FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Are unvaccinated visitors welcome in Saint Lucia?
Yes, all visitors are welcome to Saint Lucia.
Unvaccinated travelers must have a Standard PCR test up to five days before travelling to Saint Lucia and a booking must be made to stay in Covid certified accommodation. Unvaccinated travelers must also remain on property for up to 7 days except to participate in Covid – certified tours (see the list here).
Do I need to be vaccinated to visit Saint Lucia?
No, you do not need to be fully vaccinated to visit Saint Lucia.
What do I need to do to confirm I am eligible for entry to Saint Lucia?
Fully vaccinated travellers – There is no requirement for pre-travel test or quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers. Fully vaccinated travellers must provide a valid vaccination record as requested on check in, for boarding and on entry to Saint Lucia.
Unvaccinated travellers aged 5 years and older must have a valid negative RT- PCR COVID-19 test done within 5 days prior to arrival
Passengers are required to show the relevant documents at check and on arrival, so these should be easily retrievable at all times:
FOR UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TEST
The test (sample collection) must be administered by, or supervised by a healthcare professional – an unsupervised self swab is not accepted. Check the details of the test carefully with the provider before booking a test
TESTS/SAMPLES THAT ARE ACCEPTED
Nasopharyngeal sample, oropharyngeal sample, nasal sample, oropharyngeal, anterior nares sample and mid turbinate samples, sample collection performed by a healthcare professional, self-administered sample collection supervised by a healthcare professional.
TESTS/SAMPLES THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTED
LAMP tests, unsupervised self-administered tests, home kits, saliva samples.
IMPORTANT!!! Test results MUST include:
- The name, address and telephone number of the lab where the sample was taken
- Your name (please make sure this is correctly recorded and must match the name on your passport/travel document)
- Your date of birth (please make sure this is correctly recorded)
- The date the sample was collected – this must show as the sample collection date: ‘test date’ will not be accepted
- The type of test and the method of testing
- The result of the test
I am unvaccinated and I have had COVID -19 in the 90 days leading up to my travel to Saint Lucia and I have been advised that I may not get a negative result from my test for travel. Can I provide any documentation if my test result for entry into Saint Lucia is positive?
If you tested positive for COVID -19 in the 90 days leading up to travel to Saint Lucia and the result of your test for travel is POSITIVE you are required to submit the following three documents:
- The results of first positive test result which led to isolation/quarantine (this must be a PCR test)
- A discharge letter from your doctor stating your clearance after isolation, or a NHS Recovery Pass (UK Travelers)
- The most recent Standard PCR test taken no more than 5 days before arrival into country.
Documents should uploaded and also sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and reference number as the subject.
Can I use a PCR test based on a saliva sample for entry to Saint Lucia?
No, tests based on saliva samples are not accepted for entry to Saint Lucia. Your test must be based on a nasopharyngeal swab.
What information must be included on the result certificate for my test?
The following must be included on the test results that you upload:
The name, address and telephone number of the lab where the sample was taken
Your CORRECT name
Your CORRECT date of birth
The date the sample was collected (Important – “test date” will not be accepted as the sample collection date)
The type of test and the method of testing
What is the minimum age at which a test is required for entry?
Everyone 5 years and over is required to meet the pre-travel testing requirement.
Are NHS tests acceptable?
No, NHS PCR and Antigen tests are not acceptable for travel to Saint Lucia. You must secure a test result from a commercial laboratory and upload the results to your travel authorisation application.
If I am fully vaccinated, will my children be able to have the same options of expanded access as fully vaccinated visitors?
If you are fully vaccinated and travelling with children 5 and over who are not vaccinated, and you would like them to have the same expanded access as you, they will need to have a PCR test for travel, and have a second PCR test on the day after arrival (Non Residents) or at the airport on arrival (Residents). The cost of the test in Saint Lucia will be borne by the traveler. Test results will be received in 24-48 hours. Once the test is returned negative, these minors will be afforded the same access as their fully vaccinated parents (travelling companions). Meanwhile they may participate in certified activities while they await the test results.
Children 4 years and under are afforded the same privileges as their vaccinated parents.
Will I be asked to show my vaccination status when I am in Saint Lucia?
Yes, you will be required to show your vaccine proof on arrival, so please travel with your vaccine document. There may also be other random checks of your vaccination proof. Please be prepared and willing to do this if asked in an official capacity. The wristband issued at the airport indicates your status as a fully vaccinated traveler.
