Saint Lucia is updating its international arrival protocols, creating a “Seamless Saint Lucia” experience for travellers.
The following changes for international arrivals, in-transit passengers and returning nationals took effect on March 5, 2022:
- Fully vaccinated travellers and in-transit passengers aged 5 and over must have a negative rapid Covid-19 antigen test or a Rapid COVID-19 PCR test taken one day prior to entering Saint Lucia. Travellers may also provide a negative RT- PCR COVID-19 test taken up to five days prior to arrival.
- All unvaccinated travellers must present a negative RT- PCR COVID-19 test, taken up to five days prior to entering Saint Lucia.
- All travellers must register their information and upload test results online prior to travel on www.stlucia.org/covid-19. On completion, they will receive an automatic ‘ready to go’ email. The previous two-step approval process is no longer required for boarding.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Lorine Charles – St. Jules said: “As one of the very first destinations to implement a responsible tourism reopening strategy, Saint Lucia has continuously evaluated COVID-19 travel protocols. These major changes are good news for visitors and returning nationals as it means a simplified process, greater access to testing and a significant reduction in cost. We have been listening to our travel community in Canada, U.S., UK, Caribbean and around the world. Travellers are seeking a seamless experience along with confidence in safety, and our eased protocols reflect our commitment to welcoming travellers back to Saint Lucia.”
Rapid antigen tests must be administered by a healthcare provider. Self-administered tests and saliva tests are not accepted. UK NHS tests are not valid for travel.
Unvaccinated visitors can continue to stay at COVID-certified properties. Returning nationals who are unvaccinated are required to quarantine for a seven-day period.
As of January 2022, 90% of tourism arrivals to Saint Lucia are fully vaccinated travellers. Travellers are considered fully vaccinated two weeks (14 days) after a dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine or two weeks (14 days) after the second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine series.
Go to www.stlucia.org/covid-19 for more.