It’s still not easy

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After the summer break, the next period that Britons might be considering from holidays is the Christmas period for a winter sun break.

the coast of Belize has become a big attraction for divers

Travel Counsellors – the home base travel agency chain – has already reported an increase in bookings for the UAE (principally Dubai) but the Caribbean is where many people will look.

But it still isn’t easy dealing with regulations for many of the Caribbean nations although the time, winter comes, rules may be considerably different.

And that alone is one of the things that holidaymakers have to consider.

Take the Bahamas as an example. Over seven million visitors travelled to the Bahamas in 2019 including about 40,000 Britons but if you travel there this winter you will need, whether you are fully vaccinated or not, to get a negative COVID-19 test (either a rapid antigen test or PCR test) taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival and that includes children over the age of two. 

If you travel between the islands and you have been on one island for more than five days, you will have to repeat the exercise.

If you are starting a cruise from the Bahamas, the same rules apply.

An increasingly popular destination in central America is Belize.

Travel there and you will need to have proof of a negative PCR test taken for all travellers over the age of five within 96 hours  on arrival and this also applies to those who are fully vaccinated. You can, however, show evidence of a negative Antigen test taken within 48 hours (also applies to fully vaccinated travellers) but you can pay for one of these tests on arrival at the airport.

And if you are touring and crossing through the Northern and Western borders you will require a rapid test administered by the Ministry of Health at tis testing will be at your expense.

Just from these two examples, it shows that you need to look at each and every country you consider holidaying in and then make your mind up about whether to holiday there or not.

 And as readers are well aware, rules will change so be prepared.


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