Travel to the Caribbean during Covid: Entry rules for U.S. travelers: Travel Weekly

Caribbean islands have reopened to international tourism. But many islands have adopted different restrictions and requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers; some have begun easing travel restrictions.

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Here are the latest developments for travel from the U.S. to each Caribbean country. To make this information easier to understand, we are segmenting each entry into entry-requirement information for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers and specific rules for kids.

Protocols can be nuanced and can change quickly; please double-check requirements on this page with the countries’ official websites; Travel Weekly is not responsible for errors or omissions in this guide. For more information on travel, see the global travel map, powered by Sherpa.

A negative Covid test, taken within one day of travel, is required for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to enter the U.S., with the exception of U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Updated April 13.

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Anguilla: open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Fully vaccinated travelers who are 18 and over no longer need to apply for permission to enter the country. Must present proof of vaccination status, a negative PCR test result taken within three days of travel or a rapid antigen test done within two days of travel. No testing on arrival for those fully vaxxed within the last six months and for those who have had a booster shot.  Travelers who have been vaxxed more than six months prior to travel but have not had booster dose are subject to testing upon arrival at their own expense ($50).

Unvaccinated adults:

Not allowed to enter.

Children:

Unvaccinated minors under 18 must be accompanied by fully vaccinated travelers.

Updated: April 1.

Vaccinated travelers:

Travelers 18 and over must present proof of vaccination and present results of a RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test taken within four days of travel. Home tests, self-administered test and saliva samples are not accepted. Must complete Health Declaration form on arrival. Some vaxxed passengers with rapid antigen test result may be required to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival at their own expense and await results. 

Unvaccinated travelers:

Not permitted entry.

Children:

Children ages 5 to 18 must submit proof of negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken within four days of travel. Children under 5 do not require any test.

Updated March 15

Aruba: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

Travelers no longer need to present a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination. Visitors must fill out Aruba’s Embarkation/Debarkation Card and answer questions about their recent health.

More information:

Aruba requires the purchase of visitor insurance as part of the arrival form. 

Updated: April 1

Bahamas: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Show proof of vaccination and either a negative rapid antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Travelers ages 12 and over must present proof of RT-PCR test taken within three days of arrival. Must complete daily health questionnaire while in Bahamas.

Children:

Those ages 2 to 11 must show proof of either a rapid antigen or RT-PCR test taken within three days of arrival; children under 2 years are exempt from test requirements. Must complete daily health questionnaire while in Bahamas.

More information:

Travelers ages 18 and over must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa; pay insurance (cost is included in visa fee and is dependent upon length of stay and vaccination status); 17 and under can have their profile added within the account of their parent or guardian. 

Updated: March 6

Barbados: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Proof of a negative rapid antigen test taken within one day of arrival from accredited medical facility or a PCR test result taken within three days of arrival. Download BMISafe app and complete travel form via the app with test result within 24 hours prior to arrival and vaccination proof. 

Unvaccinated travelers:

Same as above, plus a three-day quarantine with test on day 4 to exit quarantine.

Children:

Unvaccinated travelers under the age of 18 are allowed to enter if accompanied by vaccinated parents/guardians; travelers under 5 are not subject to testing requirements.

Updated Feb. 28

Bermuda: open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

12 and over must be vaccinated, effective March 7. Must provide proof of vaccination, negative antigen result taken within two days of arrival or PCR result within four days of arrival. This information must be uploaded to traveler authorization form 24 to 48 hours before arrival; the fee is $40, which includes return testing for U.S.-bound travelers. 

Unvaccinated travelers:

Not permitted entry.

Children: 

Visitors age 2 and over need to provide a test as stated above. Those age 11 and under do not need vaccination as long as they are accompanied by vaccinated family members.

Updated March 9.

Bonaire: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

No test required for those 12 and older if vaccination or booster was less than nine months (270 days) ago. For all other vaccinated travelers: 12 and over must show proof of negative antigen test result done within 24 hours of arrival or PCR test within 48 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers:

12 and over must show proof of PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival and file health form.

Children:

Children 11 and under are exempt from vaccination and pre-entry testing.

More information:

All travelers must file a health declaration form 12 to 24 hours before departure.

