US Warns Of Travelling To The Caribbean Amid COVID-19 Surge

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – The United States has warned Americans who choose to travel to the Caribbean and other places that they should be aware that they may face unexpected challenges related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on returning to the US or attempting to travel from one overseas location to another.

“US citizens who do choose to travel internationally should make contingency plans, as they may have to remain in a foreign country longer than originally planned, which will be at their own expense,” said the State Department in a statement, recommending international travel insurance with coverage for COVID-related trip cancellation and medical benefits.

In general, the State Department noted that Medicare and Medicaid do not cover overseas medical costs.

Medicare is the US federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

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Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities.

The State Department urged US citizens to review travel advisories and US Embassy COVID-19 information before travelling. It also urged US citizens to enrol in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for regular updates.

Before boarding a flight to the US, the State Department said all air travellers, aged two and older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are required to show documentation of a negative viral test result taken within one day of the flight’s departure to the United States or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.  This includes US citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

In addition, the State Department noted that some countries have imposed other travel requirements.

It said these may include quarantine on arrival, mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements, proof of vaccination, travel restrictions and closed borders.

Some countries have also imposed travel restrictions requiring mandatory quarantine for those testing positive on departure, “which could delay a traveller’s ability to travel to another country,” the State Department said.

“Foreign governments in any country may implement restrictions with little notice,” it warned, urging US citizens planning to travel overseas, or currently overseas and planning to return to the United States, to also contact their airline for specific information about testing requirements for travellers.

The State Department said airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) testing rule.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Well what do you expect when our political elite (regardless of party colours), so call educated and knowledgeable individuals and institutions continue to accept and pursue an economic policy and strategy dictated by the Western so developed region of the world.
    The same enslavement of the masses from the pass centuries now dub capitalism and consumerism, therefore our very daily lives is always and will always be dependent on them whether we say or claim independent sovereignty.
    To change this trajectory every living St.Lucian whether home or abroad must be prepared to make that self sacrifice of the development of the country from within our limited resources by St. Lucians for St. Lucians with St.Lucians at the central of financing it with minimal foreign investment. That I know is a very very tall order as all of us have been contaminated by the consumerism bug, to show off our so call acquisition of wealth and betterment thus I am better than you.
    In simple terms necessities breeds innovation, survival and wealth but one must first be willing to challenge the status quo.

  2. The US always quick to warn their people to not to go to the Caribbean because of increase infections when it is their people who are the bringing in the virus in the Caribbean countries. So now the question is why our governments are not warning it’s people to not travel to the US and put stringent measures in place for those travelers coming from these infected countries? Are we the sea that accept all garbage from everywhere. It says alot about our Caribbean governments and how they treat its citizens– putting foreigners first (because they are desperate of foreign money)

  3. St. Lucian’s should be warned on traveling to and from the U.S. , there cases are worst than anywhere else on the planet.

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