Saint Lucia, which closed its borders to international tourists on March 23 due to the pandemic, will begin reopening its tourism industry in phases beginning on June 4, 2020, said Dominic Fedee, the destination’s minister of tourism.
“COVID-19 has kept us apart for too long. What a devastating few months we’ve had as a destination and as travelers,” Fedee said in a video message. “But there is good news – we are getting ready to host you again. Our people, our beaches and our mountains await you in all of their splendor. Now, the way we used to vibe will change just a little bit [with] responsible tourism [and] heightened protocols. There’s still going to be plenty of fun in the sun.”
*Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Saint Lucia federal government. Be sure to check with local and state authorities before traveling.
Saint Lucia’s coronavirus strategy is designed to protect locals and visitors through advanced coronavirus testing, daily screening and monitoring of staff and visitors; sanitization protocols at intermittent points during travelers’ stays throughout the travelers’ journey; and new social distancing strategies.
First, the destination will reopen Hewanorra International Airport for flights from the U.S.
Approximately 1,500 hotel rooms are being readied for the early June reopening, pending the completion of a new COVID-19 certification process.
Saint Lucia Entry Requirements
- Visitors must be tested for Covid-19 up to a maximum of 48 hours before their flight to Saint Lucia. They must be certified Covid free to be able to travel.
- All travellers must wear a face mask during the flight and in the airport in Saint Lucia.
- All travelers must continue the use of face masks on arrival in Saint Lucia.
- All travellers will be subject to screening and temperature checks by port health authorities in Saint Lucia.
Additionally, protocols are currently being put into taxis to separate drivers from travelers and to sanitize luggage upon arrival.
On the hotel front, properties will be required to adhere to more than 12 specific criteria for sanitization, social distancing and more.
In the first phase of Saint Lucia’s reopening, excursions and experiences will be limited in capacity. Hotel staff and travel providers will work directly with visitors to arrange activities, tourism officials said.
The second phase of the destination’s reopening will begin on Aug. 1, 2020, with details being announced in the coming weeks.
“Our new protocols have been carefully crafted and will build confidence among travelers and our citizens,” Fedee said. “The government of Saint Lucia remains resolved to protect both lives and livelihoods as it jumpstarts its economy.”