As of Saturday March 21 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic widens its reach, Caribbean nations are restricting travel in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
In one of the strongest measures, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina announced the island will be closing the country’s borders by land, sea and air effective Thursday, March 19, for the next 15 days. Medina has also banned local and international activities including cultural, artistic and sports events as well as entertainment venues like bars and clubs, among others.
Following the decision to close the borders, Club Med Punta Cana and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda said it will temporarily suspend operations from March 19 to May 1, 2020.
The Excellence Collection will also temporarily close its two resorts in the country: Excellence Punta Cana as well as Excellence El Carmen. The resorts will close beginning on Friday, March 20, with plans to reopen on June 5, 2020.
AMresorts, which operates four resorts in the Dominican Republic and one in Jamaica, among others in the Caribbean, said it made the decision to close hotels in all destinations until further notice.
Aruba, the Cayman Islands, St. Maarten and Trinidad are closed to international visitors for two to four weeks. This closures went into effect Monday, March 16.
Curacao and Guadeloupe have suspended all international flights, while Anguilla banned direct flights originating from Europe, including the United Kingdom, for the next 14 days, effective March 17.
Antigua and Barbuda are not allowing in foreign nationals who have traveled to and from China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea and Singapore the past 28 days.
The Bahamas will introduce expanded travel restrictions March 19. Non-residents who have traveled to the UK, Ireland and Europe within the last 20 days will be barred from entry into the country. This is in addition to restrictions already in place for China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
The Bahamar resort complex in Nassau will close indefinitely from March 25 onwards.
The Bahamas’ Club Med Columbus Isle will close between March 21 and May 1, 2020. Club Med Caravelle in Guadeloupe and Club Med Buccaneer's Creek in Martinique are temporarily closed until March 29, 2020.
Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis have also imposed quarantines for recent travelers from most countries affected by the virus.
Cuba has closed its border for 30 days commencing Tuesday March 24th.
Jamaica announced that effective 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020, and for a period of 14 days in the first instance, Jamaica’s air and seaports will be closed to incoming passenger traffic.Half Moon announced it will temporarily close March 18 to May 1, 2020. Sandals has closed all of its resorts across the Caribbean from March 30th until May 15th.
Saint Lucia has closed its borders effective March 23rd until April 5th.
BVI has closed its borders from March 22nd until April 6th.
The US Virgin Islands are closed to all visitors from March 25th until April 25th
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.