The Caribbean destination of St Lucia has joined a growing list of regional vacation territories that have removed testing and vaccination requirements.
Among the destinations that have removed such requirements are Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire.
St. Lucia has removed all but one of its pre-testing and vaccination requirements, meaning travelling to the island is now largely, as it was before the pandemic in 2019.
The only remaining requirement is that visitors still have to download, print and complete a health screening form prior to arrival
The destination sent out a statement confirming the lifting of the restrictions saying, “the COVID-19 pre-testing and vaccination requirement for entry into Saint Lucia has been removed.”
The use of face masks on the island is now optional but “remains highly recommended.” Tourism is one of St Lucia’s major income earners and the lifting of the restrictions will aid in the recovery of the sector and beefing up the country’s economic fortunes.
The Caribbean overall has been seeing a strong tourism recovery in 2022 with many destinations reporting that tourism is near or has exceeded visitor arrival numbers from before the pandemic.