Updated June 29.
Over the next few weeks, several Caribbean islands plan to cautiously reopen to international tourism, joining those destinations that have already reopened or that began phased operations in late May.
Border reopenings are accompanied by strict new public health protocols and procedures, some of which require air travelers to produce proof of a Covid-free test result administered within 48 hours prior to travel.
Here are the latest developments across the region:
• Anguilla: The island's borders remain closed to commercial international traffic through July 14. Check www.beatcovid19.ai for information and updates.
• Antigua and Barbuda: V.C. Bird Airport reopened June 4, and American began a daily flight from Miami on the same day. Arriving passengers must complete a health declaration form as part of the screening process and submit proof of a negative virus test taken 48 hours before boarding. Face masks are required in public.
• Aruba: The country will officially reopen its borders for inbound travel for visitors from Bonaire and Curacao on June 15; the Caribbean (with the exception of the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe and Canada on July 1; and visitors from the U.S. on July 10.
• Bahamas: The country reopens its borders, airports and seaports on July 1, according to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. All incoming visitors must present proof of a Covid-19 negative swab test upon arrival, no more than 10 days old. Children under the age of two are exempt. All travelers must complete an electronic Health Visa. The online form is available at https://travel.gov.bs/international. No quarantine is required upon arrival.
• Barbados: Airspace is set to reopen to commercial flights within the first two
weeks of July. Protocols for arriving visitors will be announced
Many businesses, services and sports activities reopened on June 15. Face masks are required in public, social events with up to 250 attendees are allowed. Restrictions on public parks and beaches have been removed, but a curfew remains in effect from Friday to Sunday between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Bermuda: The Bermuda government said the island will reopen to air travelers July 1. Passengers arriving at the L.F. Wade airport must present proof that they tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departing for Bermuda. Visitors will undergo a second test upon arrival and must quarantine in their accommodations until they receive their results, usually within eight hours.
• Bonaire: Bonaire is lifting its border closures on July 1 for visitors from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France. A maximum of 1,000 visitors per week is allowed. A negative Covid test must be conducted within 72 hours of the flight's departure for Bonaire. The U.S. is not part of this reopening phase because it is still considered high risk.
• Cayman Islands: The borders, airports and seaports on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are closed till Sept. 1, according to tourism minister Moses Kirkconnell.
• Dominica: Plans are underway for the reopening of the country's borders in July, according to the Discover Dominica Authority. Protocols are being put in place for the reopening of the borders in a phased approach.
• Dominican Republic: International airports throughout the country are closed to commercial traffic to July 1, according to the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation.
• Grenada: The country, which had planned to reopen its borders to commercial international traffic on July 1, has announced a more cautious approach. With daily reports of increased rates of infection, especially in the U.S., which is a main source market for Grenada, officials will continue to work on protocols before the country begins to accept commercial flights, according to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. A newly appointed Covid subcommittee is expected to wrap up its work by the end of July. After that, the government’s decisions on protocols, regulations, quarantine and testing will be guided by an advisory committee.
• Jamaica: Borders reopened to international travelers on June 15. The Ministry of Health & Wellness will work in collaboration with the Airports Authority of Jamaica regarding screenings of arriving passengers. Arriving passengers are required to complete and submit a pre-arrival authorization that asks about possible exposure to Covid-19.
Screenings will include electronic thermal scans. Face masks and social distancing in public spaces will be required of all persons, including visitors. This includes points of entry, ground transportation and accommodation facilities.
• Puerto Rico: The island reopens to inbound tourism on July 15. All commercial flights use Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan. The Puerto Rico National Guard is assisting with enhanced health screenings of arriving passengers, including the Rapid Covid-19 test. Arriving passengers may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms. Face masks are required in public. A curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect until June 30.
Beaches have reopened; limited group gatherings are permitted for those within the same household. Many hotels are already open. Hotel pools are limited to 50% capacity, as are restaurants. Casinos remain closed.
• St. Barts: The borders will reopen to tourism on June 22. Visitors must be tested for Covid 72 hours prior to arrival. After receiving the test result, visitors must send proof to their villa agency or hotel before arriving. Visitors with negative test results can move about the island freely once they clear immigration.
If a visitor arrives in St. Barts without a recent negative test, they will be given a rapid Covid test upon arrival and then asked to self-quarantine in their accommodations until the results are delivered (within 24 hours). If the test result proves positive, the visitor will be moved to the island's quarantine centera set of apartments near the stadium in St. Jean. Local health care workers will take care of the visitor for 14 days or until a negative test is reached.
Many restaurants have resumed dine-in service with social distancing and safe serving practices in place. Beaches are open.
• St. Lucia: Hewanorra Airport reopened on June 4 in phase one of the country's reopening plan, meaning that the borders are now open to all international carriers and to visitors carrying all passports. The first flights are scheduled to resume in early July with American's daily flight from Miami on July 7. Delta is posting early July departures from Atlanta and JetBlue from JFK.
St. Lucia requires proof of a Covid-free test prior to travel; temperature checks are taken upon arrival; visitors must wear face masks in public from arrival through departure, including during the hotel stay.
A list of hotels that have met the new Covid-19 certification process will be announced shortly. Any arrivals not booked into a certified property are required to go into a 14-day quarantine.
In phase one, which runs to July 31, no sites or attractions are open, although some shops are. A number of restaurants are open for delivery and takeout services, but none offer seated service.
Phase two runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, and phase three begins on Oct. 1.
• St. Maarten: Princess Juliana airport will reopen to full operations on July 1 for travelers from Europe and North America, according to Ludmilla de Weever, the minister of tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunication. The airport has installed more than 40 plexiglass shielding screens and added hand sanitizers; all staff must wear masks; and access into the terminal
building will only be granted to passengers.
Passengers will have thermal temperature screening upon arrival and must wear masks at all times in the airport and in public spaces on the island.
Bars, dine-in restaurants with limited seating, salons, souvenir shops and retail stores reopened on June 1 and all remaining businesses opened on June 15.
• Turks and Caicos: Borders, Providenciales Airport and private jet terminals will reopen on July 22. The Grand Turk Cruise Center will remain closed until Aug. 31. Airline partners have confirmed flight service will resume from the U.S., Canada and Europe "as soon as the destination is ready," according to Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.
• U.S. Virgin Islands: The territory reopened to visitors on June 1. New health and safety protocols for all tourism stakeholders have been rolled out in conjunction with the Department of Health and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.