The Caribbean is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and as the weather starts cooling down, travelers are eager to escape the cold to a destination that rarely goes below 75°F. Swapping out the snow boots for flip flops? Sign us up!
It is relatively easy to visit the Caribbean at the minute, and most destinations welcome unvaccinated visitors as well as vaccinated ones, but each island has different requirements in place to ensure safety for both visitors and locals, so we’re going to be talking you through the requirements of the islands with the most restrictions so that you can decide which destination to visit.
Anguilla has quite strict requirements. You need to be vaccinated in order to enter, and the destination is currently only open to pre-approved visitors, so if you want to visit, you will have to apply online to see if you’re eligible.
In terms of vaccination, simply being vaccinated isn’t good enough. Those who have received certain types of vaccines will still be required to quarantine. All visitors need to take a PCR test between 3-5 days of arrival.
Slightly easier than Anguilla to visit, but not by much. You don’t need to be vaccinated in order to visit Aruba, however, you’ll need to provide a negative molecular test within 3 days of arrival.
You’ll also need to undergo a 5 step screening process, as well as purchase travel insurance.
The Bahamas is another destination that requires pre-approval in order to visit. Those wishing to visit the islands need to submit a Travel Health Visa application and purchase COVID-19 health insurance.
If you’re vaccinated, you’ll need to provide a negative PCR or antigen test within 5 days of arrival. For unvaccinated visitors, only a PCR test is accepted.
British Virgin Islands
If you’re vaccinated, you’ll need to purchase a BVI Gateway Traveler Authorization Certificate for $35 and provide proof of a negative PCR test within 5 days of arrival.
The same certificate will cost unvaccinated visitors $175. Unvaccinated visitors will also need to provide 3 negative PCR tests on different days and quarantine for 7 days.
If you want to visit the Cayman Islands, you’ll need to apply via the Travel Cayman portal. You need to be vaccinated, and if approved, you’ll also need to quarantine for 7 days, and provide a negative PCR test. Visitors will be tracked using GPS whilst they are in quarantine.
Those over 13 need to be vaccinated in order to visit Grenada, and will also need to apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate online, before traveling.
You’ll also need travel insurance that covers COVID-19, and proof of a negative PCR test within 3 days of arrival. You’ll also be required to take another PCR test upon arrival and quarantine until you receive the result.
Turks and Caicos
If you’re over 16, you must be vaccinated to visit this destination. You’ll also need to complete an online health questionnaire, show proof of a negative COVID test within 3 days of arrival, and purchase travel insurance that specifically covers COVID-19 medical costs as well as hospitalization.
Some of these sound like a bit of a nightmare, right?! But there are plenty of destinations in The Caribbean with much more relaxed restrictions, and most of these destinations are still relatively easy to visit, as long as you do some planning and preparation. We still think it’s worth it for some winter sun.