By Demion McTair. Updated 2:56 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Persons arriving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from July 1 to 31, will be subject to PCR COVID-19 testing.
The move is part of new entry protocols the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee/COVID-19 Task Force, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has outlined for phase one of the resumption of arrivals.
The committee says that the period July 1 to 31, 2020, will be phase one.
The period will be used to establish the risk of arriving travelers to St. Vincent, minimize COVID-19 exposure to residents of the country, have early identification of potential COVID-19 exposure, and early containment of new COVID-19 cases.
For phase 2, which commences in August, travelers arriving will be subject to PCR COVID-19 testing depending on their country of origin.
Actions in phase 2, will be based on data gained during phase 1 and the current epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee says.
Travelers are classified into two groups. Those from a CARICOM bubble and those outside of that grouping – referred to as the Non-CARICOM bubble.
All travelers will be required to complete a VINCY COVID form Online or a questionnaire before arrival.
The move comes as the Caribbean region reopens in phases after months of border closures.
CARICOM countries such as Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda have commenced phased reopenings with the resumption of commercial passenger flights for tourists and other travelers.
In Jamaica, which opened its borders on June 15, all persons entering will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
Today (June 19), the Barbados Today news publication reported that the Grantley Adams International Airport will be reopened on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
At that time, commercial flights are to return tourism to the island.
Barbados Today reported that “according to a draft schedule for summer 2020 for the Grantley Admas International Airport (GAIA), which was last updated on June 13, Jetblue, Air Canada, Caribbean Airlines and British Airways are to be the first passenger flights to resume passenger service at the reopening of the airport”.
More openings are expected in more CARICOM countries with stringent entry protocols.
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