2020 Summer Saver: Islands Americans Are Now, Allowed to Visit At This Time!
Though much of the world is off limits to Americans…THESE PIECES OF PARADISE ARE OPEN
It’s been nearly five months since the coronavirus pandemic began, all but completely shutting down the travel industry, so it’s understandable that people are getting a little antsy. The good news is that some destinations prime for summer vacations (notably a number of pristine islands) are reopening to American tourists—albeit with strict safety regulations like mandatory COVID-19 tests, 14-day quarantines, and more. If you do go, make sure to allow plenty of time to get your test results so you don’t get turned away at the airport. It’s also important to keep in mind that even though you may be allowed into the country, the beaches, pools, and restaurants may still be closed.
All this said, we do want to bring you the latest information about destinations that are “open.” While nearly every place on our list requires a coronavirus health questionnaire to be filled out prior to arrival, here’s what you absolutely need to know about the few beautiful islands that you can technically visit today. Just remember that all of this information can change at a moment’s notice, so it’s essential to double—and triple—check the latest updates from the country’s authorities before making any travel plans.
Per the Jamaican tourism board, “All non-business travelers 12 years of age and over, who are residents of Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas in the USA are required to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited medical laboratory. The test sample collection date must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.”
Tourists are only allowed to stay in hotels in the “resilient corridor,” which includes a northern section and a southern one. Within those zones, businesses are open for tourists.The Maldives. are open for business, and travelers need not worry about presenting a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, though if you show any symptoms, you may be turned away at the border. You may also be subject to random testing at the cost of the Maldivian government. Many hotels are now open: They will take guests’ temperatures upon arrival, and they will likely ask you to wear masks in enclosed areas.
The Maldives are open for business, and travelers need not worry about presenting a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, though if you show any symptoms, you may be turned away at the border. You may also be subject to random testing at the cost of the Maldivian government. Many hotels are now open: They will take guests’ temperatures upon arrival, and they will likely ask you to wear masks in enclosed areas.
Visitors to St. Lucia must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within seven days of arrival, and all incoming travelers will be screened at the airport. If you show symptoms upon arrival, you’ll be taken to a quarantine site for treatment at your own cost. If you’re all clear, you’re required to stay at your hotel for the duration of your visit, save for water activities organized by your resort.
As of Aug. 2, the Dutch side of St. Maarten is open to American visitors, though the French side of St. Martin remains closed. Visitors must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and wear masks in public spaces throughout their stay. While some businesses are closed, a number of resorts are open.
Turks and Caicos
Travelers to Turks and Caicos must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days prior to arrival, and they must also have travel or health insurance that covers medevac. Otherwise, businesses have been permitted to reopen, so you’re free to enjoy your vacation once you get a negative test result.
No weapon against Summer 2020 shall prosper!!!