Monday 30 November, 2020

Grenada opts-out of CARICOM Travel bubble

Anyone coming into Grenada will have to present a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine themselves for seven days.

This measure will include travellers from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) members as health minister Nickolas Steele lamented that countries could not agree to common protocols to establish a travel bubble.

“The Bubble has burst. The bubble as we wanted it to be is not,” Steele told members of the House of Representatives on Friday as he presented the amendments to coronavirus quarantine regulations.

“Some of our CARICOM brothers and sisters are experiencing significant community spread and as such cannot be included in a CARICOM bubble.”

A review of the period for quarantine and tests for CARICOM nationals will be done soon.

Tourism minister Dr Clarice Modeste expressed her disappointment that the travel bubble has collapsed.

“As minister for tourism, I had looked forward to see how that will play out. Because when we compare the Caribbean to other countries, the CARICOM countries have comported themselves very well.”

“I had looked forward to inter-CARICOM tourism contributing significantly to the industry.”

Grenada currently has four active cases of COVID-19.

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