If you live in England, Saint Lucia will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You should not use your NHS vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status. Please make sure you also have a printed screen grab from the NHS app showing your status, and that you keep it with you at all times.
How will people know that I have been vaccinated?
You will be issued with a wristband when you arrive in Saint Lucia. This will enable people to identify that you have been fully vaccinated. You should wear the wristband at all times.
Are EU Vaccination Passports (EU Digital COVID Certificates) acceptable as proof of fully-vaccinated status?
Yes, your EU vaccine passport is accepted as vaccine proof. Please travel with the paper copy of the certificate/passport.
Do fully vaccinated travelers require a Covid-PCR test to enter Saint Lucia?
No – fully vaccinated travelers do not need a test to enter Saint Lucia
What if I have had one dose of the vaccination when I visit Saint Lucia, but two are required to be fully vaccinated?
If you are not fully vaccinated, you are still very welcome to visit Saint Lucia, but you must follow the protocols around unvaccinated visitors: You can stay at a Covid certified property; take Covid-certified tours (see the list here) and visit Covid-certified restaurants.
Which vaccinations are accepted?
COMIRNATY® Pfizer-BioNTech 2-Dose
If my first dose is one type of vaccine, and my second dose is a different type of vaccine, is this acceptable for my status as fully vaccinated?
Yes, you can have doses of different types of vaccine and still be considered fully vaccinated, as long as the last dose is at least 14 days before your arrival.
Can fully vaccinated visitors and returning nationals be picked up at the airport by family and friends?
Yes, however only the driver of the vehicle will be allowed access to the airport.
Will I be able to hire a car if I have been vaccinated?
Yes, you can use a Covid certified provider.
Where can I stay when I am in Saint Lucia?
Fully Vaccinated Travelers Fully vaccinated travelers can book Covid Certified properties, including resorts, small hotels, Airbnb, and villas accommodations. A full list of properties is available HERE. They may also stay with family and friends.
Unvaccinated Travelers Unvaccinated travelers must have one of the following:
- reservations in COVID-19 certified accommodation
- approval for home quarantine.
Can I make reservations to stay in more than one hotel/villa on my trip?
Yes, you may stay in any accommodation providers that are COVID-19 certified, and you may stay in up to 3 hotels/villas on your visit.
Can I leave my COVID-Certified accommodation while I am in Saint Lucia?
Fully Vaccinated Travelers Yes, fully vaccinated travelers can leave their Covid certified accommodations. Expanded access is only granted to visitors that are fully vaccinated with a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or a one-dose vaccine at least two weeks (14 days) prior to travel. All certified activities are also available to fully vaccinated travelers, see below for details.
Unvaccinated Travelers Unaccinated travelers may leave their hotel or villa to participate in certified activities (certified tours and excursions) to visit certified sites.
Click here to see a regularly updated list of tours, excursions, restaurants, and tour operators.
As an unvaccinated traveler, once I have spent 7 days in a COVID-19 certified property, can I leave?
Unvaccinated travelers must complete 7-day stay in certified accommodation. Starting on day 8, you can enjoy expanded island access. If your stay is 7 days or less, you must remain at your hotel, leaving only to participate in certified tours and excursions
Do fully vaccinated travelers need to remain at their accommodation when they visit Saint Lucia?
No, as of 31st May, all visitors and nationals who are fully* vaccinated are now able to enjoy expanded access to the destination. They are still required to follow all local protocols: social distancing, wearing masks in public places, washing hands/sanitizing regularly. Please note: Saint Lucia’s Authorities know how many doses are required for ALL brands of vaccines.
*Fully vaccinated means you have had the prescribed number of doses and have passed the two-week period, after your final dose. This will be verified by the Saint Lucian authorities
Do guests have to wear a mask at the resort?
Masks are required in public spaces at the resort. They are not required in restaurants once you are seated and at the pool.
I would like to visit Saint Lucia for fewer than 7 days. Is this possible given the 7-day restriction in a certified property?
There is no minimum stay required, so you may stay in Saint Lucia for less than 7 days. However, for unvaccinated travelers if your stay is 7 days or less, you are required to spend the full period of your stay in certified accommodation observing the protocols for unvaccinated travelers.
If someone is visiting family in Saint Lucia and their place of stay would be with family, what should they do?
Fully Vaccinated Travelers Fully Vaccinated travelers can stay with family and friends.
Unvaccinated Travelers Unvaccinated travelers must stay in a Covid certified accommodation for 7 consecutive days. On day 8 they can then visit their Saint Lucian family and friends.
Can I spend my vacation in a property owned by me or my family/friend?
