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Known as the Spice Isle due to the scent of cocoa and nutmeg that hangs in the warm air, the Caribbean island of Grenada is about the size of the Isle of Wight. Framed by white-sand beaches and with its inland rich in waterfalls, lush rainforest and mountains, it’s a natural paradise where you can spend your mornings snorkelling in crystal waters and your evenings sinking rum punch and mojitos at one of the beach shacks in the lively Grande Anse area.
Is Grenada on the green list?
Like the rest of the Caribbean, Grenada has failed to make the UK’s green list of countries, instead being placed on the amber list. This is despite the fact that the country has had just 161 cases of Covid since the onset of the pandemic and has reported no new cases since February.
Will I have to quarantine?
The government has set up a traffic light system, which categorises countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport said that key factors in the assessment include:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
Arrivals from amber list countries such as Grenada must quarantine for 10 days at home. They must take a pre-departure test, then a PCR test on days two and eight, with the option to end self-isolation early if they test negative on day five by purchasing an extra PCR test, known as ‘test to release’.
Since May 1, travellers to Grenada that can provide proof of full vaccination are only required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test, administered on entry and paid in advance. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
British people don’t need a visa to enter Grenada and they can stay for up to six months visa-free. There’s a state of emergency in place there until November 2021 with a 12am-4am curfew, social distancing and mandatory face covering in all public spaces in place.
How do I get there?
You can fly to Grenada’s one international airport (GND) with Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Caribbean Airlines, usually with a stop in Antigua and Barbuda. Traditionally, the cheapest month to go is September, with high season considered to be November, December and January.