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When Can We Travel to Mexico and the Caribbean Again? Here Are the Latest Rules

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

Last updated December 1, 2021

Below, you'll find a roundup of entry requirements and restrictions for visiting Caribbean islands and the popular coastal areas of 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 (NAAT or antigen) no more than 3 days before their flights to the U.S. or present documentation of having recovered from Covid-19 within the last three months. 

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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 departing their vacation destination to return home. Onsite testing is available at many resorts; when planning your trip, check ahead with your hotel or the destination's tourism website for information about the area's testing options. Waiting until you leave the U.S. to make arrangements for your test to come back could add a stressful scramble to your vacation. 

Anguilla

Reopened May 25

Entry requirements/restrictions: Only fully vaccinated travelers who received their final dose at least 21 days before travel may enter Anguilla. Each prospective visitor must apply online for entry permission and upload negative results from a PCR test administered 3–5 days prior to arrival on the island. Another Covid test will be administered when you get to Anguilla, and you must remain at your accommodations while you wait for the results (it usually takes up to 12 hours). Starting October 1, you'll need to undergo another round of testing on day 4 of your visit and pay an entry fee of $200 to cover testing costs.   

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For more information: Go to IVisitAnguilla.com

Antigua and Barbuda

Reopened June 4, 2020  

Entry requirements: Effective October 1, all arriving travelers must have proof of having received at least one dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine and also must have negative results from RT-PCR Covid-19 tests taken no more than 4 days before travel, up from the previous 7-day window. Each airline passenger must fill out a health declaration form that will be distributed during the flight. Kids ages 18 and younger are excused from the vaccine requirement; kids ages 5 and younger are excused from the testing requirement. 

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Health and safety restrictions: Visitors must stay at certified accommodations and limit themselves to certified restaurants and activities. A nightly curfew is in effect from 8pm to 5am. Bars are closedBeaches are open for "therapeutic purpose" only between 5am and 5pm Monday through Friday, 5am to noon Saturday and Sunday.  

For more information: See the latest travel advisory.

Aruba

Reopened July 10, 2020

Entry requirements: All visitors must complete Aruba's online Embarkation/Disembarkation Card process and receive approval to enter the island. Entry to the country requires negative Covid-19 PCR test results and purchase of Aruba Visitors Insurance ($30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 14 and younger). This coverage is mandatory, even if you have separate travel insurance. Covid-19 tests can be taken either within 72 hours before traveling or upon arrival for a fee of $75 (and you must self-quarantine while awaiting results, which usually arrive within 24 hours). JetBlue passengers can opt for pre-travel, at-home testing for an extra fee.   

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Health and safety restrictions: All businesses must close each night by 11pm. Beaches are closed each day from midnight–5am. Bars and nightclubs are closed. Visitors must wear masks in all indoor public spaces. 

For more information: Visit aruba.com.

Bahamas

Reopened July 1, 2020 

Entry requirements: Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors must have negative Covid-19 test results no older than 5 days. Vaccinated travelers can present results from rapid antigen or PCR tests; unvaccinated visitors must submit PCR test results only. Upload your vaccination record and test results when applying for the Travel Health Visa online. The visa requires a fee, depending on the length of stay; the fee includes the cost of mandatory health insurance. Effective September 3, all cruise passengers over age 12 must be fully vaccinated in order for the ship to enter a Bahamas port. The rule applies to private islands owned by cruise companies, too.  

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Health and safety restrictions: Each unvaccinated visitor staying longer than 5 days must take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day. Vaccinated visitors are excused from this requirement.  

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

Barbados

Reopened July 12, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each visitor must have negative results from a PCR Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit to a second PCR test upon arrival or complete a quarantine period. Some fully vaccinated visitors may be selected at random for a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Unvaccinated visitors, on the other hand, must prebook approved accommodations for a minimum of 7 nights, quarantine at their hotels for 5 days after arrival in Barbados, and then take a second PCR test. The quarantine will be lifted after the traveler receives negative test results. Download the BIMSafe mobile app to complete necessary entry forms and upload test results and proof of vaccination. 

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For more information: Go to VisitBarbados.org.  

Bermuda

Reopened July 1, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: Between one and three days before arriving on the island, visitors must complete an online travel authorization process, which includes a fee of $75 per traveler. You'll need a negative Covid-19 test result no older than 4 days upon arrival. After getting to Bermuda, all passengers must undergo another round of Covid-19 testing. Vaccinated visitors must also get tested on the 4th and 10th days of their stay. Unvaccinated visitors must quarantine at their own expense for 14 days at a government-approved hotel and submit to another test at the end of the quarantine period

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

British Virgin Islands

Reopened December 1, 2020  

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each prospective visitor must apply for a travel authorization via the BVI Gateway online portal. You'll need to upload proof of vaccination (if you've been fully vaccinated) and a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result obtained within 5 days of arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers are not subject to testing or quarantine upon arrival. Unvaccinated visitors must take another Covid-19 test when they get to the Caribbean and must quarantine for 7 days regardless of test results. 

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For more information: Visit BVITourism.com.