Fully vaccinated travelers Yes, you may stay in your home or with friends and family while you are in Saint Lucia
Unvaccinated Travelers No, unvaccinated travelers must stay in COVID certified accommodation. This includes (but is not limited to) resorts, small hotels, Airbnb, apartments and villas. Over 280 properties on the island have been certified, for a full list of certified accommodation please click on the link below: Certified Accommodation – Click Here
Can I stay in a non-certified hotel/accommodation (Airbnb) if I am fully vaccinated?
All visitors must stay at a Covid certified property. There is already a wide range of properties available. Please click here for details.
Are fully vaccinated locals permitted to visit or stay in a Covid certified hotel?
Yes, fully vaccinated residents and locals can visit and stay in certified accommodation.
I am a returning national/returning resident. Can I quarantine at home? How can I apply if I think I will qualify?
Fully Vaccinated Arrivals
Fully vaccinated nationals/residents are no longer required to quarantine. The travel registration form is mandatory and must be completed a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival. Proof of vaccination and a negative PCR Test Results are required for Travel Authorisation.
Unvaccinated nationals/residents will be allowed to quarantine at home.
As a fully vaccinated visitor, can I meet local friends and family at a restaurant?
Yes, fully vaccinated visitors can dine at independent restaurants with friends and family. Social distancing protocols must be observed and as an international visitor you must wear your wristband.
Can I go to any local restaurants and at any time if I am fully vaccinated?
Yes, you can visit local restaurants at any time.
Will I be able to go to supermarkets and the local markets if I have been vaccinated?
Yes, you can. You will be required to follow all local protocols including wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand sanitization.
What are the restrictions for a group of visitors who are mixed (fully vaccinated and non)? With particular reference to villa stays. For example, can the vaccinated guests go to supermarket etc for the group?
Yes. There are no restrictions for the fully vaccinated guests who have been issued with a wristband as long as they abide by local protocols. Unvaccinated guests will need to abide by the applicable restrictions.
What sites and attractions can I visit while I am on the island?
How safe is it to get a taxi to the accommodation provider?
Perfectly safe – all ground transportation will be provided by certified operators.
Is PPE required during airport transfers and in taxis?
Yes, travelers must wear a mask on the flight, in the airport in Saint Lucia and in taxis.
Can ground transportation be shared?
There will be a limit to the number of passengers allowed in a taxi relative to the capacity of the vehicle.
Are helicopter transfers available?
Yes, Saint Lucia Helicopters has received COVID-19 certification so helicopter transfers are available.
Is car hire/car rental available?
Fully vaccinated travelers can book car rentals/ car hire. Unvaccinated travelers can book car rental after completing 7 full days in certified accommodation.
What happens if I test positive while I am in Saint Lucia (including testing on departure)?
If you receive a positive test result you will be required to isolate immediately, and your accommodation provider should arrange for a PCR test. Visitors who are non-symptomatic (asymptomatic) or who have mild symptoms must remain in isolation at their accommodation for a period of seven days from the date of the positive diagnosis (Antigen and PCR). Visitors who require medical attention must be transported by ambulance or COVID-19 approved taxi based on urgency to the Respiratory Hospital.
Criteria for discharging patients from isolation without requiring retesting:
- For vaccinated asymptomatic patients: 7 days after positive test for SARS-CoV-2
- For vaccinated symptomatic patients: 10 days after positive test for SARS-CoV-2
- For un-vaccinated patients: 10 days after positive test for SARS-CoV-2
What is the process if a minor is tests positive?
If a child of vaccinated parents/guardians tests positive, they will be required to isolate along with their parents/guardians who will need to be tested at their expense and kept in isolation.
I will need to be tested before I return home at the end of my visit. What should I do?
You can ask your hotel or villa as they may be able to share convenient options based on the location of the property. Additionally, you may contact the laboratory directly, here are some links:
Lab Services Saint Lucia
Rodney Bay Medical Centre
If a passenger displays symptoms on arrival, where will they be isolated?
The official isolation units are located at respiratory clinics at Victoria Hospital and St. Jude’s Hospital.
What measures are in place to protect visitors?
From arrival into Saint Lucia, at the airport, the airport transfers (ground transportation), and the stay at the hotel – throughout the visit guests are being cared for. Public health protocols including (though not limited to) physical distancing, regular temperature checks, wearing masks and enhanced hygiene measures will be observed.
Visitors are required to observe social distancing of six feet (2 meters). Masks are required in public places and in select public spaces at hotels.