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Noonsite Caribbean update

by Noonsite 27 Feb 05:23 PST
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With France closing to all arrivals from outside the EU at the start of February, the Caribbean French Islands have gone one step further and restricted access to only those that have a compelling reason (with evidence) to visit. Yachts in transit, however, are permitted to stopover and anchor without going ashore.

The CARICOM bubble has burst, meaning it's now no longer possible to avoid quarantine if travelling between CARICOM countries.

Cruisers in Antigua have successfully petitioned to ease the visa renewal process as many are confined to the Island unable to cruise elsewhere. Immigration in Nelsons Dockyard are now issuing extensions. Nearly all of the major Caribbean regattas have been cancelled with Antigua Sailing Week cancelled for a second year just last week.

Dominica opened up once again at the end of January to visiting yachts with new stricter protocols including five days of quarantine, two rounds of tests and quarantine on shore if testing positive. Unfortunately quite a number of yachts arrived having not read the new rules and without using an agent - consequently six French nationals were fined $1000 for entering Dominica illegally.

The small Caribbean island of Statia opened in February, having been closed for almost a year. Unless arriving from Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, or Saba, yachts will need to arrive with negative tests and undergo quarantine, however diving is still possible from your boat.

Keep abreast of all the latest Covid protocols for yachts worldwide via continually updated document.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of noonsite.com.

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