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Bahamas Tourism Ministry Updates Testing Protocols

NASSAU, Bahamas, 4 January 2022 – The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travellers, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022.  Vaccinated persons, as well as children ages 2-11, may continue to present either a negative Rapid Antigen Test or negative RT-PCR Test.

In addition, effective 4 January 2022, all persons remaining in The Bahamas for longer than 48 hours will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test, regardless of vaccination status.

Details of the protocol changes are as follows:

  • All those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries, whether fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas.
    • Vaccinated travellers and children between the ages of 2- 11, can present either a negative Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test.
    • All unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, must present a negative RT-PCR Test (acceptable tests include NAAT, PCR, RNA, RT-PCR and TMA).
    • All children under the age of two are exempt from any testing requirements.
  • 48 Hour COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test: Effective 4 January 2022, a Rapid Antigen Test will be required for all travellers staying in The Bahamas longer than 48 hours (two (2) nights), regardless of vaccination status.

For full details, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.

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St. Kitts & Nevis Travel Advisory Update for Travelers from Brazil, India, South Africa & UK

Basseterre, St. Kitts (May 13, 2021) – St. Kitts & Nevis has extended the travel advisory for travelers arriving from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa as of May 4 to June 4, 2021. The travel advisory now includes India. Persons from the aforementioned destinations are advised not to travel to St. Kitts & Nevis at this time. Entry into the Federation will be denied. Citizens and Residents of St. Kitts & Nevis who are arriving from any of these countries must process their travel request through the online platform www.knatravelform.kn and will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, even if they have been fully vaccinated.

The decision to extend and expand the advisory is based on the advice of the Ministry of Health and enacted by the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis through the National Covid-19 Task Force in the interest of protecting its borders and the health of its citizens. The Government is extending the advisory in response to Covid-19 variants that have originated in the UK, Brazil and South Africa and the widespread rates of Covid-19 currently being experienced in India. The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis will continue to monitor the developing situation and will provide updates accordingly.

Travelers should regularly check the St. Kitts Tourism Authority (www.stkittstourism.kn) and Nevis Tourism Authority (www.nevisisland.com) websites for updates and information.

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St. Kitts & Nevis Travel Requirements for Fully Vaccinated International Air Travelers

Basseterre, St. Kitts (April 30, 2021) – Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris announced a change to the travel requirements for those International Travelers, arriving by air, who have been fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 effective May 1, 2021.

International travelers who are fully vaccinated are required to submit their official Vaccination Record Card when completing their travel authorization process at www.knatravelform.kn, in addition to their 72-hour RT-PCR test and other required arriving passenger documentation.

Please see below the travel requirements for international air travelers effective May 1, 2021:

  1. A traveler is considered fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since receiving their second dose of a two dose vaccine series (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca/Oxford) or two weeks after they have received a single dose vaccine (Johnson + Johnson). The traveler’s official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card will be accepted as proof.
  2. Fully vaccinated air travelers will be asked to “Vacation in Place” at a Travel Approved hotel for only nine (9) days vs. the current 14 days.
  3. Effective May 20, 2021 fully vaccinated air travelers will be allowed to enter the destination’s sporting venues.
  4. Traveler must complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) and upload an official COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 standard taken 72 hours prior to travel. For their trip, they should bring a copy of the negative COVID- 19 RT-PCR test and their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as proof of completion of their vaccination. Please note, acceptable COVID-19 PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal sample. Self-samples, rapid tests, or home tests will be considered invalid.
  5. Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire. Upon arrival, if a fully vaccinated traveler is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the health screening, they can be required to undergo a RT- PCR test at the airport at their own cost (150 USD).
  6. All fully vaccinated air travelers are free to move throughout the Travel Approved hotel, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities only.
  7. Fully vaccinated air travelers staying beyond 9 days are required to be tested on day 9 (USD 150 visitors’ cost) of their stay and once their test is negative, they may integrate into the Federation participating in tours, attractions, restaurants, beach bars, retail shopping, etc.
  8. Effective May 1, 2021 fully vaccinated air travelers are not required to submit an exit RT-PCR test. If a pre-departure test is still required for the country of destination, the RT-PCR test will be taken 72 hours prior to departure. Example: If a person is staying 7 days, their pre-departure test will be on day 4; if a person is staying 14 days, their pre-departure test will be taken on day 11.
  9. Travel Approved hotels for international travelers are:
    • Four Seasons
    • Golden Rock Inn
    • Marriott Vacation Beach Club
    • Montpelier Plantation & Beach
    • Paradise Beach
    • Park Hyatt
    • Royal St. Kitts Hotel
    • St. Kitts Marriott Resort

International travelers arriving by air who are not fully vaccinated must continue to abide by the following requirements: 

  1. Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) and upload an official COVID 19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 standard, taken 72 hours prior to travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 RT-PCR test for their trip. Please note, acceptable COVID-19 PCR tests must be taken by nasopharyngeal sample. Self-samples, rapid tests, or home tests will be considered invalid.
  2. Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  3. 1-7 days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
  4. 8-14 days: visitors will undergo a RT-PCR test (USD 150, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative, on day 8 they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites.
  5. 14 days or longer: visitors will need to undergo a RT-PCR test (USD 150, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis.
  6. All travelers are required take a RT-PCR test (USD 150, visitors’ cost) 48 to 72 hours prior to departure. The RT-PCR test will be done on the hotel property, at the nurse’s station. The Ministry of Health will advise the respective hotel of the date and time for the traveler’s RT-PCR test before departure. Those travelers staying 72 hours or less, will complete the test upon arrival at RLB International Airport. If positive before departure, the traveler will be required to stay in isolation at their cost, at their respective hotel. If negative, travelers will proceed with departure on their respective date.

