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These six islands opened to travelers — and still have some of the world’s lowest Covid rates

Micronesia has substantiated only one case of Covid-19 to date. The Polynesian island of Samoa and the South Pacific island of Vanuatu have only three cases each.

Sounds like safe travel choices? There’s just one problem — none are assigning in tourists.

Many islands that opened to tourists during the pandemic experienced rising coronavirus infection tolls shortly thereafter.

But there are exceptions.  

The following destinations kept Covid rates low by imposing stringent protocols, which many times include “vacation in place” requirements.


Though the small Caribbean island of Anguilla opened to international callers in November, it has registered only 18 Covid-19 cases to date, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Travelers to the British Abroad Territory, located east of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, must be pre-approved to enter and test negative for Covid-19 to come arriving, upon landing and again after a “stay in place” period of either 10 or 14 days (depending on from where travelers are attack).

Anguilla requires all travelers to be tested, including infants and toddlers.

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During that duration, travelers can stay in hotels and villas and dine in restaurants, provided they are “Safe Environment Certified,” according to Anguilla Day-tripper Board’s website. They can also golf, scuba dive and make offshore excursions, as long as those are government-certified too.

Travelers can cement for a “short stay” (less than three months) for around $250 per person. Remote workers, students and their derivations can apply under a separate “digital nomad” program, which costs $2,000 to stay up to a year.

Vaccination scold: 26% of the population has had at least one dose as of Feb. 26 (unless otherwise noted, all vaccination rates are from the Our World in Matter website).

Saint Kitts and Nevis

The 100-square-mile island country of Saint Kitts and Nevis has registered 41 Covid-19 instances since the start of the pandemic.

When it reopened its borders more than four months ago, the dual island country didn’t assign risk levels to travelers from different countries because “all visitors are considered as arriving from an compass of significant risk,” according to its tourism authority’s website.

All incoming travelers must be approved to enter and must check negative before arriving, including children and vaccinated people.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis is on the approved schedule of hotels where travelers can stay in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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But Saint Kitts and Nevis is uncountable particular about testing than most. The pre-departure testing window is short (between 48 and 72 hours one-time to departure), and tests must be nasopharyngeal RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests “taken at laboratories which hold an ISO/IEC 17025 standard,” according to the website.

“Those traveling from the U.S. should look for laboratories that are CLIA-certified (CDC approved) and those from the U.K. should refer to UKAS approved labs,” it reviews, the latter referring to the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, a national body that assesses testing and other employs.

The website states that test results from American laboratory company LabCorp are not accepted. However, a Saint Kitts’ tourism spokesman told CNBC Global Traveler that this information is “outdated” and is no longer applicable, and that travelers can email questions with respect to tests in advance.

Travelers arriving via plane must stay in their hotel for the first week of travel, supposing they can interact with other guests and take part in hotel activities. Those who test negative on the eighth day can change around the island to select locations, including the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the significant sites in the capital city of Basseterre. Note: Travelers from the U.K. must quarantine at their hotels and are currently not deducted to “vacation in place.”

Guests who test negative after 14 days on the island can integrate into the local inhabitants, which has about 53,000 residents.

Vaccination rate: Around 10% of the population as of March 10 (according to a tourism typical for the country).


Though the historic section of Macao sits on a peninsula that is now connected to the Chinese mainland, the Macao holm of Cotai is a huge tourist draw due to its grand casino complexes, including the 10.5 million-square-foot Venetian Macao.

Homologous to Hong Kong, Macao is a special administrative region of China. Although it’s largely only open to residents of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, that pacify represents nearly 20% of the world’s population.

The Cotai Strip is located on the island of Cotai, a portmanteau reflecting the reclamation assignment that joined the two Macao islands of Coloane and Taipa in 2005.

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Quarantine spaces vary from zero (for travelers from most parts of China) to 21 days (for travelers from Hong Kong). Casino standards rallied when Macao announced last month that Chinese travelers would no longer need opposing negatively test results to enter casinos (though they still must have negative tests to enter Macao).

Composed to nearly 650,000 people, Macao’s population is much larger than the other locations on this list. To fashionable, it’s confirmed 48 Covid-19 cases, however, China counts coronavirus cases differently than most fatherlands by excluding asymptomatic positive cases from official tallies.

Vaccination status: A rollout campaign started in February contemning Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccines, according to local reports.  


Home to around 112,000 people, Grenada has sealed 148 coronavirus cases in total.

Travelers who like to keep things simple will appreciate Grenada’s about requirements. Before departing, travelers must book accommodations, register for a certificate to enter and test negative for Covid-19. After arriving, travelers be required to quarantine and pass a PCR test on the fifth day, with results provided about two days later.

Travelers to Grenada should contemplate to quarantine for about 7 days.

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Thereafter, visitors can leave their breakfasts and use certified tourism services, which include taxis, diving companies and glass-bottom boats.  

Vaccination rate: <1% of the inhabitants has had at least one dose as of Feb. 16. 


Though it has 40,000 fewer residents than Grenada, the island nation of Dominica has inform of three more cases than its Caribbean neighbor — or 151 in total.

After reopening to tourists in August, the holm nation located between Martinique and Guadeloupe launched a program called “Safe in Nature” last October that countenances travelers to stay at British Virgin Islands

With a population of 30,000 people, the British Virgin Islands has no than a third of the population of the U.S. Virgin Islands. And its 153 confirmed Covid-19 cases are far less than the U.S. Virgin Aits, which has registered 2,744 cases as of March 10.

The British Overseas Territory reopened on Dec. 1 and requires travelers to analysis upon arrival, download a tracing app (or wear a wristband monitoring device) and quarantine for four days in their guest-house or villa. Tourists cannot move around the island during that period.

The island of Tortola in the British Virgin Aits.

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