COVID Testing Requirements Return for These Caribbean Islands

COVID Testing for the Caribbean

Going on vacation and wondering about the latest COVID testing for the Caribbean?

We have the latest….

In a nutshell: COVID Testing for the Caribbean is changing and we’ve outlined the latest details for some of your favorite tropical islands.

COVID testing and other entry requirements have been updated for several islands and mostly due to the Delta variant.

Travel data continues to change so be sure to get the latest updates from the Caribbean island you’re traveling to, your all-inclusive resort, and your airline.

First up, The Bahamas

  • These testing requirements changed as of August 6th for all travelers applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa
  • Applies to vaccinated travelers (including children ages 2 – 11)
  • If fully vaccinated – you will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival
    • Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload negative test results (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), in addition to valid proof of vaccination (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card)
  • Unvaccinated travelers, 12 and up, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival
    • Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas
  • Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas
  • If you present test results older than 5 days – you will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas
  • Travelers will also be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas
    • The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee

The Travel Health Visa can be submitted 14 days prior to travel (those submitted prior to August 6th will be honored for entry).

Proof of vaccination must confirm you’ve passed the two-week immunity period.

And…The Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.

Be sure to review the latest travel updates for The Bahamas.

COVID Testing for the Caribbean continues with … Antigua and Barbuda

  • Travelers are required to have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR  taken within seven days of their flight (ages 5 and up)
  • Visitors may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities
  • Travelers must wear a face mask while at the airport and in all public places
  • All arriving travelers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subject to screening and temperature checks by Port Health Authorities upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda

Stay up to date with the latest Travel Advisory for Antigua and Barbuda


COVID cases have been fairly low for Curacao and they’re determined to keep it that way.  Updates for entry were recently made (Aug. 5) and the Government also updated its requirements based on risk factors from various countries, including the U.S.

These entry requirements apply to all visitors:

  • You have not been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to arrival
    • If this is the case, you will be placed in mandatory quarantine
  • You must carry a printed document of proof of the mandatory steps at all times during your travel
  • Travel insurance, mainly for medical care, is required + any additional costs if you are quarantined or become ill during your stay
  • If you do not meet the above conditions, you may be quarantined on arrival (at your own expense)

And, there are no exemptions, at this time, for full vaccinated travelers.

Since the United States is considered ‘high risk’ there are four other mandatory steps:

  1. Complete the digital immigration card online before departure
  2. Digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card 48 hours prior to your departure and carry a printed document of proof with you
  3. You’ll need to show a negative result from a certified COVID-19 PCR-test taken at most 72 hours before your flight to Curaçao or a negative result from an antigen test taken at most 24 hours before your flight to Curaçao. You will need to carry a printed document of proof with you and you will be required to upload the negative test results of the COVID-19 PCR-test before departure.
  4. The 3rd day on-island Antigen test  – All passengers are required to undergo an Antigen test at a local laboratory on the 3rd day in Curaçao. The reservation and payment of the 3rd day antigen test is part of the PLC process.

COVID Testing for the Caribbean…..on to Grenada

  • All travelers are required to be fully vaccinated (and get a PCR test, approx. $150USD)
  • Fully vaccinated travelers must quarantine for up to 48 hours at their approved accommodation while awaiting the results of their PCR test
  • If unvaccinated – travelers will be required to quarantine for up to seven days and will have their PCR test done on day five at their quarantine accommodation
  • Children over 14 years who are unvaccinated will be required to quarantine for up to 7 days with their travel party

And….a Pure Safe Travel Authorization Certificate is still needed by each traveler including children arriving in Grenada.

Turks and Caicos

  • All travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, NAA, RNA or Antigen test result from a test taken within three days of travel – effective as of July 28, 2021

Tips: Consider purchasing travel insurance, stay up to date with the CDC and travel advisories for the Caribbean island you’re considering, and connect with a travel advisor to plan your tropical vacation.

We may be seeing more updates regarding COVID testing for the Caribbean, PCR tests, and quarantine requirements.   Bookmark this page as we’ll update this as needed.

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