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Coronavirus Update For The Caribbean

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

Updated October, 2021

Covid-19 Caribbean Overview

Atlantic hurricane season is winding down, and summer has turned to fall. 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 during the pandemic and traveling without encountering issues with local authorities is to know the expectations before you travel. And to be up-to-date on the current virus statistics and trends in your destination country.

Below is our collection of Caribbean Island COVID guidance and requirements as of late September 2021.

Atlantic hurricane season is winding down, and summer has turned to fall. 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 during the pandemic and traveling without encountering issues with local authorities is to know the expectations before you travel. And to be up-to-date on the current virus statistics and trends in your destination country.

Below is our collection of Caribbean Island COVID guidance and requirements as of late September 2021.

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Anguilla

Anguilla

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Anguilla

As of September 2021 Anguilla is currently averaging approximately 2 new Covid cases a day in a country with a population of 15,094. There have been 331 infections and 0 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Anguilla

  • All visitors to Anguilla must be completely vaccinated at least 3 weeks prior to arrival on the island.
  • In addition, visitors must provide proof of a negative PCR test administered within 3 days prior to arrival and will also be required to be tested again upon arrival in Anguilla, and then once more on day 4 on the island. Travelers will be charged $200 USD to cover the cost of the testing.
  • International travelers must apply for permission to enter the island. Travelers who stay at a hotel, resort, or licensed villa are exempt from quarantine after receiving their on-arrival test results.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Anguilla, 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.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Antigua and Barbuda

As of September 2021, Antigua and Barbuda are currently averaging approximately 64 new Covid cases a day with a population of 97,929. There have been 2,603 infections and 55 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Antigua and Barbuda

  • Travelers to Antigua and Barbuda must be fully vaccinated and submit a negative PCR test taken less than four days before arrival on the island. Children under the age of 5 are exempt from testing.
  • In addition, travelers must complete a travel accommodation form and 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

Aruba

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Aruba

As of September 2021, Aruba is currently averaging approximately 23 new Covid cases a day with a population of 106,766. There have been 15,221 infections and 158 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Aruba

  • All travelers to Aruba are required to fill out an Embarkation/Disembarkation (E.D.) card within 72 hours of travel to the country.
  • Visitors over the age of 15 must also upload a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of travel to 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

The Bahamas

Current Covid-19 Statistics In The Bahamas

As of September 2021, the Bahamas are currently averaging approximately 93 new Covid cases a day with a population of 393,244. There have been 19,795 infections and 463 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In The Bahamas

  • 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.
  • Younger children must show a negative test as well, but a PCR or antigen test is accepted.
  • 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.

Barbados

Barbados

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Barbados

As of September 2021, Barbados is currently averaging approximately 85 new Covid cases a day with a population of 287,375. There have been 6,358 infections and 57 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Barbados

  • All travelers must complete an Immigration and Customs form between 24-72 hours before arrival.
  • In addition, visitors must present a negative PCR test result taken within three days of arrival. All travelers are encouraged to download the BIMSafe app used on the island to communicate with health officials. Travelers are also advised to monitor their temperature for one week after arrival.
  • Fully vaccinated visitors must take a free rapid antigen or PCR test upon arrival to the island and wait 8-12 hours for the test results at their approved hotel or resort accommodation. These travelers are welcome to move about the resort and visit the pool but are not permitted to go to the beach.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for five days before taking a 2nd PCR test and await those results before being released from quarantine.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Barbados, 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.

Bonaire

Bonaire

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Bonaire

As of September 2021, Bonaire is currently averaging approximately 9 new Covid cases a day with a population of 20,104. There have been 1,949 infections and 17 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Bonaire

  • Fully vaccinated travelers to Bonaire must produce a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of arrival. A second PCR test is required on day 5 of any visit.
  • In addition to the two negative PCR tests, unvaccinated travelers must also produce a negative antigen test administered within 24 hours of arrival. The Flamingo airport now offers rapid antigen testing to make the new protocols easier for visiting tourists.
  • All travelers must also complete a health declaration questionnaire.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Bonaire, 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.

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Current Covid-19 Statistics In The British Virgin Islands

As of September 2021, the British Virgin Islands are currently averaging approximately 0 new Covid cases a day with a population of 30,231. There have been 2,642 infections and 37 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In The British Virgin Islands

  • Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the BVI has altered entry procedures. Travelers that are fully vaccinated must undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival. The test cost is $50, and results are available roughly 30 minutes later before travelers leave their port of entry.
  • Unvaccinated visitors must produce a negative PCR test completed within five days of arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test completed within five days of arrival and show proof of vaccination. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals must quarantine for seven days.
  • Unvaccinated visitors must register on the online portal within five days, but no fewer than 24 hours, of the planned travel date to obtain the Traveller Authorization Certificate. The cost is $105 USD.
  • All visitors must show proof of travel insurance that provides COVID-19 coverage.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to the British 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 Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Current Covid-19 Statistics In The Cayman Islands

As of September 2021, the Cayman Islands are currently averaging approximately 3 new Covid cases a day with a population of 65,722. There have been 774 infections and 2 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In The Cayman Islands

  • Only “securely verified” fully vaccinated travelers aged 12 and over are now permitted to visit the Cayman Islands, and only if approved. Take a look at the extensive application, testing and quarantine requirements here which seem to be constantly changing and are too convoluted to summarize.
  • 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.

