Caribbean Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
There's a lot going on out there surrounding the Caribbean and the Coronavirus COVID-19. On this page, we'll do our best to keep track of everything we hear. For a complete list of when travel will resume, check out our article on Caribbean island reopening dates.
Anguilla has begun taking steps to reopen its borders. Government-approved aircraft, ships, vessels, or boats used for the repatriation of Anguillian citizens to Anguilla, and the departure of Anguillian and Non-Anguillian citizens from Anguilla, are now allowed to operate into the island’s air and seaports of entry.
“We are keeping both our citizens overseas and our travel partners in the marketplace updated on our progress and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Anguilla in the very near future,” declared the Hon. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism. “We intend to reopen in a safe, responsible way that protects both our citizens and our guests, yet still ensures the wonderful vacation experience that has made Anguilla the #1 destination in the Caribbean for three years in a row.”
At this point, no definitive date for reopening the borders to commercial international travel has been announced. However, the government has outlined its measured approach to reopening, which will take place in phases.
- Phase One is the repatriation of Anguillians overseas – students, family members, residents — who need to return home. An online portal has been set up on the www.beatcovid19.ai platform to assist Anguillians abroad with the registration and screening requirements, in order to effectively manage the repatriation process.
- With the help of the British government, Anguilla has acquired both the GenXpert and the Quanstudio PCR machines, along with testing kits, supplies, and staff training which has enabled the Health Authority of Anguilla to now accurately and quickly test for COVID-19.
- Guidelines for industry stakeholders, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, international and regional associators including the USTA, CHTA, CARPHA, and IATA, are being circulated and implemented across all product sectors – accommodations, transportation, attractions, retail and dining establishments.
- In Phase Two the administration will prepare to welcome paying guests; both travel advisors and stakeholders have indicated that there is a demand for Anguilla, in particular from repeat guests who spend up to two months on the island.
- The administration is also working on a number of touchless solutions, such as online immigration processing, virtual check-in, and check-out at hotels; that will also be in effect as part of the travel safety protocols implemented on reopening.
The Honorable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, today announced plans to reopen borders and begin welcoming visitors starting on July 22, 2020.
The specifics of new protocols associated with reopening will be shared in the coming weeks and will address stringent standards, trainings, and personal protective equipment, among other necessary measures. The safety and wellbeing of the local population and international guests remains top priority for the Turks and Caicos Islands. As such, the Premier has been vigilant regarding the continued containment of COVID-19 and finalizing new procedures. “We are eager and excited to reopen our borders and safely welcome travelers back to the picturesque Turks and Caicos Islands later this summer,” said Pamela Ewing, Director of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. “In the meantime, we are taking every precaution to ensure the Islands are safe and to enhance the exceptional experience and care afforded by the destination and our world-class hospitality partners. Our intention is to cautiously reboot the tourism sector, laying the foundation for short- and long-term recovery.” The Turks and Caicos Islands – home to the “World’s Best Beach” – is a coveted five-star luxury vacation destination for leisure, business, and notable guests from around the globe. With nine main islands of about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays, the destination is inherently safe for travel in this new paradigm of physical distancing, given its expansiveness, stunning outdoor environment, privacy, spacious resort accommodations and unique portfolio of extraordinary private villas and private island vacations.
Dominica continues to ease COVID 19 related restrictions 46 days after the last confirmed case. The announcement was made by Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Dr. Irving McIntyre in a statement on May 23, 2020. The Minister stated that while restrictions are being lifted to cater to the mental and physical well being of the population, it does not imply that Dominica is COVID free. Dr. McIntyre urged Dominicans to continue wearing face masks and practice physical distancing measures. He also noted that testing is ongoing for frontline workers and persons wo meet the case definition for the virus. Community testing is also in progress to determine immunity levels to the virus and to identify undetected cases.
The Technical Health Team of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment has recommended further easing of restrictions as follows effective May 25, 2020:
- Curfew hours will be 8 pm to 5 am Mondays to Fridays and from 6 pm to 5 am on Saturdays and Sundays
- Businesses can remain open up to 6 pm Mondays to Fridays and up to 3 pm on Saturdays
- Public transportation buses will be allowed to transport 3 passengers per row.
The travel ban to and from Bonaire has been extended to June 15, 2020, at 6:00 PM (local time).
In a statement dated April 30, 2020, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, noted that the state of emergency declaration issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic would expire as of midnight (12:00 am) on the morning of May 1, 2020. A second state of emergency, which went into effect as of 12:01 am on May 1, 2020 will extend for a period of 60 days. As noted in the statement:
In parliament, and elsewhere, I had made the point that there was no need to fear that the extension of the state of emergency necessarily meant the extension of the regime, in all its rigour, that existed under the previous state of emergency. In fact, I signaled that given how comparatively well we are doing in keeping new cases at bay, we expected to relax the strictness of the last set of regulations. I am, therefore, here to tell you that it is precisely as I intimated: there is a substantial easing that the new regime will bring…
…There is no way that, in those famous words of President Bush, that we can declare “mission accomplished”. We see what is to happen now as a breathing space, a somewhat uneasy truce. We will use the opportunity to plan, to prepare for the distinct possibility of a second wave of cases. If that hits, we ask our people to be ready to do it all over again, including returning to the most draconian of lockdowns.
Under terms of the new state of emergency, a wide range of businesses throughout Belize will reopen and resume normal operations. Among them, hotels across Belize are free to reopen, though clientele will be restricted to persons already living in Belize. Hotel restaurant operations will also remain limited, with room service and take-out meals the sole options.
The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) has announced that the Anguilla Summer Festival Committee and the Department of Youth and Culture have made the difficult decision to cancel the staging of Anguilla Summer Festival 2020. This follows on similar decisions made with regard to Extraordinary Eats!, the island’s premiere culinary celebration held in April; Anguilla LitFest, A Literary Jollification and the Round the Island Boat Race on Anguilla Day in May; and a month-long series of events in June, promoting relaxation, health and wellness on Anguilla.
These decisions have been taken in compliance with the global and national guidelines issued with the objective of mitigating and containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Anguilla has had just three (3) confirmed cases to date, with none currently pending, and no new cases reported within the past 28 days. All three individuals have fully recovered and have tested clear of the virus.
“We believe that rescheduling these events is the only responsible course of action to take,” said Donna A. Daniels-Banks, ATB Chairperson. “The health and safety of both our residents and our guests is always of paramount importance, and we take the principle of social distancing very seriously. Hosting large gatherings at this time is premature; we are confident that all our events will be bigger and even more spectacular next year, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Anguilla to celebrate with us.”
The Anguilla Tourist Board is focused on the development and expansion of the island’s tourism product offerings, to fulfill the destination’s Beyond Extraordinary! brand promise. In 2019 the Destination Experience Unit launched five experiential pillars – Adventure, Extraordinary Eats, Spa and Wellness, Events and Culture and Romance – and created a series of corresponding events on island to market and promote these authentic experiences.
Planning for 2021 has already begun. Extraordinary Eats! will once again take place next April, expanded to a month-long event for “foodies” and culinary enthusiasts. From March to August the focus is on Events and Culture, with the iconic MoonSplash, LitFest, Anguilla Day and Summer Festival, which includes the popular Poker Run.
The month of June 2021 has been designated Health & Wellness Month, featuring the best wellness escape packages and spa services – that are uniquely Anguillian – yoga, healthy eating and much more.
The Fall months of September, October and November are intended to bring awareness to the Adventure Pillar, with new excursions and activities such as cave tours, sporting events, watersports, nature walks and more. The final pillar, Romance, will be highlighted in November from the 1st to the 15th, when all of Anguilla’s romantic getaway packages, weddings, honeymoon and one-of-a-kind assets will be showcased.
The travel ban to and from Bonaire has been extended until May 15th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (local time).
