Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Grenada announced a plan to reopen the nation to foreign travelers starting on Aug. 1 with restrictions on points of origin.
- Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 05:29 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 02 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in Grenada announced a plan to reopen the island nation to foreign tourism starting on Aug. 1, with specific restrictions depending on the traveler's point of origin. From Aug. 1, no foreign travelers will be banned from entering the country for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related reasons; however, travelers from foreign nations will be categorized as either low-risk, medium-risk, and high-risk, depending on the level of COVID-19 community transmission in the countries of origin.
- Low-risk nations: Travelers will be given the COVID-19 Rapid Test upon arrival and will be granted unrestricted movement in the country during their stay if the test result is negative. Low-risk nations include CARICOM countries, which include Caribbean nations and territories.
- Medium-risk nations: Travelers will be given the COVID-19 Rapid Test upon arrival and will be granted limited movement in the country during their stay if the test result is negative. Medium-risk nations include the UK and EU countries.
- High-risk nations: Travelers must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results conducted in the past seven days upon arrival. Travelers will be re-tested at the airport, and will be required to quarantine themselves until the test results prove negative. High-risk nations include the US. In addition, travelers from "red-zones" must quarantine for 14 days in a state-approved facility. Red-zones are areas with the number of active COVID-19 cases doubling the rate of confirmed cases.
If travelers test positive, they will be required to self-quarantine in a state-approved facility for 14 days, no matter their country of origin.
The nation's seaports and airports will remain closed to all incoming regional and international passenger vessels until Aug. 1. Aircraft and ships transporting cargo are exempt from the current closure, as are commercial courier flights, medical or other emergency flights, and flights carrying diplomats. There is no restriction on aircraft and maritime vessels leaving Grenada. Residents must continue to wear protective face coverings and comply with social-distancing guidelines at all times when outside their homes.
Numerous businesses, facilities, and other establishments are allowed to continue operating, provided they comply with mandates aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced sanitization procedures, social-distancing guidelines, and special Ministry of Health authorizations, among other requirements. Such measures may vary by industry and type of establishment. Authorities continue to encourage businesses to allow employees to work from home to the extent possible.
The Grenadan government could reimpose, tighten, further ease, or otherwise amend COVID-19-related restrictions with little to no notice, depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Background and Analysis
Several governments have begun implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. These decisions have been made due to the need to allow economic recovery, mostly with consideration for local disease activity and authorities' preparedness to respond. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions and operating protocols.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.