7 Safest Places to Visit in the Caribbean During COVID, According to CDC

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Those looking to engage in international travel are encouraged to focus on the countries that the CDC has placed in Level 1 or 2 of epidemiology risk, which means that visitors should simply “practice usual precautions” to be safe.  

Read on for the safest destinations in the world and what the CDC has to say about each one. Some countries have been moved to “level 4 – very high risk” but the number of real cases is very low compared to other countries and the death toll does not even make it to 30. For these and other reasons, they are still considered safe to visit.

Read: 14 Countries Open for Vaccinated Tourists

British Virgin Islands

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

British Virgin Islands

It reopened its air borders on Dec. 1. However, three PCR tests and a four-day quarantine must be completed in order to freely move around the country.

The British Virgin Islands is a 60-island British Overseas Territory that has historically welcomed significant numbers of visitors from the United States, United Kingdom and other areas of Europe.

Visitors need to start their BVI Gateway application at least 48 hours before traveling and complete it at least 24 hours prior to the trip.

Its requirements include a $175 payment and the uploading of a negative PCR test result from within five days of arrival. Tests will also be administered after arriving and four days later.

Effective April 15, the country will reopen its ferry ports and reopen for international vessels.

As of now, the country is under a nation-wide curfew from 2:00 am to 5:00 am, until, at least, March 25. 

Cayman Islands

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands, which is located 90 miles south of Cuba, has proven to be an especially popular destination for those interested in exploring its coral reefs and taking advantage of its culinary offerings.

This country started reopening its borders on Oct. 1. However, those eligible to visit must meet strict requirements.

All arrivals need to get pre-approved at Apply to Travel Cayman, undergo pre-arrival PCR testing and quarantine for 14 days. Also, note that the repercussions of not quarantining can be severe.

However, starting March 22, the Caribbean Island will permit visitors who have received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine (2 weeks before arrival in the territory), to cut their quarantine period from 14 to only 10 days. 

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis, which is also known as the Mother Colony of the West Indies, is in the northeast Caribbean. It gained complete independence from the United Kingdom relatively recently, in 1983.

Those visiting this country will need to upload a negative PCR test and bring a copy of that on their trip. They will then need to remain on hotel property for a week before taking another test at a cost of USD $100.

If that result is negative, they may go to specified areas off the hotel property. After a second week, a third PCR test will be administered, also costing $100. If it is negative, they may freely enter the country.

Note that a second test is still required even if they stay in the country for less than a week. Visitors are allowed to undergo quarantine at a private rental home instead of a hotel but must be pre-approved.

Returning Americans, and other travelers going to the United States, have now the option to get a COVID-19 test in St. Kitts so they can be allowed to re-enter the territory according to the new CDC regulations for returning travelers. Those may schedule their appointments at nextgenmedlab.com or www.qualitydiagnosticlab.com. The cost of the test is USD 150. 

Dominica 

Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate

Dominica

Paradise beach at Soufriere Bay with view to Piton at small town Soufriere in Saint Lucia, Tropical Caribbean Island. Travel destination for vacation.

Dominica is an island country located in the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. Dominica is tropical with charming mountains of volcanic origin. 

Travelers visiting the island must fill out a health questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 24-72 hours of their flight, and undertake an additional test at their port of entry. 

Visitors coming from low-risk countries must quarantine for 7 days, from Medium-risk countries 14 days and from high-risk countries up to 21 days. 

Montserrat

Level 3: COVID-19 High

Montserrat

Montserrat is one of the smallest Caribbean countries, with a population of just 5,000. This has been reduced from 13,000 over the past 25 years after volcanic activity rendered much of its southern part uninhabitable.

The country severely restricts who enters. This is likely due to its particularly relatively low COVID-19 infection rate, although it has suffered an increase over the last few weeks. It only has 20 active cases and 1 death since the pandemic struck.

As a result, most people who are not citizens or permanent residents of Montserrat or a close family member of one are not allowed to enter.

Those who are eligible must complete the Access Declaration Form at least three days prior to arriving.

PCR tests are required prior to and just after entering Montserrat. Quarantine will also be necessary for either six days at a designated facility accompanied by another negative test result or 14 days in a residence.

As of yet, most visitors arriving in the country may be subjected to clinical medical examinations. If health authorities consider a person to be a risk they can and will isolate them until they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result.

Antigua and Barbuda

Level 4: COVID-19 Very high

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a tropical country made up of 3 islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua, blessed with bays and sandy beaches; Barbuda, a flat coral island with a large lagoon; and Redonda, a rocky uninhabited natural place. 

All arrivals must bring a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR taken within 7 days of their flight. Returning nationals and residents need to quarantine at a government-selected facility for 4 days at a cost of EC $80.00 per day.

The country carries out a combination of different measures including the issuing of monitoring bracelets to contain the arrival of importing COVID-19 cases. 

The CDC has recently ranked this country at a level 4 risk “very high”. But, sometimes these statistics are not exactly what they look like. In multiple cases, the size of the country and number of the inhabitants make them look more alarming than what they really are. As of today, the country only has 1,011 and 27 deaths. 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Recently moved to Level 4: COVID-19 Very High

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is located in the southeast Caribbean, about 130 miles north of Venezuela. It consists of a chain of 33 islands; Saint Vincent is home to more than 90% of its population.

Only a couple of months ago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was considered one of the safest places in the world from an epidemiology point of view. Unfortunately, the islands have been experiencing their very first wave of COVID-19 since mid-January. The CDC has recently ranked them at Level 4, meaning the spread of the virus is “very high.” As of today, the country has recorded 1,692 and 9 deaths. 

Visitors will need to complete a pre-arrival travel form and submit a recent negative PCR test at least 24 hours prior to arrival, agree to get retested on arrival and observe a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (TA/ MOHWE) facility.

Travelers should keep in mind that they must arrive in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with a fully paid reservation for 14 nights.