St Lucia eases restrictions for visitors due to COVID management
Tourism Minister Hon Dominic Fedee visited Hewanorra International Airport on the return of commercial flights to St Lucia
The St Lucia Tourism Authority has announced that St Lucia is easing restrictions for visitors to the island due to the island's successful management of COVID-19.
According to a release: "Tourism accounts for 65 percent of the island’s GDP, and Saint Lucia is proceeding with caution in a phased re-opening program. Having successfully managed the pandemic across the island, the Government has announced further easing of certain restrictions for visitors and has added even more ways to enjoy their island vacation.
As such, visitors are now permitted to stay in up to two COVID-certified properties for the duration of their stay, which will offer varied experiences across the island. Guests staying at COVID-certified properties can take part in various water-based activities like scuba diving and sailing, following the protocols put in place at their hotel."
The release explains: "Based on the impact of a responsible opening plan, traveler pre-testing and on-island protocols, Saint Lucia has confirmed the lowest Covid-19 rates across the Caribbean region, with only 26 cases to date and no deaths (1.42 cases per 10k population).
Adding to consumer confidence in Saint Lucia, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reduced Saint Lucia’s Covid-19 rating to the lowest, Level 1, as one of only eight countries globally. The CDC notes that “over the last 28 days, new cases of Covid-19 in Saint Lucia decreased or stabilized.”
Minister of Tourism Honourable Dominic Fedee said: "We are encouraged by the figures that currently show Saint Lucia is leading the way in the Caribbean region with the lowest number of COVID-19 cases per capita. We are certainly not complacent, and the measures we have put in place have helped us to achieve such a positive record.
These results will show potential visitors that our responsible approach to re-opening and providing a safe environment for a holiday is a good reason to choose Saint Lucia.
We have safely welcomed more than 4,000 visitors to Saint Lucia since reopening July 9, and to know that they have had a positive holiday experience here gives us optimism for the future.
Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, we continue to closely manage the situation, which is why we have been able to ease some of the restrictions at this time."
The COVID-19 certified accommodation providers are: Anse Chastanet; Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa; Bay Gardens Hotel; Bay Gardens Inn; Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel; Cap Maison; Fond Doux Plantation & Resort; Jade Mountain; Ladera; Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina; Robot Eco-Escape; Sandals Grande St. Lucian; Sandals Regency La Toc; Serenity at Coconut Bay; Stonefield Villa Resort; Sugar Beach - A Viceroy Resort, Tet Rouge Resort, and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort.
Several other hotels and resorts are on track to receive certification and will be opening soon. Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay Marinas are also open.
Entry requirements for arrivals continue to include:
- Completion of online Pre-Arrival Registration Form
- Negative Covid-19 PCR test up to seven days before date of travel
- Rapid test will not be accepted upon arrival
- Screening at airport
- International visitors may stay in up to two Covid-19 certified hotels per visit
- Nationals and residents must quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a Government facility
- Those visiting from the regional ‘bubble’ are now required to show a negative PCR test taken up to seven days prior to travel
For more information about Saint Lucia’s Covid-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry, please visit www.stlucia.org/covid-19.