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 January 14.
(CNN) — If you're planning a trip to Grenada, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
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. Arrivals from the UK are banned until further notice.
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.
Following the discovery of a new variant, Grenada has banned all air traffic to and from the UK until at least January 31.
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 just 132 cases in total as of January 13. The country recorded its first Covid-19 related death on January 3.
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. On January 12, Grenada's nightly curfew was reduced by two hours to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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