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Which Caribbean islands can you visit for a holiday this summer?


Holidays to Barbados are back on the cards (Picture: Getty)

The Government has updated its traffic-light system to include some British summer holiday favourites, with Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Madeira amongst the new green destinations. 

It’s not just European destinations on the list, either, as Barbados, Antigua and Dominica are among the Caribbean locations now open to UK holidaymakers.

Travellers do still need to follow certain guidelines, however.

So, read on to find out everything you need to know about travelling to the Caribbean.

Many have been hoping to book a trip abroad (Picture: Getty)

Which Caribbean islands can you visit for a holiday this summer?

The Caribbean islands you can visit this summer are:

  • Anguila
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 

Some of these islands require further information from British holidaymakers before travel, however.

Anguila

To travel to Anguila, you need to apply via the government health team here.

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If your application is successful, you’ll also have to provide evidence of a negative PCR test three to five days before your arrival.

Fully-jabbed travellers will need to self-isolate for seven days on arrival, or 10-14 days if you’re not fully vaccinated.

Antigua and Barbuda

Proof of a negative PCR test is needed for travellers over 12, and you’ll also need to complete a Health Declaration Form and a temperature check.

All arrivals will be monitored for coronavirus for up to 14 days. Self-isolation isn’t mandatory, but might be necessary depending on the results of the temperature test.

Tourist destinations are slowly recovering from the pandemic (Picture: Getty)

British Virgin Islands

Proof of a negative PCR test is needed here as well, alongside a Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate ($35).

Children will be tested on arrival, and on day four of the trip.

Barbados

Travellers to Barbados will need to provide evidence of a negative PCR test, taken three days before the trip – and another at the airport after arriving.

Everyone – regardless of vaccination status – need to self-isolate, too.

Results of PCR tests are needed for entry to some countries (Picture: Getty)

If you are fully vaccinated, this should only be for around 24 hours, depending on the result of the second PCR test. For unvaccinated travellers, it should be around two days.

Passengers must also submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel via Travel Form

Dominica

Travel to Dominica is slightly more complicated.

Passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival and have a PCR test 72 hours before landing.

Dominica is known for its natural beauty (Picture: Shutterstock)

A pinprick Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) will be taken on arrival. If negative, then the traveller must self-isolate in a government-certified facility for five days, before having a further PCR test.

If it is positive, a further PCR swab test will be carried out. If the PCR test is positive, a 14-day quarantine will be necessary.

Grenada

A PCR test must be taken by all arrivals to Grenada, who then need to self-isolate until receiving results.

Turks and Caicos Islands 

Anyone arriving at the Turks and Caicos Islands is required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal.

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The Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the British Indian Ocean Territory are also on the green list – but they are closed to visitors from the UK.

The Cayman Islands are closed to all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, while only residents are allowed to enter Montserrat.

The tiny British Indian Ocean Territory is a military location, and tourists are not able to visit.

It’s worth noting that these restrictions are subject to change depending on infection rates. Check the government website before travelling for the most up to date information.


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