You’re packing your bags and getting ready for the destination wedding of a lifetime with your significant other after spending weeks in quarantine. There’s excitement brewing in the air as the Uber rolls in to drive you to the airport, where throngs of travelers flood the terminals and TSA. Security and other employees are still taking major precautions, many decked out in familiar face masks. Despite the safety measures, a thought creeps into your head: is the tropical paradise we’re traveling to really that safe?

The world has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented crisis that has swept across every corner of the globe. With the coronavirus impacting our favorite destinations, countries have developed impeccable solutions to not only foster national health but also welcome back travelers. So let’s kickstart the coordinating once more, and review how destinations have responded to COVID-19:


Now Open: Mexico is open for travel.
Health and Safety Measures follow link in gallery’s first image for US Embassy’s report)
Activities directly necessary to attend to the health emergency, such as the work activities of the medical, paramedical, administrative and support branches throughout the National Health System (pharmacies, clinics, etc.).
Activities relating to public safety and citizen protection; in defense of national integrity and sovereignty; the procurement and promotion of justice; as well as legislative activity at the federal and state levels (law enforcement, EMTs, fire departments, etc.).
Groceries and food vendors are open and operating under strict food handling protocols.
People should wash their hands frequently.
People should sneeze or cough covering their nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or with the forearm.
All other healthy distance measures issued by the Ministry of Health should be incorporated.
Mexico lifted restrictions on domestic travel on May 30, meaning resorts were able to open with new safety procedures in place.
Los Cabos announced a five-phase reopening plan that began June 1st with “limited travel activity” and the implementation of new health and safety standards, including a “Clean Point” quality certification offered by the Mexican government to travel suppliers like airports, transportation services, and restaurants that meet high hygiene standards.
Some popular brands have reopened including Palace Resorts, AM Resorts, RIU Resorts, Palladium Resorts, Royalton Resorts, and more.


Now Open: Portions of Jamaica are now open to travel.
Pre-testing: Proof of COVID test prior to travel required from any travelers coming from designated hot-zones (inquire with government postings).
Health and Safety Measures (follow link in gallery’s first image for US Embassy’s report)
A new application for self-monitoring by persons in isolation and quarantine was implemented by the MOHW.
Additional isolation facilities have been identified to accommodate approximately 300 persons outside of hospital.
Escalate the identification of cases and contacts, contact tracing, establishment of national quarantine and isolation facilities and installation of equipment and materials for case management.
Expand community engagement and risk communication for persons in home quarantine and isolation.

Dominican Republic

Now Open: Portions of the Dominican Republic are now open to travel and tourism. All incoming international travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test result dating back no more than 5 days prior to arrival. If a traveler is unable to do so, an onsite test will be conducted by local health officials at the airport. In the event that a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 at the airport, the government of the Dominican Republic has stated that he/she will have to quarantine in a government quarantine center.
Health and Safety Measures follow link in gallery’s first image for US Embassy’s report)
Previous measures included:
A national curfew that prohibits all traffic and movement of people from 5pm to 6am.
Creation of a national hotline for questions relating to COVID-19 if you have been exposed or are experiencing severe symptoms.
Cruise arrivals have been suspended at all ports and coasts.
Public transportation, including buses, shared minibuses (guaguas), metro trains, and cable cars have suspended services, limiting the public’s ability to move freely in urban areas.
Events and public gatherings of all kinds suspended.
Roadblocks have been set up at various points throughout the country prohibiting internal travel in the country. U.S. citizens with urgent travel, including travel to the airport for departure, should be prepared to present supporting documentation to the Dominican authorities at each check point.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air, as long as they meet the country’s visa and COVID-19 entry requirements. The Government of the Republic has facilitated the entry of international tourists, and since October.
Health and Safety Measures (follow link in gallery’s first image for US Embassy’s report)
Tourist stays in Costa Rica are normally limited to 90 days.
Management of both airports that receive international flights (San Jose and Liberia) have protocols in place in order to deal with suspected COVID-19 cases and to operate with new safety procedures.
Puerto Caldera, the main commercial port on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, has also established a protocol for suspected COVID-19 cases.
Costa Rica began easing some coronavirus measures on May 1, allowing theaters, cinemas, hair salons, gyms and athletic centers to reopen under reduced hours and strict sanitary guidelines.

Caribbean Islands

As of June 10, 2020, the government of Aruba officially announced that the country will reopen its borders and once again welcome inbound travel.
Health and Safety Measures (follow link in gallery’s first image for US Embassy’s report for all Caribbean Islands)
Passengers traveling from the Netherlands, Europe, The USA and other countries on the list of WHO, will be restricted to enter Aruba. With the exception for residents.
A recommendation goes to all owners or organizers of social, religious, restaurant activities, where there is a mass gathering to keep it to a maximum of 50 persons.
All public activities (organized by the government) and private activities, from which a (polis) permit has been granted are canceled.
International Airport Reina Beatrix has elevated its control of all flights coming from countries which are not on the restriction list.
Aruba will reopen its borders to travelers beginning as early as June 15.

St. Lucia
Guests must stay at resort during their stay, or quarantine for at least 14 days before exploring any other parts of the island.

St. Martin
It should be noted that only St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, is open to Americans and all other travelers.

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