Curaçao

Curaçao

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Curaçao

As of September 2021, Curaçao is currently averaging approximately 47 new Covid cases a day with a population of 164,093. There have been 16,031 infections and 156 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Curaçao

  • Visitors from high-risk countries, including the U.S., must complete a digital immigration card online before departing for Curaçao.
  • Visitors must also fill out the passenger locator card within 48 hours of departure for Curaçao and upload a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their departure.
  • Visitors must show proof of travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage prior to arrival as well.
  • Visitors must take an antigen test at a local testing site on the 3rd day of their stay. The appointment and payment must be made in advance of arrival.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Curaçao, 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.

Dominica

Dominica

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Dominica

As of September 2021, Dominica is currently averaging approximately 56 new Covid cases a day with a population of 71,986. There have been 2,892 infections and 9 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Dominica

  • Vaccinated travelers must complete an online health questionnaire and upload a negative PCR test taken between 24 and 72 hours of arrival to Dominica. They must also pre-pay $100 for an antigen test administered upon arrival at the Dominica airport and bring the payment receipt.
  • Vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must upload a negative PCR test, administered between 24 and 72 hours before arrival, and then quarantine 5 days at a ‘Safe in Nature-certified property.’ These travelers will be tested again on the fifth day of their trip.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Dominica, 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.

Grenada

Grenada

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Grenada

As of September 2021, Grenada is currently averaging approximately 158 new Covid cases a day with a population of 112,523. There have been 3,250 infections and 50 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Grenada

  • All adult visitors to Grenada must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. They must also take a PCR test upon arrival at the cost of $150 and then quarantine for up to 48 hours, awaiting their negative test result.
  • Travelers must apply for a Travel Authorization Certificate in advance of their trip, book a minimum of two nights, and pre-pay for the testing at the airport.
  • Visitors staying at all-inclusive accommodations must take an antigen test upon arrival to their resort and a PCR test on the 5th day of their visit.
  • Travelers must stay in quarantine until they receive a negative test.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Grenada, 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.

Jamaica

Jamaica

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Jamaica

As of September 2021, Jamaica is currently averaging approximately 547 new Covid cases a day with a population of 2,961,167. There have been 79,127 infections and 1,778 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Jamaica

  • Jamaica requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to the island.
  • Travelers must also submit a travel authorization application at least seven days before the intended travel date.
  • Tourists must stay in approved accommodations that are COVID-19 protocol compliant. Tourists are allowed to leave their hotels to visit approved attractions.
  • Until October 28th, 2021, a person who is not a citizen of Jamaica, and has been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, India, or Trinidad & Tobago within 14 days of their intended date of entry will not be approved for travel.
  • 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

St. Barts

Current Covid-19 Statistics In St. Barts

As of September 2021, St. Barts is currently averaging approximately 2 new Covid cases a day with a population of 9,877. There have been 1,613 infections and 2 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In St. Barts

  • 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.
  • All travelers over the age of 10 must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours.
  • Travelers transiting through St. Maarten must pre-register to enter and show a negative PCR test.
  • U.S. tourists traveling via San Juan must also show a negative PCR test result.
  • 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.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Saint Kitts and Nevis

As of September 2021, Saint Kitts and Nevis are currently averaging approximately 28 new Covid cases a day with a population of 53,199. There have been 1,589 infections and 9 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry into Saint Kitts & Nevis. Non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully-vaccinated parents or guardians are exempt. 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).
  • Travelers to Saint Kitts and Nevis must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Additionally, travelers must complete a Travel Authorization form before their trip.
  • All travelers must then quarantine for four days before taking a second test at a fee of $150 USD. Once they receive a negative result, they will be released from quarantine.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Saint Kitts and Nevis, 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.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Saint Lucia

As of September 2021, Saint Lucia is currently averaging approximately 98 new Covid cases a day with a population of 183,627. There have been 10,520 infections and 151 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Saint Lucia

  • All travelers to St. Lucia must provide a negative PCR test taken within five days of their arrival on the island.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers are required to upload proof of vaccination when completing the required travel authorization form. And they must travel with their vaccination card. After arrival, tourists should locate the dedicated Health Screening line to receive the COVID designation wristband they must wear throughout their stay. Fully vaccinated guests are allowed more freedom and access to activities across the island and are not required to quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated travelers are required to quarantine at an approved property for 14 days upon arrival. They are required to stay on hotel property except when participating in excursions coordinated by their hotel.
  • 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.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

As of September 2021, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are currently averaging approximately 40 new Covid cases a day with a population of 110,940. There have been 2,728 infections and 14 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required for all visitors, in addition to a completed pre-arrival form.
  • A second PCR test will be administered upon arrival for all travelers.
  • Vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 2 days at an approved hotel, at their expense. Proof of vaccination is required.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days at an approved hotel, at their expense, and be retested between days four and seven of quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers must also arrive with a fully paid reservation.
  • For additional coronavirus travel information to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 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

Turks and Caicos

Current Covid-19 Statistics In Turks and Caicos

As of September 2021, Turks and Caicos are currently averaging approximately 6 new Covid cases a day with a population of 38,717. There have been 2,800 infections and 21 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In Turks and Caicos

  • 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.
  • 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

U.S. Virgin Islands

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

As of September 2021, the U.S. Virgin Islands are currently averaging approximately 17 new Covid cases a day with a population of 104,425. There have been 6,439 infections and 67 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Entry Requirements In The U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Travelers 5 years and older must apply through the USVI travel portal and submit a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test result taken within five days of their arrival. This requirement applies to unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers alike. Once arriving, travelers must submit the test result and authorization received from the portal. If a traveler cannot produce the required test result, they will be subject to a 10 day quarantine and testing until a negative test result is achieved.
  • 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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