Caribbean Destination Lifts COVID Protocols for Cruises

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The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has announced the removal of COVID-19 protocols for cruise visitors for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

The Tourism Minister, the Honourable Carlos James, made the announcement to stakeholders at the 28th Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference in the Dominican Republic this week. The conference brings together cruise industry executives, government leaders, and stakeholders to discuss tourism development and cruise operations.

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Kingstown, St. Vincent (Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Skybluesrich)

According to the Tourism Minister, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines chose to relax its protocols following a period of low infections globally, and low COVID-19 related admissions to the island’s health facilities.

During the last cruise season, the multi-island state implemented protocols for those arriving by cruise ship, including safe zones for vaccinated visitors.

For the upcoming season, the destination will ditch those protocols in favor of relaxed health guidelines, welcoming unvaccinated cruise passengers for the first time in two years.

“In spite of the many challenges encountered in the last two cruise seasons,” said Minister James, “from a global health pandemic to the eruption of our country’s La Soufriere volcano, your strategic partnership allowed us to navigate those turbulent times.”

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