As Covid-19 cases surge throughout much of the U.S., the effect is being seen in several Caribbean countries that have had to tweak their reopening protocols and entry requirements as U.S. case numbers rise.
The ripple effect of the increase in the U.S. also has forced many Caribbean hotels and resorts to move their planned reopening dates to later this month and beyond. This is a fluid, changing situation, but here is the latest.
Antigua and Barbuda: All arriving passengers must present proof of a negative Covid test done within seven days of their flight (this include those in transit) as well as a health declaration form and will be screened and temperature-checked upon arrival.
Visitors will be monitored for Covid for up to 14 days of their stay and may be required to undergo testing on arrival or at their hotel. Face masks are required in public.
Aruba: The country is reevaluating its plan to reopen the border to visitors from the U.S. on July 10, with the situation in Florida being of specific concern, as Miami is a primary connection to Aruba, according to Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes. Under consideration is the option of restricting travel from U.S. states with high infection rates or increasing the entry requirements for those specific states.
Currently, visitors are required to have proof of a negative Covid test done within 72 hours of arrival and fill out an embarkation card prior to departure. Visitors who arrive with no test results will be tested at the airport, followed by a mandatory quarantine at their hotels until test results are received. Mask wearing is mandatory in public spaces.
Bahamas: U.S. visitors arriving after July 7 must present proof of a negative Covid test no more than seven days old. All travelers must complete an electronic health visa prior to arrival. Face masks are required in public spaces, and fines and penalties are in place for those not complying.
Barbados: Commercial flights from Europe and Canada resume on July 12. JetBlue is tentatively set to return to the on July 25 and American on Aug. 5. Travelers from high-risk countries must take a Covid test within 72 hours of departure and fill out a new online Embarkation/Disembarkation card (ED card) prior to arrival.
When all supporting documents are uploaded, travelers will receive a bar code via email to clear health and immigration in Barbados. Those without a documented test result from an accredited laboratory will be tested and will be quarantined for at least 48 hours, pending the test results.
Bermuda: The island reopened to air travelers on July 1. However, travelers are required to complete the online Bermuda travel authorization process within 48 hours of departure; previously it had been 72 hours. The process gathers information for the island's health and immigration officials and assesses the health risks of travelers; a $75 fee is required, which includes the costs of the Covid-19 testing in Bermuda.
Within 72 hours but no more than five days before departure, visitors must be tested for Covid and present proof of a negative result upon arrival in Bermuda. All visitors are tested again upon arrival and must wait in their hotel room for results (usually six to eight hours). If visitors do not have a pre-departure test, they are tested upon arrival and must quarantine in the hotel for three days until they are tested again.
If the test is positive, the quarantine time is 14 days.
Additional Covid tests are required of all visitors on day seven and day 14 at pop-up testing centers with immediate test results.
Face masks are required in public spaces.
Curacao: No reopening date for U.S. visitors has been announced.
Dominica: The country tentatively plans to reopen its borders to international travelers on Aug. 15. Protocols are due to be released shortly.
Dominican Republic: The country began a gradual reopening on July 1. International tourists must fill out a Traveler's Health Affadavit and have their temperature checked upon arrival. If a visitor exhibits symptoms, a Covid-19 test will be administered. If the test proves positive, the visitor will be quarantined at his hotel.
Airports receiving visitors include Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo.
Puerto Rico: The island reopens to inbound tourism on July 15. Arriving passengers must complete a travel declaration from the Puerto Rico Health Department and show proof of a negative Covid test taken 72 hours before departure. If travelers arrive without the test, they will be tested at the airport and must quarantine for 14 days or until a negative result is obtained.
The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew has been extended through July 22. Masks are mandatory in public.
Restaurants, spas, museums, theaters and casinos are open and operating at 75% capacity.
St. Lucia: Effective July 9, travelers must provide proof of a negative Covid test done within seven days of travel, must complete a registration form and must indicate which Covid-19-certified hotel they will be staying in.
These are: Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Ladera, Stonefield Resort Villas and Sugar Beach-A Viceroy Resort.
All passengers will be screened at the airport. Symptomatic passengers will be tested and then quarantined at their hotel until the result is received. If positive, they will be in isolation at one of two hospitals. Mask wearing is mandatory in public spaces.
St. Maarten/Martin: St. Maarten postponed all U.S. commercial flights for two weeks, starting July 1, due to the surging number of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. Flights from Europe, Canada and a number of Caribbean islands are being allowed.
Update: This article has been updated to add that international travelers to the Dominican Republic must fill out a Traveler's Health Affadavit and have their temperature checked upon arrival.