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Covid-19 Requirements for Visiting Mexico and the Caribbean

The latest updates on entry requirements for visiting Caribbean islands and Mexican resort areas during the pandemic

Last updated May 25, 2022

Below, you'll find a roundup of entry requirements and restrictions for visiting Caribbean islands and Mexico, with information broken down by location.  

In addition to following the rules below, travelers returning to the United States must also comply with this CDC order: All passengers—including U.S. citizens—arriving from a foreign country must get tested for Covid-19 no more than one day before their flights to the U.S. or present documentation of having recovered from the virus within the last three months. 

This means, in most cases, that American tourists will need to get negative Covid-19 test results before leaving the U.S. and then again before returning home. Onsite testing is available at many airports and resorts; when planning your trip, check ahead with your hotel or the destination's tourism website for information about your options. 

Anguilla

Only fully vaccinated travelers who received their final doses at least 14 days before travel may enter Anguilla. Each prospective visitor must apply online for entry permission and upload negative results from a PCR test administered 3 days prior to arrival or antigen test administered no more than 48 hours before arrival.

Fully vaccinated visitors who completed their primary series within the last six months or got a booster more than 14 days prior to travel will not be tested on arrival in Anguilla. Everyone else will be tested upon arrival at their own expense. Those staying longer than eight days may be tested again on day four of their visits at no additional cost.

For more information: Go to IVisitAnguilla.com

Antigua and Barbuda

All arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination. Negative test results are no longer required from those travelers. Kids ages 18 and younger are excused from the vaccine requirement, but kids ages 5 to 17 must have negative PCR or antigen test results no older than four days. 

For more information: See the latest travel advisory.

Aruba

Aruba has lifted all Covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors. Neither proof of vaccination nor negative Covid-19 test results are required to enter the country. However, all travelers must still complete Aruba's online Embarkation/Disembarkation Card process and purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance at a cost of $15 per visitor age 15 or older. 

On the island, nearly all Covid restrictions have been dropped as well. Masks are still mandatory at the airport and recommended in spaces where social distancing is difficult. 

For more information: Visit Aruba.com.

Bahamas

Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors must present negative Covid-19 test results no older than 72 hours. Vaccinated visitors may present results from PCR tests or rapid antigen tests; unvaccinated travelers must present results from PCR tests only. Upload your vaccination record and test results when applying for the Travel Health Visa online. The visa requires a fee that varies by vaccination status and length of stay; the fee includes the cost of mandatory health insurance.

For more information: See the latest travel updates from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. 

Barbados

Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to present negative Covid test results to enter Barbados. Unvaccinated visitors, however, must have negative results from a PCR test taken no more than three days before arrival or a rapid test taken no more than one day before arrival. Download the BIMSafe mobile app to complete necessary entry forms and upload test results or proof of vaccination. 

For more information: Go to VisitBarbados.org.  

Bermuda

All international visitors ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Before arriving on the island, complete an online travel authorization process, which includes a fee of $40. You'll need a negative PCR test result no older than four days upon arrival or an antigen test no older than two days. Additional on-island testing is no longer required. 

For more information: See the news alerts from the Bermuda Tourism Authority. 

British Virgin Islands

Each fully vaccinated traveler must provide proof of vaccination (showing the final dose was received at least two weeks before arrival), negative results from a PCR or antigen test no older than 2 days, and proof of travel insurance. Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to register via online portal.     

Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers must apply for travel authorization via the BVI Gateway online portal, upload proof of travel insurance, submit negative PCR test resultstest upon arrival, and complete quarantine periods. 

For more information: Visit the BVI's government website

Cayman Islands

Each tourist must apply online for a travel certificate to enter the British territory and present negative results from a PCR or rapid test taken no more than one day before departure for the islands. Each visitor must have travel insurance that covers Covid-19 costs as well. Unvaccinated people may not visit the territory unless they have a "close tie" to the Cayman Islands such as family members or a business located there.

For more information: Go to VisitCaymanIslands.com.

Cuba

Visitors are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or negative Covid test results to enter Cuba. A random sampling of people will be tested at the airport, however. As in the days before the pandemic, Americans may travel to Cuba only after receiving approval from the U.S. government in one of 12 categories.  

For more information: Visit the website of Cuba's tourism ministry

Curaçao

Covid testing is no longer required to visit Curaçao. Regardless of vaccination status, each traveler must complete the online digital immigration card and passenger locator card no more than 48 hours before travel. 

For more information: Visit Curacao.com.   

Dominica

Dominica no longer requires visitors to complete a pre-arrival form online. Additionally, Covid testing requirements have been lifted for fully vaccinated visitors.

Each unvaccinated traveler must present negative results from a PCR test no older than 72 hours upon arrival or an antigen test no older than 48 hours upon arrival.   

