Entry restrictions in place in Americas, Caribbean due to COVID-19. Health screenings likely at airports across region through February.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Belize
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Paraguay
  • Suriname

This alert began 14 Feb 2020 13:41 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions, increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Caribbean, South and Central America (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least February
  • Impact: Increased immigration and customs screening times, quarantine measures; possible flight disruptions

Summary
Authorities in several countries in the Caribbean, as well as in parts of Central and South America are likely to continue implementing travel restrictions and additional health screening measures, through at least late February, as a means to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

  • Governments that have restricted entry for non-residents who have traveled in mainland China within 14 days from their arrival, include Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • In the Bahamas, the restrictions apply to non-residents who have been in mainland China within 20 days of their arrival. Residents of the Bahamas who have been in mainland China during this period will be subject to immediate quarantine for a maximum of 14 days.
  • El Salvador officials have placed restrictions on entry for mainland China passport holders.
  • In Guatemala, restrictions apply to non-residents who have been in mainland China within 15 days of their arrival.
  • Jamaican officials have placed restrictions on entry for mainland China passport holders. Residents of Jamaica who have been in mainland China during this period will be subject to immediate quarantine for a maximum of 14 days.
  • In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, persons that have been in mainland China within 14 days of their arrival may be subject to immediate quarantine for a maximum of 14 days.


Several countries in Central and South America have implemented advanced health screening measures in response to the spread of COVID-19. These measures are likely to vary across the region.

Advice
Confirm entry requirements before embarking on travel to the region. Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny, delays, and potential quarantine.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. 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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