Updated: March 22

British Virgin Islands: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Must produce proof of vaccination and a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken no later than 48 hours prior to arrival. Not required to register on the entry portal or test upon arrival. (If the test result is older than 48 hours, whether due to delays or overnight layovers, fully vaccinated travelers are required to register on the portal and take a rapid antigen test on the day of arrival). Must produce proof of travel insurance covering Covid medical and quarantine accommodations costs.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers:

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated adults must produce proof of certified PCR test taken three to five days prior to arrival, obtain travel authorization via the BVI Gateway portal, test on arrival and quarantine for five and four days, respectively.

Children:

17 and under do not have to register on the entry portal if traveling with parent or guardian who is fully vaccinated; must produce negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within five days of arrival and test on arrival.

Updated: April 1

Cayman Islands: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Proof of negative rapid antigen result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival for travelers 5 and up; vaccination proof for those 12 and up; medial insurance. Upload information to Travel Portal. No quarantine or on-island testing is required.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Quarantine for 7 days. Can be released if consecutive lateral flow tests during their stay are negative.

Children:

11 years and under can travel with vaccinated adults. Proof of negative rapid antigen result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival for travelers 5 and up. 

Updated: Feb. 18

Cuba: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

Proof of vaccination and pre-entry Covid test no longer required. Travelers are subject to random testing upon arrival and, if positive, must quarantine in a government facility or hospital for 14 days at own expense.

Children: 

12 and under are exempt from vaccination and PCR test.

More information:

American visitors are barred from strictly tourist vacations to the
all-inclusive resorts on the north coast but can travel to Cuba under 12
specific categories, the most popular of which is Support for the Cuban
People. 

Updated: April 14

Curacao: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

No quarantine or pre-entry Covid test is required. Must complete the digital immigration card online prior to departure and fill out the passenger locator card within 48 hours of departure. Once the passenger locator card is received via email, travelers should bring digital or printed copy with them.

Updated: March 9.

Dominica: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Show proof of vaccination prior to boarding flight to Dominica and on arrival. No pre-arrival form or pre-testing required.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Produce PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival or rapid
antigen test from certified facility within 48 hours of arrival. 

Children:

Visitors 12 and under will assume the status of parents or guardian.

Updated: April 13

Dominican Republic: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

No vaccination proof, negative test result or quarantine required. Travelers ages 18 and over must fill out the Electoral Ticket portal required for entry and exit within 72 hours of arrival. Information for up to six family members can be included on one application.Two QR codes will be generated, one for entry, one for exit. There is a brief health screening upon arrival on passengers selected at random.

Updated Feb. 23

Grenada: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers: 

All Covid entry regulations are eliminated, including
pre-entry test, health declaration form, test or health screening upon
arrival.

Updated: April 13

Guadeloupe: Open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

12 and over must present proof of vaccination and negative RT-PCR test result taken within 24 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers:

12 and over must justify the visit for compelling reason, e.g. a emergency health reason or to render professional services; a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 24 hours of arrival must be provided.

Children:

11 and under when accompanied by vaccinated adult do not need vaccination.

Updated: Feb. 21

Haiti: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

2 years and up must provide a negative Covid-19 antigen test taken within one day before departure to Haiti, regardless of vaccination status. No quarantine on arrival.

Updated Feb. 4. 

Jamaica: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

No travel authorization is required to enter. Effective April 16, travelers may enter without displaying proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test. No travel-related quarantines are in effect. The island is also lifting its mask requirement for enclosed public spaces on April 15.

Travelers staying in the Resilient Corridors along the north and south coasts of the island are free to move about the corridors and visit attractions that have been certified by the Tourist Board to be a Covid-19 Resilient Licensed tourist attraction. 

Updated Feb. 28

Martinique: Open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers: 

Must present proof of full vaccination and a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Not permitted entry except for an “overriding” personal or professional reason; documentation of reason, a PCR test and quarantine on arrival are all required.

Children: 

Children 11 years and under are exempt from vaccination requirements if they are traveling with a vaccinated adult.

Updated: April 13.

Montserrat: open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

All visitors must be fully vaccinated, show proof of a negative PCR test taken within three days prior to entry, answer health questions and test upon arrival ($56). If positive, quarantine for 10 days and test on Day 8.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Not permitted entry.

Children:

Children 5 and over must also submit a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result and follow the same instructions as above. Children under 5 are exempt from pre-entry test requirements. 

Updated April 13

Puerto Rico: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

Proof of vaccination or negative test is not required for domestic travelers.

