A number of the world’s hottest islands skilled a spike in Covid-19 circumstances after reopening to vacationers this summer season.
Now, governments are including restrictions that vary from outright vacationer bans to elevated testing and quarantine necessities, whereas different islands are indefinitely suspending plans to reopen.
U.S. Virgin Islands bans vacationers for one month
As of Aug. 19, accommodations, villas, Airbnbs, constitution vessels and “comparable companies” within the U.S. Virgin Islands can’t settle for new friends or make reservations from leisure vacationers for a interval of 30 days.
For these at the moment there, the island ambiance is about to vary. All non-essential companies, together with bars and nightclubs, have been ordered to close, and eating places can’t supply dine-in providers. Weekend seaside entry has been restricted.
New guidelines comply with the U.S. Virgin Islands return to “keep at dwelling” standing, the nation’s fourth (out of 5) most restrictive reopening section.
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“Once we introduced our Covid-19 alert system in Could, I indicated at the moment that we’d retreat again to a extra cautious state of alert if circumstances warranted,” stated Governor Albert Bryan Jr. throughout a press convention on Aug. 13. “Sadly, we have now arrived at that time this week.”
Total numbers stay low, however Covid-19 infections within the U.S. Virgin islands, which incorporates Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix, have doubled since final month.
Whole circumstances: 760
Bahamas welcomed, then banned, then re-welcomed vacationers
The Bahamas had been open to vacationers lower than three weeks when 49 new circumstances of Covid-19 prompted Prime Minister Hubert Minnis to announce that solely vacationers from Canada, the U.Okay. and the EU may enter. The choice mostly affected Americans, who had made up greater than 78% of the islands’ stopover guests as of 2016.
The restriction lasted mere days, nonetheless, because the nation introduced on July 24 it was reversing its resolution in favor of up to date necessities and a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all guests. The federal government additionally imposed a weekend lockdown from July 22 to 24. At the moment, the Bahamas had 274 Covid-19 circumstances.
Whole circumstances: 1,329
Cayman Islands extends its border closure
On August 7, the Cayman Islands introduced its borders will keep closed till not less than Oct. 1. The choice was based mostly on the speed of an infection in different international locations — significantly the US — based on a press assertion from the nation.
Whole circumstances: 203
Guests, who journey to the Cayman Islands for the seashores and scuba websites, will not be capable of go this summer season.
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Different Caribbean international locations:
Antigua, Bermuda and St. Lucia reopened this summer season and have stored new infections comparatively low. Jamaica is steady, although an upward development in new circumstances is rising.
Others haven’t been so fortunate. Puerto Rico, Aruba and Turks and Caicos skilled a speedy enhance in new infections in August, ensuing within the latter two being faraway from the U.Okay.’s journey corridors record.
Bali’s reopening is iffy
Southeast Asia (besides Cambodia) is closed to worldwide vacationers, so the area has stored shut tabs on Indonesia’s plans to reopen Bali to international vacationers on September 11.
These plans now seem tentative at greatest. Final week, Indonesian Minister Erick Thohir, who oversees the nation’s coronavirus process drive, stated that on account of issues over new outbreaks, the reopening schedule is beneath evaluate.
The favored city of Ubud (proven right here) and the remainder of Bali opened to home vacationers on July 31.
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Bali opened to home vacationers on July 31. At the moment, the island had round 3,300 whole circumstances. As of August 15, one other 724 circumstances have been confirmed.
After the Philippines, Indonesia has the second highest variety of Covid-19 circumstances in Southeast Asia.
Whole circumstances: 4,024 (as of Aug. 15)
French Polynesia is open — however there is a catch
Whereas French Polynesia stays open to vacationers, the nation is experiencing a spike of Covid-19 circumstances. After the South Pacific islands reported simply two circumstances in all of June and July, French Polynesia has confirmed 104 circumstances previously two weeks. The nation has been open for simply over a month; it reopened to vacationers (and abolished quarantine necessities) on July 15.
Instances have been confirmed in Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora and Rangiora, regardless of necessities that vacationers produce damaging polymerase chain response (PCR) Covid-19 assessments earlier than arriving.
From Aug. 12 to 25, nightclubs should stay closed, and masks are required in eating places, bars, retailers and different public areas.
Whole circumstances: 211
Greater than 3,000 international vacationers, primarily from the U.Okay. and the U.S., visited the Maldives because it reopened its borders on July 15. Sadly, the nation skilled a surge in coronavirus circumstances a number of weeks later.
The island nation has had 1,730 new circumstances for the reason that begin of August, which implies round 30% of its whole circumstances stem from the previous two weeks alone. The primary confirmed Covid-19 case within the nation was on March 7.
Whole circumstances: 5,909
Hawaii’s reopening is probably going delayed
Hawaii was on schedule to reopen on Sept. 1 till the island of Oahu skilled a spike in new circumstances this month. The state’s reopening had already been postponed from Aug. 1, on account of a rise in circumstances within the continental U.S.
An increase in circumstances on the island of Oahu is threatening to derail Hawaii’s Sept. 1 reopening plans.
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“We’re headed within the unsuitable course,” stated Governor David Ige throughout a Zoom press convention on Aug. 13. He warned that if circumstances proceed to rise, Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program could also be delayed. This system would enable vacationers with current damaging Covid-19 take a look at outcomes to keep away from Hawaii’s 14-day self-quarantine requirement.
Tourism business executives predict Hawaii’s reopening could also be pushed to November and even December, as reported by Hawaii News Now.
Whole circumstances: 5,024