Covid-19 Protocols

Belize: (as of 15 December 2020)

  • Is a negative COVID 19 test PCR and or serology required for entry? Yes. All tests should be taken within 72 hours of your flight to Belize. If it has been more than 72 hours, travelers are able to take a rapid test at the airport. The cost is USD $50 per passenger. The Government of Belize also requests that travelers download the Belize Health application on their mobile device and complete required information within 72 hours of the traveler’s flight to Belize. After completing the form in the health app, travelers should screenshot their unique ID and QR code to show the Health Officer upon arrival in Belize. A negative test will fast track arrival processing. However, depending on the health screening results, the traveler may be randomly selected for secondary testing. See details at Government of Belize links: Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs website; Government of Belize COVID-19 website.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. These procedures include mandatory health screenings upon arrival. Travelers are required to present negative COVID-19 tests results.
  • All Department of Immigration Offices are currently open throughout the country and all U.S. citizens are required to maintain their immigration status at all times. Please visit the Belize Ministry of Immigration website for additional details: Belize Ministry of Immigration.

The Bahamas: (as of 29 December 2020)

  • Before traveling, each traveler must go to travel.gov.bs, select “International,” and submit a Travel Health Visa Application. The application will require a negative RT PCR molecular nasal swab COVID-19 test result (see below).
  • Applications take up to 72 hours to process, after which each traveler will receive a confirmation regarding their application’s approval.
  • Each traveler must present their final confirmation document of their Travel Health Visa application, along with their negative RT PCR COVID-19 test results, upon boarding flights to The Bahamas and again upon arrival in The Bahamas.
  • Each traveler* must present a COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test with a negative result in order to apply for the Travel Health Visa Application needed to enter The Bahamas.
  • On Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on Day 5 or sooner), a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test must be taken by any individual who enters The Bahamas or who travels inter-island from New Providence or Grand Bahama and the results must be submitted to the Ministry of Health online via the health travel website. More information is available here. A person who is out to sea on the fifth day of his or her stay is required to undergo a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the first port of call thereafter an submit the results to the Ministry of Health online via the health travel website. Any person who fails to undergo the rapid COVID-19 rapid antigen test is liable to a fine of $1,000 or one month imprisonment.
  • Mandatory COVID-19 health insurance: Effective November 14, 2020, all visitors are required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Travel Health Visa. The insurance covers travelers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, inclusive of Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test and mandatory health insurance, are:
    • $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
    • $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
    • $60 – Visitors staying more than four nights.
    • Free – Children 10 years and under
    • Domestic (inter-island) Travel Health Visa – $25 (child ten years or younger and pilot/crew of a commercial air operator are exempt)

Bonaire: via Curacao (as of 7 January 2021)

  • Travelers are allowed to enter Bonaire after transiting through Curacao and complying with Curacao’s entry requirements.
  • Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form prior travel (https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form).
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival is required for entry.
  • Bonaire has not yet announced when direct flights to and from the United States will resume, but most U.S. airlines have cancelled flights until at least January 2021

Curacao: (as of 4 January 2021)

Costa Rica: (as of 7 January 2021)

  • Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica. In the case of international insurance, tourists must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting: 1) the validity of the policy during the dates of visit to Costa Rica, 2) guarantee of coverage for medicals expenses in cases of COVID-19 related medical treatment in the amount of 50,000 USD and, 3) minimum coverage of 2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses due to COVID-19 related illness. It is also possible to purchase a Costa Rican medical insurance policy through the National Insurance Institute (INS) or Sagicor of Costa Rica, covering the duration of your stay in Costa Rica.
  • Costa Rican Immigration officials have sole authority to determine the length of stay for tourists entering Costa Rica. Immigration officials are currently limiting the duration of stay to correspond with coverage dates provided by the COVID-19 medical insurance. Tourists are not able to extend their stay while in Costa Rica. Those seeking to extend their stay will be required to exit the country and purchase additional COVID-19 medical insurance prior to reentry.
  • All visitors must also complete an online Health Pass (pasa de Salud) 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica. The Health Pass can be found at https://salud.go.cr.
  • In addition to the coronavirus-related measures, U.S. tourists must also have a valid passport and proof of intent to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.