The Bahamas Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, announced that the Emergency Order, “Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (NO. 11) Order, 2020,” will remain in effect until May 30, 2020.
The current Emergency Order impacts travelers in the following ways:
- No visitor shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason including transiting through The Bahamas.
- The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has closed the Lynden Pindling International Airport and all other airports throughout The Bahamas are closed to incoming flights carrying passengers.
- Airlines are permitted, with proper approval, to fly empty aircraft into The Bahamas to retrieve international visitors and return them to their home country.
- All seaports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private boating.
- Air and sea restrictions do not apply to cargo flights or cargo ships, commercial courier flights, emergency medical flights, or emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
- All international visitors currently in The Bahamas should be prepared to stay for an indefinite period of time.
- No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any mail boat, sailing inter-island, except for transport of freight; or inter-island private commercial sea transport.
- All resorts and hotels on Nassau, Grand Bahama Island, and the Out Islands are currently closed to international travelers. Please see below for a full list of when these resorts plan to reopen.
- Atlantis, Paradise Island: closed until May 15, 2020
- Baha Mar: closed until further notice
- Sandals Royal Bahamian: closed until May 15, 2020
- Meliá Nassau Beach–All Inclusive: closed until June 4, 2020
- The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas remains open for business during this time. If you have questions about the resort services and facilities, please reach out to the hotel directly at +1.242.363.2501
- Bay View Suites Paradise Island, Bahamas: closed until further notice
- Comfort Suites Paradise Island: closed through June 28, 2020
- Grand Bahama
- All hotels and resorts are closed until further notice
- Out Islands
- All hotels and resorts are closed until further notice
The current Emergency Order impacts residents in the following ways:
- All residents will be placed on a 24-hour curfew and are to remain at home to avoid contact outside of their family, except for those who have been deemed essential workers or have special permission from the Commissioner of Police.
- Residents can leave their homes for essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, pharmacy or to refuel; as well as for outside exercise, provided that the exercise is conducted on one’s own property. Proper social distancing guidelines of at least six feet (6ft.) must be followed at all times while outside the home.
- A food shopping schedule has been designed and implemented to cut down on exposure, physical interactions, and provide residents with enough opportunity to get the essential items that they need. Specially designated times have been established for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
- All public beaches, markets, and docks will be closed, and no vehicles are permitted on any public or private roads for any purpose other than stated above.
In keeping with ongoing global efforts to contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Barbados has made the difficult decision to cancel the country’s Crop Over Festival this year.
The island’s premier arts and culture showcase celebrates the end of the sugar cane crop with craft markets, soca and calypso competitions, parties and much more, and was scheduled to launch in June 2020. The festival usually runs for two months, culminating on the first Monday of August with a colourful street parade dubbed Grand Kadooment. On Kadooment Day, thousands of locals, visitors and even celebrities that have included Cultural Ambassador Rihanna, and Lewis Hamilton, take to the streets in costume to party.
Also cancelled this year due to COVID-19 is the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), which was slated for October and November 2020. This annual festival, which celebrates the best of Barbadian performing, visual and culinary arts, will return in 2021.
The Ministry of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports responsible for these two key events, will instead dedicate this time to a national training programme in schools and communities to ensure the continued development of local arts despite the festival cancellations.
More information will be provided on the national training program as it becomes available.
The Nevis Tourism Authority has announced that the 2020 edition of the annual Nevis Mango and Food Festival has been postponed.
This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution, with the well-being, safety and health of both residents and visitors in mind.
The 3-day Nevis Mango and Food Festival, slated to take place on the 4th of July weekend, has become a fixture on culinary calendars for foodies. Chefs from across the region, along with a visiting celebrity chef, embrace an epic culinary challenge, totally dedicated to the mango and the creative cuisine inspired by mangos. The only caveat is that the mangos that are used must be one of the 40+ varieties that grow on the island. The festival is an initiative by the Nevis Tourism Authority and is now expected to take place next year, over the 4th of July weekend, 2021.
The Government of French St. Martin recently announced the following updates relative to its air and sea ports, as well as the border it shares with Dutch St. Maarten:
In order to maintain regional territorial links, commercial flights continue to be operated by Air Antilles Express. Flights will be operated by Twin Otter 17-seater aircraft on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Flights are reserved for:
- Persons accompanying a very sick person.
- Those that need urgent surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis.
- Those traveling for professional reasons in link with the COVID-19 crisis.
All passenger will have to show proof of residency on their travel documents. Also, they will have to produce two documents proving the exactitude of their motivation to travel.
Inter-island Ferry Service
Rotations between Saint-Martin and the island of Anguilla are suspended until further notice from the Ferry Station of Marigot.
One rotation per day remains operational between Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy (St. Barts).
Marina Fort Louis
The Fort Louis Marina in Marigot is closed to the public. Private boating is now restricted in French waters. Dingy navigation is authorized for groceries and fuel, but boaters need to complete and carry the same declaration form required of all French citizens wishing to leave their homes for any reason.
The reception of cruise ships is prohibited since the publication of the Ministerial Decree on March 13th. There is no cancellation or modification of the schedule in terms of reception of goods.
Both French and Dutch governments have agreed to a “Friendly Border Control” in order to restrict non-essential movements. This is in an effort to reduce the possibility of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On April 6, 2020, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow of Belize announced a 14-day lockdown for the Cayo District beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
The Discover Dominica Authority issued a press release April 9, 2020 including the following update:
A state of emergency has been declared which includes border restrictions and curfew.
Mandatory curfew from 6 pm to 6 am Mondays to Fridays.
Total lockdown on weekends from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday.
Total lockdown during the Easter Holiday from 6 pm on April 9, 2020 to 6 am on April 14, 2020.
Essential services (financial institutions, gas stations, supermarkets) can be accessed by the general public from 8 am to 2 pm Mondays to Fridays.
The state of emergency was extended for an additional 3 months, and the curfew has been extended for another 21 days from April 20, 2020.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas to remain closed through at least May 10th.
As it stands today, all non-essential travel to the Virgin Islands has been halted through the month of April. Bolongo Bay will be closed through May 10. That date may be pushed back based on circumstances.
The travel ban to and from Bonaire has been extended until April 28th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (local time).
Discover Dominica Authority informs its regional and international audience of the current status of tourism industry given the current coronavirus pandemic.
Ports of Entry: All ports of entry are closed to passenger traffic until further notice. As such, no airlines or ferries are operating into Dominica with passengers. In Keeping with S.R.O. 13 of 2020, only air and sea cargo are allowed with exceptions for Aircraft, Ships or Other vessels carrying the following passengers; (a) Citizens of Dominica ; (b) resident diplomats; (c) medical personnel; (d) any other person authorized in writing by the Minister with responsibility for National Security.
Hotels: Properties are closed or in the process of temporary closures as guests have all departed. Please contact the property directly to get the latest update.
Yachts: Entry into the country and mooring offshore is not permitted at this time.
Ecotourism sites: All (12) ecotourism sites managed by the Government of Dominica through the Division of Forestry or Ministry of Tourism are closed until further notice. This is specifically to curtail the spread of the virus at the tourism facilities where hikers may use the washroom and interpretation facilities.
Educational institutions: All educational institutions including day care centres and preschools were closed on March 23, 2020.
Essential services: Banks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and medical facilities are open for limited hours on weekdays.
Assistance to the Industry: Given the significant economic impact which the coronavirus pandemic will have on the tourism industry, the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association is advocating for fiscal and other support from local banks and the government for its membership. The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives is working with stakeholders within its portfolio to collect data to galvanize assistance for the tourism sector.
State of Emergency & Curfew: Effective April 1, 2020, the President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin issued Statutory Rules and Order No. 15 of 2020 which places the island in a State of Emergency as a result of COVID 19. As such, curfew hours are in effect as follows:
- From 6 pm to 6 am from April 1, 2020 to April 20, 20, Mondays to Fridays.
