By Demion McTair. Updated 1:18 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Persons entering St. Vincent and the Grenadines from July 1 to 31, 2020, will have to adhere to new entry protocols in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The protocols were posted on Thursday (June 18), by the SVG Tourism Authority.
The protocols were prepared by the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee/COVID-19 Task Force, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.
The committee says the July 1 to 31 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.
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.
All travelers will also have a PCR COVID-19 test done upon arrival to St. Vincent in the July 1 to July 31 period, which is considered phase one.
In phase 2, which commences on August 1, 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.
There will be a COVID-19 questionnaire and no laboratory testing for travelers from the CARICOM bubble.
The countries in the bubble include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Persons in the Non-CARICOM bubble will be subject to a 24-hour quarantine at a hotel or at home under a court order.
Such persons arriving with negative Antibody tests results (done within 5 days) and negative PCR results (done within 2 days) and have approved documentation showing such, along with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from St. Vincent will not be subject to quarantine.
But, such travelers will be required to monitor their temperatures and report any elevations to the local health authorities.
See the following information flyers for more on the arrival process and the other protocols: