St. Lucia Announces Stricter Testing Requirements for Entry — What to Know
After reopening for international travel in the summer of 2020, St. Lucia has announced a stricter testing requirement for visitors.
Before arrival, travelers are required to visit the St. Lucia website for information on entry requirements and to complete a Pre-Arrival Registration Form. Travelers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within five days before their arrival and complete a pre-arrival registration form. They will also have to undergo a temperature check upon arrival.
Previously, visitors were able to obtain a negative COVID-19 test seven days ahead of arrival.
"In order to co-exist with Covid, we must constantly evaluate our safety and travel protocols," St. Lucia's Minister of Tourism, Dominic Fedee, said ina statement shared with Travel + Leisure on Friday. "In due consideration of all factors affecting the health of Saint Lucian citizens and international visitors, we are tightening testing protocols based on our current conditions."
In addition to the test results, travelers must complete a pre-arrival registration form and carry a copy with them. When it comes to accommodations, visitors are required to have confirmed reservations with a COVID-certified hotel before completing the document. Travelers are not allowed to stay with family members or friends in St. Lucia at this time.
Once on the island, visitors must continue wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Travelers are not allowed to leave their resorts and can only participate in hotel-organized tours.
New safety measures also mean that certified taxis will have precautions in place to separate drivers and passengers.
Businesses on the island were allowed to resume their operations in June, with protocols in place for social distancing and disinfecting surfaces. Sites and attractions remain closed, although travelers can book limited tours through their hotels. Phase two of the island's reopening is tentatively scheduled for September 1, with details to be revealed in the coming weeks.