- From 6 pm on Fridays to 6 am on Mondays between April 1, 2020 to April 20, 2020.
- From 6 pm on April 9, 2020 to 6 am on April 14, 2020.
- Banks, credit unions, grocery stores, supermarkets, village shops, bakeries and petrol stations may remain open from 8 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday, while pharmacies may open between 6 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday.
- Movement of persons beyond the curfew hours shall only be permitted for work and providers of essential services (as outlined in SRO 15 of 2020), to seek urgent medical care, shop for groceries, conduct banking transactions, to care for a family member, pet or livestock or to engage in construction or manufacturing.
- Religious places of worship are closed except for weddings and funerals, which must be conducted utilizing stipulated guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
- All liquor licenses are suspended from April 1, 2020 to April 14, 2020.
Vincy Mas officially canceled.
Our great friends at Curtain Bluff, Antigua shared this warm and hopeful video message yesterday…
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS COVID-19 STATUS REPORT – MARCH 29, 2020
BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM & AVIATION STATEMENT ON COVID-19
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19. Please visit the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s website for the latest information on COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas. Current and future patients are to be isolated in quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Further to the Emergency Order, “Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (NO. 2) Order, 2020,” announced by Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has closed the Lynden Pindling International Airport to all flights, as of Friday, March 27. The public is further advised that, effective March 27, all airports throughout the entire Bahamas shall be closed to all air traffic.
The Emergency Order remains in effect until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, unless otherwise stated. Preventative restrictions are being enforced to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including:
· No visitor shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason including transiting through The Bahamas.
· All airports throughout the entire Bahamas, including private airports and fixed-base operations (FBOs), shall be closed to all flights.
· All sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private boating.
· Air and sea restrictions do not apply to: cargo flights or cargo ships, commercial courier flights, emergency medical flights or emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
· All international visitors currently in The Bahamas should be prepared to stay for an indefinite period of time.
· No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any mail boat, sailing inter island, except for transport of freight; or inter island private commercial sea transport.
· All residents will be placed on a 24-hour curfew and are to remain at home to avoid contact outside of their family, except for those who have been deemed essential workers, or have special permission from the Commissioner of Police.
· Residents can leave their homes for essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, pharmacy or to refuel; as well as for outside exercise, not exceeding an hour and a half per day between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., provided that the exercise is conducted in one’s yard or one’s immediate neighborhood and no person shall drive to any place to exercise.
· Proper social distancing guidelines of at least six feet (6ft.) must be followed at all times while outside the home.
· All public beaches, markets and docks will be closed, and no vehicles are permitted on any public or private roads for any purpose other than stated above.
Full details of this order and the previous Emergency Order may be found at opmbahamas.com.
The Bahamas is conducting COVID-19 testing and has been actively employing several measures used globally to screen visitors and residents and to manage the response to individuals of concern, in line with international health best practices. Traveller health questionnaires and a screening protocol have been used at ports, hotels and rental properties to identify guests who may require surveillance or treatment. In addition, all Bahamian nationals and residents returning to The Bahamas through any point of entry from any of the restricted countries or an area where community infection and spread is present, have been quarantined or placed under self-isolation upon arrival and are expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health.
A destination-wide education campaign continues to remind the public of the basic hygiene practices that can be used to prevent the spread of the virus including frequent, proper hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, frequent disinfection of surfaces and avoiding close contact with those exhibiting signs of respiratory illness.
All COVID-19 inquiries should be directed to the Ministry of Health. For questions, or concerns, please call the COVID-19 hotline: 242-376-9350 (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT) / 242-376-9387 (8 p.m. – 8 a.m. EDT).
ST. KITTS & NEVIS TAKES ACTION AGAINST COVID-19
STATE OF EMERGENCY
At the request of the Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, the Governor General of St. Kitts & Nevis has declared that, effective as of 7:00 p.m. tonight Saturday, March 28, 2020, a State of Emergency will be declared. This will restrict the freedom of movement of all citizens and residents, who will be subject to a curfew between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day for the next 14 days. This is part of the Federal Government’s scaled up response to contain and control the COVID-19 virus and minimize harm to its people.
The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations require every person to remain confined to their place of residence, inclusive of their yard space, to avoid contact outside of their family except in stipulated circumstances such as essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, credit union, money services, business, pharmacy or to refuel vehicles. The Regulations also require the closure of non-essential businesses and regulate the hours of opening for essential services. For a complete listing of essential businesses, click here to read section 5 of the official Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations document.
St. Kitts & Nevis has also imposed social and physical distancing protocols as part of the increased response. Businesses will be required to observe a physical distance of 6 feet between its customers inside and outside of their businesses. Following a meeting with the operators of the 3 bus lines and ferry operators, given the congestion in public transport vehicles and the potential for contagion, certain restrictions have been imposed to protect operators and their patrons of no more than 1 passenger per row.
Regarding the public service, all essential workers must report to work during the time of the State of Emergency. The Secretary of Cabinet will determine any other category required to report for duty.
To ensure that persons are faithfully complying with the curfew and other restrictions, strong penalties including fines of up to $5000 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 6 months can be imposed on those who fail to comply with the Regulations.
While it is highly uncommon to restrict free movement, this is an unprecedented time and the dangers that confront the Federation demand that Government takes serious actions to confront and overcome this pandemic. These strong measures are in place for 14 days, in the first instance, and Government shall continue to evaluate and adapt the Regulations as necessary as the situation evolves.
As the result of actions by local experts, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), St. Kitts & Nevis was able to keep the virus offshore until as recently as March 25, 2020, when two Kittitian nationals arrived from New York and were tested positive for COVID-19. In fact, St. Kitts & Nevis was the last place in the Americas to confirm positive cases of COVID-19. This is due to its “Life First” strategy by limiting cruise ships and taking precautionary measures with commercial airline passengers arriving from designated hot spots or displaying symptoms of respiratory illness, quarantining or refusing entry as warranted. Once these two cases of COVID-19 were imported into the Federation, the Federal Government needed to become more aggressive in its actions and this State of Emergency was declared.
The borders of St. Kitts & Nevis are closed from 11:59 p.m. on March 25 to April 7, 2020 to commercial air and sea vessels. Travellers are advised to contact their travel advisor, travel provider, hotel and/or airline for information about policies for rescheduling trips. Our hearts are with you, as we are all in this together. We look forward to once again welcoming you to the sun-kissed splendour of St. Kitts & Nevis. In the meantime, we ask all persons to stay informed about the latest news and developments relating to COVID-19 and to take all recommended precautions to stay safe and healthy.
The Anguilla Tourist Board has announced that Anguilla’s Ministry of Health & Social Development has launched a new platform – www.beatcovid19.ai – to serve as an Anguilla-focused central resource for all official news and updates related to COVID-19. The latest news and information from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Tourism, the Air & Sea Ports Authority (AASPA) and the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) are all available on this site.
A press release from the Office of the Prime Minister cited four incidents involving “aggressive conduct towards the State authorities” as the reasoning behind closing its ports of entry in Union Island, Canouan, and Bequia until further notice.
The press release went on to say “The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines urges all owners, operators, crew, and passengers of yachts to cooperate with the State authorities. If there is any attempt to circumvent the integrity and laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, especially at the time of Covid-19, the government will take further action promptly.”
The Government of Grenada has announced a “limited state of emergency” inclusive of a curfew. A Grenada Tourism Authority press release notes the following:
As part of the proactive approach to stem the community spread of COVID-19, the Government of Grenada has announced a limited state of emergency for 21 days, effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6 p.m. Citizens will be allowed to leave their homes between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. to conduct designated activities.
The travel ban to and from Bonaire has been extended until April 10th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (local time).
