I’m excited to go to Saint Lucia Carnival this year. :: insert internal squee:: I got everything in order, but I am ashamed to admit that I nearly forgot about COVID. It’s still a thing, and we need to make sure we have a plan to ensure we meet no delays getting there and back. Here’s all you need to know about the COVID entry requirements for Saint Lucia Carnival and where to get tested.
Saint Lucia entry requirements
These entry requirements come directly from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, effective April 2, 2022.
FULLY VACCINATED: Saint Lucia dropped its testing and quarantine requirements. That means that as long as you have your COVID vaccination card, you are cleared to arrive and move freely in Saint Lucia. Likewise, be prepared to show your vaccination record before you board your flight.
For clarity, to be fully vaccinated means to have received your last series at least two weeks before travel.
UNVACCINATED: You must provide a negative PCR test five days before travel. If you contracted COVID-19 90 days before traveling, you could test positive for some time. Therefore, prepare yourself to bring the right documents.
Note: A medical professional must perform or supervise the PCR test.
Health screening form
All travelers must complete a health screening form. I suggest you download and complete the form before you get there. You can download and print the screening form here.
Showing your test results upon entry
As stated above, unvaccinated travelers must show negative PCR results. Make sure your results contain the following:
Make sure you arrive with the right documentation. Otherwise, you will pay for subsequent testing and be subject to quarantine until the results arrive.
Returning to the United States
According to the CDC, all travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must provide a negative test result. The test must be collected within 24 hours of travel. If you had COVID in the last 90 days, you will have to provide a document stating you have recovered.
Unlike Saint Lucia, the US accepts rapid antigen and viral antigen tests. Alternatively, you are allowed to perform self-tests under some limitations. For more information, click here.
If you stay in a hotel or Airbnb, guest services will tell you where you can get tested. Alternatively, the Saint Lucia Travel Authority recommends:
There will be thousands of tourists on the island for Saint Lucia Carnival. Make sure you can get home without complications by planning ahead. I can’t wait to see you on BAM-BAM wall!