No testing and quarantine for Caribbean travellers to Saint Lucia
Travellers from Caribbean islands will be exempt from testing and quarantine in Saint Lucia.
According to the Saint Lucian Government, those travellers will include those from the following countries: Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Monsterrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.
Visitors with a travel history from this Caribbean bubble in the last 14 days will also be exempt from quarantine.
As COVID-19 rates continue to rise in some countries, Saint Lucia has implemented new policies to come into effect from July 9.
-All incoming passengers (with the exclusion of persons from the Caribbean bubble should present with a negative COVID-19 PCR test seven days (168 hours) prior to travel.
- All arriving passengers from destinations outside the ‘bubble’ will be allocated at a COVID-19 approved accommodation site or government institutional quarantine.
- All returning nationals from destinations outside the “bubble’ will be subject to 14 days quarantine at a government institutional quarantine.
Pre-Arrival Registration of Travel
All visitors and returning citizens to Saint Lucia must complete a Pre-Arrival registration form prior to arrival. Visitors can go to www.stlucia.org/covid-19 to find a link to the form. Visitors must fill out details including proof of negative PCR testing and indicate which COVID-19 Certified hotel they will be staying in.
All returning Saint Lucia citizens and residents must also complete the Pre-Arrival registration form as above (insert link). On arrival, they are required to quarantine for 14 days at a pre-approved home quarantine address, Government-operated quarantine facility or a COVID-19 certified property.
New Testing Protocols:
- Pre-testing prior to travel is now mandatory. Visitors must provide a negative test result taken seven days or less before travel to Saint Lucia. This comes into effect from July 9, 2020, and will be reviewed after 30 days.
- All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport. Any symptomatic passengers will be isolated and tested. They will be required to remain in quarantine/isolation at their hotel or Government Operated Quarantine Facility until the test result is obtained. If the test is positive they will be transferred to a treatment facility until they receive two negative test results and are clinically stable.
- Passengers arriving with proof of a negative PCR test may be exempt from on-island testing and advance through immigration, baggage claim, customs and arrivals for transportation to their COVID-19 certified hotel, pre-approved home quarantine facility or Government Operated Quarantine Facility.
- Anyone arriving without proof of a negative PCR test will be subject to immediate isolation and testing with possible quarantine or treatment should a passenger test positive - at their own cost. It is recommended that visitors check their local government websites to identify PCR testing locations. UK travelers need to check with an accredited private healthcare provider for PCR testing options.
Hotel, Accommodation and Transportation Updates
A key part of Saint Lucia’s responsible reopening is the COVID-19 compliance certification process for the accommodations sector.
To date, hotels that have received COVID-19 Certification include Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Sandals Grande St Lucian, Stonefield Resort Villas and Sugar Beach - A Viceroy Resort.
Several other hotels and resorts are on track to receive certification in July. Visitors can select COVID-19 certified hotels through direct booking, tour operator or airline provider.
During Phase One, visitors can stay only at hotels that are COVID-19 Certified. Among the required protocols, accommodations must sanitise luggage upon check-in; maintain a fully equipped nurses station; observe strict detailed sanitisation protocols for housekeeping; maintain required distance with tables for dining, and have hand sanitiser stations installed throughout the property. Sanitising stations and showers for staff must also be installed for use prior to reentering the public.
Mandatory On-Island Safety Protocols
The Government of Saint Lucia introduced its first Phase One protocol on May 18, including new health and safety rules to protect its citizens as borders opened for international travel from June 4.
To mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 for visitors and Saint Lucian communities, all safety protocols introduced for Phase One of reopening remain in place.
Visitors will be required to follow the local regulations in Saint Lucia, including the wearing of masks during on-island transportation and when in public places. Visitors are advised to also check with accommodation properties regarding individual hotel safety and wellness policies.
To keep visitors informed on the island, health and safety protocols have been reinforced with new signage at airports and other public places. That includes QR codes navigating travelers to a landing page for more information and FAQs.
For more information about Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry, please visit www.stlucia.org/covid-19