In a press release issued yesterday (March 26, 2020), the Discover Dominica Authority shared the following update:
…the country’s airports are closed to all non-essential flights effective midnight March 25, 2020. Additionally, all non-essential gatherings are limited to no more than 10 persons. Non-essential gatherings include restaurants, churches, sporting and recreational facilities, gyms, cinemas, night clubs, bars and most government offices.
Dominicans were encouraged to join the fight against COVID 19 by practicing proper hand washing hygiene, good respiratory/cough etiquette, minimize visits to senior citizens and persons with preexisting conditions, avoid hugging and hand shaking.
The St. Kitts Tourism Authority announced today the postponement of the 2020 St. Kitts Music Festival. The Festival was originally scheduled to be held June 24-28, 2020. Damion Hobson, Chairman of the St. Kitts Music Festival, commented:
While it was a difficult decision to make, we have postponed the St. Kitts Music Festival to protect the health and safety of all visitors, citizens and residents as well as the integrity of the St. Kitts Music Festival brand.
Anyone who already purchased tickets online will be protected. Their purchases will either remain valid for the 2021 St. Kitts Music Festival or can be refunded.
The 2021 St. Kitts Music Festival is scheduled for June 23-27, 2021.
Effective Thursday, March 26th at midnight the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua will be closed to all incoming commercial flights. After Thursday, commercial airlines can fly an empty aircraft into Antigua for the sole purpose of collecting citizens of their respective countries.
HOLIDAY INN RESORT® MONTEGO BAY TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY
AMIDST CESSATION OF GLOBAL TRAVEL DUE TO COVID-19
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – (March 25, 2020) – The widespread impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, has created an unprecedented situation in the travel and tourism industry. As countries that comprise primary source markets for the Caribbean have closed their borders to protect their citizens, flights into Jamaica have come to a halt. In light of this, and in concert with global efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, The Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay will close on a temporary basis effective March 27th – May 31, 2020. Managing Director Kevin Hendrickson issued the following statement elaborating on the temporary closure.
Our dedicated team will be contacting all guests with existing reservations to alleviate any concerns they might have and assist with rescheduling plans for future dates of travel. Additionally, new reservations will not be accepted during the temporary period of closure.
It is our intention to resume operations on June 1, 2020. However, as circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on global airlift remain beyond our control, we reserve the option to adjust our plans. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and provide updates as warranted.
This moment has allowed us to reflect on the positive nature of this world and to be thankful for Jamaica’s beauty and its people. We wish to thank all of our guests for their passionate support over the past forty-nine (49) years, and for making us a part of your family. As an IHG hotel, we pride ourselves on providing ‘True Hospitality for everyone’ – a promise that guides us every day and is fundamental during times like these.
We will keep you all in our thoughts as we collectively work towards overcoming this challenge. Please keep yourself and your family safe. We look forward to welcoming you back ‘home’ to Jamaica just as soon as the time is right.
About Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay
The Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay is where the best of Jamaica keeps getting better. This 512-room full-service resort combines the strength of the world’s most-trusted hotel brand with authentic Jamaican hospitality to deliver Jamaica’s best resort vacation value. Here, leisure travelers stretch their vacation dollars to the limit by taking advantage of a series of complimentary special programs, including a daily Kid’s Club and Free Caribbean Wedding program (conditions apply). The resort is also home to RoseHall Club, a special 52-room section of the property reserved strictly for adults. A comprehensive slate of amenities, featuring the boutique Sol-Mer Spa & Salon, four restaurants/grills, four bars, two pools, tennis, mini golf, nightly shows and entertainment, a half-mile of pristine white sand beach and boardwalk, “Tek-it-Easy” private island, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, electronic casino, and more, affirm that the Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay truly offers something for everyone.
As of Weds 25th March, our borders will be closed to all commercial flights for 14 days. Visit https://t.co/zHaY2Z9PER to keep up to date with the latest travel advisory, & stay connected to our social media channels. #werewithyou #stayathome #nevisnaturally #nevis pic.twitter.com/Dr0ui3HVQA
— Nevis Island (@NevisNaturally) March 24, 2020
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the U.S. Virgin Islands will close its doors to all visitors for 30 days.
As the U.S. Virgin Islands joins worldwide efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Tourism is closing its tourism offices effective immediately until further notice.
Beginning today, 24 March 2020 the Cayman Islands are imposing a curfew from 9pm in the evening until 5am in the morning. Persons are required to remain in their homes and premises during these hours unless the Police Commissioner has exempted them from doing so in writing. The Commissioner will be issuing a list of exempted persons shortly.
The curfew will initially be in force 10 days and reassessed by the Police Commissioner every 48 hours. The Commissioner who will provide further guidance as necessary.
Anyone who fails to comply with the curfew will be subject to arrest by the police without a warrant and on summary conviction will be liable to a fine of three thousand dollars or to imprisonment for one year, or to both.
This is the latest flight update received from BIA (Bonaire International Airport). The flights are flying inbound to ONLY pick up passengers.
The latest from the Anguilla government:
- Testing in Anguilla – we will soon have the capability to test for COVID19 on island. Given the newness of this virus and the equipment we have,
these results will need to be verified by CARPHA but this is a huge step
- Travel restrictions – air and sea ports closed to passenger movements for 14 days from 11.59pm on Friday 20 March. There will be no exceptions other than declared medical emergencies.
- Border control – The Royal Anguilla Police Force, the Department of Immigration and the Customs Department have stepped up patrols by land, sea and air to curtail any illegal entry.
- Food and other supplies – the movement of cargo into Anguilla remains unrestricted. Supermarkets and merchants assure us that supply lines are open and will remain so. There is no need to hoard or to panic buy. The same applies for petrol, diesel and cooking gas. Supplies have not been interrupted.
- One again let us remind you of the Ministry of Health hotline on COVID19. The number is 1-264- 476-7627 or 476 SOAP.
The Government of Belize issued the following official announcement earlier today…
The Ministry of Health announces the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize. The patient is a 38-year-old female, Belizean national who resides in San Pedro.
The patient arrived in Belize on Thursday, March 19th, and sought medical attention at a private health facility with symptoms on Friday, March 20th. Her recent travel history shows she travelled from Los Angeles, California and transited through Texas. Based on this travel history and symptoms she exhibited, Belize’s health system was alerted and due process and protocol started. All necessary precautions were taken on the Ministry’s end.
The sample was processed for other flu viruses and an initial screening for COVID-19 was carried out at the same time. It was confirmed as positive for COVID-19 at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 22nd.
The patient’s infection seems to be travel-related and the necessary steps are being taken to contain community spread. The initial measures include:
Dispatch of two health teams to San Pedro to continue with the mapping exercise of all potential contacts;
The timely identification and contact tracing for all potentially exposed persons; and
Shifting of health tasks at the San Pedro Polyclinic.
In addition to the restrictions already implemented, the Government of Belize will now scale-up restrictions and recommendations for residents/non-residents of the island of San Pedro to prevent community spread.
In accordance with international standards, the Ministry of Health will proceed to notify the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization through the International Health Regulations platform.
At this time, the surveillance team is still conducting investigations with the patient to determine the level of contact she may have had with other individuals. Those persons may now be isolated, tested and closely monitored for 14 days, and it may include mandatory quarantine.
The Ministry continues to investigate and report on any suspected cases. There is ongoing monitoring of Belize’s points of entry, and the reviewing and adjusting of methods or protocols to further strengthen prevention and precaution methods, insisting on self-isolation methods and mandatory quarantine as the cases may require.
The public is hereby advised to remain calm and to continue to follow all the necessary prevention messages. Continue to wash hands frequently with soap and clean water, cover the mouth when coughing and sneezing, and to avoid close contact with those who are ill. All persons having flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home, self-isolate, and call the hotline at 0-800-MOH-CARE for further guidance.
