Caribbean holidays have not been possible for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people have been left frustrated as holiday plans had to be cancelled or put on hold. However, now there is hope for those hoping to jet off to the Caribbean.
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The popular holiday island of St Lucia has announced it will reopen its borders next month, in the latest travel advice.
Tourists will officially be able to visit the islands from June 4.
St Lucia is the first Caribbean destination to open its doors for international travel.
Saint Lucia Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee announced the move, reported local site The Caribbean Journal.
He said this which is part of a “phased approach for reopening the island’s tourism sector.”
The first stage of St Lucia’s re-opening will see Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport open for business.
Furthermore, around 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to reopen in early June.
This is pending a new COVID-19 certification process for St Lucia hotels.
However, strict travel rules are in place.
Those arriving in Saint Lucia will be required to present “certified proof” of a negative coronavirus test within 48 hours of boarding their flight.
What’s more, all visitors must wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Travellers will have to undergo health screenings and temperature checks by Saint Lucia airport authorities.
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August 1 will mark the next phase of St Lucia’s reopening.
Details of this are set to be revealed over the next few weeks.
However, in disappointing news for Britons, initially, only travellers from the USA will be allowed to visit the island.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the latest travel advice for St Lucia today.
They stated: “The Government of St Lucia has made a series of announcements, which mean effective from 18 May:
- Businesses are permitted to recommence full operations, in their normal location and within normal business hours, adhering to COVID19 related protocols issues by the Ministry of Health.
- Educational institutions remain closed
- Social events including the cinema and mass crowd events remain closed
- From 18 May St Lucia is under curfew from 9pm to 5am. Everyone should remain in their accommodation during this period.
“There are restrictions to the numbers allowed in stores so queues are possible.
“Medical facilities will remain open. Call 311 for latest information and advice from the Government of St Lucia.”
Meanwhile, neighbouring Caribbean islands Aruba and Grenada have announced tentative plans to reopen as early as mid-June.
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