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Heathrow and Gatwick: The latest Covid travel advice for USA, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica and the largest Caribbean islands

Despite the easing of Covid measures in the UK, many countries around the world are still implementing strict measures.

Many governments introduced strict rules on international travel early in the pandemic with some countries banning almost completely.

That’s why it’s especially important for anyone traveling abroad to know exactly what rules are in place, face heavy fines, exorbitant emergency tests, or even be refused at the border.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Development (FCDO) publishes regular updates on each country’s travel rules.

Here are the latest news on the USA, Mexico, Canada and the largest Caribbean countries.

United States of America



Public health message on display at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

Most foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated can enter the United States as long as the vaccines are approved by the World Health Organization.

Travelers will also need to show a negative Covid test that was taken no longer than a day before travel and provide their airline’s contact details.

Fully vaccinated travelers will not need to be quarantined but a test is recommended within three to five days of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers will only be able to enter the United States if they are U.S. citizens.

Children 17 years of age or younger are exempt from this requirement.

Mexico



Tourists on Forum Beach in Cancun
Tourists on Forum Beach in Cancun

According to the FCDO, there are no travel restrictions for people entering Mexico.

Passengers are only required to register with the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding your flight to the Central American country.

Canada

The rules for traveling to Canada depend on your vaccination status.

Foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated can enter the country for non-essential reasons but must be able to:

  • Proof of vaccination status
  • Shows pre-arrival Covid molecular test within 72 hours of travel
  • No symptoms of Covid
  • Registration through ArriveCan
  • Submit for testing upon arrival


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If you are not vaccinated, you will only be able to enter Canada if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, family, temporary foreign workers and most international students.

Even then, you’ll have to jump through dangerous hoops like being required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Cuba



Havana in Cuba

Travelers arriving from the UK will need a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate from their country of origin and a PCR test done within 72 hours before travel.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from these requirements.

Haiti

As of February 9, you will need to prove that a negative test (PCR or Antigen) took no more than 72 hours of travel.

You will also need to complete a health clearance on the flight.

Dominican Republic



Sunrise over the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelers from the UK will need to provide proof of complete vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.

All passengers will have their temperature taken upon arrival.

Passengers under the age of seven are exempt from these requirements.

Jamaica

Travelers arriving in Jamaica must show a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of travel.

Fully vaccinated travelers who can show a negative test and prove their vaccination status will not have to be isolated.

Otherwise, travelers are divided into three categories.



Jamaica is famous for its beautiful beaches

Category 1: Residents – Jamaican nationals and non-citizens (including British nationals) ordinarily residing in Jamaica

Travelers who fall into this category who have not been vaccinated or who arrive without a PCR test will need to isolate for 14 days.

If you are fully vaccinated, this will be reduced to 8 days. If you are fully vaccinated, and do a PCR test on arrival at your own expense, you can be discharged from quarantine upon receipt of a negative result

Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying in approved “flexible corridor” accommodations

Flexible corridors have been created to encourage tourism to resume work.

Non-vaccinated travelers will be required to stay at their hotel/resort within “Survival Corridor”.

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes

Business travelers who have not been vaccinated or have been tested will be tested at the airport.

While waiting for the result, they will need to stay at the intended hotel/address.

If positive, they will need to be quarantined.

Trinidad and Tobago

Foreigners who have not been fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago.

All arriving travelers must also submit a negative PCR test that is taken within 72 hours of travel.

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