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Last year, as the global pandemic raged, Caribbean travel was put on extended pause. But it's inching back in 2021, bolstered by strict entry protocols intended to ensure the safety of both travelers and residents.

The increased distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has also prompted many destinations to ease entry requirements, and some countries no longer require pre-travel testing if visitors can show proof of vaccination. Several resorts in the region have even made on-site testing available, enabling visitors to conveniently comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's requirement that international travelers test negative before returning to the U.S.

In other words, it's now easier than at any time since the pandemic began to get away to the Caribbean and its beautiful beaches.

Below is an island-by-island guide for U.S. travelers with everything you need to know before planning a trip to the Caribbean.

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Anguilla

Anguilla requires all visitors who are eligible to be vaccinated to do so at least three weeks before coming to the island, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. All visitors must also submit a negative PCR test three to five days ahead of departure and again upon arrival.

International travelers must apply for permission to enter online. Travelers who stay at a hotel, resort, or licensed villa are exempt from quarantine after they receive the results of their on-arrival test, Anguilla Tourist Board shared with Travel + Leisure. All visitors will be tested again on day four of their stay.

Starting Oct. 1, travelers will be charged $200 for the testing fee.

Antigua and Barbuda

Travelers are welcome to visit Antigua and Barbuda and must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of a negative PCR test taken within seven days of their flight in order to skip quarantine, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vaccinated travelers must stay at a bio safe/certified accommodation.

Children younger than 5 years old are exempt from testing.

Aruba

Aruba is open to Americans, but visitors must take a COVID-19 molecular test either up to 72 hours prior to arrival or upon arrival at the airport, according to the Aruba Tourism Authority. Travelers also have to complete an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card.

Visitors will also need to purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance in advance of travel as part of the online ED card process, which costs $15. Visitors 14 and younger are free. Aruba offers several testing facilities for travelers returning home to the U.S. The island has also teamed up with JetBlue to test travelers at home prior to their departure.

Aruba requires people wear masks in indoor public spaces.

Bahamas

The Bahamas welcomes U.S. visitors, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated travelers must upload their vaccination cards and show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within five days of arrival, according to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Travelers also need a negative test to travel inter-island. 

Unvaccinated travelers 12 and older must show a negative PCR test taken within five days of arriving on the islands, take a rapid antigen test on day 5 of their trip, and complete a daily health questionnaire.

Younger children must show a negative test as well but can get a PCR or antigen test. All visitors must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance.

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Barbados

Barbados requires travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of their arrival to enter, according to the Barbados tourism website. Fully-vaccinated travelers then have to take a second rapid PCR test at the airport upon arrival and quarantine until their results are available. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for at least five days before taking a second PCR test.

Travelers must complete an immigration form and download the BIMSafe app, which public health teams will use to check-in. Travelers must also monitor their temperature for seven days after arrival.

Mask wearing is required in public spaces. 

Barbados is also welcoming visitors to move to the island for a year for the ultimate remote work experience.

Bermuda 

Visitors are welcome to enter Bermuda, but must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within four days of arrival, according to the government. Fully-vaccinated travelers must get tested again upon arrival, on day 4, and then again on day 10 of their trip. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days, including at least part of the time in a government-approved quarantine hotel.

Fully-vaccinated travelers are given a red wristband upon arrival and must wear it until they get the results of their on-arrival test. Unvaccinated children traveling with a vaccinated parent or guardian must arrive with a negative test, and get tested again upon arrival, on day 4, on day 10, and on day 14.

Travelers are also required to complete a Bermuda Travel Authorization form online and pay a $75 per person fee.

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Bonaire is open to U.S. visitors with direct flights available from Miami and Atlanta. Bonaire classifies the U.S. as a "very high risk" country and requires vaccinated American travelers to get a PCR test within 48 hours of departure and a second COVID-19 test on day 5 of their trip, according to the government

Unvaccinated American travelers must get a PCR test within 24 hours of their departure or get a PCR test within 48 hours of departure plus an antigen test upon arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must also get tested on day 5 of their trip.

All travelers to Bonaire must fill out a health declaration form.

