Critical Alert

Coronavirus disease-related entry restrictions likely to remain in force in Montserrat through at least the end of October.

Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 05:07 PM UTC
Alert Expires 31 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Islandwide 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

 

Summary
Montserrat's existing international travel restrictions will likely remain in effect through at least the end of October as part of the territory’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response plan. Currently, entry into the territory is limited to residents of Monserrat, including foreigners who hold residency permits, as well as persons who own habitable houses or homes in Montserrat; dependents of such individuals are also permitted entry, provided they have resided in Montserrat prior to March 16, 2020. Certain types of professionals, such as air and ship crew members, or others who have been engaged by the Government of Monserrat and have been granted permission by the Ministry of Health, are also allowed to enter. Authorities have not announced when the borders will be opened to nonresident foreign nationals.

Persons who are eligible to enter must submit a completed access declaration form at least 72 hours ahead of booking their travel, and possess proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days prior to arrival. All arriving travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of entry. There is no travel ban on international cargo transport.

Operating protocols for businesses and various facilities remain in effect. Establishments must enforce social distancing, use enhanced sanitization processes, and comply with other sector-specific precautionary measures. All persons are required to wear facemasks. Gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited.

 

Advice
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.

 

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