Travel to the Caribbean during Covid-19: Resources for your trip


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(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to the islands of the Caribbean, here are some resources to help you plan your trip during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each of them has its own rules, subject to frequent change. Some may allow only fully vaccinated visitors to enter. Others still might ask for a pre-travel Covid test. In general, rules have been dropped or relaxed since the peak of the Omicron surge in January 2022.

Here’s a roundup of 10 popular Caribbean destinations with links that provide the latest information on Covid-19 measures and entry requirements:

Aruba

Aruba is known for its white-sand beaches and colorful buildings in the capital city of Oranjestad.

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What’s on offer: Days are usually dry and sunny. Arikok National Park features caves, desert landscapes and giant lizards. Wide beaches bordering clear jade water are the big draw.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4 (very high). Avoid travel to Aruba.

The Bahamas

You'll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.

You’ll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.

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What’s on offer: The chain has 700 islands — from the hustle and funky beats of the capital city, Nassau, on New Providence, to the peaceful beaches on many less-visited islands. You can swim with pigs or dive with sharks.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 2 (moderate). Be up to date with vaccines before going to the Bahamas.

Barbados

Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.

Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.

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What’s on offer: Golf, history and architecture get visitors beyond the beach on the most easterly island in the Caribbean. Rum distilleries offer tours and the local cuisine — a blend of African, Indian, Irish, British and Creole flavors — will soak up the spirit.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4 (very high). Avoid travel to Barbados.

Curaçao

The Penha Building was built in 1708 in the Dutch colonial style and is now a department store in Willemstad, the capital of the island.

The Penha Building was built in 1708 in the Dutch colonial style and is now a department store in Willemstad, the capital of the island.

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US CDC travel advisory: Level 4: Very high. Avoid travel to Curaçao.

Dominican Republic

Tourists take pictures of flamingoes in Bayahibe, La Altagracia province.

Tourists take pictures of flamingoes in Bayahibe, La Altagracia province.

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US CDC travel advisory: Level 2 (moderate). Be up to date with vaccines before going to the Dominican Republic.

Guadeloupe

The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe are located within the lower crescent of the Caribbean archipelago.

The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe are located within the lower crescent of the Caribbean archipelago.

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What’s on offer: Gorgeous, white-sand beaches in this French island chain are just the start. The National Park of Guadeloupe offers more than 74,100 acres of rainforest to explore. Music ensembles practice for Carnival by playing a variety of traditional music styles year-round in villages. French Créole specialties such as red snapper delight diners.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 4 (very high). Avoid travel to Guadeloupe.

Jamaica

Reach Falls, near the city of Port Antonio, is a popular destination in Jamaica.

Reach Falls, near the city of Port Antonio, is a popular destination in Jamaica.

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US CDC travel advisory: Level 1 (low). Be up to date with vaccines before going to Jamaica.

Puerto Rico

Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.

Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.

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US CDC travel advisory: The CDC does not include the United States in its list of advisories, but it was color-coded at Level 3 on April 7 on the agency’s map of travel risk levels.

Turks and Caicos

Colonial houses line the waterfront in Cockburn town, Grand Turk.

Colonial houses line the waterfront in Cockburn town, Grand Turk.

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What’s on offer: This British overseas territory — northeast of Cuba and southeast of the Bahamas — is known for its coral reefs, ripsaw music and a low-key vibe. Whale watching, snorkeling and a range of other outdoor activities pair well with the islands’ natural aquatic beauty.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high). Be up to date on vaccines before visiting Turks and Caicos.

US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas saw a lot of cruise ship activity before the pandemic.

St. Thomas saw a lot of cruise ship activity before the pandemic.

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What’s on offer: Fine dining, scuba diving and golfing draw visitors to St. Croix. The pristine beaches of undeveloped St. John make it a favorite place to relax. Boating and duty-free shopping are big draws in lively St. Thomas.
US CDC travel advisory: The CDC does not include the United States in its list of advisories, but it was color-coded at Level 3 on April 7 on the agency’s map of travel risk levels.

CNN’s Forrest Brown and Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.

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