October 15, 2020

Tides are Changing for Tropical Destinations

We saw a lot of changes in the travel landscape over the last week, mostly positive and in the right direction for travelers looking for a warm(er) destination or their next great adventure.

Tides are Changing for Tropical Destinations

Wow, what a week. We saw a lot of changes in the travel landscape, mostly positive and in the right direction for travelers looking for a warm(er) destination or their next great adventure.

Dominating the news is that as of October 15 Hawaii is replacing the 14-day quarantine requirement with a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Worth noting that the Big Island of Hawaii has an additional protocol that requires a rapid PCR test for all travelers upon arrival in addition to the 72-hour negative test requirement.

Panama and Grenada are now open to U.S. travelers. Both these countries are recent additions to the list of destinations open to U.S. travelers with Grenada becoming one of only three countries that New Yorkers can visit without quarantine and then return without quarantine. Worth repeating, there are only three countries that New Yorkers can visit without a quarantine either going or upon return. Please go to the “New York” tab in our DragonSlayer platform to find out who the other two countries are.

The Bahamas had a significant update to their entry protocol, removing their mandatory 14-day “vacation-in-place” requirement as of November 1 and replacing it with a new test-on-arrival and test after four days protocol. Please login to the DragonSlayer platform for the specifics and also details on beach and resort re-openings. The Bahamas is among a number of countries that are embracing rapid tests and antigen tests in addition to or as an alternative to standard PCR tests as part of the entry protocol, this could become an important trend worth watching. Also, airlines and airports are stepping into the testing game, helping countries safely open their borders to U.S. travelers. Another important trend to watch.

Finally, Curacao is an interesting case of “should we call it open” to U.S. travelers or not. The government of Curacao announced this past week that they are now open but only to U.S. travelers from the Tri-State region of NY, NJ, and Connecticut along with a handful of countries considered low or medium risk. We are calling it open since all U.S. travelers (not just those from the Tri-State region) can visit under the new long-term visa program -- 90 days or more -- which includes a 14-day quarantine at their accommodations upon arrival.