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

With 2022 really underway, a number of Londoners are looking ahead to the year ahead and deciding where to go for their next holiday.

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

To avoid hefty fines, excessive emergency testing or even being turned away at the border, it’s important to get to grips with the latest travel restrictions for your future travel destination.

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A public health message displayed at Heathrow Terminal 5

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) regularly publishes updates on travel regulations for each country. Here are the latest for the US, Mexico, Canada and the largest Caribbean countries.

USA

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

Not only this, travelers must also show a negative Covid test taken no more than a day before departure and provide contact details to their airline.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine, but are advised to take a test within three to five days of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers cannot enter the US unless they are US citizens.

Children 17 years and under are exempt from this obligation.

Mexico



Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico (photo) allow Britons without vaccine
A beautiful Mexican beach

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

Travelers only need to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding their 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
  • Showing a pre-arrival Covid molecular test taken within 72 hours of travel
  • Not having Covid symptoms
  • Register via ArriveCan
  • Submit on arrival for a test

If you have not been vaccinated, you can only enter Canada if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or their family, temporary foreign workers and most international students.

Even then, you’ll have to jump through some serious hoops, like 14 days in self-isolation.

Cuba



Havana in Cuba

Travelers coming from the UK will require a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate from their country of origin and a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

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

Haiti

From February 9, you must have proof of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 72 hours of travel.

You must also complete a health declaration during the flight.

Dominican Republic



Sunrise over the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelers from the UK must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to travel.

All passengers are warmed up on arrival.

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



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Jamaica

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

Fully vaccinated travelers who can show a negative test and demonstrate their vaccination status do not need to isolate themselves.

Otherwise, travelers will be split into three categories.



Jamaica is known for its amazing beaches

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

Travelers who fall under this category and who have not been vaccinated or who arrive without having taken a PCR test must be in isolation for 14 days.

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

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

Resilient corridors have been set up to encourage a relaunch of tourism.

Non-vaccinated travelers must stay within the ‘resilient corridor’ at their hotel/resort.

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes

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

They must remain at their hotel/intended address pending the results.

If they are positive, they should be quarantined.

Trinidad and Tobago



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

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

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

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