Following Matt Hancock’s announcement of a “new strain” of coronavirus within the UK, many countries have banned travel from the UK. However, Wanderlust reports there are still some Caribbean countries open to UK travelers seeking winter sun. Their list of Caribbean countries, including Belize, currently open to UK travelers is included below. Please note this article was updated with relevant travel information on 21 December:
The Philip Goldson International Airport is open, but entry is a three-step process. Before travel, foreign tourists will need to: download the Belize Travel Health App; pre-book accommodation at a Gold Standard hotel; have proof of a PCR test no older than 96 hours OR a rapid test no older than 48 hours, both before arrival. You may be randomly selected for a second test on arrival.
Read more about Belize’s entry policies here.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is currently welcoming tourists. All arriving passengers must take a mask with them and wear it in public areas while in the country. You must complete a health declaration form. Screening is in place. All passengers older than 12 need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than seven days. Be aware that you could be told to enter government quarantine depending on the screening results. Antigua is on the UK Government’s quarantine exemption list.
European travellers are permitted to enter Aruba. All travellers need to complete this form before arrival. have proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours, purchase Aruba’s COVID-19 insurance, agree to health checks and screening on arrival and wear a mask on the flight and at the airport. Aruba is on the UK Government’s quarantine exemption list.
Barbados is currently open to UK travellers. However, you should read this website carefully before travelling. You will need to present a negative COVID test on arrival no older than three days. You will also need to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours before you travel. On arrival, travellers from the UK will have to go into quarantine until a second negative test is obtained. Barbados is on the UK government’s quarantine exemption list.
Borders is currently open to foreign visitors. You need to complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before your arrival and have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will undergo a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If it is negative, then you must self-isolate in a government operated or government certified facility for five days, at which point you will have another PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out. This will be at your expense.
St Kitts and Nevis
You will need to complete an entry form and submit a negative test no older than 72 hours. Upon arrival, you will have to follow restriction for the first 14 days, download the app and stay in an approved hotel. After day seven, you will need to take and pay for a second test. St Kitts and Nevis is on the UK government’s quarantine exemption list.
Those wishing to go to Saint Lucia need to complete a pre-arrival registration form. This will include the need for details of proof of a negative test and proof of a COVID-19 certified hotel booking. You will need a certificate showing a negative test taken seven days before arrival. All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay. Saint Lucia is on the UK government’s quarantine exemption list.
Turks and Caicos Islands
The islands are currently open to UK travellers. If you are travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands, you will need pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal. On the portal, you need to upload evidence of a negative Covid-19 test no older than five day, proof of travel insurance that includes Covid-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire. Turks and Caicos Islands is now on the UK government’s quarantine exemption list.