to have a further PCR Test between 3 to 5 days after their arrival in country. Providing the second test is negative, no further monitoring is necessary. If the result of the second test is positive, it is necessary to report to the County Medical Officers of Health (CMOH).

You can find full details of the protocols at the Ministry of Health Quarantine Protocols for Passengers Entering Trinidad and Tobago and TTravelPass. You are advised to read and understand the requirements carefully before departure.

You should monitor the Ministry of Health’s website on a regular basis as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago may change their requirements without notice.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

Trinidad and Tobago will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

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