St. Lucia Set to Reopen to International Travel

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The Caribbean country of St. Lucia recently announced that it will begin a phased reopening of its country to international travel on June 4th. The country, which has a population of about 180,000, had a total of 18 cases of COVID-19. Of those 18 people, all have recovered.

Phase 1, which begins June 4th, will open Hewanorra Airport to flights from the US only. In the government’s press release, it stated that “Travelers are advised to check with airlines regarding flight schedules and rules prior to booking. In anticipation of these first visitors, some 1,500 hotel rooms in Saint Lucia are being prepared to open in early June, pending completion of a new COVID-19 certification process.”

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The press release went on to say that stringent measures would be put into place to keep locals and visitors safe. These measures include the following:

• Visitors are required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within
48 hours of boarding their flight.
• Upon arrival in Saint Lucia, all travelers must continue the use of face masks and
physical distancing.
• 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.

Resorts and hotels will also need to apply for a “COVID-19 Certificate.” The accommodations “must meet a dozen or more specific criteria for sanitization, social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols before they will be permitted to open to guests.”

Find out more about the phased reopening of St. Lucia to international travel.

Author: Tom W.

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