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Traveling To The Caribbean? You May Need A COVID-19 Test To Enter
If you’re making plans to visit Antigua and Barbuda, put COVID-19 test on your to-do-list.
Island officials have announced plans that they will be requiring test certificates to prove their negative results in order to be allowed entry into the country, as reported in the Miami Herald.
Other Caribbean nations are also considering “virus-free” certificates as health and tourism ministers weigh the return of stranded nationals and tourists.
The Bahamas recently announced that it would join Haiti in requiring COVID-19 test certificates from stranded nationals before they can return home.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that any citizen or legal resident wishing to return will need to obtain “a real time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction diagnostic test from an accredited lab.”
The test, also referred to as RT-PCR, is considered the gold standard of testing due to its accuracy for detecting the coronavirus.
“All those returning will be required to be quarantined for 14 days in a government quarantine facility or self-quarantined,” Minnis added. The Bahamas has more than 80 confirmed cases spread out among just three islands: New Providence, where the capital of Nassau is located; Grand Bahama and Bimini.
Haiti was one of the first in the region where officials made a negative coronavirus test a requirement for all passengers entering the country even before confirming its first cases of COVID-19 on March 19.