TORONTO — Another two Caribbean destinations have announced relaxed travel measures as restrictions continue to ease around the world.
Both St. Kitts & Nevis and Anguilla are making it easier for visitors to enter their respective destinations, which comes perfectly timed to Canada’s own elimination of its pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers, which comes into effect on April 1.
ST. KITTS & NEVIS
Effective April 1, 2022, all international visitors arriving by air may show proof of either a negative COVID-19 antigen test or a negative RT-PCR test to enter the Federation. Antigen tests must be taken within 24 hours prior to arrival, while RT-PCR tests must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Prior to this, St. Kitts & Nevis accepted only RT-PCR tests results.
Travel requirements for fully vaccinated visitors as of April 1, 2022 are as follows:
- All visitors 18 and older must be fully vaccinated. A visitor is considered fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since receiving their second dose of a two dose vaccine series (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac), or two weeks after they have received a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). Mixing of approved vaccines for St. Kitts and Nevis is accepted.
- Unvaccinated children ages 12-17 will need to take a COVID-19 test (paid for by visitor) upon arrival; the entire family will need to vacation in place until receipt of negative COVID-19 test.
- Children ages 11 and under take the vaccination status of their parents.
- Submit negative COVID-19 test results; visitors may choose between:
- RT-PCR negative test results from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken 72 hours prior to travel
- Negative antigen test results from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken 24 hours prior to travel.
- Travellers should note that no self-samples or home test will be considered valid.
- Fill out the embarkation form and all other supporting documentation.
- Fully vaccinated visitors will be required to submit a copy of their official vaccination record card including dates when doses were administered.
- All incoming visitors must have a hard copy of their negative RT-PCR or antigen test results, and vaccination record card.
- Forms must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to travel: visit here to access form, upload test results and vaccination record card.
- Health Screening Questions:
- If the visitor’s application has not been flagged by Health Officials, visitors will be automatically processed and directed to Immigration.
- In the event a visitor’s application is flagged, they will undergo health screening questions and if they exhibit any COVID symptoms, the visitor will be required to take a COVID-19 test on site at the visitor’s expense.
- Antigen tests are available for outbound air visitors whose countries of origin accept approved rapid testing upon return from international destinations. RT-PCR testing is also available. The Federation has removed the exit testing requirement for visitors whose countries of origin do not require return testing.
For all travel protocols and requirements go to https://www.stkittstourism.kn/travel-requirements.
Anguilla’s Ministry of Health has announced that it is lifting the travel authorization requirement for fully vaccinated visitors, effective April 1, 2022. The country’s new guidelines for entry, effective on April 1, are as follows:
- As of April 1, 2022, all fully vaccinated travellers to Anguilla who are 18 years and older will no longer need to apply for permission to enter the island via the travel portal at com. They will still need to present evidence of full vaccination status with an approved vaccine and a negative COVID-19 test; that is an NAA/PCR/RNA test taken within 3 days of travel or a rapid antigen test taken within 2 days of travel. This information must be presented to the aircraft, ship, agent or fixed based operator.
- The arrival testing will be discontinued for persons who have been fully vaccinated within the last six months, and for persons who have taken a booster dose where completion of the primary series (full vaccination) occurred six months or more prior to arrival; a valid negative test result must be presented on arrival.
- Vaccinated adults and minors, who were fully vaccinated with a complete primary course more than 6 months prior to arrival, but have not had a booster dose, are still considered fully vaccinated and will not need to apply for entry via the portal. They shall, however, be subject to testing on arrival, at their own expense and a valid negative prearrival test result must be presented. The testing fee is US$50.
- Unvaccinated visitors under 18 years old are only permitted to enter Anguilla if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated travellers. It should be noted that the exemption for pregnant women is removed given that several COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use in pregnancy.
- Persons arriving into Anguilla without the appropriate documentation (proof of vaccination and test results) will be required to return to their country of origin; and if it is not possible to return, they shall complete arrival and exit tests, and quarantine for 5 days at their own expense. Each visitor that is allowed to quarantine shall pay the Government of Anguilla a fee of USD$200 in addition to any fines for unapproved entry.
- Unvaccinated visitors who have been granted a medical exemption will be required to apply on the entry portal, test on arrival, quarantine for 5 days and receive a negative test result to exit quarantine. Accordingly, the fee is USD$100 per person.
For more information go to www.IvisitAnguilla.com.