Santo Domingo (dpa) - Some Caribbean countries are open to tourists again after a corona-related break - sometimes with significant restrictions. The Dominican Republic and the Bahamas opened their borders on Wednesday (July 1).
In both countries, hotels and beaches, among other things, are again accessible to visitors. However, capacity restrictions and hygiene requirements apply.
Stays in all-inclusive resorts
Cuba also kicked off the first phase of its reopening for foreign tourists on Wednesday. However, only charter flights and stays in all-inclusive resorts on five islands are permitted, without contact with the local population. As the last region of the socialist-ruled country, the first easing of the anti-corona measures will also take place in the capital Havana on Friday (July 3), Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said on state television. Among other things, this allows some shops to open.
There are also restrictions on places accessible to tourists in the Bahamas: the largest holiday resort, Atlantis Paradise Island, decided at short notice to postpone its reopening due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the United States until the end of July, as Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in parliament. Due to the proximity of the two countries, the majority of Bahamas tourists come from the United States.
Corona location in the Bahamas and Haiti
So far, 104 infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen and eleven deaths due to Covid-19 disease have been officially registered in the Bahamas. In Cuba, 2218 of the officially 2348 infected are considered to have recovered, 86 people died. The Dominican Republic, on the other hand, has the highest number of cases among the Caribbean nations with 33 387 positive tests and 754 fatalities.
Poor neighboring country Haiti - where experts warn of a high number of unreported cases of corona and an overwhelmed health system - reopened the land border between the two states on Tuesday. Presidential and parliamentary elections are planned for the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
Flights available again from July 12th
Tourism - for example through cruises - is the most important source of income for many countries in the Caribbean. The failures due to anti-corona measures, which have been in effect on the majority of the islands for more than three months, are particularly serious there.
"We have to start making tough but cautious decisions," said Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley. She said that no one in the island nation was infected with the virus, and announced that commercial flights would resume on July 12. A prerequisite for a visit, as in the Bahamas, is a current, negative corona virus test. Travel to Jamaica has been possible since June 15th.
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