Advisories and Entry Requirements for Top Caribbean Destinations

Many Caribbean destinations now have a Level 1 travel advisory from the U.S. State Department & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), meaning that they are said to be quite safe to visit at this time. Let’s discuss entry requirements. Up to date as of 7/15/21. Please check for the latest updates.

PHOTO: Couple walking on the beach in Aruba. (photo via andresr/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Antigua & Barbuda

PHOTO: Aerial view of Hermitage bay beach, Antigua. (photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / cdwheatley)

. (exercise normal precautions) and .

-U.S. travelers age 12 + to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test result taken within seven days of their flight.
-Fully vaccinated visitors will have more options in terms of accommodations / quarantine restrictions, but getting vaccinated is not a requirement to visit
-Antigua and Barbuda has reported just three COVID-19 cases over the two-week period from June 29 to July 12, prompting the State Department to issue a Level 1 travel advisory
-The CDC issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice, indicating a low level of coronavirus on the islands


PHOTO: Aruba’s Eagle Beach. (photo via Jan-Otto/iStock Unreleased)

– State Department is advising Americans to reconsider travel to Aruba due to COVID-related conditions this summer
-The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the island, indicating a high level of COVID-19
– Reported only 37 total cases for the two-week period of June 29-July 12
– U.S. residents who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements starting on Wednesday, July 14
-Travelers will still need to complete the online Embarkation & Disembarkation process, which includes purchasing mandatory COVID-19 health insurance prior to travel


PHOTO: A couple enjoying time in Barbados. (photo via Barbados Tourism Marketing)

-Has received both the State Department’s and CDC’s lowest travel advisories, reporting fewer than 4,200 cases since the pandemic was first declared
-Visitors must complete an Online Immigration/Customs form and submit it 24 hours prior to travel and provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within three days of departure, regardless of vaccination status.

British Virgin Islands (BVI)

PHOTO: The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. (photo via cdwheatley/E+)

-Continues to be one of the safest overseas destinations this summer, with the State Department advising travelers to exercise normal precautions (Level 1)
– CDC indicating a low level of COVID-19 in the islands
– Visitors must register to travel on the BVI Gateway App 48 hours prior to their trip and secure a negative RT-PCR test or an approved rapid antigen test taken within five days of arrival
– Travelers are also required to download contract tracing software to their mobile phones

Dominican Republic

PHOTO: An aerial view of a tropical island beach in the Dominican Republic. (photo via valio84sl / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

-Remains open to international travelers without proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination against the virus
-Authorities continue to conduct rapid tests on randomly selected arrivals as well as temperature checks
-State Department advises Americans to reconsider travel to the DR due to COVID-19 (June 16 updated)
-CDC has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the destination, indicating a high level of coronavirus in the country.


PHOTO: A couple jumping off a bridge into the ocean in Jamaica (photo via ALG Vacations)

– State Department recommends that U.S. travelers reconsider plans to visit Jamaica due to COVID-19 and exercise increased caution on the island due to crime
– CDC has listed the country at Level 2 on its Travel Health Notice scale, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19
– Americans visiting Jamaica this summer will require an approved Travel Authorization form prior to boarding their flight, and all travelers age 12 and up must show proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or antigen test that was taken within three days of travel

Puerto Rico

PHOTO: San Juan, Puerto Rico. (photo via SeanPavonePhoto / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

-Americans can visit without a passport or requiring a negative COVID-19 test in order to return home
-CDC warns of a moderate level of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico
-Inoculated U.S. visitors must upload an official Vaccination Card through the Travel Declaration Form portal
-Non-vaccinated travelers to Puerto Rico are required to provide a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or risk a $300 fine.

St Kitts and Nevis

PHOTO: Port Zante in Basseterre town, St. Kitts And Nevis (photo via mikolajn / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Level 3 travel advisory from the State Department (reconsider travel due to COVID-19)
Level 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC, which indicates a high level of coronavirus in the country
Open to fully vaccinated travelers who complete the Travel Authorization Form, uploading proof of vaccination, a booking at an approved hotel and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel
The destination’s Vacation in Place period for fully vaccinated international air travelers has been reduced from nine days to three days, with visitors testing on the fourth day and afforded freedom of movement upon receiving a negative test result. (as of July 12)

Saint Lucia

PHOTO: Soufriere Seafront, Saint Lucia (photo via Saint Lucia Tourism Authority)

St. Lucia is open to all travelers regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status as long as they submit a travel registration form and a negative PCR test (visitors age five and up) taken within five days of arrival.
The State Department asks Americans to reconsider travel to the island while the CDC warns of a high level of coronavirus in the country. Saint Lucia has reported just over 5,400 COVID-19 cases as of July 13.

St Vincent and the Grenadines

PHOTO: Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines. (photo via NAPA74/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Level 3 travel advisory (reconsider travel due to COVID-19) and a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (high level of COVID-19) from the State Department and CDC, respectively.
Open to U.S. travelers who complete the pre-arrival form and meet other entry requirements.
Fully vaccinated visitors must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result produced no more than 72 hours of arrival, will be retested on arrival and must complete mandatory quarantine for at least 48 hours in an approved quarantine hotel at their cost while awaiting their results.

Turks and Caicos

PHOTO: Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos. (photo via eyfoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

State Department has issued Level 2 for Turks & Caicos
CDC issued Level 1 Travel health notice, 12 cases June 29-July 12
All travelers required to secure travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal, which includes submitting a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within five days prior to travel (children under the age of 10 are exempt), purchasing insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance and completing an online health screening questionnaire.

US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Photo: Magens Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (Photo via cdwheatley / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

No passport required
Negative COVID-19 test required for travelers within 5 days before arriving or recovery from the virus via a COVID-19 antibody finger stick or blood test that was taken with a positive result received within four months of travel.
No negative COVID-19 test required before returning to the US
CDC reports high levels of COVID-19 in the islands

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