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Coronavirus Update For The Caribbean

COVID-19 in the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands & More

Updated May 2022

Coronavirus and Covid In The Caribbean: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Barts, St Lucia, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands
Coronavirus and Covid In The Caribbean: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Barts, St Lucia, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands

Covid-19 Caribbean Overview

Travelers from across the globe will be seeking the crystal clear waters, sun-kissed beaches, and inviting laidback atmosphere of the Caribbean in the coming months. Most Caribbean destinations remain open to tourists, but each destination has different COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements, and each island is experiencing various levels of infection and spread. The key to traveling safely without encountering issues with local authorities is to know the expectations before you travel. Here is our guide to Covid requirements and information for the Caribbean.

Travelers from across the globe will be seeking the crystal clear waters, sun-kissed beaches, and inviting laidback atmosphere of the Caribbean in the coming months. Most Caribbean destinations remain open to tourists, but each destination has different COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements, and each island is experiencing various levels of infection and spread. The key to traveling safely without encountering issues with local authorities is to know the expectations before you travel. Here is our guide to Covid requirements and information for the Caribbean.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Antigua and Barbuda

As of May 5, 2022, Antigua and Barbuda are currently averaging approximately 7 new Covid cases a day with a population of 97,929. There have been 7,654 infections and 136 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Antigua Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • Travelers to Antigua and Barbuda must be fully vaccinated with an approved 2 dose or 1 dose Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Fully vaccinated arriving passengers do not need to present a negative PCR/Rapid Antigen Test result to be permitted entry. Children under the age of 5 are exempt from all testing.
  • In addition, travelers must complete a travel accommodation form and a health declaration form that is issued on their flight. You may also need to submit to a temperature check upon arrival. Island guests that conduct a successful screening are not required to quarantine as long as they are booked at one of more than 160 “bio-safe” certified hotels and villas on the island.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Antigua and Barbuda, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

Aruba

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Aruba

As of May 5, 2022, Aruba is currently averaging approximately 36 new Covid cases a day with a population of 106,766. There have been 34,846 infections and 212 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Aruba Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • All travelers to Aruba are required to fill out an Embarkation/Disembarkation (E.D.) card within 72 hours of travel to the country.
  • As of March 19, 2022, travelers are no longer required to present a negative covid-19 PCR/Antigen test result or proof of vaccination to enter Aruba.
  • Travelers 15 and over are required to purchase a $15 Aruba travel insurance policy. Children 14 and under are exempt from the test and the travel insurance requirement.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Aruba, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

The Bahamas

Current Covid-19 Statistics In The Bahamas

As of May 5, 2022, the Bahamas are currently averaging approximately 8 new Covid cases a day with a population of 393,244. There have been 33,558 infections and 792 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Bahamas Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • All visitors must apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa and opt into the mandatory health insurance plan. The fee varies based on the length of stay.
  • Effective December 2021, fully vaccinated persons traveling to the Bahamas need to obtain a negative covid-19 test taken no longer than three days (72 hours) prior to their date of arrival. Travelers must also present proof of vaccination.
  • Younger children must show a negative test as well, but a PCR or antigen test is accepted. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.
  • Unvaccinated travelers 12 years of age and older must also take a rapid antigen test on day 4 of their visit if they stay longer than five days. They are also required to submit a health questionnaire each day of their stay.
  • Testing locations are easily accessible in many hotels, resorts, medical centers, marinas, and municipal sites.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to the Bahamas, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

Cayman Islands

Current Covid-19 Statistics In The Cayman Islands

As of May 5, 2022, the Cayman Islands are currently averaging approximately 66 new Covid cases a day with a population of 65,722. There have been 22,22 infections and 27 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Cayman Islands Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • All vaccinated travelers are welcome to the Cayman Islands, as well as unvaccinated visitors with close ties to the country (persons owning property, businesses, or who have family members that reside on the island.)
  • All incoming travelers age 5 years and over must provide proof of vaccination and negative results from a PCR/Antigen test taken no earlier than the day before departure.
  • Unvaccinated travelers aged 12 years and older are required to quarantine for 7 full days. GPS trackers are required for all travelers and their companions aged 10 years or older who are approved for quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated tourist visitors who do not have close ties to the islands are not permitted to travel to the Cayman Islands.
  • Take a look at the extensive application, testing, and quarantine requirements here which seem to be constantly changing.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

Dominican Republic

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Dominican Republic

As of May 5, 2022, the Dominican Republic is currently averaging approximately 46 new Covid cases a day with a population of 11,039,818. There have been 579,572 infections and 4,376 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Dominican Republic Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • Travelers to the Dominican Republic who present a vaccination card or a negative PCR/Antigen test within 72 hours of arrival will be exempt from random testing upon arrival.
  • Most travelers do not need to present a negative covid-19 test upon arrival, however, airports and all ports of entry do perform a quick aleatory test on a certain percentage of travelers upon arrival.
  • All travelers are required to perform a temperature check.
  • As of February 16, 2022, all restrictive measures were suspended in the Dominican Republic. Measures such as face masks and the presentation of vaccination cards for access to places of public use are each individual’s responsibility.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to the Dominican Republic, you can visit here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

