The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges Americans to take precautions before traveling to various Caribbean islands before spring break.
Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, were added to the CDC list of countries that US travelers should avoid, labeling the islands at Level 4 (“COVID-19 Very High”). The countries join other popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean or on the Caribbean coast, such as Saint Lucia, Aruba, and Mexico, on the CDC’s Tier 4 list.
Currently, the CDC Tier 4 list also includes more than 150 countries and territories around the world, including the United States.
Caribbean islands not on the CDC Tier 4 list include The Bahamas, Montserrat, and Trinidad and Tobago, all at Tier 3; Dominica and Grenada, at Level 2; Angiulla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Sint Eustatius, at Level 1. More information on the current designation of each country or territory can be found on the CDC website.
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Meanwhile, the US State Department has also issued Level 3 Travel Advisories (Reconsider Travel) for Americans traveling to Antigua and Barbuda or Curaçao. (Antigua and Barbuda’s notice was last updated on March 1, 2021, while Curaçao’s was updated on September 28, 2020.
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Passengers flying to Antigua and Barbuda must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken seven days prior to boarding the flight, while Curaçao requires US travelers to also submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure, according to your Tourist Office.
International travelers are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the US, as required by the CDC.
Anne Schmidt contributed to this report.