UK Travel: Which Caribbean Islands Are On The Green List?


It's the moment we’ve all been waiting for, summer holidays are back on! Following the UK Government’s latest announcement, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to quarantine when returning to England from ‘amber list’ countries with a negative COVID-19 test as of 19th July 2021.

The change in rules and protocols can be a little confusing. We have broken down any frequently asked questions and useful links, to ensure you that your holiday to the Caribbean is safe with us.

Details for entering the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from green, amber or red countries be found at:

Red, amber and green list rules for entering England
Rules for foreign travel to and from Wales: coronavirus (COVID-19) | GOV.WALES
(COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice | nidirect

TIP: The situation is ever-changing, and we recommend all guests check the local Government pages for island protocols and travel requirements right up to their departure date.
Picture: The beach in Sandals Barbados.

Which Caribbean islands can I travel to from the UK?

All travellers from the UK, regardless of vaccination status, are currently able to visit the following green list countries:
💚 Antigua
Sandals Grande Antigua

💚 Barbados
Sandals Barbados
Sandals Royal Barbados

💚 Grenada
Sandals Grenada

💚 Turks & Caicos
Beaches Turks & Caicos

Fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine on their return to the UK from amber list countries. Guests who are not vaccinated can also travel but will need quarantine at home on their arrival back to the UK. Our destinations currently include:
🧡 Jamaica
Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Sandals Negril
Sandals South Coast
Sandals Ochi
Sandals Royal Plantation

🧡 Saint Lucia
Sandals Halcyon Beach
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Sandals Regency La Toc

🧡 The Bahamas
Sandals Emerald Bay

Caribbean countries have their own COVID protocols and entry requirements in place. Please head to our Island Protocols page to find out the specifics for each destination.

Picture: Staff carrying out our Platinum Protocol Of Cleanliness measures.

What are the island protocols?

Each Caribbean country  has its own set of entry requirements and guidelines. Below you will find links to the official Government websites, where you will find the most up to date version of this information, as well as UK Government travel advice:
• Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (search destination): www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
• Visit Antigua and Barbuda: https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory
• Barbados: www.visitbarbados.org/travel-guidelines-2020
• Grenada: www.puregrenada.com/travel-advisory/
• Jamaica: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/
• St Lucia: www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19
• The Bahamas: www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening
• Turks & Caicos: https://turksandcaicostourism.com/tci-assured-faq/

Note: protocols for guests at all-inclusive resorts is less restrictive than what is detailed on the Pure Grenada website.  Please head to our Island Protocols page to read more.

Can I travel to the Caribbean right now?

Yes, 15 of our luxury all-inclusive Sandals Resorts are open and are working to full capacity. Our restaurants and facilities are open for guests to enjoy, once they have met the island requirements, taken the relevant COVID-19 tests and received a negative test result.

You might be wondering what it’s like to travel and stay in a Sandals Resort at this time. We’ve published an interview with Jessica Fioriti, who gives a first-person perspective on the Sandals Platinum Protocol of Cleanliness and her recent experience of travelling to the Caribbean. Read about her trip here.

Picture: Guest in the pool in Sandals Ochi Beach.

What tests do I need while I am on holiday, and do I need to pay for them?

Each island has different COVID-19 testing protocols, please see how many tests you will be required to take during your stay here. All COVID-19 tests taken during your stay at Sandals Resorts are complimentary and you will not be charged an extra fee.

Currently, all departures returning to the UK are required to take a COVID-19 test for re-entry. To ensure that this is of minimal disruption to your holiday, we have arranged the ability for you to have complimentary COVID-19 testing in the comfort of our resort.

Please note, each destination has their own entry protocols, some of which require taking a COVID test before you depart the UK. These rules differ for each country. Please make sure you are aware of the requirements before you travel.

How are Sandals Resorts dealing with COVID-19?

For nearly 40 years, Sandals Resorts International has adhered to the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Our resorts have always been scrupulously cleaned and sanitised every hour of every day. But now, our existing industry-leading practices have been enhanced further to include several pre-emptive cleanliness measures, guaranteeing you the peace of mind to enjoy your holiday with the utmost confidence. You can read about our Platinum Protocol Of Cleanliness and the measures we are taking here.

Do I have to wear a mask in Sandals Resorts?

As we continue to abide by the Government protocols in each island where we operate, currently guests are required to wear face masks in public areas.

We are so excited to safely welcome UK guests back to our resorts. If you have any more questions regarding your stay, please message us on Facebook, where we will be able to assist you.

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