Saturday 24 October, 2020

US travellers advised to avoid non-essential travel to Caribbean

Americans have not only been warned against travelling to Barbados, in fact, they have been advised not to travel to several Caribbean islands.

The nations have been identified as high risk for COVID-19.  

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel health notices for a number of countries in the Caribbean region, placing them under Level 3 Warnings on August 6.  

This means US citizens should avoid all nonessential travel to the destination due to the risk of COVID-19.  

The countries include:  

  • Montserrat  

  • Belize 

  • The Bahamas 

  • Saint Lucia 

  • Grenada 

  • Jamaica 

  • Guyana 

  • Haiti 

  • Martinique 

  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 

  • Barbados 

  • Sint Maarten 

  • Aruba 

  • Trinidad and Tobago 

  • St Kitts and Nevis 

  • Suriname  

  • US Virgin Islands  

  • Turks and Caicos Islands  

  • Saint Martin 

  • Puerto Rico 

  • The Dominican Republic 

  • Curacao 

  • Cuba 

  • Guadeloupe 

  • French Guiana 

  • Bermuda 

  • Antigua and Barbuda 

  • Anguilla  

The CDC notes that if someone gets sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms) while abroad, they may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until they have fully recovered from the illness.  

If a person is exposed to COVID-19 while abroad, that person may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after their last exposure. 

Some Caribbean countries have also been placed under a Watch Level 1.  

This means US travellers should practice usual precautions as over the last 28 days new cases of COVID-19 in these destinations decreased of stabilised.  

The islands under this watch include:  

  • Saint Barthelemy  

  • Saba 

  • Sint Eustatius  

  • Bonaire

All the travel recommendations were updated by the CDC on August 6.  

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