Caribbean COVID entry requirements are beginning to ease now that the Omicron variant of COVID is beginning to wane in most of the Caribbean region. However, there still are Caribbean COVID entry requirements and health and safety protocols in place in many of these island nations and territories. Here’s what your meeting and incentive attendees need to be prepared for at some popular Caribbean meetings and incentive destinations as of March 16, 2022.
The 13 island nations and multiple overseas territories that make up the Caribbean region are starting to ease some of their COVID-related health and safety entry requirements now that the Omnicron variant is beginning to recede. In-person meetings and incentives are also coming back, but it’s important that planners know — and can inform their attendees about — entry requirements and regulations relating to vaccination status and COVID test results.
Here’s a snapshot of protocols in place as of March 17, 2022, at a few of the more popular Caribbean meetings and incentive destinations. Please check with the individual island authorities when your dates are close as these may have changed.
As of March 15, 2022, visitors are no longer required to present a COVID-19 negative test result or proof of vaccination. All travelers still must complete Aruba’s Embarkation/Disembarkation Card — the country’s digitized customs and immigration process — prior to arrival. Aruba visitors insurance also is still required.
Website: Aruba Tourism Authority
Fully vaccinated travelers must upload their vaccination cards and show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days of arrival. As of February 17, 2022, fully vaccinated inter-island travelers will also need to provide a negative COVID test taken within three days of traveling. Unvaccinated adults must be able to provide a negative PCR test taken within three days of traveling to the Bahamas and also before doing inter-island travel.
All visitors must obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, though it is no longer required for inter-island travel, and COVID-19 health insurance.
Website: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Visitors must show proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 PCR test taken one day prior to arrival or a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result done within three days of arrival. Visitors must complete an immigration form and download the BIMSafe app, where you can fill out the customs and immigration form, upload test results and complete a health questionnaire.
Website: Barbados Tourism
As of March 7, 2022, adults arriving by air must be fully vaccinated and provide negative results of a PCR, LAMP or TMA test taken up to four days prior to arrival, or a supervised antigen test taken up to two days prior to arrival. Those traveling by cruise ship also must be fully vaccinated and obtain travel authorization ($40 application fee), as well as complete the same testing protocols as air travelers.
As of March 10, 2022, visitors to Curaçao do not need to undertake any COVID testing. They are required to complete the digital immigration card online before departure, and digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to departure.
Website: Curaçao Tourist Board
As of February 2022, Americans and travelers from most other countries are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Airports and other ports of entry will perform a aleatory test to a percentage of passengers, and all those who present symptoms, upon arrival. Visitors who present a vaccination card or a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempted from the random test.
As of March 1, 2022, visitors must be able to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within three days of arrival, regardless of vaccination status.
Website: Jamaican Tourism Board
As of March 10, 2022, U.S. citizens going to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, are not required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival to the island. Other international travelers must present a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test taken within one day prior to departure, along with proof of vaccination. Masks and proof of vaccination status or test results also are no longer mandatory for entry to any indoor or outdoor settings.
Website: Discover Puerto Rico
Turks and Caicos Islands
As of January 28, 2022, all visitors are required to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of travel, as well as proof of full vaccination. In addition, everyone visiting the islands must fill out a health screening questionnaire and Travel Authorization Form.
Website: Turks and Caicos Tourist Board
U.S. Virgin Islands
As of March 7, 2022, domestic travelers to this U.S. territory who are able to show proof of full vaccination are no longer required to provide negative COVID test results to enter the U.S. Virgin Islands. International travelers must submit a negative antigen (antigen) or NAAT (e.g., RT- PCR) COVID-19 test result. Test requirements depend on vaccination, mode of travel, and age.
Website: USVI Department of Tourism