Is it safe to travel to the Caribbean? Latest coronavirus advice on cruises and islands – The Sun

CARIBBEAN authorities are extending travel advice to US tourists and vacationers after the number of coronavirus cases rose to 12.

On Friday, the Pan American Health Organization confirmed a new COVID-19 case in the Dominican Republic and eight new infections in the French overseas territories.

French Guiana is reporting five cases of COVID-19 while Martinique confirmed two cases. The cases are in addition to three previous cases — two in St. Martin and one in Saint Barthelemy — along with one confirmed case in the Dominican Republic.

Here is everything you need to know if you are planning to travel to the Caribbean.

What is the travel advice for the Caribbean?

In February, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago announced China-related travel bans.

The restrictions came even though there are no direct commercial flights between mainland China and their nations.

On March 3, a statement on the US Department of State’s travel advisory website said certain destinations have an increased risk category, from "low" to "moderate to high".

It reads: “There are five confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the Eastern Caribbean, specifically in the French collectives of Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, and Martinique.  

"The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has raised the risk level in the region from “low” to “moderate to high.”

"Regional governments continue to focus on preventative measures, including mandatory quarantine procedures or other restrictions for travelers arriving from China.  

“In some countries, these restrictions have now expanded to travelers who have been to Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Singapore" 

Here are the latest requirements and travel/quarantine info for each affected island:

Antigua & Barbuda

The country has implemented a ban on all foreigners traveling from or through China from entering the country.  Antigua & Barbuda nationals returning from China will be quarantined for 14 days. 

Barbados

No travel restrictions.  Travelers arriving from China and South Korea who are exhibiting symptoms will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

All arriving passengers who have been in Iran, or Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna or Verona in Italy within the previous 14 days will be required to be interviewed by Port Health officers at points of entry. 

Moderate to high-risk individuals will be sent to mandatory quarantine and low-risk individuals sent to home quarantine.

The Government of Barbados is conducting sporadic thermal screening at airports and sea ports. 

Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic there are health screenings in place as a result of the worldwide outbreak.

Flights from Milan, Italy have been cancelled and all flights to Puerto Rico will be diverted to the San Juan airport (LMMIA).

Cruise ships with potential COVID-19 patients onboard may be denied docking privileges in the Dominican Republic.

No particular documentation is required for entry/exit, but travelers with a travel history from China will be registered and monitored for symptoms.

Grenada

Grenada has instituted travel regulations barring foreigners whose travel had either originated in or transited through China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Singapore in the last 14 days. 

The Government of Grenada is conducting thermal screening at airports and sea ports, and if travelers are found to have higher-than-expected temperatures, they are pulled aside for further screening. 

Lucia

Saint Lucia has begun restricting entry of any foreigners who have been in mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Italy during the past 14 days. 

The government will quarantine any Saint Lucia nationals returning from or transiting through China for 14 days. 

Kitts and Nevis

No travel restrictions. Any and all incoming passengers who have travelled to or from any of the following countries within the last 14 days will be asked to provide travel history, history of exposure to the virus and contact information.

Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)

No travel restrictions, but anyone arriving in the country who has traveled from or through China, Italy, or Iran in the past 14 days will be placed in a 14-day quarantine. 

Persons showing symptoms will continue to be isolated and quarantined at the main hospital in Kingston.

The government has posted Environmental Health officials at the airport to monitor persons who appear to have symptoms. 

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