Cayman Islands

Reopened September 9

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each tourist must apply online for a travel certificate to enter the British territory and present negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure for the islands. As of November 20, fully vaccinated visitors whose status has been "securely verified" will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival in the Cayman Islands. Unvaccinated visitors must quarantine for 14 days and then take another PCR test to explore freely. Cruise tourism is expected to resume in early 2022. 

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For more information: Go to VisitCaymanIslands.com.

Cuba

Reopening date: Following a major effort to vaccinate the island's residents, Cuba is reopening with eased restrictions on November 15, according to a government statement.  

Entry requirements/restrictions: A mandatory quarantine for all incoming travelers has been liftedFully vaccinated visitors with documentation verifying their status will no longer be required to submit negative Covid-19 test results. Unvaccinated visitors must present negative PCR test results acquired no more than 72 hours before travel. A random sampling of people will be given PCR tests at the airport; if they get positive results, they will be transferred to a government-run medical facility. 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.  

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

Curaçao

Reopened June 2020 

Entry requirements: Each vaccinated and unvaccinated visitor must complete the online digital immigration card and passenger locator card within 48 hours of arrival (carry a printed copy of the latter with you to the airport). Using the online portal, submit proof of negative PCR test results taken no more than 72 hours before travel or negative antigen test results taken no more than 24 hours before travel. On your third day on the island, you'll need to take an antigen test at a local lab.

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Health and safety restrictions: Due to Curaçao's very low infection rate, a nightly curfew has been lifted and outdoor restaurants and bars are operating at full capacity.  

For more information: Visit Curacao.com.   

Dominica

Reopened August 7, 2020

Entry requirements: At least 24 hours prior to travel, visitors must complete an online health questionnaire. You also need to submit a negative PCR test result recorded no more than 72 hours before arrival. You'll receive a notification via email that you've been approved for travel to Dominica. You'll need to show these documents in order to board the plane. Upon arrival in the Caribbean, passengers will undergo temperature checks and rapid Covid-19 tests

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Health and safety restrictions: Travelers must stay at certified "Safe in Nature" accommodations and must remain onsite for five to seven days, except during approved activities. Another PCR test will be administered on day 5 of your stay to clear you for greater freedom of movement.   

For more information: See Dominica's latest travel advisory

Dominican Republic

Reopened July 1, 2020    

Entry requirements: 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 between 3% and 15% 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. International travelers arriving on commercial flights and staying at hotels will be granted a temporary, free health care plan that provides coverage for emergencies in the event of an infection or exposure to Covid-19 while in the Dominican Republic. Antigen and PCR testing is being offered at select hotels for free or for a small charge. 

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Health and safety restrictions: A nightly curfew is in effect from 10pm to 5am on weekdays and from 9pm to 5am on weekends; though hotel guests don't have to stay in their rooms during curfew hours, they do have to stay on the grounds of their resorts. Restaurants must limit capacity at 60%. Social distancing and masks are required in all public places. 

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

Grenada

Reopened August 1, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: Fully vaccinated visitors with negative PCR test results obtained no more than 72 hours before travel no longer have to complete a 48-hour quarantine after arrival in Grenada. Each incoming traveler must present a completed physical copy of the Travel Health Declaration Form. Vaccinated visitors must also bring their "original" vaccination cards. In addition to completing the health declaration form, unvaccinated visitors must quarantine for 7 days after arrival at pre-approved accommodations and pay for a PCR test on day 5.  

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

Guadeloupe

Reopened June 11

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each traveler must show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before travel or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. Fully vaccinated visitors must show proof of vaccination. In addition to meeting the testing requirements, unvaccinated visitors must self-quarantine for 7 days upon reaching Guadeloupe.

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

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Jamaica

Reopened June 15, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: Prior to your trip, submit a travel authorization form online. Authorization requires that each incoming visitor age 12 and older have a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before arrival in Jamaica. While on the island, visitors must stay at government-approved accommodations within one of two "Resilient Corridors" on the North and South Coasts. 

For more information: Visit Jamaica's tourism website.  

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Martinique

Reopened June 18, 2021. American Airlines reportedly plans to resume flights to Martinique from Miami on November 6. 

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each visitor over age 12 must present proof of vaccination or provide a "compelling reason" for being unvaccinated, according to government regulations. Travelers must have negative PCR test results no older than 72 hours before travel or negative antigen test results no older than 48 hours before travel. Upon arrival in Martinique, all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a 7-day quarantine and undergo another round of Covid-19 testing at the end of that period.

For more information: Visit the official government website

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Mexico

Reopening date: The land border with the U.S. reopened November 8. Air travel to Mexico has been permitted since summer 2020. 

Entry requirements: Proof of vaccination, Covid-19 tests, and quarantines are not required for visiting Mexico. Instead, each traveler must fill out an online health questionnaire before arrival. That's it. 

Health and safety restrictions: The country has established a color-coded traffic-light system for Covid-19 restrictions, 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 of Mexico's 32 states. Restrictions in Mexican states with popular resort areas are listed below.   

