After seeing a spike in cases, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent And The Grenadines said that a ban on U.S. flight is being considered. The island which re-opened its borders on July 1, saw 16 new COVID-19 cases related to two inbound American Airlines flights from Miami.
As a result, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that entry measures would be bolstered to prevent further increases in the infection rate. He said that as of July 25, travelers will now be required to present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) on arrival, unlike the previous measure which allowed them to get tested on arrival with a 24-hour quarantine.
In an iWitness News report, Gonsalves said that flights from the United States may be banned once again given the upsurge in reported cases.
“But what has happened is this: in the United States of America and particularly in Florida and other places, there is a big flare up [of COVID-19]. And we tightened the protocols on the second flight and we are tightening the protocols on the third flight.
“I want to say this: if persons who are coming home do not follow these protocols, apart from we going to Parliament and putting, as an alternative, the question of the ticketing, to have you fined, then and there, for breaking the quarantine, I want to say this: if persons who return choose not to pay attention to the quarantine, you may push the government to suspending the flights from the United States of America until things improve there.”
Gonsalves said that the Miami-based flight expected to arrive on July 25 will still be allowed to facilitate any passengers trying to get back home, whether it be back to the U.S. or St. Vincent, and noted that Canadian flights will be still allowed to come and go as scheduled.
The Bahamas has also implemented a block on U.S. flights after also seeing a spike in cases after their borders were re-opened.
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