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Saint Lucia is changing what travelers need to visit, here’s the latest

Saint Lucia is changing what travelers need to visit, here's the latest

Traveling to Saint Lucia has become easier thanks to the Caribbean country’s new “Seamless Saint Lucia” program which eases travel requirements related to COVID-19.

“As one of the very first destinations to implement a responsible tourism reopening strategy, Saint Lucia has continuously assessed COVID-19 travel protocols,” said Lorine Charles-St. Jules, CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, according to Caribbean Journal. “These major changes are good news for visitors and returning nationals as it means a streamlined process, better access to testing and a significant reduction in costs.”

Trip to Saint Lucia

Here’s why traveling to Saint Lucia just got easier.

His the government announced that from yesterday 5 March, fully vaccinated visitors over the age of 5 can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test or COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken within a day of travel to enter Saint Lucia. Alternatively, they can use proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result obtained within 5 days of travel.

Unvaccinated travelers over 5 years of age must have proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result taken less than 5 days prior to arrival in Saint Lucia.

There are, however, two key stipulations to keep in mind.

First, anyone over the age of 18 planning to travel to Saint Lucia must register their health information and upload their test results to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority website prior to travel. That said, their check-in does not need to be approved before boarding a flight.

Second, rapid antigen tests must be administered by a licensed healthcare provider. Self-administered tests will not be accepted by the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

You can find all the details for traveling to Saint Lucia here.

Arrival in Saint Lucia

Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Saint Lucia.

In contrast, unvaccinated travelers must be transferred by government-certified taxi to their pre-approved COVID-19 accommodation. Then, they must remain at that property for the duration of their stay, except to transfer to another COVID-19 certified property to continue their stay or to participate in government-certified activities, tours, and excursions.

Know before you go

The good news for Saint Lucia residents and tourists is that while a record number – 2,430 – of new COVID cases were reported for the week of January 17 to January 23 this year, that number has since fallen to 135 last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As a result, a record 722 new cases were reported on January 22, but that number fell to 16 new cases reported on March 1.

Nevertheless, if you are planning a trip to Saint Lucia, it is important to keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a “Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19”. advisory for Saint Lucia, which simply states “Avoid traveling to Saint Lucia”.

Based on CDC guidelines, the The US State Department has also released a “level 4” travel advisory for Saint Lucia. This advisory simply states “Do not travel to Saint Lucia due to COVID-19”.

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