Saint Lucia is joining the list of worldwide destinations in announcing plans for reopening to visitors through implementing protective measures against COVID-19. Beginning 4 June, the Caribbean island will start a multi-approach plan of new procedures for tourists and hotels requiring advanced testing and sanitary measures.
Phase One of the reopening includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from United States carriers only. Visitors have to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding their flight. Upon arrival, they will also be subject to screening and temperature checks by port health authorities and must continue wearing face masks and practising physical distancing.
Health and safety protocols will be reinforced through signage having QR codes to take travelers to a landing page for more information. Taxis will also be subject to guidelines that will include measures to safely separate drivers from guests.
A developing COVID-19 certification requirement will mandate hotels to meet specific criteria for sanitization and social distancing, among other related protocols, before being permitted to open to receive guests. As for what visitors can see and do on the island, Saint Lucian experiences will be available in a limited capacity, with registered hotels and travel providers working with tourists directly to arrange safe encounters.
Saint Lucia is said to be the first Caribbean island to open its borders. More information on its COVID-19 response plan can be read through this website. Phase Two of Saint Lucia’s new tourism plan will commence on 1 August, 2020. The details will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Barbados, another island in the Caribbean, has announced plans for the creation of a BDS $200 million tourism facility to support hotels in need of urgent working capital and enable them to become more profitable through renovations, among other areas.
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