More Caribbean destinations relax Covid entry requirements

The Cayman Islands has announced it is moving to the next phase of its reopening plan, by scrapping quarantine for vaccinated visitors from November 20.

The island has had restrictions in place almost two years but said “many travellers are now looking to winter sun destinations for their next therapeutic escape”.

Minister of tourism Kenneth Bryan said: “The health and security of our residents and visitors have always been the government’s number one priority, and our Covid experience throughout the pandemic has been exemplary to date. With a high percentage of the population now vaccinated, we are keen to relax the current restrictions and move to phase four of our reopening programme on November 20.

“This will bring an important return to normality for travel and tourism on the islands in time for the holidays.”

Anguilla, meanwhile, has scrapped its requirement for PCR tests on day-four for arrivals, with antigen tests also accepted from November 1.

The British Overseas Territory has also reduced its testing fees for international visitors to $50 from $200. Visitors must stay at their approved accommodation until they receive a negative result. Random day-four testing of guests staying on island for more than eight days will be conducted, but at no additional cost to the guest.

All visitors to Anguilla aged 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated with at least 21 days since their final dose, though pregnant women are exempt. Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna jabs are accepted.

Travellers must also apply for Entry Permission, at a cost of $50 per person, and complete a pre-arrival test, which can be PCR or antigen.

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