As we continue to monitor COVID-19, destinations around the world are starting to slowly roll out their plans to welcome tourists again. This week Dominic Fedee, St.Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, released his plans to get the island back up and running.

The island closed its international borders in late March and in that time only reported 18 positive COVID-19 cases, all of which have successfully recovered.

The phased reopening process will begin on June 4. At that time, Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) will begin to welcome flights from the United States only. It is advised that travelers double-check with their respective airlines first for any scheduling changes or restrictions. The island will have more than 1,500 hotel rooms ready and available beginning in early June, pending successful completion of a new COVID-19 certification process by each hotel.

However, there will be strict rules for those on the island in this early phase and normal activities will be limited.

The next phase of reopening will start on August 1. During this step in the process, new protocols will be implemented to give travelers more freedom.

“Our new protocols have been carefully crafted and will build confidence among travelers and our citizens,” Dominic Fedee said in a statement.“The Government of Saint Lucia remains resolved to protect both lives and livelihoods as it jumpstarts its economy.” 

Those protocols include:

  • Certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding their flight. 
  • All travelers must continue the use of face masks and physical distancing while in St. Lucia.
  • Travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks by port health authorities.
  • Protocols are being established for taxis, to provide safety precautions and separate the driver from guests as an added security measure.
  • Health and safety protocols will be reinforced through the use of signage that includes QR codes which take travelers to a landing page for more information.

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