Jamaica

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Jamaica

As of May 5, 2022, Jamaica is currently averaging approximately 87 new Covid cases a day with a population of 2,961,167. There have been 130,338 infections and 2,907 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Jamaica Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • Jamaica requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to the island, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • As of March 2022, travelers no longer need to obtain Travel Authorization to travel to the island.
  • Mandatory quarantine has also been removed for all arriving passengers.
  • For faster processing on arrival at the airport, travelers are encouraged to submit their Immigration/Customs C5 card online but you can do that at any time before arrival.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Jamaica, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

St. Barts

Current Covid-19 Statistics In St. Barts

As of May 5, 2022, St. Barts is currently averaging approximately 6 new Covid cases a day with a population of 9,877. There have been 4,487 infections and 4 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

St. Barts Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • Visitors 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated to visit St. Barts. The island defines fully vaccinated as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or four weeks after the single-dose vaccine. No further testing or quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated travelers.
  • Unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours.
  • A mandatory electronic pre-arrival health authorization from the St. Maartens EHAS must be submitted when passengers transit through the airport.
  • U.S. tourists traveling via San Juan must also show a negative PCR test result within 48 hours (2 days).
  • Upon arrival to St. Barts travelers are free to move around the island and no quarantine is necessary. Masks are no longer required in public sapces in St. Barts.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to St. Barts, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

St. Lucia

Current Covid-19 Statistics In St. Lucia

As of May 5, 2022, St. Lucia is currently averaging approximately 28 new Covid cases a day with a population of 183,627. There have been 23,538 infections and 368 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

St. Lucia Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • As of April 2, 2022, there are no requirements for pre-travel tests or quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers to Saint Lucia. These travelers will need to present valid vaccination records upon request. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated travelers age 5 and older must have a valid negative PCR/Antigen test done within 5 days of arrival. Unvaccinated passengers arriving without tests or with the wrong type of test will be retested at their own expense. These passengers will need to remain in quarantine until test results are known.
  • All travelers to Saint Lucia are required to fill out this health screening form.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Saint Lucia, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

Turks and Caicos

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Turks and Caicos

As of May 5, 2022, Turks and Caicos are currently averaging approximately 7 new Covid cases a day with a population of 38,717. There have been 5,995 infections and 36 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Turks and Caicos Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • All visitors 16 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated and provide proof via the TCI Assured pre-travel portal before entering the country.
  • Travelers must also show a negative PCR or antigen test administered within 72 hours of arrival on the island.
  • In addition, all travelers must have travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, and they must complete a health screening questionnaire and certification. Travelers must complete each of these requirements in the portal in advance of arrival to the island.
  • Masks are required in indoor public places and enclosed spaces until April 30, 2022. This applies to all persons over the age of 2 years of age. Anyone not wearing a mask in indoor public spaces is subject to a $500 fine.
  • Travelers that test positive before departing Turks and Caicos must quarantine for ten days, at their expense, and undergo a COVID-19 test on day seven before release from the monitoring program.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Turks and Caicos, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Current Covid-19 Statistics In The U.S. Virgin Islands

As of May 5, 2022, the U.S. Virgin Islands are currently averaging approximately 32 new Covid cases a day with a population of 104,425. There have been 16,481 infections and 113 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

US Virgin Islands Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

  • As of March 7, 2022, all domestic travelers 5 years and older and all international travelers 2 years and older are required to use the  USVI Travel Screening Portal in order to be cleared to travel to the USVI.
  • Domestic travelers do not require further testing if fully vaccinated, but proof of vaccination is necessary.
  • International travelers must submit a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. If traveling by air the test must be taken within 24 hours of travel. If arriving by ferry results taken within five days of their arrival are required.
  • Travelers aged 2-17 are exempt from the vaccine requirements.
  • All arriving passengers must wear a mask upon disembarkment. This requirement is enforced with a fine.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information for the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can visit the government website here.
  • We highly suggest getting Travel Insurance when going on vacation anywhere in the time of Covid. Most of the current policies cover Covid medical issues as well as vacation delays due to Covid. They typically even cover your hotel if you test positive while away and have to extend your trip a few days until you get a negative test. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

The Experience

If you visit the Caribbean today, you can still have an exciting experience. As noted above, many tourist sights are now open and welcoming guests. Be prepared to wear a mask whenever around other people, but otherwise, the experience is similar to most years, only with far fewer tourists!

The Big Question

Is It Safe To Visit The Caribbean During Covid-19?

So is visiting places like the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands or Jamaica safe? That is ultimately up to you to decide. No destination with cases is 100% safe, and if COVID is around, there is always a risk. We hope that the information provided here helps you to make a more informed decision.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. My friends and I really appreciate this information. We couldn’t decide where to travel this year and this info has helped a lot!

  2. We tried to go to Grand Turk last year but it was mostly closed. We can’t wait to go this year and finally hit the beach!

  3. Thanks so much for the helpful info! We will go to Aruba this month and are glad to hear its doing well.

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