Sint Eustatius considers the U.S. a "very high risk" country, according to the government, and requires vaccinated visitors to show proof of a negative PCR test before arriving, get an antigen test upon arrival, and be monitored for five days before being tested again. Unvaccinated travelers must get a PCR test before arriving and quarantine for 10 days before being tested again. 

Saba requires U.S. travelers to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival and fill out an EAHS form, according to Saba's tourism website. A rapid antigen test is administered for children 2 to 10 years old upon arrival. All travelers will be tested again with a rapid antigen test on day 5.

Fully-vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine, but unvaccinated adults must quarantine for five days before getting tested on the fifth day. 

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The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands requires all vaccinated visitors to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within five days of their arrival. Unvaccinated visitors must submit a PCR test taken within five days of their arrival, according to the tourism website.

Visitors must also register on the BVI Gateway portal at least 48 hours before arriving. Fully vaccinated visitors will be given a PCR test upon arrival and will be required to quarantine until the results are available.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands will reopen to vaccinated visitors on Sept. 9, according to the government. A pre-arrival PCR test will be required and travelers will have to quarantine for five or 10 days.

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Curaçao

Curaçao welcomes American travelers but has classified the U.S. as a "very high risk" country. Travelers are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of their departure and upload the results online, according to the Curaçao Tourist Board. Travelers must then get a rapid antigen test on the third day of their trip.

Travelers must also fill out an online immigration card and Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours of their flight, as well as have medical insurance to cover COVID-related costs while visiting.

Children under 12 who do not show symptoms are not required to get tested.

Dominica

Dominica considers the U.S. to be a high-risk country, and requires visitors to stay in a "Safe in Nature" certified property, according to the Discover Dominica Authority.

Vaccinated travelers must upload proof of a negative PCR test taken within 24 to 72 hours of their arrival, submit a health questionnaire online, and pre-pay for an antigen test they will need to take upon arrival at the airport. Vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine. 

Unvaccinated travelers must upload proof of a negative PCR test before arrival and then quarantine at least five days at a Safe in Nature-certified property. These travelers will be tested again on day 5.

Unvaccinated children under 18 who are traveling with fully vaccinated guardians will be subject to the same protocols as their vaccinated guardians. 

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic does not require American tourists to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter, according to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. Instead, officials at airports and ports of entry will perform breath tests on some passengers, but passengers who show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival will be exempted from the random test.

Before arriving, however, travelers must fill out a Traveler's Health Affidavit.

Grenada

Travelers heading to Grenada must be fully vaccinated and are also required to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of traveling to the island, according to Grenada's Ministry of Health. Visitors will also be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.

All visitors must also apply for a Pure Safe Travel Authorization Certificate and pre-pay for testing, which they must undergo again on day 5. Travelers must stay in quarantine until they receive a negative test. 

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Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe has reopened to fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists, who are required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure or proof of a negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of their departure, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS

The island defines fully-vaccinated as two weeks after a two-dose vaccine or four weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.If you can't make it to the island just yet, you can virtually dive into the sights and sounds of Guadeloupe through the tourism board's dreamy Instagram stories.

Haiti

U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Haiti, but need a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before traveling there, according to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. Travelers who had COVID-19 and recovered can skip testing and instead show their previous positive test, along with a doctor's note explaining they recovered.

U.S. travelers are not required to quarantine. The departure terminal at Haiti's Toussaint Louverture International Airport offers rapid testing that meets CDC criteria.

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Jamaica

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Jamaica welcomes U.S. tourists who can present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within three days of arriving in Jamaica, according to the country's tourism board. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Travelers must also apply for a Travel Authorization within seven days of their trip and stay either within a designated "Resilient Corridor" or at a JTB licensed accommodation that is certified as COVID-19 protocol compliant. Tourists may leave their hotels to visit approved tourist attractions.

Martinique

Fully vaccinated U.S. tourists are allowed to enter Martinique, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. They must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of their departure. 

The island defines fully-vaccinated as two weeks after a two-dose vaccine or four weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Montserrat

Montserrat only allows U.S. travelers who own a home on the island to visit, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. Those who are permitted to enter are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of arriving, as well as submit an Access Declaration Form.

