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Traveling to Grenada during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN staffUpdated 3rd September 2021
Grenada is littered with beautiful beaches.
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you're fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on September 5.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Grenada, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Grenada has been in a state of emergency since March 25, 2020 and while restrictions have since been eased, the order has been extended to November 2021.
From July 31, all visitors to the island must have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before their arrival. Grenadian citizens and children aged under 13 are exempt.

What's on offer

The Spice Island is the perfect introduction to the Caribbean. It has beaches to rival every other island in the region, as well as lush rainforest that's ripe for exploration when not kicking back by the pool, sipping on local rum.

Who can go

Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Grenada provided they test negative for Covid-19 on arrival, provide full proof of vaccination and agree to quarantine for up to 48 hours.

What are the restrictions?

Visitors must agree to take a PCR test, paid for in advance, when they arrive, as well as spend up to 48 hours in quarantine at a pre-booked government-approved hotel while awaiting test results. All travelers must get a "Pure Safe Travel" certificate in order to enter Grenada and test negative for Covid-19.
Stays at non-accredited accommodation are not permitted. Returning nationals and residents can, however, apply to quarantine at home via the Grenada government website.

What's the Covid situation?

While Grenada has fared much better than most countries, cases have been rising steadily in recent weeks. In August, 297 cases were reported, a record high for the country. Grenada recorded its second Covid-19 related death on August 30, six months after its first, which occurred on January 3. The country has recorded a total of 461 cases and six deaths as of September 1.
Grenada received 45,600 Covid-19 vaccines under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global initiative aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines.
On February 12, prime minister Keith Mitchell received the first vaccine dose to be administered in Grenada. Just over 42,000 people on the island have been vaccinated since then, including 70% of the island's hotel workers.
In June, health authorities launched a scheme in which residents were automatically entered into a lottery draw, which took place at the end of the month, for a prize of EC$10,000 (around $3,700) once they'd been vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

While all travelers must spend at least two days quarantining at their resort and wear masks at all times, the island itself provides a perfect break from the stresses of the pandemic. Bars and restaurants are open, while adhering to social distancing rules, but nightclubs remain shut. Social events with up to 20 people are now permitted. However, Mitchell recently announced that all approval approvals granted for social events for the coming weeks would be rescinded due to rising case numbers, while Grenada's nightly curfew, which has been amended a number of times, will run from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m until September 3.

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Want to learn more about the Spice Isle? Here's a quick introduction to Grenada, or get inspiration for a chocolate-flavored trip here. Silversands also made it into our list of top Caribbean hotels.