Severity: Warning Alert
Exit/Entry: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines likely to maintain COVID-19-related entry requirements for travelers through September.
Alert Begins 31 Aug 2020 03:52 PM UTC
Alert Expires 14 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: International transport and business disruptions
Authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will likely maintain current entry requirements for all travelers through at least September, in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The following measures have been in effect since Aug. 1:
- 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 a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test (where the test was done in the last five days), and who test negative in the COVID-19 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 (where the test was done in the last seven days) and test negative in the PCR test taken on arrival. All passengers arriving from the US will be required to quarantine at an approved hotel for at least five days.
- Persons arriving from the CARICOM bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and Trinidad and Tobago, must present a negative antibody test (where the test was done in the last five days) and test negative in the COVID-19 PCR test taken on arrival.
- Persons who test positive for the PCR test taken 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 3-5 days in order to enter the country. Those who test positive will be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved facility.
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.
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.