Grenada bans travellers with travel history to Brazil and India

Amid the situation of the COVID-19 in the countries, Grenada on 4 May 2021, Tuesday announced a ban on the travellers entering the island with a travel history that includes visits to -India and Brazil in the past 14 days.

Grenada: Amid the situation of the COVID-19 in the countries, Grenada on 4 May 2021, Tuesday announced a ban on the travellers entering the island with a travel history that includes visits to -India and Brazil in the past 14 days.

Health Minister – Nickolas Steele told the reporters at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting and stated, “This means that no one can travel with a history of 14-days- from India or Brazil would be allowed to enter Grenada. Travellers would have to spend the appropriate time in a third-party state that would allow them to enter.”

He further informed and said that “The Cabinet had agreed to restrict travellers from these two countries on the advice of the COVID committee and chief medical officer- CMO.”

This decision was taken as both countries have reported a huge number of infections and deaths due to the COVID-19 virus. So far, India has recorded more than 20 million cases whereas till now, Brazil has recorded 14.9 Million COVID-19 cases.

At present, Grenada has one active asymptomatic imported case and till now, the total number of infected cases is 161 with one death.

The vaccination programme in the island started on February 12 and is still ongoing, and the authorities have reported that are more than 13,000 people who have received their first dose while more than 3,000 are fully vaccinated by taking doses of the Oxford- AstraZeneca vaccine.

Simultaneously the health officials of Grenada have openly expressed their concern over the slow pace of vaccination which is provided for every resident – above the age of 18.

Grenada recently updated it’s travel advisories, according to which-

  • From 1 May, travellers who can show proof of their complete vaccination would only be needed to quarantine themselves for 48 hours, pending a negative PCR test result, administered on the entry and paid in advance.
  • All arrivals must be pre-book approved accommodation for quarantine on arrival, prepay for the COVID test in Grenada, apply for – a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and get a negative COVID PCR test result within three days of their travel. The protocols could be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Based on Grenada’s colour code system which identifies- low, medium and high-risk areas, travellers arriving from all countries are needed to present a certified copy of their negative PCR test conducted within three days of their travel. 

All the travellers need to fill out a health declaration form, register and download the Grenada contact tracing app and would be given a rapid test on their arrival.