As we ease into the month of June and some people looking to escape to the Caribbean. There are a couple of destinations across the Caribbean that are slowly relaxing their restrictions. And they have even gone one step further to welcome tourist into their country.
The U.S. Virgin Islands started welcoming back tourists on June 1.
Many hotels on in St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John — opened their doors to tourists starting June 1.However, social distancing and masks are required in public, and buffets and live music are not allowed, among other regulations.
Saint Lucia reopened to tourists on June 4.
Saint Lucia’s government announced a phased reopening to tourists from June 4, allowing international flights and tourists into the country. Visitors will have to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival and should expect temperature checks at the airport, hotels, and in restaurants, as well as mask and social-distancing requirements.
Antigua and Barbuda also announced it would allow international flights to resume on June 4.
Antigua and Barbuda took the first steps to reopen its borders to commercial, international travel Thursday, June 4 with its first flight from American Airlines out of Miami.
In an online meeting with media, government and tourism officials said the tourism-dependent Caribbean has been hard-hit as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus), forcing borders to close in mid-March. According to research conducted in partnership with ForwardKeys, destinations in the region saw declines in arrivals up to 91 percent; however, Colin James, CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said the destination fared better than the regional average with a 72 percent decrease in bookings.
Jamaica plans to reopen to international tourists on June 15.
Jamaica plans to welcome back visitors on June 15, becoming the largest Caribbean destination to reopen. It also says that “Jamaica’s newly-developed COVID-19-focused health and safety protocols [are] over 100 pages.”
These cover health regulations for everything from transportation to tours, hotels, and restaurants.