Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Grenada reopens borders to international travel as of Aug. 1 following coronavirus-related closure. Certain restrictions apply.
- Alert Begins: 02 Aug 2020 10:28 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 28 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 reopened to island nations borders to international travel, Aug. 1, following an earlier closure due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Specific restrictions are being imposed depending on the traveler's point of origin; the Grenadan government has implemented a color-coded system for classifying foreign countries as low, medium, or high risk for COVID-19 infection.
- Low-risk (Green) nations: Travelers arriving from countries assessed as low risk (Green) will be given the COVID-19 Rapid Test upon arrival and will have limited movement for the first 10 days in Grenada, if the test result is negative. If the result is positive, travelers must take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and wait for the results in a state quarantine facility. Low-risk nations include CARICOM countries, which include Caribbean nations and territories.
- Medium-risk (Yellow) nations: Travelers entering from countries assessed as medium risk (Yellow) must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a PCR test within seven days prior to arrival, and will be given the COVID-19 Rapid Test and a new PCR test within 48 hours following arrival. Such travelers must stay in a state quarantine facility to await the results. If negative, they will be granted limited movement in the country during their stay. Medium-risk nations include the UK and EU countries.
- High-risk (Red) nations: Travelers entering from countries assessed as high risk (Red) must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a PCR test within seven days prior to arrival. Travelers will be re-tested at the airport. Travelers testing negative on arrival will still need to quarantine for 14 days at an accommodation approved by authorities. Travelers testing positive will be quarantined in a state facility.
If travelers from any country test positive in the PCR tests, they will be required to quarantine in a state facility for 14 days. All travelers must fill a health form and download Grenada's COVID-19 contact-tracing app prior to arrival.
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.