Don’t have any worries or concerns when planning for you’re dream getaway to the Grenadines. Just follow these simple steps to make it a safe and stress free trip!
Note: Make sure you allow time for testing and retesting and arrive with a recent negative PCR test in hand.
Remember: The regulations that apply to your vessel will depend on where you have been, how long you have spent there, who has joined the boat and when and where they have come from.
Step 1 – You must apply for permission to arrive in the Grenadines by completing an application that must be completed at least 5 days before your arrival. The online form is linked here – https://stv.servicedx.com/formmgmt/travelform . All vaccine certificates must also be submitted at this time; 2 doses are required with your last dose being administered at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Step 2 – 24 hours prior to arrival you must submit your COVID-19 PCR test results to the Port of Departure. The test has to be taken within 72 hours before arriving at SVG, with an exception for direct trans-Atlantic arrivals.
- AstraZeneca (Covishield, Oxford) – 2 doses
- Pfizer BionNTech, Moderna – 2 doses
- Gamalaya (Sputnik-V, Sputnik Light, Gam- Covid-Vac) – 2 doses
- Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) – 1 dose
- Sinovac, Sinopharm – 2 doses
- Cuban Covid-19 vaccine (Abdala, Soberana) – 2 doses
If all passengers aboard have been fully vaccinated they must arrive with a negative COVID PCR test, and upon arrival at one of the country’s entry ports they will have another COVID PCR test and then wait for the results (48hours) before going through. If negative, you will be able to go into the country without any further restrictions and move around freely.
If any person aboard is not vaccinated, then the whole boat will be treated as unvaccinated. If this is the case, you will all need to quarantine for 2 weeks and will be released after 3 consecutive negative test results (including the arrival test).
However, if the arrival COVID PCR test for any guest is positive, then you will be required to quarantine where you are until everyone aboard shows a successive negative test result.
You must check with your yacht agent for the current guidelines if any guests join the vessel after the rest of the passengers have completed their quarantine period.
Acceptable Proof of Vaccination:
- It cannot be hand-written and must be issued by competent state or national authority.
- Those travelling from the USA must provide a printout of their vaccination details, using a CDC International COVID-19 Travel Certificate or from an app like the Excelsior Pass App.
Guidelines to follow when in quarantine:
- Must display the yellow quarantine flag while waiting for your negative PCR results
- Do not go ashore
- Do not accept visitors aboard the vessel
- The captain must record temperatures of all aboard
- Water sports are permitted near the vessel
- Arrange provisioning through your yachts agent
Prior to Arrival in St.Vincent and The Grenadines:
Your yacht agent will need to receive:
- Your guest and crew lists
- The Vessel’s Registration
Upon Arrival in St.Vincent and The Grenadines:
Once all COVID regulations are satisfied, your yacht agent will need to receive:
- Passports from everyone aboard
- Original clearance-out paperwork from port of departure
This process will usually take 1-2 hours and you will then be free to explore the beautiful country.
The lavish island of Mustique is being used as a quarantine bubble and has separate COVID rules (as well as the generic rules for SVG) to the rest of the Grenadine islands:
- You are not allowed on the island unless you have been fully vaccinated (proof is needed)
- All crew and guests aboard must have a COVID antigen test prior to arrival in Mustique (24 hours before).
- Every vessel must quarantine onboard for 48 hours after arriving in Britannia Bay, Mustique before anyone is allowed on the island.
- Your yacht agent must send a full crew and guest list to Mustique Security 24 hours before you arrive.
COVID Testing When Leaving:
Before leaving The Grenadines you will need to arrange to depart from their waters. It is highly likely that all crew and guests will have to be tested before arriving at your next port of call and there are different options available at SVG to help with this.
For PCR testing there are two options: One being the National Public Lab in the Milton Cato Hospital in Kingstown, the other at the private facility ‘SIGMA Labs’ also in Kingstown. For the countries that accept them, there are also COVID Antigen tests available on some of the islands.
If you’re using the public lab, you will be required to complete an online exit test application form 5 days prior to the requested test time and send it to the SVG Coronavirus Task Force. The online form is linked here – http://govapp.gov.vc/application/testrequestform . This public lab test is US$40 for non-nationals and your test results will be available within 48 hours.
However, if you’re using the private lab, you will not have to complete a form and the testing will be organised when it suits you. The swabs will be taken by a nurse or doctor and then be sent to SIGMA to be tested. These lab tests will cost US$150 each, but if the testing process is required over a weekend then a premium is charged per batch (EC$300). These PCR test results will be available within 24 hours.
No application process or lab testing is required for an antigen test. The cost of these tests will depend on what island is providing the test:
- Union Island and Bequia – US$40 per test
- Canouan – US$90 per test
- St.Vincent – US$60 per test
If you are still unsure or have any questions about these guidelines, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.