Caribbean Resorts and Destinations Handle New CDC COVID-19 Protocols

The Facilities for Disorder Command (CDC)’s new protocols necessitating vacationers returning to the U.S. to current proof of a destructive COVID-18 has challenged Caribbean-offering travel advisors to once more adapt to a new paradigm driven by the pandemic.

Edouard Jean, the proprietor of New York-primarily based Huge Travels, claimed Thursday he experienced fielded calls “most of the day” from customers relating to the new principles.


“From a traveler’s place of view this is heading to increase anxiety to one’s trip,” explained Jean, who thinks travelers will have numerous thoughts which includes, ‘Where can I get the take a look at? How much is it going to charge me?’ and ‘Will I get the effects in time?’” he said.

As a travel advisor, “It’s heading to be more difficult to provide to some clients who now have to consider into account the further hoops to jump through and the further charge for a household getaway,” Jean reported. “And in basic, who is to say you just cannot become affected with COVID inside of 72 hrs just after getting a destructive final result.”

However, some Caribbean resorts and destinations are now ready to accommodate return-household exams mandated by the CDC alterations. Here are the systems on tap at Caribbean lodges, resorts and places.

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AIC Resort Group

All-inclusive Tough Rock Inns, UNICO 20º87º Resort Riviera Maya and Nobu Resort Los Cabos are featuring U.S. people totally free return-property antigen testing and complimentary medical assistance. Present and new reservations of a few evenings or far more booked by February 28, 2021, for journey amongst January 26 and December 31, 2021, will acquire two complimentary antigen exams for every home. Additional tests can be procured for $50.

Complimentary onsite professional medical guidance applies to all existing and new reservations from countries requiring adverse COVID-19 exam success and touring by way of December 31, 2021. The onsite professional medical help will go over the prolonged hotel stay and quarantine charges for guests who exam optimistic for COVID-19 although at the resort.

AM Resorts

AMResorts is supplying on-web page, complimentary COVID-19 antigen tests and prolonged quarantine continue to be protection to attendees traveling to the U.S. “These new solutions aid guest well being, wellbeing, and peace of brain for the duration of vacation to meet CDC U.S. travel necessities,” claimed officers in a statement.

On-web site home screening will be administered by personal medical center service provider Hospiten commencing January 26. Attendees ought to contact the concierge at each individual vacation resort to timetable departure screening. Visitors who receive a good take a look at though on assets will have quarantine expenditures lined for up to 14 days.

“With an raising number of nations around the world necessitating a unfavorable COVID-19 exam final result prior to entry, it is important that friends have an straightforward, trouble-free of charge way to secure check outcomes inside of the convenience and protection of AMResorts properties,” reported Gonzalo del Peón, AMResorts’ team president Americas & Worldwide Commercial.

Baha Mar

Bahamas mega-resort Baha Mar offers PCR and Speedy Antigen COVID-19 tests prior to guests’ departures from the Bahamas. Exams are being administered on-residence by Doctor’s Hospital Nassau with success returned on official letterhead.

The optional screening will be facilitated at the guests’ request. PCR assessments cost $125 additionally tax and results are delivered in just 24 hours (48 hrs on Sunday). The Speedy Antigen test is offered for $25 as well as tax with outcomes that can be predicted in just one hour.

“As we embark on this new commencing, we are identified to make it less difficult for our company to navigate the logistics of worldwide travel in the recent world by providing on-web site testing options,” claimed Graeme Davis, Baha Mar’s president.

Coconut Bay Seaside Resort & Spa

Saint Lucia boutique home Coconut Bay Beach front Vacation resort & Spa and sister resort Serenity at Coconut Bay are supplying attendees who continue to be five nights or for a longer period complimentary rapid antigen COVID-19 “Return Home” tests prior to departure. Departure testing is also out there for quick-stay visitors for $75 for every human being.

Visitors facing submit-travel testing needs upon returning to the U.S. can arrange with Coconut Bay Seashore Vacation resort & Spa entrance desk personnel or with their butler at Serenity at Coconut Bay for an Abbot Immediate Antigen COVID-19 return dwelling check upon arrival in Saint Lucia.

