PM: Antigua and its neighbours closer to establishing travel bubble

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are closer to establishing a travel bubble within the region, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced.

Browne said the travel bubble could be implemented within the next 14 days.

Over the weekend the Prime Minister said CARICOM Heads held discussions on Friday on the implementation of the travel bubble, which will allow CARICOM citizens to travel within the region under special conditions.

One condition is that residents of those countries can travel without a COVID test.

“The travel bubble will start with the countries that have a low level of COVID prevalence, and low is defined as no more than 20 COVID cases per 100,000 population within the last 14 days,” Browne explained.

“Those countries that fall within that category, to include the OECS and Barbados, they could establish a travel bubble between them in which no testing would be required.”

Countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, which have high numbers of COVID-19 cases, would need to reduce their numbers to participate in the travel bubble.

“As other countries reduce their moderate level of COVID down to a low level, they will join the travel bubble,” Browne said.

“If, too, any of the countries within the region end up with a medium to high level risk profile, then clearly they will find themselves temporarily out of the bubble until such time as they could reduce the level of COVID.”


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