An estimated 50 percent of returning nationals and visitors arriving in Saint Lucia since May 31 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA).
Returning nationals and visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to enter quarantine.
But they are required to pre-test for for COVI-19 prior to travel within five days of arrival here and also register their travel on the government portal.
For the month of May, Saint Lucia welcomed 14, 339 visitors, surpassing projections by 35 percent.
And SLTA Public Relations Manager, Geraine Georges, has disclosed that the Island is looking forward to a very busy summer.
“We have ended the quarantine position for people that are vaccinated – the quarantine remains for unvaccinated people,” Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee recalled.
And he responded in the affirmative when asked whether fully vaccinated arrivals are allowed to go out in public.
‘They come through the airport. They have the white armband. They would have to show their certificate of vaccination just like we would have to, and once they come through the airport there’s a special band that they give them,” the Minister told a news conference on Monday.
“So if you are not vaccinated, then you go back to the previous dispensation, therefore you are not allowed the same freedoms as the individual who is fully vaccinated and certified and my information is that it’s two weeks after your second dose that you are considered fully vaccinated – so even though you’ve had the second dose, if it is not 14 days after your travel then you are not considered fully vaccinated,” Fedee stated.
He explained that once a reputable health agency such as the CDC, WHO or a local health authority certifies an individual, it would constitute full vaccination.
“We are fully aware that yes, in the case of one brand it is a one dose requirement,” Fedee told reporters.
During the news conference, he revealed that there has been a strong rebound in local tourism, with the Island almost at the 10,000 job mark after losing some 15,000 jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.