Latest update from St. Kitts and Nevis…
To date, St. Kitts & Nevis has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Together with the world, St. Kitts & Nevis is navigating the rapid changes taking place as a result of a shared global effort to control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). During this time, our foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of all citizens, visitors and residents.
To help control the spread of the virus and, the Federal Government of St. Kitts & Nevis is now advising citizens and residents to avoid all non-essential travel to countries or jurisdictions where cases have been reported and where there is local/community transmission, including: China, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the European Union (EU), Switzerland, the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA), as well as the Dutch and French territories in the Caribbean.
International travellers from the aforementioned countries or jurisdictions will be refused entry, therefore they are strongly advised not to travel to St. Kitts & Nevis at this time. Visitors, nationals and legal residents of St. Kitts & Nevis, Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) Freedom of Movement certificate holders and work permit holders, arriving from any destination regardless of their point of origin will be subject to an advanced screening at the port of entry and a mandatory quarantine period of no less than 14-days. Please note the following:
For the 14-day mandatory quarantine, movement will be restricted to a Government designated facility.
Persons in quarantine will receive health checks by the Ministry of Health’s designated quarantine officials on a daily basis.
Persons may be refused entry.
Any person found in breach of the terms of his / her quarantine shall be liable on summary conviction to the penalties as outlined in the Public Health Quarantine Regulations (SRO No. 2 of 2020). Travellers are advised to contact their hotel in advance of arrival to request information about fees and policies if travellers choose to postpone or cancel their trip.
For anyone choosing to forgo travel during this uncertain time, please know that we remain committed to delivering an outstanding experience of our twin-island destination and look forward to the time when this situation is behind us. In the meantime, we ask all persons to stay informed about the latest news and developments relating to COVID-19 and to take all recommended precautions including everyday preventative actions to help stem the spread of the virus, including frequent handwashing and practicing social distancing.
MESSAGE FROM HOTEL CHOCOLAT, SAINT LUCIA:
As we face these times of uncertainly and the global challenge of COVID-19, the Government of Saint Lucia has announced the closure of Saint Lucia’s airports to all incoming commercial and private flights effective 11.59pm on Monday 23rd March 2020.
The Government of Saint Lucia has already closed all non-essential services which includes restaurants, transport and the accommodation sector in an effort to contain the spread of the disease.
With the above in place, we have had no choice but to close the resort from 23rd March through to the 18th May 2020.
We would like to reassure you that our main priority of Boucan by Hotel Chocolat remains the wellbeing and safety of our staff and guests.
We have adjusted our policies accordingly and have implemented a cancellation waiver program whereby all bookings made prior to March 23rd for stay dates between March 23rd through to 18th May 2020 will be offered a resort credit to be used for a future date for travel up to 24 months from your original travel date. Our standard policy applies if your cancellation is outside of the 21 days cancellation period. Our reservations department will remain open from 9am – 5pm daily.
We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to welcoming you back to our resort as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.
Viana Jn Baptiste
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
HEAD OFFICE. Hotel Chocolat Estates Ltd. The Rabot Estate, PO Box 312, Soufriere, St Lucia West Indies. Tel: 758 459 7971
REGISTERED OFFICE: 20 Micoud Street, P O Box 189, Castries. St Lucia
Tensing Pen in Negril, Jamaica announced today that the hotel will be closed effective Monday March 23, 2020 until Thursday April 30, 2020.
We will re-evaluate by April 10th, based on developments globally, whether we will extend our closure beyond April 30, 2020.
The Government of Saint Lucia announces the closure of Saint Lucia’s airports to all incoming commercial and private flights effective 11:59pm on Monday 23rd March 2020. All ports will be closed to all incoming travellers until Sunday April 5th 2020.
Aircraft facilitating departing passengers repatriating from Saint Lucia will be permitted. Air Cargo operations are permitted.
This is part of the Government’s efforts to contain the spread or the importation of new cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The Government of Saint Lucia has already closed schools, imposed travel restrictions and scaled back non-essential services in an effort contain the disease.
British Virgin Islands Government Implements New Measures To Protect Against Covid-19
After the Special Meeting of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands today, the Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew Fahie has officially announced the following:
a. That effective Sunday, 22 March, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., for a period of fourteen (14) days, in the first instance, all airports and seaports in the Territory of the Virgin Islands be closed to inbound passengers (whether nationals or non-nationals) until Monday, 6 April, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., except as pre-authorised. (The restriction does not apply to freight, cargo or courier craft or vessels. International crew members on incoming vessels will be required to remain within the port facility and comply with all Public Health measures in effect);
b. that the Minister responsible for Health issue an Order, in accordance with the Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194), to prohibit all non-essential gatherings of 20 persons or more with effect from Monday, 23 March, 2020 until Friday, 17 April, 2020, in the first instance;
c. that all businesses and services, and all recreational facilities be ordered to close by 8:00 p.m. and remain closed until 6:00 a.m. daily with effect from Sunday, 22 March, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, 17 April, 2020, in accordance section 15 of the Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194), in the first instance;
The Curaçao Tourist Board has created a website to help stranded passengers in Curaçao.
Citing concerns for increasing threats to the Florida Keys from COVID-19, Monroe County officials announced:
- It is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors
- Lodging establishment are no longer accepting reservations until further notice, including extending extensions of current reservations
- By 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, all hotels, short term (less than 28 days) vacation rentals, and other transient rentals like marinas, RV parks, and timeshares will cease renting to tourists for 14 days.
Trinidad and Tobago will close its international borders completely from midnight Sunday (March 22).
Governor Bryan Provides Update on COVID 19 Response
- All bars closed
- No in-house restaurant dining
- Taxi service cut in half
- Stay at home order (Not a curfew)
- NO new guests (except government or emergency personnel) at hotel, timeshare and AirBnB
The Department of Health and Wellness informs the family members of returning nationals to Saint Lucia from Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe via l’Express des Isles on Friday, March 20, 2020 and Sunday, March 22, 2020 to refrain from visiting the ferry terminal to pick up loved ones as they will be placed in quarantine as per protocol.
Barbados’ Government initiates “Stage 2” of its National Preparedness Plan for COVID-19.
The recommendation now coming from the Government of Barbados, and from public health officials, is that we limit the gathering of persons to no more than 25 persons. This is recreational gatherings and gatherings in relation to non-essential services. The expectation of the Government of Barbados is that they are essential services that will still need to continue; people will still need to go to work; people will still need to conduct the businesses that are related to delivering essential services to the people of Barbados.
Richard Carter, Barbados’ Czar of COVID-19 response
Chat ‘N’ Chill closes until further notice.
SVG confirmed its first imported case of the virus on Wednesday, March 11 and Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that several meetings of officials have taken place since then to address the issue. The affected person is in self isolation after returning from the United Kingdom.
Measures to limit the spread include ordering the suspension for certain formal ports of entry while the hours of operation at other ports will be expanded in some instances. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of a collection of 32 islands and cays in the Caribbean, nine of which are inhabited. The ports of entry which will remain open for yachts are Wallilabou, Blue Lagoon, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. Crew will have to immediately check in at immigration upon anchoring at a port of entry.
People entering the country with a travel history which includes Iran, China, South Korea and Italy are now to be quarantined for 14 days upon entry. Approval was also granted to implement active surveillance of people with a travel history that includes countries with community transmission by nurses assigned to hotels.
Measures setup for Vincentians to stay safe include the Prime Minister announcing that he has also given approval to hire between 20 and 25 additional Vincentian nurses “to strengthen surveillance, maintenance and management of COVID 19 especially at airports and other ports of entry”. The Prime Minister also urged Vincentians to take proper cautions to keep themselves and others safe. He has also formally requested from the Cuban government, 12 nurses and three doctors who specialize in handling infectious diseases including COVID-19, to assist in further training of local nurses and medical personnel. An order for equipment and supplies for the testing of COVID-19 was also made by health minister, Luke Browne.
