While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is safe for fully vaccinated people to travel, the agency also advised people to stay home since much of the population is unvaccinated and variant risks remain high.
But for Americans hoping to escape somewhere warm with their first vaccinated trips, these are the Caribbean destinations technically open for U.S. tourists.
This list has been updated.
The island of Anguilla closed its borders for travel on April 22 through May 6. Anguilla regularly provides regulation updates on its coronavirus response website, as well as its tourism board’s website.
Before the April ban, Anguilla began allowing applications for tourism visits on Aug. 21. Those who want to visit need to register and apply on the tourism board’s website, providing their intended visit dates and personal information. A negative coronavirus test taken three to five days before arrival will be required to enter, as well as proof of international health insurance.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda opened it borders to international travelers on June 1, 2020. According to the country’s tourism website, “All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines.”
Visitors arriving by plane must show a negative covid-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven days of their flight. Visitors arriving by sea have different quarantine guidelines issued by Port Health Authorities.
Antigua and Barbuda health authorities may require travelers to take coronavirus tests at their hotel or other accommodation.
Aruba began allowing U.S. visitors on July 10, 2020. Visitors must follow a number of government-mandated procedures before entry, including submitting a negative covid-19 PCR test result.
The Bahamas is once again allowing Americans to visit under new health protocols, replacing 14-day quarantines with coronavirus PCR tests taken fewer than five days before entry, daily health questionnaires completed after entry and mandatory health insurance. The move comes after the Bahamas closed its borders in July 2020 after a brief period of tourism reopening sparked coronavirus cases. According to the Bahamas’ tourism board, children under 10 years old are exempt from pre-arrival testing. On the island, all visitors must also abide by mask and physical distancing requirements in public.
Barbados reopened its borders to international travel on July 12, 2020, and launched a program allowing visitors to stay on the Caribbean island visa-free for up to one year. Travelers from the United States must follow “high risk” category protocols, including taking a coronavirus test before or on arrival.
Belize’s international airport reopened on Oct. 1, after postponing its originally scheduled August 2020 reopening. According to the Belize tourism website, visitors will have to follow entry protocols depending on vaccine status.
Those immunized two weeks or more before travel can visit without testing or quarantine if they show proof of their vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test taken within 96 hours of travel, or provide a negative rapid test taken within 48 hours of travel.
Travel restrictions for Americans visiting areas of the Caribbean Netherlands vary. U.S. travelers can fly to the island of Bonaire via Curaçao with a negative PCR test and health declaration forms, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao. Direct U.S. flights to Bonaire are set to resume in May 2021.
Americans may request entry to Sint Eustatius, but they will have to quarantine in a facility upon arrival. Only Americans conducting essential travel are allowed in Saba at this time and must email their request to info@Sabagov.nl.
Unrelated to the pandemic, tourist travel to Cuba is prohibited by the U.S. government unless you obtain a license from the Treasury Department, or your trip meets certain requirements. The country has opened its borders to international tourism, but it is restricting where tourists may go, according to Reuters.
On Aug. 7, the Nature Island of Dominica opened its borders to international travelers who comply with health protocols. U.S. visitors must submit a health questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, upload a negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before travel, undergo a health assessment and rapid test after landing, and quarantine for five to seven nights.
Tourism reopened in the Dominican Republic on July 1. Travelers must complete a temperature screening and coronavirus test upon arrival.
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands tourism department now allows remote workers who make over $100,000 annually, couples who make a joint $150,000 annually and couples with children who make $180,000 annually to stay in the country for up to two years when they acquire a Global Citizen Certificate. In addition to the salary requirement, applicants must have a valid passport, a reference from a bank, a letter of employment from a company outside of the Cayman Islands and proof of health-insurance coverage. The program also charges an application fee starting at $1,469.
On Aug. 1, Grenada opened to U.S. visitors who obtain a Pure Safe Travel Certificate authorization. All approved travelers over five years old can enter with a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of traveling. Travelers must have a confirmed reservation at an “Approved Accommodation,” and show proof of travel medical insurance that covers coronavirus concerns. American travelers on the fifth day of their trip must take an RT-PCR test — paid for ahead of their visit — to be allowed into the community, or quarantine at their hotel for the remainder of their visit.
Americans are now allowed to visit Guyana if they can provide a negative PCR test result taken within seven days of arrival. Visitors must also complete an Online Passenger Locator form at least 24 hours before arrival.
American visitors to Haiti must provide a negative coronavirus test, among other protocols, according to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti website.
In April, St. Barts closed its borders to tourists. However, visitors with “compelling reasons” may be allowed entry. Officials are hoping to reopen the island to tourists in mid-May after its vaccine drive.
St. Lucia is open to American travelers who complete a pre-arrival registration form and provide a negative covid-19 PCR test result, among other restrictions.
St. Martin/St. Maarten
The island of St. Martin, divided into a French side and a Dutch side, opened to travelers from the Caribbean, Europe and Canada in July and to Americans on Aug. 1, 2020 requiring negative coronavirus test results. According to the U.S. Consulate General’s website, social distancing protocols remain in effect.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Americans and other international travelers are allowed to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines by following specific protocols outlined by the ministry of national security, including a negative coronavirus test result.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis reopened to commercial air travel on Oct. 31, 2020 but travelers visiting from outside the Caribbean are required to quarantine for 14 days at an approved hotel or resort. The tourism board states on its website that visitors from the United States and Canada “are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities” until the seventh day of their arrival, when they will take another coronavirus test. “If the traveler tests negative on Day 8, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites.” And if on Day 14 the visitor tests negative again, they can then move around the country without restriction.
Americans are permitted to enter and go straight to their resort with health declaration forms and a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours before arrival.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands opened its borders on July 22, 2020, and now requires a travel authorization that includes a negative covid-19 PCR test result taken within five days before arrival.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands, which include St. Thomas and St. Croix, reopened in September to travelers with a negative coronavirus test. Visitors under age 5 are not required to be tested.
The islands shut down in August 2020 after initially reopening with an “Open Doors” policy that required visitor health screenings, which varied by state, upon arrival. The closure followed a spike in coronavirus cases.
These countries remain closed to all tourists at this time: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.