TORONTO — Saint Lucia is the latest destination to announce PCR testing for COVID-19 at select resorts, offering Canadians added convenience and peace of mind amid new testing requirements.
Following the federal government’s new pre-arrival testing rule, which went into effect on Jan. 7, as well as similar rules set forth by the U.S. and U.K. governments, Saint Lucia is ramping up testing capabilities across the island, with multiple COVID-19 PCR and antigen (rapid) testing options available for departing visitors, citizens and residents.
Travellers can obtain a COVID-19 test at select hotels or at local testing facilities, with test results returned within the requisite 72-hour time frame. Additional options are in development to expand testing locations and facilities.
Travellers can make an appointment to get tested once they arrive on the island or through their COVID-certified hotel. Pricing varies based on location and the type of test administered.
As of Jan. 18, the hotels and villas offering complimentary COVID-19 antigen (rapid) testing to qualified guests include:
- Anse Chastanet
- All five Bay Gardens properties
- Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
- Jade Mountain
- Ladera Resort
- Marigot Bay Resort and Marina
- Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolate
- Sandals Resort in Saint Lucia
- Serenity at Coconut Bay
- Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort
- Stonefield Villa Resort
- Tet Rouge
- Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Additional properties in Saint Lucia are anticipated to roll out complimentary testing in the coming weeks. Select hotels are offering PCR tests to guests who meet qualifications. Visitors are encouraged to check with their accommodation provider for details.
More information about testing options will soon be available on the Saint Lucia COVID-19 Travel Advisory page at www.StLucia.org/covid-19.