Warmer weather and the unofficial start of summer can only mean one thing: we’re all craving some beach time. And if you love the Caribbean as much as we do here at Complete Getaways, you might be wondering: When can I travel back there again? Read on to find out when your favorite tropical destination will be opening.
The good news is that some places are opening fairly soon. Others will take a bit longer but of course the wait will be worth it. Regardless of which place you go, you can take comfort in knowing that all of them have been working diligently to get ready for travelers and ensure that everyone is safe. Countries that have had little COVID cases to report such as Aruba are especially committed to ensuring that everyone, including their own residents, remain safe. Aruba in particular is laying out a robust testing plan to ensure that the country does not have a spike in cases as it reopens to travelers. Here are the various destinations and their expected opening dates.
Mexico will implement a sanitary certification process for airports, cruise ports, hotels and other tourism service providers. Those business have to abide by the guidelines in order to be able to open. While much of Mexico was expected to open by June 1, there will be a slight delay.
The Quinta Roo region (which includes Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum) is planning on having hotels and resort reopening by June 8th or 10th.
The Pacific side of Mexico which includes Los Cabos, is looking at a later opening date of July at earliest but most likely closer to fall.
With a low number of cases, Aruba is ready to reopen.
In fact, it was the first country to make the announcement. It is currently looking to open between June 15th and July 1st.
In a video announcement, Dominic Fedee, Saint Lucia’s minister of tourism, shared that they are ready to reopen with “responsible tourism [and] heightened protocols” but also promised that there is still plenty of fun experiences to have there. It is set to open on June 4th.
Barbados has slowly begun to reopen its economy. It has now entered Phase 3 of its plans which means that those entering Barbados will need to be quarantined for a period of fourteen days.
Major Government offices, construction, manufacturing and delivery companies have now reopened and you may now access the beach between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. However, there is still a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for residents.
Antigua and Barbuda
On June 4th, this region is expecting its first international travelers from an American Airlines flight which will be the first it has had for 10 weeks. It expects another set of travelers on board a Caribbean Airlines flight in mid-June and more from a British Airways flight in July.
As you can see, it is slowly and cautiously reopening.
Cuba will not be opening until July 1st.
It chose to extend its closures until then in order to ensure it is absolutely ready for travelers.
The Bahamas have also been slowly reopening various areas in phases after seeing zero new cases recently over a period of four days.
It is getting ready for inter-island travel and hopes to reopen by July 1st for visitors.
There have been no reopening dates set yet for Jamaica. Visitors must still quarantine for 14 days and they will be opening various areas at different times following a phased approach much like the other Caribbean islands.
Hotels may be opening as early as June 17th.
However, as the situation has been fairly fluid, this could change.
Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin have not agreed on re-opening their internal borders and there are no dates set yet as of the publishing of this article.
Turks and Caicos
We are still waiting to hear when this region will reopen for tourism.
Grenada plans to reopen in June as the pandemic has been fairly contained. As with other regions, there will be a phased re-opening that will hinge on ensuring all entities understand and follow health and safety protocols.
No date has been set yet for reopening. We are waiting to hear about the future plans.
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