Partners Resorts

Partners Resorts will give absolutely free onsite quick antigen screening for all attendees lodging at its 4 all-inclusive qualities, Partners Tower Isle, Couples Swept Absent, Partners Negril, and Couples Sans Souci. Tests will be administered by a contracted medical spouse within 3 times of a guest’s departure date. Outcome assortment will be processed with the approximate 15-minute timeframe for immediate antigen check outcomes.

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Non-public pool at Excellence Oyster Bay

Excellence Resorts

With resorts in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico, Excellence has partnered with certified nearby labs to supply COVID-19 totally free tests for attendees whose property international locations have to have a destructive consequence to board a return flight.

Screening will be offered on-web-site and absolutely free of cost for impacted international locations at all of the brand’s open motels and resorts. “This new service will help [guests] to stay at the home and get the vital documentation to re-enter their desired destination of origin,” stated Domingo Aznar, vice president of product sales and advertising and marketing.

Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts

Palace and Le Blanc have expanded the Purely Palace and Purely Le Blanc programs to involve:

– Now all resorts in the course of Mexico & Jamaica will supply quick, onsite COVID-19 antigen (quick) screening.

– Checks will be executed on residence at no value to visitors (for up to two attendees per place) touring to the United States.

– Testing and samples will be administered by expert in-household lab groups.

– Final results will be received inside 30 minutes, and documentation will be completely ready for company to existing at the airport for their journey back again home.

– Visitors can speak to the concierge to schedule their departure check as quickly as they look at-in.

If a visitor assessments constructive, Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts will address the charge of quarantine for up to 14 days at no price tag to attendees, for up to two friends per space ought to each friends exam optimistic.

Playa Accommodations & Resorts

Playa Inns & Resorts will provide cost-free on-web page antigen testing and discounted PCR exams from January 22 by means of April 30, 2021, for company remaining at minimum a few nights in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and five or extra evenings in Jamaica.

In addition, need to any person exam beneficial and require to quarantine, visitors will get a 50 per cent discount on accommodations.

Sandals and Beach locations Resorts

The Caribbean all-inclusive vacation resort organization “will be making offered by way of March 31 complimentary COVID-19 screening appropriate in the ease and comfort of our resort,” in accordance to a assertion. “Tests will be performed by permitted and practiced health care industry experts with our guests’ highest advantage in intellect and minimal distraction to their general holiday working experience,” the assertion provides. “Once at the resort, our group will aid the visitor without having problems to make the preparations essential to agenda their COVID-19 take a look at on-website at the vacation resort.”


An Anguilla beach.
Picture: Travelers in Anguilla. (picture by Brian Big)

“Testing has been at the forefront of Anguilla’s reopening tactic that features testing on arrival and departure,” mentioned Haydn Hughes, minister of tourism.

“The CDC’s requirement for tests on departure for all visitors returning to the US is one particular that Anguilla has the potential to manage in an economical fashion. We are in truth presently furnishing this assistance on ask for to visitors.”

Hughes extra that Anguilla, mentioned for its strict COVID-19 protocols, is raising its testing capacity “to be certain that we meet the anticipated need.”

He included, “We have taken each precaution and released stringent protocols to guarantee the wellbeing and basic safety of both equally our visitors and our citizens. Our productive administration of this condition has resulted in just 11 instances given that we reopened our borders last November and no community spread.”


“All vital facilities and procedures” are accessible for website visitors necessitating COVID-19 screening when in Aruba as a need for re-entry to their region, stated Aruba Tourism Authority officials in a assertion. “Aruba has expanded screening and has state-of-the-artwork hospitals and medical facilities that supply PCR assessments to outbound tourists, with an ordinary turnaround time of 24 hours,” the assertion provides.

Aruba’s principal screening locations are locatedin shut proximity to motels, and appointments can be made in progress, officials extra. “The Aruba Government and Department of General public Health were geared up for the CDC’s new mandate and can reassure our tourists they will have straightforward entry to testing in time for their departure,” Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, the Aruba Tourism Authority’s CEO.

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis requires travelers staying much less than seven times to consider an exit examination 72 hrs prior to departure, whilst those being extended than 7 days can program an exit check by way of their hotel entrance desk, said a St. Kitts Tourism Authority spokesperson.

Tourists being in resorts ought to advise the front desk, who will set up screening onsite. Vacationers not in inns can prepare testing by contacting 869-467-1273 or by traveling to the Well being Centre in Basseterre or consulting a government-permitted health practitioner.