The Caribbean Is Welcoming Vacationers: Up to date COVID-19 Security Measures

When it comes to global travel documents, the US passport has historically been one of the strongest of its kind. In fact, it is in the top 10 best performing countries according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index, and those who own it enjoy some of the most extensive freedom to travel in the world World (including access to 185 countries). For comparison: Japan ranks first with access to 191 countries, while Afghanistan ranks last with only 26 countries.

However, the latest index does not take into account the ongoing COVID-19 travel bans. As travel destinations around the world try to break new ground, many countries have closed their borders entirely to US citizens due to the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Some have passed guidelines targeting only certain coronavirus hotspots, while others have allowed US tourists access, but only if they follow very specific protocols.

On March 31, the State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory instructing U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to COVID-19. Travel is an extremely sensitive issue at the moment and developments are evolving every day.

Even so, many Caribbean states have started reopening their borders to welcome international visitors. Although the pandemic hit the region during peak season, the Caribbean has reported relatively few cases of coronavirus. However, the ongoing travel restrictions and the lack of cruise lines (coupled with an already active hurricane season) have caused significant blows – especially given how heavily many Caribbean economies are dependent on tourism.

While some destinations, like Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, have inflated breaks for reopening plans, many are now feeling ready to welcome visitors again. With new safety precautions and health measures, these Caribbean destinations hope to recover from the devastating past few months. Here’s how seven key players are tackling the issue and enabling U.S. citizens to visit this summer and beyond.

Disclaimer: Individuals planning to travel in any form should visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for the latest COVID-19 alerts and updates. Also, read all travel advice on the destinations you plan to visit and protect yourself and others by wearing face covering, practicing social distancing, and bringing the appropriate food, drink and other supplies when possible.

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