The Nature Isle, Dominica, has issued new COVID-19 guidelines that reduce the period of time visitors would have to remain in quarantine, if they are fully vaccinated.
In addition, the island’s Minister of Health, Dr. Irving McIntyre, has indicated that those who are fully vaccinated, will no longer be required to be tested upon arrival at the airport.
These new measures are set to take effect from Wednesday, 19th May,2021.
The Minister of Health explained, “What is being done, you will go through the normal usual stuff, you have to wear your mask and you must adhere to physical distancing etc, they will ask you a few questions…but you will have to go to your hotel which has to be a certified nature property or a government quarantine facility”.
He added that a PCR test will however be done on the second day of quarantine at the place of accommodation, with the results being provided within 24 hours.
According to McIntyre, “So what it means a minimum of two days…so the days of five and six and seven days in quarantine are over for fully vaccinated travellers.. So there are no more five and six and seven days like we used to have before.”
“Those who are not vaccinated, the protocols remain the same. You get to your certified safety nature property or you get to the government quarantine facility and then on the fifth day we have you tested with a PCI or you may just go home and if you are lucky, you may just go home on the sixth or seventh day, which makes a big difference compared to the two or two and a half days,” McIntyre told viewers on a television programme hosted by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
Dominica, which had no active cases for quite a while, however, recently recorded four new cases of COVID-19.
Featured Photo above: Dominica’s Minister of Health, Dr. Irving McIntyre