Updated April 13

Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia): Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

All travelers 11 years and up must fill out Electronic Health Authorization System form 24 hours before arrival and submit proof of vaccine, travel insurance and a negative antigen result taken within 24 hours or PCR result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Antigen test required for all travelers on day 5 (day of travel  is day 0).

No test required for vaccinated travelers who have received a booster shot.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Same as above.

Childrean:

No pre-entry test is required for those 10 and under.

Updated: April 13

St. Barts: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Proof of vaccination required for age 18 and over or children between 12 and 17 who are traveling alone, No pre-arrival test required. 

Unvaccinated or non fully vaccinated travelers:

Present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result done within 48 hours of flight departure.

Children:

Unvaccinated children 5 and over must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or
an antigen test result done within 48 hours of flight departure

More information:

If connecting through St. Maarten, complete pre-arrival Electronic Health Authorization System form within 72 hours of arrival in St. Maarten (required in both directions).

Updated: March 16

St. Kitts and Nevis: open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Must complete a  travel authorization form and include proof of vaccination and a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of travel. The form must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to travel. Must book at travel-approved accommodations on St. Kitts and Nevis.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Entry not permitted for unvaccinated travelers 17 and older.

Children:

Children 17 and under traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians must have a negative RT-PCR test.

Updated: April 13

St. Lucia: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Bring proof of vaccination to check-in, boarding and entry to St. Lucia. No pre-entry Covid test or online pre-registration required.

Unvaccinated travelers: 

All those 5 and older who are not vaccinated must submit results of a negative PCR test within five days of travel. Must stay in Covid-certified accommodations for duration of their visit.

Children:

Unvaccinated children ages 5 to 17 traveling with vaccinated family members must be tested on arrival and remain in quarantine until negative test result is received. 

Updated: April 13

St. Maarten/St. Martin: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

No negative test result required for entry for those vaccinated and those who have recovered from Covid in the past nine months.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Provide results of a negative PCR test result taken 48 hours prior to arrival or an antigen test taken 24 hours before arrival.

Children:

Children 5 and over who are not fully vaccinated must show results of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

More information:

The health authorization form (Electronic Health Authorization System-EHAS) is required for all travelers and must be submitted within 72 hours of arrival. The St. Maarten SXM Protection Plan is mandatory for all travelers. Plan rate varies depending on the traveler’s age and covers hospital costs, ICU costs, doctor consultation, Covid tests and medical evacuation, if necessary.

Updated Feb. 28

Vaccinated travelers:

Complete the pre-arrival form, show proof of vaccination and results of rapid antigen test result taken within 24 hours of arrival or PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. No test or quarantine on arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers: 

Must show proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, may be retested upon arrival and must quarantine in a Tourism Approved/Ministry of Health approved accommodation at their own expense and may be retested during quarantine.

Children: 

Travelers under 18 may follow the protocol of vaccinated adult or family member.

Updated: March 24

Vaccinated travelers:

Travelers are required to show proof of vaccination
through the TCI Assured pre-travel program and portal prior to entering the country and must also provide proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within three days of travel.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Visitors 16 and older who are not vaccinated will not be permitted entry.

Children:

Those ages 2 and older must provide proof of a negative test taken within three days of travel.

More information:

Travelers must also have medical/travel
insurance that covers medical evacuation, a completed health screening questionnaire and
certification that the traveler has read and agreed to the private policy
document. All these requirements must be uploaded to the portal in advance of
arrival. Any traveler testing positive prior to departing Turks and Caicos must quarantine for 10 days at his own expense and undergo a Covid-19 test on day 7 prior to release.

Updated Jan. 31

Vaccinated travelers:

Provide proof  of vaccination and test results from negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival. Apply via travel form within 72 prior to departure.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Not permitted to enter.

Children:

16 and over follow protocols of vaccinated travelers; 15 and under traveling with vaccinated adults are exempt from pre-arrival testing.

Updated: March 24

U.S. Virgin Islands: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers: 

Provide proof of vaccination. No entry test required.

Unvaccinated travelers:

5 and up must continue to submit a negative antigen or PCR test result taken within five days of arrival.

More information:

Travelers must also receive pre-travel clearance from the USVI Travel Portal. Passports are not required for U.S. citizens to enter US territories such as the USVI or Puerto Rico. The USVI’s status as a U.S. territory excludes it from the CDC requirement for a negative Covid test before entering or returning to the U.S.

Updated: March 16