Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has scrapped COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming 2022/23 cruise season, welcoming unvaccinated cruise passengers for the first time in two years.
Make the announcement on the 28th Caribbean Cruise Association of Florida (FCCA) Conference in the Dominican Republic this week, Tourism Minister Carlos James said the decision to relax health protocols for arriving cruise passengers followed a period of low infections worldwide and low COVID-19 related admissions to health facilities on the island.
In the last cruise season, protocols were put in place such as safety zones for vaccinated passengers.
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For the next 2022/23 season, the destination will exchange these protocols with new relaxed health guidelines.
“As the island prepares to welcome new and returning cruise lines to its shores and with the island’s La Soufriere volcano now settled, the Minister of Tourism reassured stakeholders and industry leaders cruises that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is safe and free to explore during the 2022/23 cruise season,” a statement from the Ministry of Tourism reads.
“Despite the many challenges faced over the past two cruise seasons, from a global health pandemic to the eruption of our nation’s La Soufrière volcano, your strategic partnership has enabled us to navigate these turbulent times.”