For more information: See Dominica's latest travel advisory

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic no longer requires Covid-19 testing for entry, and proof of vaccination isn't required, either. Instead, authorities at airports and other points of entry randomly administer breath tests to a small percentage of incoming arrivals and to anyone exhibiting symptoms. Each visitor must complete electronic entry and exit forms (including a health affidavit and customs declaration) accessible via online portal

For more information: See the coronavirus updates at GoDominicanRepublic.com.

Grenada

Grenada has lifted all Covid-19 entry restrictions for travelers. Regardless of vaccination status, visitors are not required to provide Covid test results, fill out health forms, or quarantine upon arrival.   

For more information: See the travel advisory on Grenada's official tourism website. 

Guadeloupe

Each traveler must show negative PCR test results obtained no more than 72 hours before travel or negative antigen test results obtained no more than 48 hours before travel. Fully vaccinated visitors must also show proof of vaccination. In addition to meeting the testing requirements, unvaccinated visitors must provide a "compelling reason" for traveling to Guadeloupe. 

For more information: Visit Guadeloupe's official tourism website.  

Jamaica

Effective April 16, international travelers will no longer be required to provide Covid-19 test results to enter Jamaica. You do not have to be vaccinated or complete a travel authorization process to visit the island, either. 

Jamaica's mask mandate for enclosed public spaces expires April 15. 

For more information: Visit Jamaica's tourism website.  

Martinique

Each traveler must show negative PCR test results obtained no more than 72 hours before travel or negative antigen test results obtained no more than 48 hours before travel. Fully vaccinated visitors must also show proof of vaccination. In addition to meeting the testing requirements, unvaccinated visitors must provide a "compelling reason" for traveling to Martinique. 

For more information: Visit the official government website

Mexico

Proof of vaccination, Covid-19 tests, and quarantines are not required for visiting Mexico. Additionally, travelers no longer have to fill out an online health form before arrival. 

The country has established a color-coded traffic-light system for Covid-19 restrictions in each of Mexico's 32 states, with red (don't go outside) being the most severe and green (resume normal activities) being the loosest. The government maintains an interactive map showing the current color designation for each state. 

Puerto Rico

The island has dropped all Covid travel restrictions for domestic visitors. That means U.S. travelers are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or Covid-19 test results. Those arriving on international flights must follow CDC rules for entering the U.S.: i.e., those travelers must be fully vaccinated and have negative test results no older than one day. Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, domestic travelers do not have to fulfill those requirements to return to the mainland. 

On the island, Puerto Rico has removed capacity limits and lifted the requirement to show proof of vaccination or test results to enter many indoor establishments. Masks are not mandatory but recommended in certain situations. 

For more information: See Puerto Rico's travel guidelines

St. Barts

Fully vaccinated visitors may enter the island without pre-arrival testing. Unvaccinated travelers must provide negative results from a PCR test taken within three days of arrival or an antigen test taken within two days of travel. 

St. Kitts and Nevis

Only fully vaccinated travelers may enter St. Kitts and Nevis (with the exception of children under age 18). International visitors must complete the online travel authorization form, upload copies of their vaccination cards, and submit proof of negative PCR tests taken within 72 hours of travel or negative antigen tests taken within 24 hours of travel. 

For more information: Consult the government travel advisory.  

St. Lucia

Fully vaccinated visitors are no longer required to present negative test results or quarantine upon arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must present negative PCR test results taken no more than five days before arrival. All travelers must complete a health screening form.

 For more information: Visit StLucia.org/covid-19.

St. Martin/Sint Maarten

Visitors who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last nine months no longer need to present negative test results. To be considered fully vaccinated, the date your vaccination was completed can't be more than a year ago, unless you got a booster shot. The booster must have been received more than 14 days before travel, however.

Unvaccinated vistors must present negative PCR test results no older than 48 hours before arrival or negative antigen test results no older than 24 hours.

Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors must complete the online health authorization, which includes the mandatory purchase of Covid-19 insurance at a cost of $15 for travelers ages 15 and older.

For more information: See the official travel requirements checklist

Turks and Caicos

The government of Turks and Caicos has removed all Covid entry restrictions for vaccinated visitors. All travelers ages 18 and older must still show proof of vaccination (via printed card or digital record) to enter the islands, but are no longer required to submit negative Covid test results or present proof of travel insurance. Additionally, travelers no longer need to upload information to the government's online health portal. 

For more information: See the official Turks and Caicos tourism website.

U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated no longer have to submit Covid-19 test results to enter the islands. Unvaccinated visitors must submit negative PCR or antigen test results no older than five days before travel. Upload proof of vaccination or test results to the USVI's online travel screening portal

Those arriving on international flights must follow CDC rules for entering the U.S.: i.e., those travelers must be fully vaccinated and have negative test results no older than one day. U.S. travelers do not have to fulfill those requirements to return to the mainland. 

For more information: See the official USVI web page for Covid-19 updates

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