The Government of Jamaica has announced that effective 11:59 pm on Saturday (March 21, 2020) and for a period of 14 days in the first instance, that island’s air and sea ports will be closed to incoming passenger traffic.
Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness in making the announcement on Friday evening said outgoing passengers and cargo will be allowed.
“Shelter in place” said Mr. Holness concerning Jamaicans who are out of the country.
“Our prayers are with you, we understand that this decision to close our borders will cause some displacement, but this is an emergency. It’s not a joke.”
The decision to close the ports follows news that the island now has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 .
The Government of Grenada announces that effective 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 rd, 2020, and until further notice, our Airports will be closed to ALL commercial passenger traffic, with the exception of a pre-approved British Airways flight, scheduled to arrive in Grenada on Wednesday, March 25 th
Aircraft carrying cargo and pre-approved medical personnel will be allowed to land, as necessary.
Caribbean Airlines announced today the launch of a Daily Flight Board. The new online resource is designed to keep travelers up-to-date on changes to the carrier’s flight schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The Daily Flight Board shows the flight schedule and status of all Caribbean Airlines flights over the next 72 hours. Updates are made hourly.
The BVI Government has advised that as of March 19, 2020, entry into the BVI will not be permitted to anyone other than belongers, residents, and work permit holders. These measures have been put in place for at least one month.
Airports in the BVI remain open to domestic flights only.
Latest update from Johnathan Johnson, Governor of Saba:
First, we would like to reassure you that there are still no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on Saba. Please continue to practice Social Distancing, which includes keeping physical distance between yourself and others, not having or attending gatherings with large groups such as dinner events, house parties, or birthday parties. To our vulnerable members in the community, we would like to request that you stay home or away from large gatherings as much as possible and that others are mindful of them by refraining from having close physical contact unless necessary. Residents who are in self-quarantine, are asked to continue to do so until instructed differently from health officials. Any returning residents as of today will be required to enter into mandatory quarantine.
Many of you know that two persons entered the island yesterday who were not supposed to. These two persons have since left the island this afternoon. Our policy is that only registered residents of Saba may now enter the island. And while many wonder if these also refer to others who are from here or has family here, it does not. An example is my brother, who was born here, but lives in St. Maarten, is currently also not allowed to enter the island.
As for traveling to or through St. Maarten, currently, only residents of St. Maarten are allowed to enter the island. Meaning that people who wish to transit through the island are no longer allowed to. In addition to this, Winair has now stopped its regular scheduled service to Saba but will have chartered flights available if and when needed.
Costa Rica update:
The Government of the Republic announced this Thursday at a press conference the preventive measures that will be carried out this weekend in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, indicated that in reinforcement of all the measures announced in previous days, cinemas, theaters, and shopping centers will be closed at 50% of their capacity.
As of today, March 19, there are 87 cases confirmed by COVID-19, with an age range of 2 to 87 years. There are 35 women and 52 men, of whom 79 are Costa Rican and 8 foreigners.
Latest update from the Bermuda Tourism Authority…
Starting today (Thursday, March 19) our island’s borders will be closed for two weeks to non-residents. Our airport will also close all commercial air service effective 11:59 pm Friday, March 20. Visiting vessels will not be allowed to enter our seaport.
In the meantime, we are working closely with our hotels, guest houses and vacation rental properties to assist any visitors who remain on the island to fly out today (Thursday, March 19) and tomorrow (Friday, March 20). Such tough measures are needed to support the global effort to stop the spread of coronavirus and lessen the risk of spread among our tiny population.
We realise this is an extraordinary series of events mirroring an extraordinary time. Bermuda’s government has made a very difficult decision—but a necessary one to protect our small island’s health and safety until the risk of COVID-19 subsides and we can re-open and invite you back.
Sunrise Airways, the national carrier of Haiti, issued the following statement today.
The President of Haiti announced a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Haiti, including that its borders, ports, and airports will be closed, and commercial flights will be suspended starting at midnight March 20, 2020.
Domestic flights are still authorized.
The Government of Curaçao issued an update:
- All incoming flights, are canceled with the exception of flights carrying local resident in the possession of a valid retour-ticket, and a sedula.
- Authorized specialists, freight and medical services between Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius & Saba are exceptions of the rules.
- All returning residents are obliged to spend 14 days in quarantine. This needs to take place at home, as long as this is possible.
- Only non-residents are allowed to travel abroad. Residents are not allowed to travel abroad.
- All maritime traffic is prohibited to enter our country with the exception of certain cases such as the transportation of fuel, ship for repair, freight, etc.
- All restaurants, snack bars, and food & beverage service (including hotels) are only allowed to provide food delivery or pick up service. It is not allowed to sit, socialize or eat in these establishments. If it’s still the case, the establishment will be closed.
RECAP of the USVI Governor’s 3/19/20 Press Briefing:
Effective Saturday 6am *ALL* in-person events are limited to a maximum of 10 people, including bars and restaurants, who are prohibited from seating more than 10 at any one time. This will be strictly enforced.
Exempt are big box stores: Grocery stores (Plaza, Pueblo, etc), Home Depot, K-mart, etc
*Monday, March 23* SENIORS ONLY SHOPPING at all Plaza Extras! 7am -10am
Any business seeking an exemption to the 10 or fewer mandate needs to contact the Commissioner of Licensing & Consumer Affairs to request a waiver.
Funerals remain exempt, for now. However, the Government is asking anyone other than family to refrain from attending and for Memorial services to be postponed until a later date.
The Governor has ordered a 60-day extension on all license renewals including motor vehicle registrations, business licenses, and permits.
Camping is prohibited, particularly for Easter weekend
Monday, March 23 through Apr 6 (at this time) Government Services are restricted to essential services. Commissioners and will establish who is essential vs nonessential employees and will notify those required to come to work, work from home or stay home. Pay will not be suspended.
Passengers arriving into the Territory have dramatically slowed. There are 1500 visitors currently in the Territory. There no current requests by the administration to close the airports. The FAA makes the final decision to close the airports, not the local Government. There is no indication that airports will be closed which includes residents and students returning home to the USVI. [Puerto Rico HAS made this request, but the Governor doubts it will happen]
The Governor stressed that IF we follow these restrictions there will be need no need to impose a curfew.
He encouraged all residents to signup for text updates by texting COVID19USVI TO 888777
// 21 people in the USVI have been tested for COVID-19; 11 tests have come back: 3 positive; 8 negative //
Currently Testing is only being done for those who are exhibiting symptoms AND have traveled outside the Territory within the past 14 days.
To request a test call VI Dept of Health call 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519. They will determine if you qualify for testing and provide instructions.
Mr. Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, notes that as of today – March 19, 2020 – his destinations remain open to visitors, while also providing an update on steps that the local government is taking to safeguard citizens and guests…
The Government of Grenada is imposing the following travel restrictions:
- If you are a Grenadian National or Resident, you will be self-quarantined for a period of 14 days, upon arrival into Grenada from Iran, South Korea, China, USA and Europe.
- Effective Friday, March 20th, at 23:59 p.m, if you are NOT a Grenadian National, and in the last 14 days you have been to Iran, South Korea, China, or anywhere in Europe (including the UK), you will be refused entry into the country.
- Effective Saturday, March 21st, at 23:59 p.m. the USA is added to this advisory, as per all the stipulations outlined.
- Grenadian Nationals and Non-Nationals alike, arriving from any other destination outside of the list above, you will be screened upon entry, and self-quarantined for 14 days.
- Please note, before disembarking, every passenger is required to complete a declaration form on his/her health status. You are also required to check in daily with the Ministry of Health, regardless of your point of origin. Additionally, you will be quarantined or isolated, if you become symptomatic during your stay.
This is the latest flight update received from BIA (Bonaire International Airport). The flights are flying inbound to ONLY pick up passengers.
The U.S. State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory stating: Do Not Travel.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.