Fully-vaccinated travelers must then either self-quarantine at their home for five days and take a PCR or RNA COVID-19 test between 3 and 4 days after arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must either self-quarantine in their home for 14 days or quarantine for six days at a designated quarantine facility.

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Puerto Rico

Domestic travelers heading to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico must either show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, according to Discover Puerto Rico. All travelers must also fill out a Travel Declaration Form online.

International travelers must follow the testing protocols for unvaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated passengers who arrive without a negative test will be required to get tested on the island and upload their results within 48 hours or be fined $300.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and therefore travelers heading to the mainland U.S. are exempt from having to get tested before their flight. Puerto Rico requires all hotel and short-term rental guests to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test result upon arrival. Proof of vaccination or a negative test is also required to eat indoors and masks are required in all indoor public spaces on the island.

St. Barts

Fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists are allowed to enter St. Barts, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. The island defines fully-vaccinated as two weeks after a two-dose vaccine or four weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Travelers 10 and older must also get a PCR test within 72 hours of their departure or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours of their departure.

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St. Kitts and Nevis

U.S. tourists may visit St. Kitts and Nevis. To enter, travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, according to the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, as well as complete a Travel Authorization form prior to their trip.

Fully-vaccinated travelers then have to quarantine, or "vacation in place" for four days before being tested again. If they test negative, they will be released from quarantine. Children under 18 who are traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents or guardians will be subject to the same rules.

Sint Maarten

St. Maarten is open to American travelers, and those who wish to visit must upload a completed health declaration before departing. Travelers are also required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of arrival, or an FDA-approved rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure, according to St. Maarten government officials.

Travelers also must complete an online immigration card and purchase mandatory St. Maarten Visitors Protection Plan, which covers hospital and ICU costs, doctor consultations, COVID-19 tests, and medical evacuation, if necessary. Packages cost $30 for travelers ages 15 and older and $10 for visitors under 15.

Unvaccinated travelers must take a PCR test on day seven and, if negative, may book select excursions through their hotel's tour desk. Those who stay beyond 14 days must take a test on day 14. If negative, they are free to move around. If a traveler's trip is less than 14 days, they must be retested at least two days before leaving St. Kitts and Nevis.

St. Martin

U.S. citizens can visit the French St. Martin through its Dutch counterpart, St. Maarten. The island welcomes fully-vaccinated travelers two weeks after they received a two-dose vaccine or four weeks after they received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS.

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St. Lucia

U.S travelers to St. Lucia are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than five days before arriving, as well as complete a pre-arrival registration form, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. Children under five are exempt from testing.

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers must have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19-certified property for the duration of their stay and must remain on the property except when participating in excursions arranged by the hotel.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

U.S. travelers heading to St. Vincent and the Grenadines must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. All travelers must also complete an online pre-arrival form.

Fully vaccinated travelers will then be re-tested upon arrival and must quarantine for 48 hours in a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment approved hotel. Unvaccinated travelers will have to quarantine for 14 nights and must arrive with a fully-paid reservation.

Unvaccinated travelers will be re-tested between day four and day seven.Argyle International Airport has reopened following its closure due to eruptions of La Soufrière volcano in April. Cleaning is ongoing as some ash fall persists, according to airport officials.

Trinidad and Tobago

Fully vaccinated U.S. tourists are welcome to visit the islands without the need to quarantine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad & Tobago. Travelers must also show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, according to the Ministry of Health.

Unvaccinated children must also get tested prior to arrival and get re-tested between day three and day five of their trip.

Turks and Caicos Islands

All U.S. travelers 16 and older must be fully vaccinated to visit Turks and Caicos, according to the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. Travelers must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within three days of their arrival and have insurance to cover potential COVID-19-related medical costs. All travelers must complete a health screening questionnaire and Travel Authorization Form.

Children under 10 are exempt from testing requirements.

United States Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands welcomes travelers from the mainland, but requires visitors ages five and older to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within five days of arriving on the island, according to the USVI Department of Tourism. Visitors must upload their test results to the USVI travel portal and receive clearance before traveling.

Travelers heading to the U.S. mainland from the U.S. Virgin Islands are not required to get tested before flying as the island is a U.S. territory.