Saint Lucia has relaxed its COVID protocols for fully vaccinated holidaymakers, who will be asked to wear wristbands during their visit to prove their vaccination status.
Those who have completed their course of vaccinations at least 14 days prior to arriving in Saint Lucia can hire cars, eat in more local restaurants and take part in additional activities such as beach hopping.
They will also be able to go shopping, and visit markets and stay at more than two properties during a single visit to the Caribbean island.
“While all visitors to Saint Lucia can currently experience a wonderful holiday as well as approved tours and attractions, fully vaccinated travellers are now invited to explore the entire destination at their leisure, while following our protocols,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“We’ve successfully and safely managed tourism since reopening our borders in June 2020, with no need to close because of our protocols and the bubble we created for our visitors and frontline tourism workers.
“We are delighted to be able to expand the opportunities for vaccinated visitors and ease the restrictions for returning nationals. Vaccinated visitors can now truly holiday like a local.”
Upon arrival in Saint Lucia, pre-registered fully vaccinated visitors will be expedited via a dedicated health screening line and will be provided with a non-electronic identification wristband for the duration of their stay.
This wristband must be worn throughout the stay and removed when departing Saint Lucia.
Non-vaccinated travellers will continue to be permitted to stay at up to two certified properties for the first 14 days.
Regardless of vaccination status, all arrivals to Saint Lucia from age five must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than five days before arrival.
The island is on the UK’s amber list, which means holidaymakers must self-isolate for at least five days when they return to the UK, but it is not included in the Foreign Office’s advisory against non-essential travel.