Upon arrival if a traveler’s RT-PCR test is outdated, falsified or if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 they will be required to undergo a RT-PCR test at the airport at their own cost.

International travelers who would like to stay at private rental home or condo must stay at a property that has been pre-approved as quarantine housing at their own cost, including security. Please submit request to [email protected].

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Curacao Adds Local Antigen Test To Entry Requirements

Willemstad – April 16th, 2021 – As of April 20th, travelers to Curaçao arriving from high-risk countries, who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 6 months, are required to take an antigen test at a local laboratory on the third day of their stay.

Curaçao is currently focusing on decreasing the number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Simultaneously, local authorities are continuing their efforts to keep the island safe for both visitors and the local community. The requirement to take an antigen test on the third day of their stay is an additional measure as a result of these efforts.

The required third-day antigen test is required for all travelers entering Curaçao and is additional to the mandatory PCR test. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before departure from an accredited laboratory.

Making an appointment for the antigen test is an integrated step to successfully register for the Passenger Locator Card. This is the last step of the registration process on dicardcuracao.com. Travelers can choose between several local laboratories.

Dicardcuracao.com allows visitors to fill out the Digital Immigration Card, fill out the Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours of departure and upload the negative test result for the pre-departure PCR-test.

Please visit dicardcuracao.com for more information.

Travel steps summary 

Prior to departure, all travelers must follow these mandatory steps:

  1. International visitors must complete the digital immigration card online. All travelers digitally fill out the immigration card.
  2. All travelers must digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to your departure and carry a printed document of proof with you.
  3. Upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Travelers departing from a high-risk country will be required to upload a negative PCR test result from an accredited laboratory taken within 72 hours prior to departure at an accredited laboratory. The traveler is required to carry a printed/digital copy of proof.
  4. Travelers departing from a high risk country are required to book a lab appointment to undergo a mandatory Antigen test on the 3rd day in Curaçao. Exemptions apply.

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Link: https://dicardcuracao.com/portal

Dushi Stay-app 

The local measures to protect both visitors and the population do not stand in the way of a relaxing holiday. By using the Dushi Stay app, visitors can see what measures have been taken as part of the local program “A Dushi Stay, the Healthy Way” and are kept informed of the current situation on the island. Download the app from Google Play or the App Store.

Link: https://www.curacao.com/en/article/travel-updates

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Dominica’s Successful COVID Management

Roseau, Dominica – (April 14, 2021) For a small Caribbean island, Dominica has masterfully implemented arrival protocols that allow travellers to visit and enjoy the island, all while stopping the spread of Covid-19 to residents and visitors.  Through the synergies of efforts to stringent health and safety protocols, reinforced by an intensive primary health care program, and on island partner certifications, Dominica’s COVID cases have been low, well controlled and at a minimum. Currently 39% of the target population has been vaccinated while the drive continues within the communities to get a larger percentage of the population vaccinated. To date, 25% of the total population has been vaccinated.  Thankfully, Dominica has had no COVID related deaths, and zero community spread.

By way of strategic planning, Dominica offers visitors the opportunity to visit the island through its wonderful ‘Safe in Nature’ program. The Safe in Nature brand guarantees that visitors from high -risk destinations to Dominica have a managed experience throughout the first 5-7 days of arrival in Dominica and encompasses destination experiences to include land and water-based tours and incorporates the wellness attributes that are unique to Dominica.  It provides a “managed experience” within a so-called “tourism bubble” comprising accommodation, transport, attractions, spas, restaurants and water-based activities that have all been certified, ensuring that visitors always feel safe and welcomed while maintaining hygiene and safety protocols. Visitors from high-risk destinations will be tested upon the 5th day. The program includes a concierge service provided by all certified Safe In Nature properties, that will guide guests through the entire process, including scheduling an appointment, coordinating payment ($40USD).  If  testing is not on-site, the host will arrange the transfer. Test results are currently being returned within 24-48 hours to comply with the 72-hour guidelines.

In addition, the island has been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council which reassures that the destination’s health and safety protocols meet globally accepted standards. Dominica also offers visitors a Work in Nature extended stay visa programme for persons wishing to stay in Dominica for up to 18 months.  Complete details on the programme is available at www.windominica.gov.dm.

Dominica’s Safe in Nature program essentially focuses on vacation coupled with health and safety, a preferred combination for vacation seekers. Dominica affords its visitors with world renowned diving, secluded sites and attractions perfect for distancing, top class hiking, out of the ordinary romantic escapes, an indigenous Kalinago population, healthy and tasty cuisine to boost your immunity and so much more. Dominica is not only a vacation, but a discovery and travel to Dominica especially now, can be transformative and rejuvenating. If you are seeking to shed your cares and refuel your passions look no further than the island of Dominica, its uncrowded and safe to travel.

For additional information on Safe in Nature and Dominica’s Travel Protocols visit Dominica: (discoverdominica.com), view the video here. The journey starts here, Dominica Awaits!

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at +1 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Instagram and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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