Thursday 24 September, 2020

State Department issues level 3 advisory to Cayman, Jamaica & others

On Thursday, The U.S. State Department issued a "Level 3: Reconsider Travel" advisory to the Cayman Islands as well as a number of other Caribbean countries due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Level 3 is the second-most severe rating on the State Department’s four-point travel advisory scale. 

The Caribbean countries that received Level 3 advisories were Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Curacao, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sint Maarten, St. Lucia, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Turks & Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago.

The State Department specified that the reason the Cayman islands was designated a level three was "due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions." The advisory went on to say that "Travelers to the Cayman Islands may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within the Cayman Islands due to COVID-19."

“Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions,” the State Department said in a statement announcing the new advisory. “Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.”

The State Department issued "Level 4: Do not travel” advisories for the Dominican Republic, Belize, The Bahamas, Cuba and Belize.

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