New York, NY – October 8th, 2021:
COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
THE GUADELOUPE ISLANDS REOPENED TO VACCINATED VISITORS FROM THE U.S. ON JUNE 11.
As of October 8th, the Guadeloupe Islands entered a lockdown period, including a curfew every day from 10 pm to 5 am, in order to contain the spread of the virus.
Foreign citizens can travel to the French Overseas Territories depending on their vaccination status and the health situation of their country. If you plan to travel to the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe from the United States (classified as “orange” on the basis of health indicators on October 12, 2021), you must follow the following instructions:
If you are fully vaccinated: you will have to present proof of your vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson), – and the results of a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours (PCR) and of less than 48h (anti-gen) upon boarding and arrival in Guadeloupe. U.S. visitors will also have to present a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Vaccinated visitors from the U.S. will not be subject to quarantine, however they will have to respect the lockdown measures, including the enforced curfew every day from 10 pm to 5 am.
If you are not vaccinated: you will have to present the results of a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours (PCR) and of less than 48h (anti-gen) upon boarding and arrival in Guadeloupe. All non-vaccinated travelers will also need to present a compelling reason as to why they are traveling to the Guadeloupe Islands and will be subject to a mandatory 7-day quarantine.
Children under 11 are exempt from testing.
COVID-19 TESTING CENTER AT POLE CARAIBE AIRPORT
In the case that visitors are requested to perform a test 48/72h before they return to their home country, they will have the opportunity to do so at the airport.
- Testing capacity: 100 – 125 persons per hour
- Visitors will receive results within 24h to 48h via text or email
- PCR tests for foreigners are free of charge. Americans will just have to show their passport, proving that they are foreigners not in possession of a French Social Security Card ( Carte Vitale)
- Online reservation only (for passengers returning home in need of a test): biopoleantilles.fr
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REINFORCED CLEANING PROTOCOLS
Pole Caraibe Airport
Pôle Caraïbes International Airport activated in May “Covid Vigilance” which consist of the following:
- Reinforced sanitary measures intended to guarantee the safety of passengers and employees: mandatory use of masks in the airport and on the plane, strict cleaning and sanitizing rules of all common areas, hand sanitizers available throughout the airport…
- Ways and means of operation fulfilling the needs of all safety requirements: social distancing markers, plexiglass barriers at every counter, access to airport terminals only limited to passengers, check points with temperature checks, etc.
- An adapted communication and signage system, intended to remind all necessary sanitary measures to travelers in French and English: internet campaign, implementation of signs at every step of the passengers’ check in and boarding process, public service announcements at the terminal…
The Guadeloupean hospitality industry is committed to making the safety of its clients, and employees, a priority. Hotels are reopening throughout the archipelago, following a strict protocol. Hygiene coordinators ensure the implementation and enforcement of all sanitary measures:
- Mandatory use of masks for employees in direct contact with clients
- Hand sanitizers available throughout the properties
- Barrier measures at the front desks
- Hotel Restaurants have reorganized their space in order to guarantee social distancing
- All common areas deeply cleaned & sanitized continuously throughout the day in order to prevent any contamination (front desk, bars, restaurants, fitness room, Spa, swimming pool ,etc..)
- Cleaning staffs must follow a strict sanitizing protocol during the cleaning of the rooms and common areas
- Social distancing markers
- All sanitary rules are displayed using an extensive signage system in French and English
- All suppliers and collaborators are informed and required to respect the same safety measures
A strict procedure has been established in order to manage any suspicious case.