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Quintana Roo

Reopening date: The home state of popular resort areas in Cancún and the Riviera Maya began welcoming tourists again on June 1, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: The state is currently designated green in Mexico's traffic-light warning system, indicating relatively safe conditions. According to the official rules, green means hotels, restaurants, historical sites, beaches, and stores should limit capacity at 80%; casinos should operate at 60% capacity; and bars at 50%.

For more information: Consult the state's weekly epidemiological assessment

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Baja California Sur

Reopening date: This Pacific Coast state, which encompasses the popular Los Cabos resort area, began reopening to tourism on June 15, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: A temperature check and completed health screening questionnaire are required upon arrival at the airport. Temperature checks and capacity limits are in place at many businesses. Restaurants and recreational activities must limit capacity at 50%.  

For more information: Visit the tourism website for Los Cabos.  

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Jalisco/Nayarit

Reopening date: These western states, encompassing Puerto Vallarta, TequilaGuadalajara, and the Riviera Nayarit, reopened tourism on June 15, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictionsHotels are operating at 66% capacity. Beaches, hotel pools, spas, and restaurants are all open. Restaurants must close at midnight. Bars and clubs are open at 33% capacity and must close at 3am. Casinos are open at 40% capacity. Masks and social distancing are required in public places.

For more information: Go to VisitPuertoVallarta.com.

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Montserrat

Reopening October 1

Entry requirements/restrictions: Visitors ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. To enter the island, register online through the government's website and submit a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test taken no more than 5 days before arrival in Montserrat. Upon arrival, each vaccinated traveler must complete a 5-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel. Negative results from another Covid-19 test, taken on the fourth day of quarantine, will release you. 

For more information: Go to VisitMontserrat.com

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Puerto Rico

Reopened September 12, 2020   

Entry requirements: Fully vaccinated visitors who upload proof of vaccination to Puerto Rico's online portal don't have to provide Covid-19 test results (provided those travelers are arriving from the U.S. mainland). Unvaccinated visitors and international passengers must complete the online Travel Declaration Form and upload negative results from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, visitors to the island are exempt from the CDC requirement to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before returning to the mainland.  

Health and safety restrictions: Guests at all lodgings (including hotels and short-term rental properties) and diners at restaurants must show proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test results.

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For more information: See Puerto Rico's travel advisory

Saba

Reopened May 1

Entry requirements/restrictions: Apply to enter the smallest of the Dutch Caribbean islands via online portal. Each visitor must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or an antigen test taken within 48 hours. Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine. Each unvaccinated traveler must quarantine for 5 days and take a rapid antigen test on day 5.

For more information: Visit SabaTourism.com

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St. Barts

Reopened June 9 

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each fully vaccinated adult visitor must show proof of vaccination and provide a negative result from a PCR test taken within 3 days of travel or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel. Travelers ages 18 and under don't have to be vaccinated; kids ages 10 and under don't have to have test results. Unvaccinated adults may not enter the island. Hotels, restaurants, beaches, shops, and attractions have resumed normal operations.  

St. Kitts and Nevis

Reopened October 31, 2020

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Entry requirements: Only fully vaccinated travelers may enter St. Kitts and Nevis. 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.

Health and safety restrictions: For the first 24 hours of your visit, you must remain on the grounds of your government-approved hotel; see the tourism website for an updated list of certified properties. During that brief quarantine, you will be given a PCR test costing $150 to be paid at your expense. Upon receiving negative results, you may participate in tours and activities booked through your hotel. Make sure you carry your photo ID and proof of vaccination wherever you go—you'll need them for admission to attractions and tours.

For more information: Consult the government travel advisory.  

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St. Lucia

Reopened June 4, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: Each visitor must have a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken within 5 days of travel and must complete a pre-arrival registration form available online. Tourists must stay at government-approved hotels, can only visit certified restaurants, and can only participate in government-approved excursions. There are more on-island options for vaccinated travelers. Visit St. Lucia's official tourism site for a directory of where you can stay and what you can do

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

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St. Martin/Sint Maarten

Reopening date: Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of this divided island (and where the international airport is), reopened to U.S. travelers on August 1, 2020. The French side, St. Martin, is closed. In early February 2021, the French government closed the borders of its overseas territories in the Caribbean as well as French Polynesia over fears of new coronavirus strains. 

Entry requirements/restrictions: International arrivals to the Duch side will need negative results from Covid-19 PCR tests, received no more than 72 hours before arrival on the island. Show up with a completed health declaration form and proof of health insurance, too. 

For more information: See the official travel requirements checklist

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Turks and Caicos

Reopened July 22, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: As of September 1, all visitors over the age of 16 must prove that they are fully vaccinated by uploading digital or print verification to an online portal. Each visitor must also upload results from a Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before arrival. Proof of medical insurance and a completed health screening questionnaire are required as well.

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

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Reopened September 19, 2020

Entry requirements/restrictions: All incoming visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must submit negative molecular or antigen test results (received no more than 5 days before travel) using an online travel screening portal. Upon arrival in the USVI, you must present your test result and travel certification from the portal. USVI is not allowing cruise ships to visit its ports unless all passengers ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated

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

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Pictured at top: Condado Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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