Ready to venture back to the Caribbean?
This year cannot be described any better than a rollercoaster ride – one minute you are plunging into complete lockdown and confined to your home – the next minute some restrictions are lifted sparking exileration in the little new freedoms like seeing family or a friend at a distant.
I think I speak for most people when I say that this rollercoaster ride is not one I would voluntarily queue up for. Would you?
As much as the pandemic itself is full of lows and a few hidden highs such as spending more time at home with the family and venturing to the world of working from home, so is the new way of travelling.
Staycation versus risking a flight in a confined space with little social distancing. Then there is the decision of flying for just an hour or two or long haul. And of course the new securitry measures when you enter into a country or quarantine measures back home. Life is currently not as easy as it used to be – #islandhopping and #jetsetting are on pause.
If you love the beach, sunshine and island vibe like me you may have also followed the slow easing of restrictions in the Caribbean with interest. So just what would travel to Grenada look like right now?
Entry protocol for Grenada
The airport is open but depending on where you are flying from will determine how you may enter Grenada – so before booking your flight here is what you should know. The full travellers guide can be found on the Ministry of Health Grenada website but to give you a flavour of what to expect you will need:
- A Health declaration: before flying to Grenada you will need to complete the Government’s Health Declaration form and either evidence travel insurance covering COVID-19 or confirm to pay all costs for treatment and isolation. So count your pennies – the trip may get a tad more expensive for the short term
- A Contact tracing app: you will need to download the Government’s Contact Tracing App before leaving for Grenada which must stay on your phone during the quarantine period. If you don’t, get ready to pay a fine of EC$1,000 or the risk of facing 1 year in prison (not joking). In addition, you will need to wear a geofencing watch for 14 days (a watch that has gps tracking). P.S. If you find a link to the app please share as I cannot find it anywhere online.
- A Negative PCR test: If you are travelling from a medium or high-risk country such as the UK at this point of writing the blog, you will need to provide a certified copy of a negative PCR test that was taken within 7 days of your departure to Grenada.
- Face coverings: Whether you like it or not Grenada is strict on the use of face coverings so be sure to bring plenty. You will need to be wearing one when arriving a the airport, adhere to strict 6 feet social distancing measures and use hand sanitiser.
- A Rapid test: Once you arrive every person will need to be given a Rapid test and a PCR test within 48 hours (both free – additional tests will cost you USD$30 for a Rapid test and USD$150 for PCR tests). If both tests are negative you’ll be asked to stay in an approved quarantine facility for 48 hours at USD$50 a night not including meals(rapid test) and then stay at an approved accomodation with limited movement in line with Government regulations for all person in Grenada (PCR test). Should your Rapid test be positive, you will be kept in quarantine for 48 hours pending the PCR test result. If your PCR test is also positiveget ready to spend 14 days in a state approved quarantine facility at your own expense until you are medically cleared, after having two negative PCR tests within 48 hours. The cost per night is the same as mentioned above. So over all you’d have to add USD$650 on top of your holiday spend.
Having spent quite a bit of time on exploring how Grenada are handling the pandemic it is worth noting that there were very few have been infected and there have been no COVID-19 related deaths on this island. You are definitely safer there than around crazy people flocking to Bournemouth beach in the UK for example.
To keep it this way however, Grenada has had to implement very stringent measures. So before booking your next visit just be sure to check out the current entry requirements.
Personally I think I’ll wait a tad longer until it’s easier to re-enter. What about you?