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Traveling to Grenada during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

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Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on March 30.

(CNN) — 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.

The basics

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?

As well as being asked to take a PCR test 72 hours before departure, all visitors are given a health screening on arrival, including a temperature check. They must then spend four days in quarantine at a government-approved hotel, before the option of taking a further PCR test to be able to go out into the community. These take about two days to come through, so count on quarantining for six. 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 travel to Grenada and have a minimum seven day reservation at a Pure Safe hotel, accredited by the government. Stays at non-accredited accommodation are not permitted. Returning nationals and residents can, however, apply for seven-day home quarantine as an alternative via the Grenada government website.

What’s the Covid situation?

Grenada has fared much better than most countries, with a total of just 155 cases and a single death as of March 30. 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 8,000 residents have been vaccinated since then, according to Nickolas Steel, the country’s health minister.

Steel has also suggested that officials are considering reducing the mandatory quarantine period for fully vaccinated visitors.

“If someone is fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, with Pfizer, with Moderna then you don’t have to, or will have a significantly reduced quarantine period when coming into Grenada,” he said during a March briefing.

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

2021-03-30 12:44:27

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