The Caribbean is Back to Business

Keeping the Caribbean in Mind: Review Latest Reopening Information 

Island time has commenced once again in the Caribbean. As of July 6, several Caribbean islands are planning to reopen for international tourism. AAA Travel welcomes back the eager, warm-weather travelers ready to book an island escape of their dreams.  

This news is paired with cautious procedures and health protocols designed to keep everyone safe. Some plans state similar requirements such as proof of Covid-19 free test results prior to departure. Whether looking to pursue a luxury, weekend getaway or book an all-inclusive vacation for the whole family, it is essential to review these guidelines with a AAA travel agent 

Regarding future bookings, member favorites such as Aruba and Bermuda are making a comeback, along with many other Caribbean islands following suit. “I’ve been booking getaways for families, friends and couples to Aruba and Jamaica.” Says Carol Mendozza, AAA Travel agent. “Some of my clients are traveling this fall, others early in 2021.”

Here are a few updates from popular destinations: 

  • Aruba: Revisiting plans for U.S. visitors will be reported back on July 10. Visitors from U.S. states with high infection rates may be restricted or required to complete additional entry protocols. 
  • Bermuda: Reopened to air travelers on July 1. The screening process requires completing an online authorization form within 48 hours of departure, along with a $75 fee for Covid-19 testing in the territory 
  • Dominican Republic: Gradual reopening commenced on July 1. Proof of a negative test must be taken no less than five days before arrival for international tourists. Upon arrival guests will be tested if not prior to. 
  • Jamaica: Borders reopened to international travelers on June 15. It is mandatory for arriving passengers to complete and submit a pre-arrival authorization that will gauge possible exposure to Covid-19.   
  • Puerto Rico: The island will welcome inbound tourism starting on July 15. Travelers must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before departure. This is paired with completion of a travel declaration from the Puerto Rico Health Department. Curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. has been extended through July 22. Masks are mandatory in public. Entertainment and restaurant establishments are open and operating at 75% capacity.  
  • Turks and Caicos: Borders, the Providenciales Airport and jet terminals will reopen on July 22. The Grand Turk Cruise Center will remain closed until August 31. Airline partners will confirm flight service from the United States, Canada and Europe once the island is ready.  
  • U.S Virgin Islands: Reopened to visitors on June 1. Masks are required in businesses and public facilities, social distancing is required at open beaches, visitors are screened upon arrival to public spaces, and restaurants and bars cannot exceed 50% capacity. All forms of accommodations are accepting bookings. 

AAA travel agents are equipped with the latest resources to keep vacationers informed during this evolving phase of travel and ensure a carefree getaway. To see all island reopening details and additional destinations, visit the trusted Travel Weekly article here, and call an agent to learn more.  

Sourced from “Map: When will Caribbean islands reopen to U.S. tourism?” by Gay Nagle Myers (June 04, 2020) on Travel Weekly