If you’re planning to travel to Grenada, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grenada went into a state of emergency on March 25 but has since eased restrictions while mandating face coverings and social distancing. It reopened for international travel on July 15, but requires a negative test taken prior to departure, and quarantining on arrival. While arrivals from the UK are currently barred, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has indicated that the ban will be lifted in April.
What’s on offer
The Spice Island is the perfect introduction to the Caribbean. It has beaches to rival every other island in the region, as well as lush rainforest that’s ripe for exploration when not kicking back by the pool, sipping on local rum.
Who can go
Anyone can travel to Grenada, providing they can show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, download the country’s contact tracing app and complete a travel authorization form via Grenada’s Covid19 government website.
What are the restrictions?
All visitors must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel on entering Grenada.
From May 1, fully vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival at their own cost and must spend 48 hours in quarantine at a government-approved hotel while awaiting test results.
Those who have not been vaccinated are required to spend four days in quarantine once they’ve arrived in the country. At this stage they have the option of taking a further PCR test in order to go out into the community.
As the tests take about two days to come through, non-vaccinated travelers should count on quarantining for six days. Those who do not wish to take a second test can remain at their resort for the duration of their stay. This applies to everyone aged five and older.
All travelers must get a “Pure Safe Travel” certificate in order to enter Grenada. Travelers who are not vaccinated need to have a minimum seven-day reservation at a Pure Safe hotel, accredited by the government. Those who are fully vaccinated must have a two-night booking at a pre-approved hotel. Fully vaccinated visitors must have received their second vaccine dose at least two weeks before traveling in order to qualify for the shorter quarantine period.
Stays at non-accredited accommodation are not permitted. Returning nationals and residents can, however, apply to quarantine at home via the Grenada government website.
What’s the Covid situation?
Grenada has fared much better than most countries, with a total of just 159 cases and a single death as of April 28. The destination recorded its first Covid-19 related death on January 3. Grenada is scheduled to receive 45,600 Covid-19 vaccines under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global initiative aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines.
On February 12, prime minister Keith Mitchell received the first vaccine dose to be administered in Grenada. Over 12,000 people on the island have been vaccinated since then.
What can visitors expect?
While all travelers must spend at least four days quarantining at their resort and wear masks at all times, the island itself provides a perfect break from the stresses of the pandemic. Bars and restaurants are open, while adhering to social distancing rules, but nightclubs remain shut. Social events with up to 20 people are now permitted. Grenada’s nightly curfew, which has been amended a number of times, now runs from 12 a.m. until 4 a.m.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Tamara Hardingham-Gill contributed to this report
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