SLTA Boss Welcomes U.S. Lifting Of COVID-19 Testing For Incoming Travellers

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The CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has indicated that officials here welcome the move by the United States to lift COVID-19 testing requirements for incoming air travellers.

Lorine Charles-St. Jules told the New York Post that local officials were already hearing feedback from travel advisors who are happy over the development.

“Eliminating the testing requirement could spur further growth in international travel for Saint Lucia, the Caribbean, and all international destinations that appeal to the American market,” Charles-St. Jules told the U.S. publication.

The United States is Saint Lucia’s primary tourist market.

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The New York Times quoted Marc Casto, chairman of the board of the American Society of Travel Advisors, saying that scrapping the COVID-19 test requirement was ‘monumental.’

Casto told the publication that American travelers had held off on overseas vacation plans because of the mandate.

He explained that the travellers were worried about being stuck in foreign countries if they discovered they were infected and would have to pay thousands of dollars in hotel fees and other expenses.

As of Sunday, June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show the COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.

In making the announcement on Friday, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the COVID-19 pandemic had shifted to a new phase.

On its official website, the centre cited the widespread uptake of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics, and the accrual of high vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States as reasons for withdrawing the testing requirement.

“Each of these measures has contributed to lower risk of severe disease and death across the United States,” the CDC stated.

Travel industry officials had criticised the testing requirement asserting that it was unnecessary and negatively impacting travel.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. welcoming but that is not in our favor. Less money remains in our economy. the visitors needing a test to return didn’t affect their decision to come or go, its was primarily the restrictions/requirements on entry to st.lucia. Good for the “US” but not so good for “us”. Vaxhoux!

  2. ok from what i understand is that you no longer need to take a test for covid to enter into the US or leaving the US. do you still have to take the vaccine though to do either as well?

  3. Meanwhile in the clown show called St. Lucia we still asking people to show test. I haven’t travelled exactly for that reason. An unnecessary and expensive $300.00 upon the cost of a very expensive ticket and hotel.

    • yea but it says as of Sunday June 12, 2022 that it will be scrapped, so that was only implemented yesterday so if Saint Lucia has to take a decision to scrap it as well it wont be before that date and who knows that mandate maybe only applicable to the US for now cause i am sure there are some countries that would still require you to take it to enter. Maybe saint Lucia still might require it only when you leaving the island for a short while until it is officially banned altogether.

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