Authorities in Grenada amended international travel restrictions on Oct. 14, as part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific restrictions depend on the traveler's point of origin. The Grenadian government has implemented a color-coded system for classifying foreign countries as low, medium, or high risk for COVID-19 infection. Persons arriving from the so-called "Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Bubble," a group of Caribbean nations and territories, have fewer entry restrictions.
- CARICOM Bubble Nations and Territories: Travelers arriving from any location in the CARICOM Bubble will be required to provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within seven days prior to arrival and will not be required to quarantine. As of Oct. 14, the CARICOM Bubble territories comprise Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
- Low-risk (Green) Nations: Travelers arriving from countries assessed as low-risk (Green) are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 7 days prior to arrival. If the result is positive, travelers must take a PCR test and wait for the results in a state quarantine facility.
- 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 upon arrival. Such travelers must quarantine in a state quarantine facility for at least five days. 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 at least five days at an accommodation approved by authorities. After the four-day period, travelers will be tested again, and if the result is negative, they will be allowed to travel freely.
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 Grenadian government could reimpose, tighten, further ease, or otherwise amend 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.
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.