Among their many precautions, visitors will have to take a coronavirus test before arriving.

By Cailey Rizzo
May 19, 2020
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The Caribbean island of St. Lucia will begin a phased reopening on June 4.

Aiming to prevent new COVID-19 cases from entering the country while eliminating any potential spread of the virus, their multi-pronged approach requires both visitors and hotels to adhere to new protocols like sanitization and health certifications, according to a press release from St. Lucia's government shared with Travel + Leisure this week.

Upon arrival to the island, visitors must present certified proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flights. Health authorities at ports will conduct random screening and temperature checks on arrivals.

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For hotels to operate, they'll need to apply for a COVID-19 certificate from the government that shows they've met more than a dozen criteria for sanitization protocols, social distancing, and other virus-related policies.

Visitors must continue wearing face masks and practicing social distancing while on the island and will find new safety measures in taxis to separate drivers and passengers. Hand sanitizer will also be made available “at various points through the travelers’ journey.

“Our new protocols have been carefully crafted and will build confidence among travelers and our citizens,” Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee said in a statement. “The Government of Saint Lucia remains resolved to protect both lives and livelihoods as it jumpstarts its economy.”

Businesses on the island were allowed to resume their operations this week, although they must have protocols in place for social distancing and disinfecting surfaces.

Phase two of the island’s reopening will begin August 1, with details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

St. Lucia reported a total of 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19, all of whom recovered.

Tourism in St. Lucia employs more than 20 percent of workers and contributes about 14 percent to the nation’s GDP, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.

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