Egypt: (as of 4 January 2021)

The Egyptian Government has announced that all passengers travelling to Egypt (including Egyptians) must be in possession of negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time. However, passengers travelling from Japan, China, Thailand,  North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure, due to the long travel and transit period from these airports. Although we understand the PCR testing policy to require a test result performed no more than  96 hours before the original departing flight, we have received anecdotal reports that some travelers have been denied entry when their PCR test was performed more than 96 hours prior to the departure of their connecting flight.Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; digital copies will not be accepted. Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt.Additionally, we have been informed that incoming tourists must show proof of health insurance upon arrival. The Embassy is unable to confirm if your specific health insurance policy will be accepted as proof of insurance by the Egyptian authorities and is unable to confirm whether your proposed flight itinerary and the date of your PCR test complies with Egyptian government policy. Please contact the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C. or the nearest Consulate  for updated information concerning Egyptian government policies and with your specific questions regarding required proof of insurance and PCR testing timelines.

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? A negative RT-PCR test is required for entry. Serology tests are not accepted.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Grenada: (as of 31 December 2020)

  • Book approved accommodation for a MINIMUM of 7 days
  • Apply for travel authorization
  • Get tested 72 hours prior to travel
  • Show Travel Authorization Certificate AND copy of negative RT-PCR test before boarding
  • Take approved transportation to approved quarantine accommodation upon arrival
  • Get tested on day 5
  • Receive results in 48 hours
  • Continue to monitor and report for 7 days after being released from quarantine

Honduras: (as of 11 January 2021)

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid test) required for entry? Yes.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • All travelers entering or exiting Honduras must complete the immigration precheck form at https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn. Travelers will receive a confirmation email, which they should print and carry with them.

Maldives: (as of 2 September 2020)

  • According to Maldives Health Protection Agency, effective September 10, all tourists will be required to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival.
  • Maldives will provide a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival.
  • Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

Mexico: (as of 8 January 2021)

  • The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions are in place until at least January 21, 2021. Please see the Embassy’s fact sheet for more information.
  • Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]

South Africa: (as of 4 January 2021)

  • The government of South Africa increased the lockdown alert level for South Africa to level 3 on December 29, 2020.
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Required: Any travelers to South Africa will need to present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure, or will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost if they have not done a COVID-19 test.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

St. Kitts & Nevis: (as of 4 January 2021)

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Passengers are required to submit an entry form and other travel details to the Government of St. Kitts Form is available at: https://www.knatravelform.kn/
  • All arrivals will be required to download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • All incoming passengers must submit a negative RT-PCR Test 72 hours before arrival
  • The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is currently not accepting RT-PCR tests for International Travelers, Nationals/Residents and Non-Nationals/Non-Residents conducted by LabCorp.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • All travelers will go through advanced screening process at point of entry which includes a temperature check and health questionnaire

St Lucia: (as of 6 January 2021)

  • All arrivals (5 years and over) must have a COVID-19 PCT test with a negative result taken no more than 7 days before arrival in St. Lucia
  • All arrivals (18 years and over) must complete and submit a Travel Authorization form
  • All arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols relevant to the port of entry
  • All arriving passengers will be screened, this will include temperature checks
  • Arriving passengers will be transferred by certified taxi to approved COVID-19 accommodation or to their quarantine location

Turks & Caicos: (as of 25 September 2020)

  • All travelers to the Turks and Caicos must obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal. The TCI Assured pre-authorization portal will require travelers to submit the following information:
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result (see also below). The test must be taken within 5 days prior to travel to the TCI. Children under the age of 10 are excluded from this requirement.
  • Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • A completed online health screening questionnaire.
  • The entry requirements and link to the application are available at https://turksandcaicostourism.com/. The travel pre-authorization application is available at https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/.
  • FAQs are available at: https://turksandcaicostourism.com/tci-assured-faqs/.
    Please direct any questions to the Ministry of Tourism at https://turksandcaicostourism.com/contact-us/.

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