Fully immunized travelers from all countries can now enjoy increased freedom and movement around the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.
With proof of full vaccination (i.e., for example, two weeks after a second injection of Moderna or Pfizer or a single Johnson & Johnson vaccine), visitors receive a wristband at the airport and can immediately move freely around the island: explore on their own with a rental car, visit local markets and supermarkets, and eat at any restaurant.
Unvaccinated travelers to St. Lucia will continue to be required to adhere to a mandatory 14-day stay at “COVID-19 certified”Accommodations – those that have been determined to adhere to all key health security protocols. Unvaccinated travelers may leave the villa or hotel property only to eat at COVID-certified restaurants and take COVID-certified tours and tours.
Americans can prove their immunization status using their original immunization cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visitors from the UK can show their immunization status through the National Health Service app.
Unvaccinated minors traveling with vaccinated adults will be required to undergo a PCR (nasal swab) test within one day of arriving on the island. This is at the visitor’s expense. Once the test is negative, unvaccinated minors can travel freely with their vaccinated adult guardians.
Many COVID-19 protocols still in place
All visitors to Saint Lucia over the age of five, whether vaccinated or not, must present a negative PCR test at least five days before arriving on the island.
All visitors – vaccinated or not – should always be transported from the airport to their accommodation via a COVID certified taxi, and these accommodation should be within a COVID certified hotel or villa.
Health checks, such as temperature checks, will take place at the airport for all inbound travelers. Local safety protocols should be followed, including wearing face coverings in public places.
And all visitors aged 18 and over must complete a health registration form prior to arrival. These forms differ depending on the country of origin.
Rules tighten elsewhere in the Caribbean
While Saint Lucia still allows unvaccinated visitors to enter the country, as of May 29, Saint Kitts and Nevis now only allows vaccinated people to enter its borders, due to a slight increase positive cases.
Saint Lucia has seen 5,072 COVID-19 positive cases since the start of the pandemic, with 80 confirmed deaths.
Full details on Saint Lucia’s policies and procedures, as well as a number of helpful FAQs regarding relaxed restrictions for vaccinated travelers, can be found on the site. Saint Lucia Tourist Board website.