• Captain Randy and Shelly

Caribbean Travel Protocols Summer 2022

Updated: Jul 15

Edited July 15, 2022


Learn where the best sailing yacht charter vacations are most popular and their entry requirements. Travel protocols to these islands can change quickly. Click each island name for the latest info.


Anguilla: Open to vaccinated travelers


Requirements Effective June 1st, 2022

  • The online entry portal for travel into Anguilla is no longer in use.

  • All persons over five years of age travelling to Anguilla still require a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel to Anguilla which can be a PCR or NAA test administered within three (3) days of arrival OR a Rapid Antigen test which must be taken no more than 2 days before arrival. A nasopharyngeal swab (nasal) is required

  • Testing on arrival is discontinued for all persons travelling to Anguilla except for persons who arrive without an accepted pre arrival test. Such persons are subject to PCR testing and must remain in place until the results are known, in addition to paying a fine.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors and residents are not required to apply for permission to enter the island via the entry portal but, before boarding and on arrival, need to present evidence of full vaccination status and a valid negative COVID-19 test result.

  • All unvaccinated residents returning to Anguilla no longer need to apply for permission to enter the island via the entry portal, but prior to departing for Anguilla, must submit to the fixed based operations agent, ship or aircraft operator evidence that he is a resident of Anguilla and a valid negative COVID-19 test. Upon arrival to Anguilla he shall be required to quarantine for a period of not less than 5 days or such other period specified by the Quarantine Authority. Proof of Anguilla residence are documents such as a BOTC Anguilla Passport, Anguilla/Belonger Status Stamp or Certificate, Permanent Residence Stamp or Booklet, Residence Stamp or a Valid Work Permit.

  • Anguilla remains a vaccination-only destination for adult visitors. If an unvaccinated visitor wishes to request a medical exemption permitting entry into Anguilla, they should apply for the exemption in writing at visitanguilla@gov.ai under the subject heading “Request for COVID- 19 Vaccination Exemption”. An unvaccinated visitor who is granted a medical exemption permitting entry shall be required to quarantine for a period of not less than 5 days or such other period specified by the Quarantine Authority.


Antigua and Barbuda: Open to vaccinated travelers



Arriving passengers to Antigua are not required to present verifiable documentation of full vaccination to be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda. Protocol #3 outlines guidance pertaining to partially/unvaccinated persons. Fully vaccinated arriving passengers are not required to present a PCR/Rapid Antigen Test negative result to be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda, (unless they show symptoms of possible infection). This includes transiting passengers. Partially/Unvaccinated passengers with no COVID 19 symptoms are permitted entry provided they:

  • Present a negative certified PCR result taken no more than three (3) days or Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.

  • Submit to an RT-PCR test on arrival at their own expense

  • Quarantine for ten (10) days in their own homes if partially vaccinatedi.e:

  1. Either received 1 dose of a 2-dose vaccine OR

  2. the 2nd dose of a 2-dose vaccine was received less than two weeks prior to arrival).Quarantine for fourteen (14) days in their own homes if unvaccinated.

  • If symptoms appear during the period of quarantine, the person must be placed in isolation and will be tested for COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated passengers may be required to submit to an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival at their own expense. Instructions on permissible activities while awaiting results will be provided by Port Health officials. Unvaccinated minors between the ages of five and eighteen years old must present a negative certified RT-PCR result taken no more than three (3) days or a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to arrival in Antigua and Barbuda. Unvaccinated minors who are not staying at a certified resort/accommodation (Airbnb)) may be required to quarantine at home for a period of 10 – 14 days. Children below the age of five (5) years entering Antigua and Barbuda, DO NOT REQUIRE a COVID -19 RT-PCR test.

Persons quarantined at a government-approved facility for a period of fourteen (14) days will do so for a fee not exceeding EC$82.00 per night. Arriving passengers who are permitted to quarantine at home or instructed to stay at a government quarantine facility may be required to wear a monitoring bracelet according to the Quarantine Authority regulations.


Bahamas: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Effective 19 June 2022 fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country. Instead, valid proof of vaccination must be presented before boarding a flight to The Bahamas.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Effective 19 June 2022, all unvaccinated travellers ages 2 and older will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test — either a negative RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test — taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel and present the negative test results at check-in before travel to The Bahamas.

  • Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements.

  • Please note: COVID-19 testing is no longer required for persons travelling inter-island (domestic) within The Bahamas, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status (unvaccinated or fully vaccinated).



British Virgin Islands: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers



Effective 15th July, 2022, all entry COVID-19 testing requirements have been revoked. Travellers are no longer required to provide upon entry:

  1. a RT-PCR or approved antigen SARS CoV-2 negative test result no later than 48 hours;

  2. or a Recovery Certificate from a licensed medical professional certifying COVID-19 recovery within 90 days prior to arrival in place of a negative test.

Travellers are no longer required to be screened upon arrival for the COVID-19 virus.

Grenada: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

All Covid entry regulations are eliminated, including pre-entry test, health declaration form, test or health screening upon arrival.

Updated: April 13

Guadeloupe: Open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

12 and over must present proof of vaccination and negative RT-PCR test result taken within 24 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers:

12 and over must justify the visit for compelling reason, e.g. a emergency health reason or to render professional services; a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 24 hours of arrival must be provided.

