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The Caribbean Returns To Normal

This year, countries throughout the Caribbean have dropped many travel restrictions since the start of the pandemic; as it remains one of the most popular destinations for U.S. tourists.

With that said, there are Caribbean nations that still have travel restrictions—such as mandatory vaccination, testing, and passenger locator forms—which can make it challenging for tourists trying to choose a location.  In this article, we shed a light on the countries that have recently made it even easier to visit so travelers can vacation where they’re treated best.

The Caribbean destinations have further eased travel restrictions this week include:

1. The Dominican Republic 

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations for U.S. tourists. During the pandemic, the nation had relatively relaxed COVID-19 entry requirements. However, the Dominican Republic removed all entry requirements this week. 

Therefore, all travelers—regardless of their vaccination status—can now enter the Dominican Republic without any restrictions, like the surprise random testing on arrival.

Although the Dominican Republic removed many entry requirements at the start of 2022, many restrictions still remained, such as a random breathalyzer-type test for unvaccinated tourists. 

The Dominican Republic didn’t require tourists from the United States, Canada, or Europe to present proof of vaccination upon entry. Yet, if unvaccinated travelers tested positive for COVID-19 on the random breathalyzer-type test, they would have to quarantine upon arrival. 

In Summary:

  • No COVID-19 tests 
  • No proof of vaccination 
  • No passenger locator forms 
  • No quarantine upon arrival 
  • No banned nations

But what about internal COVID-19 restrictions? They suspended most COVID-19 measures on February 16, 2022. However, masks remain mandatory in health centers and public transportation. 

2. Jamaica 

Jamaica is a very popular destination for U.S. tourists. And after two years of COVID-19 measures—which were sometimes strict measures—the nation has removed all entry requirements for tourists.

As of April 15, 2022, all tourists can enter Jamaica without restrictions; they have removed the pre-departure test, which was the only remaining entry requirement.  

In Summary: 

  • No proof of vaccination 
  • No COVID-19 tests 
  • No quarantine 
  • No banned nations 
  • No passenger locator forms 

Still, what about internal COVID-19 restrictions? There aren’t many. Jamaica has removed the mask mandate for travelers; although they still recommend travelers wear masks in crowded spaces.

Large events must limit their capacity to 70% and various restrictions may apply to nursing homes and hospitals.

3. Bonaire 

Bonaire became the 32nd country worldwide to end all COVID-19 restrictions last week. As of April 20, 2022, travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, or a recovery certificate. 

However, Bonaire still requires travelers to fill out a health declaration form between 12 and 24 hours before departure. 

In Summary:

  • No proof of vaccination 
  • No testing 
  • No quarantine 
  • No banned countries 

Various U.S. airlines travel to Bonaire, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, KLM, and WestJet.

While Bonaire is not the most popular tourist destination for North Americans, it’s a great option for those who want to try something new.

4. Turks and Caicos 

Turks and Caicos will remove most of its entry requirements from May 1, 2022. Although all passengers over 18 have to show proof of vaccination, the nation has removed mandatory testing, proof of travel insurance, and passenger locator forms. 

Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, said: “The well-being of our communities has always been our priority, and with the majority of our population vaccinated and a return to normalcy, the government is lifting restrictions to welcome new and returning visitors,”

Furthermore, Turks and Caicos have removed most internal COVID-19 restrictions, such as mandatory masks in crowded spaces and social distancing. 

In Summary:

  • No testing 
  • No quarantine 
  • No banned countries 

Final Thoughts 

It’s excellent to see more Caribbean nations remove most, if not all, of their entry requirements. There are more and more nations lifting all COVID-19 requirements now as travel returns to normal, like Curaçao and Aruba.

Where are you visiting this year?

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