As the days start to get cooler, we can’t help but wish to stretch summer out just a little bit longer. If you’re like us, you’re craving one last sun filled vacation. And what screams summer more than dipping your toes in the ocean and sipping cocktails on a fabulous white sand beach in the Caribbean? While there are a handful of islands currently welcoming U.S. tourists, the majority of them require quarantine from five to 14 days. Fear not, we have compiled a list of four quarantine-free destinations that are currently safe to travel to in the Caribbean.
Currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory as of September 9, St. Barts has recorded only 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19. A negative PCR test completed 72 hours prior to departure and a sworn statement confirming that you have no symptoms nor have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight are required for entry. Luckily, U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine at this time, however if you are on the island for longer than seven days, a second COVID-19 test is required at the traveler’s expense.
While U.S. citizens are currently able to travel to the Dominican Republic without quarantining, they will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of their flight. It is important to note that the U.S. Government has labeled the country as a Level 4 Travel Advisory and there is a mandatory curfew set in place that is strictly enforced in most major cities. We recommend booking your holiday at a resort as they don't have curfews.
Aruba is currently open to U.S. travelers who can provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and must complete an online immigration (ED) card prior to travel. While you won’t be required to quarantine, purchasing COVID-19 health insurance is required prior to travel. If you are looking for an affordable way to get to Aruba, we found some cheap round-trip flights from multiple major U.S. cities.
Since August 1, the Dutch side of the island is currently open to U.S. tourists. Entry requirements include a completed health declaration and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travel to its French counterpart, Saint-Martin, isn’t possible for U.S. citizens at this time.
Be sure to check the latest, up-to-date travel restrictions before you fly as they can change rather quickly.