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

Now that 2022 is well and truly underway, a number of Londoners are looking towards the year ahead and deciding where to travel for their next holiday.

Although many Covid measures have indeed been relaxed in the UK, other countries across the world still have strict measures in place.

In order to avoid hefty fines, extortionate emergency tests, or even getting turned away at the border, it’s important to get to grips with all the latest travel restrictions for your prospective travel destination.

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A public health message displayed at Heathrow Terminal 5

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO publish regular updates on travel rules for every country. Here are the latest for USA, Mexico, Canada and the largest Caribbean countries.

USA

Most fully vaccinated foreign citizens can enter the USA as long as the vaccines are approved by the World Health Organisation.

Not only this, but travellers will also need to show a negative Covid test taken no more than one day before travel and provide contact details to their airline.

Fully vaccinated travellers will not need to quarantine but are recommended to take a test within three to five days of arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers will not be able to enter the US unless they are US citizens.

Children aged 17 and under are exempt from this requirement.

Mexico



Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico (pictured) are allowing Brits in without a vaccine
A beautiful Mexican beach

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

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

Canada

Travel rules to Canada depend on vaccination status. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals can enter the country for non-essential reasons but they must be able to:

  • Prove vaccination status
  • Show a pre-arrival molecular Covid test taken within 72 hours of travel
  • Have no Covid symptoms
  • Register through ArriveCan
  • Submit to a test on arrival

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

Even then you will have to jump through serious hoops such as requiring to self-isolate for 14 days.

Cuba



Havana in Cuba

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

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

Haiti

From February 9, you will need to have proof of a negative test (PCR or Antigen) taken no more than 72 hours of travel.

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

Dominican Republic



Sunrise over the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travellers from the UK will need to present proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before travel.

All passengers will have their temperature taken on arrival.

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



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Jamaica

Travellers arriving in Jamaica must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

Fully vaccinated travellers who can show a negative test and prove their vaccination status will not have to isolate.

Otherwise travellers are split in three categories.



Jamaica is famous for amazing beaches

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

Travellers falling under this category who are non-vaccinated or arrive without having done a PCR test will need to isolate for 14 days.

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

Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation

Resilient corridors were setup to encourage tourism to restart.

Unvaccinated travellers will be required to remain at their hotel/resort within the ‘resilient corridor’.

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes

Business travellers who are either unvaccinated or took the wrong test will be tested at the airport.

While awaiting the result they will need to stay at their hotel/intended address.

If positive they will need to quarantine.

Trinidad and Tobago



Palm trees on Pigeon Point Beach, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Non-nationals who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed enter Trinidad and Tobago.

All travellers arriving must also present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

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