Many of the Caribbean's 33 tourism-reliant nations remain closed to international travelers. However, several destinations across the region are now accepting visitors as they attempt to rebuild tourism activity during the critical fall period.
Yet to resume some semblance of the millions of visitors the region previously attracted annually prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, destinations need not only to reopen, but travelers must also feel comfortable returning to the region.
To do that, vacationers must access, understand and prepare for required COVID-19 protocols in the Caribbean country they intend to visit. "We forewarn our clients that protocols and guidelines can change on a dime, so they need to be aware that they might need to suddenly follow a new policy, which can be stressful," said Jennifer Doncsecz, owner of VIP Vacations.
Her agency has served "many travelers and even large wedding groups" traveling to Antigua, St. Lucia, Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic following these countries' border reopenings. Another top travel seller, Tom Varghese, also identified the "romance market" as ready to travel to Caribbean destinations this fall, including "clients that are celebrating a delayed honeymoon, anniversary or milestone birthday."
Here are essential aspects that travelers heading to Caribbean destinations this fall should consider before departing: