5 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, which indicates that visitors should simply “practice usual precautions.”

Catching the eye of many are a few of the ones in the Caribbean that enjoy that designation.

British Virgin Islands

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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.

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.

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.

Cayman Islands

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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, the people eligible to visit must meet strict requirements.

Regardless, all of those who may travel here will need to apply to travel and quarantine for 14 days. Also, note that the repercussions of not quarantining can be severe.

A PCR test will also be administered to visitors upon arrival at the airport and 15 days later.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is situated 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.

Officials in this country are concerned about visitors bringing COVID-19 ashore, stating that just four of the first 100 cases that it had through the middle of December were contracted locally.

Visitors will need to complete a pre-arrival travel form and submit a recent negative PCR test at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

Those from countries deemed to be high or medium risk will also be tested upon arrival and need to quarantine.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

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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 $150.

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 $150. If it is negative, they may freely enter the country.

Note that a second test is still required if the stay in the country will be less than a week and that a stay at a private rental home instead of a hotel is possible but must be pre-approved.

Montserrat

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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 low COVID-19 infection rate. It has had 13 confirmed cases and zero active ones since Aug. 7.

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.