Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines amend coronavirus-related entry requirements for travelers through at least late September.

Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 07:25 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have modified the travel restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As a result of the modifications, travelers from several countries that had previously been in the so-called "Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Bubble," a group of Caribbean countries with eased entry requirements, are now subject to greater restrictions upon entry to the country. As of Sept. 15, the following measures are in effect:

 

  • All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and placed under a mandatory self-quarantine in a government-approved facility for at least 24 hours.

 

  • Persons arriving with negative results from a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test done in the last five days and who test negative in an additional test taken on arrival, do not need to further quarantine unless arriving from the US.

 

  • Persons arriving from the US, including those transiting through another country, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the last seven days and test negative again on arrival. All passengers arriving from the US and other "high-risk" countries, including Guyana, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago, will be required to quarantine at an approved hotel for at least five days. Proof of the pre-paid hotel reservation must be provided upon arrival.

 

  • Persons arriving from the CARICOM bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia, must present a negative antibody test taken in the last five days and test negative again upon arrival.

 

  • Persons who test positive upon arrival, regardless of approved documentation, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.

 

  • Persons traveling by sea must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 3-7 days prior to arrival. Those who test positive will be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved facility.

 

  • In-transit travelers must provide a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR conducted within five days prior to arrival.

 


Argyle International Airport (AIA) is open, and while regional flights have resumed, other international flights are severely limited. All yachts must seek approval for entry before proceeding to a designated area for on-vessel quarantine. Persons on board may opt to take a PCR test but must remain onboard until a negative test result is received. Cargo aircraft and sea vessels are operating normally.

The government has not enforced any major internal movement restrictions. The public is urged to practice social distancing and wear protective face coverings when in indoor public places. Major supermarkets must restrict the number of customers to allow for physical distancing. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several regional 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. 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.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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.


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