Children:

11 and under when accompanied by vaccinated adult do not need vaccination.


Martinique: Open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Must present proof of full vaccination and a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Not permitted entry except for an "overriding" personal or professional reason; documentation of reason, a PCR test and quarantine on arrival are all required.

Children:

Children 11 years and under are exempt from vaccination requirements if they are traveling with a vaccinated adult.

Puerto Rico: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

All travelers:

Proof of vaccination or negative test is not required for domestic travelers.

Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia): Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Travel Requirements to Saba (Applies to all travelers vaccinated and unvaccinated, nothing is required for entry to Saba)

  • All travelers will not need a pre-travel test to enter Saba

  • All travelers will not need an EHAS entry form for Saba (disregard submit buttons will be removed)

  • No required post-arrival testing for incoming travelers or returning residents.

  • St. Maarten entry rules apply and EHAS form is mandatory when in transit, and upon returning via St. Maarten, click here. View travel requirements here.

  • St. Eustatius entry rules apply and EHAS form required for entry to St. Eustatius, click here

St. Barts: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Proof of vaccination required for age 18 and over or children between 12 and 17 who are traveling alone, No pre-arrival test required.

Unvaccinated or non fully vaccinated travelers:

Present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result done within 48 hours of flight departure.

Children:

Unvaccinated children 5 and over must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result done within 48 hours of flight departure

More information:

If connecting through St. Maarten, complete pre-arrival Electronic Health Authorization System form within 72 hours of arrival in St. Maarten (required in both directions).


St. Kitts and Nevis: open to vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

Must complete a travel authorization form and include proof of vaccination and a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of travel. The form must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to travel. Must book at travel-approved accommodations on St. Kitts and Nevis.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Entry not permitted for unvaccinated travelers 17 and older.

Children:

Children 17 and under traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians must have a negative RT-PCR test.

St. Lucia: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Fully Vaccinated Travellers* – NO TEST REQUIRED

There is no requirement for pre-travel test for fully vaccinated travellers. Fully vaccinated travellers must provide a valid vaccination record as requested on check in, for boarding and on entry to Saint Lucia.

*Fully vaccinated means two weeks has passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or since a single-dose vaccine. Vaccine proof must be presented on entry to Saint Lucia.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated travellers aged 5 years and older must have a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR testdone within 5 days prior to arrival.

Required for travel:

  • Vaccinated Travellers – Your vaccination proof

  • Unvaccinated Travellers – Your test results

  • All Travellers – Health Screening Form

The Health Screening Form should be downloaded and printed, and must completed by all passengers 18 years and over before disembarkation in Saint Lucia. This is for ease of processing on arrival

St. Maarten/St. Martin: open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers:

No negative test result required for entry for those vaccinated and those who have recovered from Covid in the past nine months.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Provide results of a negative PCR test result taken 48 hours prior to arrival or an antigen test taken 24 hours before arrival.

Children:

Children 5 and over who are not fully vaccinated must show results of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

More information:

The health authorization form (Electronic Health Authorization System-EHAS) is required for all travelers and must be submitted within 72 hours of arrival. The St. Maarten SXM Protection Plan is mandatory for all travelers. Plan rate varies depending on the traveler's age and covers hospital costs, ICU costs, doctor consultation, Covid tests and medical evacuation, if necessary.


St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Vaccinated travelers:

Complete the pre-arrival form, show proof of vaccination and results of rapid antigen test result taken within 24 hours of arrival or PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. No test or quarantine on arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers:

Must show proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, may be retested upon arrival and must quarantine in a Tourism Approved/Ministry of Health approved accommodation at their own expense and may be retested during quarantine.

Children:

Travelers under 18 may follow the protocol of vaccinated adult or family member.


U.S. Virgin Islands: Open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers- No pre travel requirements


More information:

Passports are not required for U.S. citizens to enter US territories such as the USVI or Puerto Rico. The USVI's status as a U.S. territory excludes it from the CDC requirement for a negative Covid test before entering or returning to the U.S.


Note: Because travel protocols can change overnight, Yacht Charters Guru is not responsible for errors or omissions on this page.



About Us-Your Charter Yacht Brokers: Capt. Randy & Shelly Tucker!

We do not sell yachts like many other agencies so there is no conflict or distraction in our focus for your yacht charter. Our service is free to you. We travel extensively to boat shows and yacht charter shows year-round to personally view and inspect as many of the yachts. 6 Reasons Why We are Qualified:

1. As Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association and the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht League, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena. 2. We stay on top of local and Federal Governments to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involve ourselves with the changes in the environment in which we offer charters. 3. We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands. 4. We attend multiple charter yacht industry shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, go aboard each of the yachts, meet the crews, attend association meetings and seminars. We'll happily share our notes about changes to the boats and crews and confirm any newly added features and upgrades as well as re-fits to the boat’s decor like new carpets, interior and exterior soft goods & fun new water toys. 5. As a seasoned charter yacht Owner & Crew, we have access to the "inner circle" and know all the insider facts. 6. We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants, and much more. Contact us for more info!

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