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Traveling to Grenada during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN staffUpdated 12th November 2021
Grenada is littered with beautiful beaches.
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you're fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on November 12.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Grenada, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Grenada has been in a state of emergency since March 25, 2020 and while restrictions have since been eased, the order has been extended to May 2022.
From July 31, all visitors to the island must have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before their arrival. Grenadian citizens and children aged under 13 are exempt.

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

Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Grenada provided they test negative for Covid-19 on arrival, provide full proof of vaccination and agree to quarantine for up to 48 hours. The quarantine requirement will be removed from November 15.

What are the restrictions?

At present, visitors must agree to take a PCR test, paid for in advance, when they arrive, as well as spend up to 48 hours in quarantine at a pre-booked government-approved hotel while awaiting test results. All travelers must get a "Pure Safe Travel" certificate in order to enter Grenada and test negative for Covid-19.
Stays at non-accredited accommodation are not permitted. Returning nationals and residents can, however, apply to quarantine at home via the Grenada government website.

What's the Covid situation?

While Grenada had fared much better than most countries, the situation on the island has worsened over the past few months. In August, 297 cases were reported, a record high for the country at the time. Grenada recorded its second Covid-19 related death on August 30, six months after its first, which occurred on January 3. Unfortunately the death toll has risen significantly since then, with 139 Covid-19 related fatalities reported in September. There were a record 4,734 cases in the same month. As of November 12, the country has recorded a total of 5,863 cases and 200 deaths.
Grenada received 45,600 Covid-19 vaccines under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global initiative aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines.
On February 12, prime minister Keith Mitchell received the first vaccine dose to be administered in Grenada. Just over 32,000 people on the island have been fully vaccinated since then, including 70% of the island's hotel workers.
In June, health authorities launched a scheme in which residents were automatically entered into a lottery draw, which took place at the end of the month, for a prize of EC$10,000 (around $3,700) once they'd been vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

While the island once provided a perfect break from the stresses of the pandemic, the country's recent wave of Covid-19 cases has led to many new restrictions being brought in.
Social distancing is mandatory once again, while face masks must be worn in all public spaces.
Only fully-vaccinated customers are permitted to dine at restaurants and spectators are banned from attending sporting activities. However, restrictions on beach and river visits have been dropped.
From November 15, travelers will not be required to spend two days quarantining at their resort.

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Want to learn more about the Spice Isle? Here's a quick introduction to Grenada, or get inspiration for a chocolate-flavored trip here. Silversands also made it into our list of top Caribbean hotels.