The government of the Dominican Republic will suspend commercial flights and ships as well as close schools and entertainment centers beginning on Thursday, March 19th.
“We have decided to close the country’s borders by land, sea and air,” President Danilo Medina said in a televised speech on Tuesday night.
The Dominican Republic’s sole land border is with Haiti, and restrictions at that border began on Monday, the day Dominican health officials reported the island nation’s first fatality attributed to coronavirus.
Over the next 15 days, only airplanes serving the thousands of foreign tourists who remain in Dominican tourist destinations will be allowed to enter the country, Medina said. The planes’ crews will not be permitted to disembark.
The Dominican government will also permit the arrival of aircraft and ships bringing in basic supplies.
Businesses will be closed, with the exception of pharmacies, markets, grocery stores and banks, while restaurants may only process delivery orders.
Public employees over the age of 60 must remain in their homes, while other bureaucrats will be divided into two groups to alternate shifts, in additional prevention strategies.
The Dominican Congress on Wednesday was expected to debate an emergency bill that would free up funds to permit additional responses to the pandemic.
A Turks and Caicos Islander or resident of the Islands who arrives in the Islands after travel to, from or through a list of 29 infected country shall be:
- subjected to screening and passenger tracing at port of entry;
- subjected to clinical examination at port of entry; and
- quarantined for a period of fourteen days, as deemed necessary.
The countries are:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Excellence Resorts announced today that it will close its two properties in the Dominican Republic on a temporary basis due to the coronavirus.
Due to growing concerns over COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the globe, the Government of the Dominican Republic has announced closing of all of its borders to incoming flights for 15 days. Consequently, Excellence Resorts has made the difficult decision to temporarily close its two resort properties in the country: Excellence Punta Cana (announced on Monday) as well as Excellence El Carmen. The resorts will close beginning on Friday, March 20, with plans to reopen on June 5, 2020.
“We have decided to close our country’s borders by air, land and sea” stated Dominican Republic’s President, Danilo Medina, on Tuesday. In an effort to stop the propagation of the virus, Mr. Medina has also banned local and international activities including cultural, artistic and sports events as well as entertainment venues like bars and clubs, among others.
COVID-19 news from the Jamaica…
The latest update from Antigua & Barbuda asserts that the destinations are still open to travelers, though one case of coronavirus infection has been confirmed in Antigua.
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority continues to keep abreast of the latest developments related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and would like to assure travellers that precautionary measures are being implemented to guard against further spread of the virus within the destination.
Antigua and Barbuda has one confirmed case of Coronavirus. The individual is currently in self-isolation at home in Antigua and is being monitored. All identifiable contacts that this person has had, are being investigated.
Antigua and Barbuda remains open for travellers. However, foreign nationals (including passengers and crew) who have travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea and Singapore the past twenty-eight (28) days, will be not be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda. Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda as well as resident diplomats will be allowed entry.
Several precautionary measures have also been put in place including educational campaigns at hotels, with a focus on identifiable prevention, preparation and identification tips. The general public and travellers are reminded to take general measures against becoming ill, which includes regular hand-washing, good cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and avoidance of sick persons.
The national multi-sectoral COVID-19 task force established by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda continues to meet regularly, to assess all international and regional developments related to COVID-19.
The latest COVID-19 update press release from St. Kitts & Nevis maintains that the twin-island nation remains free of confirmed coronavirus cases…
Together with the world, St. Kitts & Nevis is navigating the rapid changes taking place as a result of a shared global effort to control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). During this time, our foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of all citizens, visitors and residents.
To date, St. Kitts & Nevis still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, to help control the spread of the virus and, the Federal Government of St. Kitts & Nevis has issued COVID-19 travel advisories for visitors, citizens and residents arriving in from China, Italy, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, France, Germany and Spain.
Air passengers travelling to/from any of the above listed destinations within the last 14 days are asked to note travel restrictions and the 14-day mandatory quarantine period that is enforced for Nationals, Residents and Visitors. Persons who travel to St. Kitts & Nevis from these destinations will be subject to screening at the port of entry and a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, wherein their movements will be restricted to a designated facility, for air passengers, most likely their hotel. Air travellers are advised to contact their hotel in advance of arrival to determine if the hotel can accommodate a quarantine and to request information about fees and policies if travellers choose to postpone or cancel their trip.
For anyone choosing to forgo travel during this uncertain time, please know that we remain committed to delivering an outstanding experience of our twin-island destination and look forward to the time when this situation is behind us. In the meantime, we ask all persons to stay informed about the latest news and developments relating to COVID-19 and to take all recommended precautions including everyday preventative actions to help stem the spread of the virus. These include frequent handwashing with soap and water or 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizers, frequent disinfection of surfaces, practicing social distancing and avoiding close contact with people who exhibit signs of respiratory illness.
Barceló Hotel Group has announce that it is in the process of closing some of its hotels due to the coronavirus crisis. Guests holding reservations for future travel are encouraged to contact Barceló reservations.
We are very aware of the responsibility that this moment requires, and our entire team is dedicated to managing all incoming requests.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has created a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) tourism update document accessible online. As circumstances change, this document will be refreshed periodically. To access the document, click on the “Read more” link below.
The Cayman Compass reports that several major hotels in the Cayman Islands are shutting down temporarily in line with an impending three-week closure of Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) in Grand Cayman.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; Kimpton Seafire; Westin Grand Cayman; and Grand Cayman Marriott Beach have all confirmed they will close once air travel in/out of the Cayman Islands ceases on Sunday night, March 22, 2020.
In an effort to curb the arrival of the Coronavirus in the Guadeloupe Islands, all international passenger flights to Pointe-à-Pître will be suspended starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for a 30-day period.
In addition to the suspension of international flights, all passenger flights connecting mainland France to the Guadeloupe Islands will also be suspended for the same period of time starting March 22, 2020. Lastly, passengers of Italian ship COSTA FAVOLOSA will be disembarking in Pointe-à-Pître tomorrow March 18 and returned home on sanitary flights, while passengers who are Guadeloupe residents will be tested for COVID-19 and confined. COSTA FAVOLOSA will be the last cruise ship to dock in Guadeloupe this season.
All people arriving in The Guadeloupe Islands will be subject to the restrictions and confinement measures that have been recently imposed by the French Government.
There are now 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Guadeloupe Islands, three of whom are currently hospitalized according to Guadeloupe Regional Health Agency (ARS)
The St. Lucia Government announced its efforts to contain the spread of the virus:
- All schools are to remain closed and all related school activities are suspended until further notice. This is a first step in the social distancing protocol and should not be treated as a regular school vacation. The Ministry of Education is collaborating with our telecommunications service providers and will advise of alternative means of delivery of educational instructions to students.
- Mass crowd events of more than 50 persons is being discouraged. As a first step the Jazz festival has been cancelled.
- We have suspended all cruise ship calls from Monday March 16, 2020 for the next 30 days.
- All yachting and pleasure craft calls into saint Lucia will be suspended with immediate effect.
- Effective March 17, 2020, the travel restrictions will be further expanded to Mainland France, Germany, Spain, Iran and the United Kingdom.
- As of March 16, 2020, The Ministry of Health activated three (3) respiratory clinics at the Vieux Fort Wellness Center, the Dennery Hospital and the Gros Islet Polyclinic. An additional two clinics will be activated in the coming days to be located at the La Clery Wellness Centre and the Soufriere Hospital. These clinics are intended to take care of persons who have respiratory infections.
- A hotline will be operational by the end of this week using the “311” number where citizens will be able to get information on COVID-19.
- Mobile telephones will be made available from this week to physicians to provide medical advice via telephone.
- The Government of Saint Lucia has reached out to friendly governments such as Taiwan, Cuba and India to provide technical support as we strengthen our ability to manage this virus.
