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Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago

Region starts reopening borders

Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago

Stringent protocols in place at Caribbean airports…

While Trinidad and Tobago’s borders remain closed indefinitely, other countries in the region have started re-opening with stringent protocols and policies in place.

VC Bird International Airport in Antigua and Barbuda.

Most countries require visitors to have a COVID-19 negative test certificate present on arrival. Globally, many territories have decided to keep their borders closed. Some countries like Australia and South Africa will not be re-opened for tourism until 2021.

Following are some countries that have reopened and their protocols for visitors:

Antigua & Barbuda: Reopened June 1

All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven days of their flight. (This includes transiting passengers).

Barbados: Re-opened July 12

All travellers must undergo a health screen.

The type of public health measures taken upon your arrival and during your stay will be dependent on the risk category of the country you are travelling from.

A view of the tarmac at Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados. (Photo: YouTube)

Persons travelling from low-risk Caricom and Caribbean countries who have not visited a high-risk country in the past 21 days prior to travel, will be exempt from the pre-testing requirement.

To be considered for process fast-tracking upon arrival, persons with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken with 72 hours prior to travel, are encouraged to travel with proof of these results

Travellers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be required to take a test upon arrival.

There are three testing options:

1. You can have your test completed at the airport and await results at government accommodation at no additional cost to you.

2. You can have your test completed at the airport and await results at a designated holding hotel at your own expense.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.

3. You can have your test completed at a designated satellite testing hotel and await results at chosen hotel at your own expense.

If your test is positive, you will be transported to an alternative accommodation for isolation, where you will stay until you have recovered. Upon recovery, you can resume your vacation, or you may return home.

Travellers from high risk settings may be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms with a follow-up COVID-19 PCR test at day seven. If this follow-up test is negative active monitoring would be discontinued. If a second test is not done you will be monitored for 14 days. (Travellers from moderate risk countries will be monitored for seven days)

A visitor who does not present a valid negative test result and who declines testing on arrival will be denied entry into Barbados.

Bahamas: Re-opened July 1

A negative COVID-19 RT PCR test, not older than seven days must be presented on arrival from all incoming visitors.

A flight information board lists no departure flights at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau, Bahamas.

All travellers must complete an electronic Health Visa form. No quarantine is required upon arrival. However, travellers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an area away from other passengers for further testing and evaluation.

Belize: Re-opening August 15

All visitors to Belize must download the Belize Health App on their mobile phone so authorities can manage their movement in Belize and provide timely communication. Visitors will need to register their travel on the App after receiving confirmation at an approved hotel. A unique QR code ID will then be provided, which visitors will need upon arrival in Belize.

Visitors are encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel, and upload results via the app. A certified negative result will put visitors in a fast track arrival lane at the airport. Visitors without a test, may be required to take a rapid test at their own expense upon arrive at the airport. Anyone who tests positive on arrival will be required to enter a 14-day quarantine at an approved facility at their own expense.

Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago

Bermuda: Re-opened July 1

A certified negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of travel but no more than five days, is required of all visitors who also must have health insurance. The testing requirements replace the requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

Within 48 hours of departure, visitors must complete the Bermuda travel authorisation process online. A $75 fee per traveller is required. The fee covers a COVID-test, which must be taken again on day three, day seven and day 14 at any of the a pop-up testing centres around the island. As of July 11, visitors without a pre-departure test would not have been able to obtain Travel Authorisation and enter Bermuda.

Dominican Republic: Re-opened July 1

Travellers are required to fill out a health questionnaire along with their regular customs forms on board their flight, confirming that they haven’t had coronavirus symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact information for contact tracing. You’ll also have your temperature checked when de-planing and may be subject to a rapid coronavirus test at the airport if you have a temperature of 100.6 degrees or higher, and will have to quarantine until you receive the results.

Grenada: Charter flights have resumed from 1 July, and some commercial flights will resume from 15 July

 Depending on where you are coming from, a medium or high-risk country, you maybe be required to present a certified copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Inbound travellers will be screened, must fill out a health declaration form and register on a contact tracing App.

Jamaica: Re-opened June 15

Visitors to Jamaica are required to undergo a health screening and risk assessment and should expect to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the test is positive, or if visitors develop COVID-19 symptoms during quarantine, they should expect to be placed in mandatory isolation.

The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

Visitors to Jamaica are required to remain within the “COVID-19 Resilient Corridor,” a defined geographical area within Jamaica designed for tourism purposes.

Any traveller arriving to Jamaica and tested for COVID-19 will be asked to remain in quarantine at their hotel/resort until the test results are returned.

Any traveller testing positive for COVID-19 will be isolated either at their hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by health authorities.

St Lucia: Reopened June 4

Travellers are welcomed as long as they could provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight. A pre-flight health assessment, and temperature checks at the airport, are the norm now as well.

St Vincent:

Effective July 1, all passengers arriving in SVG during the month of July will be PCR tested for COVID-19.

Travellers arriving with negative COVID-19 antibody tests results (a test done within five days) and a negative rapid COVID antigen test or negative PCR result (a test done within two days) will not be required to have a SVG COVID-19 PCR test done on arrival and will not be required to quarantine.

Reproduced from the Trinidad Express