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TTC Special: Caribbean tourism good hopes for winter

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By Frank Martin

After a “business too slow” summer season in which the pandemic never went  under control, the Caribbean  tourism industry and governments are working now intensely for a winter success.

The Caribbean islands, with their excellent offerings of paradisiacal beaches are now awaiting a good wintertime with better results.

It must be recognized autumn news are a bit better for the region probably because improvements in reopened process although in all cases with precautions.

Cuba for instance have set November 15 as deadline date for an opening related to the reduction of epidemic risks thanks to a vaccination campaign that in the case of that island it’s with own immunizers.

On the other hand, for small islands like Anguilla, the most important measures are related to the arrivals of travelers who in this case will have to be all vaccinated.

Holiday travelers arriving in Anguilla must have before submitted their stay request through the visitor portal along with a negative Covid-19 test result done three to five days before the trip.

In addition, they must include medical insurance and proof of vaccination.

As an incentive to visitors, the island lifted the four-day quarantine requirement for leisure visitors staying in licensed hotels, resorts, and villas, regardless of the length of stay.

Bahamian authorities currently require all potential tourists who are over two years old to have a negative PCR or antigen test result within five days of arrival.

They must also apply for a health visa that is mandatory when applying for the visa. The fee is paid in advance. The price depends on the length of the stay.

Curaçao has on a special list visitor from countries that it considers to be of very high epidemiological risk.

Once in Curacao children under 12 with no Covid-19 symptoms  whose parents or guardians can show their own negative PCR test are not required to undergo a new  PCR test before or after arrival.

Granada asks for all visitors over 13 to be vaccinated and stay in quarantine for 48 hours.

Other Caribbean islands, such as Guadeloupe and Martinique, were blocked towards the end of the summer due to the increase in Covid cases and currently planning or starting openings.

These are some eloquent new stages of tourist regional restarts.

If winter is at the end good for the world tourism industry, it will be because of effective vaccination campaigns and the numerous own or international measures that are being applied.

Nevertheless, according to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, many experts do not expect a return to pre-COVID arrival levels until 2023 or later.

A series of expert’s interviews conducted by the international entity showed that 50% consulted only see a return to the levels of 2019 in 2024 or later.

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