This Week in Travel: November 6

A roundup of COVID-19-related updates, including closures and reopenings.

Looking for the latest travel news from around the world? You’ve come to the right place. 

Each week, we’re rounding up the top headlines and news stories to help you stay in the loop on all things travel. From tourism reopenings to restriction updates, we’re here to help keep you informed on the latest. 

Here’s what you need to know from the past week:

Work or Study Remotely Across the Bahamas’ 16 Islands With This New Extended Stay Program

Applications are now open.

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The Bahamas is now on the growing list of destinations offering new programs to attract remote workers. The tropical Caribbean island recently launched its new one-year residency permit, named the Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS), for remote workers and students.

According to the BEATS’ website, applicants must submit the following:

  • A valid passport and proof of medical insurance.
  • Remote Workers: Must attach a job letter or proof of self-employment.
  • Students: Must provide evidence of enrollment in an accredited learning institution as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses and return travel expense (this may include parents’ financials).

The cost to apply is US$25. If approved, applicants will also have to pay for a permit, which is US$1,000 for an individual remote worker and US$500 for students.

“Simply put, a workday is better in The Bahamas,” said Dionisio D’Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation. “At the end of a long day of meetings or classes, you will be rewarded with breathtaking sunsets, a relaxing walk on the beach, or fresh conch salad to feed your soul. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Wondering where to learn more? Visit here for details or to submit your application!

St. Kitts and Nevis Is Now Welcoming Travellers Back

The dual-island nation reopened on October 31 with new requirements and guidelines in place for visitors.

As of October 31, the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis are welcoming international travellers back to its sunny shores. Since closing its borders in March, the dual-island nation has only reported 19 cases of Covid-19, all of which have now fully recovered.

During Phase 1 of its reopening approach, international travellers are being welcomed from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Africa, and South America, in addition to those from the Caribbean Community member states that are part of the “Caribbean bubble.”

To enter as an international traveller outside of the Caribbean bubble, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the travel authorization form and submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel from an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab.
  • Undergo a health screening at the airport.
  • Download the SKN COVID-19 contract tracing app.

If your trip is between…

  • 1-7 days: You’ll have to stay on the property of any one of the pre-approved hotels. You can interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
  • 8-14 days: You’ll have to take another PCR test on day 7. If negative, you’ll be able to book select excursions and access select destination sites.
  • 14 days or longer: You’ll take a final PCR test on day 14, and if you test negative you’ll be allowed to move freely around the islands.

Want more information on travel to St. Kitts? Find the full details here!

New York Drops 14-Day Quarantine for Travellers in Exchange for Testing

As of Wednesday, travellers are required to take Covid-19 tests before and after their arrival in the state.

Photo Credit: @bycarlavianna via Instagram

New York has announced new guidelines for out-of-state and returning travellers. Effective Wednesday, November 4, those travelling to the state will be required to get tested twice for Covid-19 instead of having to quarantine for two weeks. 

As announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last Saturday, under the new guidelines, travellers will need to:

  • Show proof of a negative test taken no more than three days before their departure to New York.
  • Quarantine for three days after arriving in the state.
  • Undergo a second test on the fourth day of arrival. If the test results come back negative, they can leave quarantine and continue on with their travel plans.

There are some exemptions, including travellers from neighbouring states (New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania) as well as essential workers. Those who were out of the state for less than 24 hours do not need to quarantine but must get a test on their fourth day back in New York. 

All travellers will still need to fill out the ‘Traveler Health Form’ to help with the state’s contact tracing efforts. 

Find the press release and more details here

Argentina Has Started Reopening Its Borders to Select Countries

The ‘tourism pilot program’ began for its neighbouring nations last Friday.

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As of Friday, October 30, Argentina reopened to citizens and residents from five of its South American neighbours as part of a “tourism pilot program.”

Those travelling to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay are now permitted entry through Argentina’s air and sea borders, specifically the Ezeiza International Airport and Buquebus Ferry Terminal in Buenos Aires.⁠

Argentina’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Matías Lammens, confirmed that no quarantine period is required for these visitors. However, there are some requirements for entry, including proof of a mandatory negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of entry and a signed affidavit declaring they are not infected with the virus to their knowledge. Temperature screenings will also be conducted upon arrival. ⁠

For more information on the partial reopening, visit here!

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