- Testing kits for the coronavirus have arrived on island and staff are currently undergoing training with a testing lab to be set up later this week. This will substantially reduce our waiting time for results from 24 hours to approximately 2-4 hours.
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet was, as of this morning, feeling unwell and in accordance with the established protocols went into self- quarantine.
The Cayman Islands Postal Service (CIPS) will suspend all international mail services from Monday, 23rd March 2020 until Monday, 13th April 2020.
The Cayman Islands Government recently announced the decision taken to close airports for a period of three weeks starting from Sunday, 22nd March 2020 through to Sunday, 12th April 2020.
To assist persons who will be departing the islands, the visitor extension process at Customs and Border control has been temporarily varied for visitors and work permit holders.
- Visitors whose permission to remain in the islands will expire between the 22nd March 2020 to 31st March 2020 will not be required to submit a Visitor Extension Application. Visitors will not have to present themselves to a Customs and Border Control Officer and no action will be taken for permission that expires between those dates.
- Departing work permit holders whose permission to continue working will expire on or before the 22nd March 2020, are not required to appear before a Customs and Border Control Officer to submit a Visitor Extension Application. These persons can proceed with departing the islands prior to airport closures.
The travelling public is reminded that outbound flights will operate as usual through Sunday 22nd March 2020.
Additionally, from 11:59 pm on Sunday 22nd March all bars will be closed and restaurants will be restricted to take out and delivery only. In addition, all gyms, spas and public swimming pools will close as of the same date for an initial 2 week period.
The Jamaican government outlined measures to contain the spread of the virus
- Travel restrictions are currently in effect for the following: China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.
- All travelers from countries where there is local transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will now be required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days.
- No Opening Of Bars, Nightclubs And Other Areas Of Entertainment
- The Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree has been closed until further notice.
- No More Than 20 Persons At Weddings And Funerals
- Failure to adhere to the measures announced by Government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including the closure of places of amusement, will attract a fine of up to $1 million or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months.
The Anguilla government updated its efforts to contain the spread of the virus:
- The closure of all Anguilla’s ports – sea and air – for 14 days for all passenger movements. This will come in to force from 11:59 pm on Friday 20th March (Anguilla time). This does not include the movement of goods.
- All persons arriving in Anguilla who have travelled outside of the Caribbean Region within the last 14 days, will be quarantined for 14 days on their arrival. A judgement will be made on arrival by health professionals if this can be self-quarantine or in a government run health facility.
- Schools, which are already closed this week, will remain closed until and including Friday 3rd April 2020.
The Montserrat Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) today confirmed the country’s first imported case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that the country’s borders will be locked down to all outsiders for the next 14 days.
“Cabinet met this morning and has taken the decision that Trinidad and Tobago will cease to encourage and facilitate for the next 14 days, entry into this country except for people who are nationals of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Locally, the prime minister added that all bars will be closed within T&T.
- All public schools will be closed effective Wednesday, March 18 through the end of the Easter holiday.
- Department of Education employees are required to continue working
- Online education plans will be implemented.
- Carnival on St. Thomas has been postponed indefinitely.
- For the next eight weeks, events consisting of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed.
- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations for passengers from US ports of call for 30 days
- The Syril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix are operational
- Residents and visitors are asked to refrain from taking inter-island ferry services unless necessary.
- Restricted visitation to all elder care facilities.
- The number of confirmed cases remains at one. Test results are outstanding for other suspected cases.
- Text COVID19USVI to 888-777 to sign up for local alerts.
Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe:
The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been closed since midnight on Monday March 16. All flights from Europe, Canada and Latin America will also be suspended for two weeks. Flights from the United States are maintained and are being evaluated. The American authorities will make screening tests before the embarkation of the passengers. The Department of Public Health will also continue to test the arrival of passengers from the United States.
The Honduras government announced its prohibitions to combat the spread of the coronavirus including the closing of all borders (air, land, & sea) as of 11:59pm on March 15 for a period of 7 days:
- Work in the Public and Private Sector is suspended during the time of exception;
- Events of all kinds and numbers of people are prohibited;
- Suspension of the operation of public transport;
- The suspension of face-to-face religious celebrations is ordered;
- The operation of businesses including shopping malls is prohibited;
- The closure of all air, land and sea borders in the national territory is ordered.
People will only be able to circulate along the roads for public use to carry out the following activities:
- Acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities;
- Assistance to health centers, services and establishments;
- Travel to the workplace to carry out their labor, professional or business provision to the industries authorized in this same Decree;
- Return to the place of habitual residence;
- Health personnel assisting or caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people; Y,
- Displacement to financial, cooperative and insurance entities;
Likewise, the circulation of private vehicles on public roads will be allowed to carry out the activities referred to in the previous section or to supply fuel.
Failure to comply with the restrictions will result in arrest.
Puerto Rico has put an Island-wide issues management in place as a preventative measure and is exercising an abundance of caution with new policies in place to avoid mass spread of COVID-19 throughout the Island.
The mandates below are being strictly enforced, which means residents and tourists need to abide by these new policies or they will be subject to significant repercussions, which consist of a fine of up to $5,000 and the risk of being arrested.
- The Government of Puerto Rico has activated the Puerto Rico National Guard to assist with enhanced health screenings of all passengers upon arrival into SJU, which consists of a brief temperature check, with further screening at the airport, if necessary.
- Like many U.S. cities and states, the Island is promoting social distancing by suspending all large events on the Island until March 30, 2020. This is in accordance with recently released CDC guidelines.
- The Island has established an Island-wide curfew from 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM, through March 30, 2020. The only exceptions are those who are working or in cases of emergency.
- All non-essential businesses, including theaters, malls, casinos, bars, gyms, attractions such tours, national parks and public beaches, and “any place that promotes the gathering of citizens in one place” are closed.
- Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential businesses like restaurants that offer takeout or delivery will only be open through 6:00 PM.
- Taxis will only work from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM with the exception of those servicing the airports.
New Bonaire Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19
- Last Friday, the island government announced that all flights from Europe are immediately suspended until March 31st, 2020. Also no cruise ships are allowed into port for 30 days.
- Announced today, and effective immediately, all flights from US, Canada, Colombia and Dominican Republic also have been suspended. Flights that were already in route to Bonaire at the time of suspension were allowed to land, but arriving passengers were interviewed and their place of stay registered. This restriction is in effect until March 27th, 2020, but can be extended.
- No direct private flights originating from any European country (including the UK) will be allowed to land in Anguilla for the next fourteen (14) days. This will come into force from 11:59 pm on Tuesday 17th March (Anguilla time).
- With immediate effect, all passengers arriving from Europe, irrespective of the route they have taken into Anguilla, will be quarantined for 14 days. On their arrival, an assessment will be made as to whether quarantine will be at their home, or in an approved government facility.
- All non-essential travel for public servants has been suspended for 30 days. In addition, residents of Anguilla are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel overseas at this time.
- As a precautionary measure, all schools will close for one week beginning tomorrow morning, Monday 16th March.
- Cruise vessels with passengers who have been to Europe in the last two weeks will not be allowed to dock, or otherwise disembark passengers into Anguilla.
- Large gatherings – whether public or private – which are likely to involve persons from overseas should not take place for the next forty-five (45) days. Other local gatherings e.g. church, sports, and political events, may continue at this time but this will be reviewed as necessary.
- In addition, the authorities in St Maarten have confirmed that nationals and residents of Anguilla will be allowed to transit through St Maarten and to Anguilla.
American Airlines has suspended flights to many destinations through May 6 including Aruba (AUA) and Saint Maarten (SXM).
The government of Grenada issued a travel advisory:
- Avoid all nonessential travel to Italy, Iran, South Korea, China, and Germany
- You will be quarantined for a period of 14 days upon arrival into Grenada if you are a Grenadian National or Resident.
- If you are not a Grenadian National, you will be refused entry into the country.