Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory, located in the Eastern Caribbean with a total area of just 39 ½ square miles. The island is lush green and mountainous possessing an amazing network of hiking trails and dark-sand beaches and exudes a natural beauty and charm that disarm the “been-there, done that” traveler. Fondly known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean for its resemblance to the coast of Ireland and also the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants, Montserrat is the only country outside of Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day as a national holiday. The island is also home to the infamous Soufriere Hills Volcano and is the only island in the Caribbean that boasts a buried capital city, Plymouth.
Travelers looking for a cozy family setting or room for privacy and quiet-time when vacationing in a group, Montserrat’s villas offer prime accommodations for couples, families, friends and even colleagues who long for an affordable upmarket Caribbean getaway with all the amenities of home. This secluded destination provides visitors with the ideal opportunity to experience a traditional Caribbean vacation in tranquil surroundings away from large chain resorts, crowded beaches and traffic-jammed streets.
With more than 13 miles of coastline, divers can interact with everything from colorful reef fish and sea plumes, to stony ledges, spiny lobsters and copper sweepers. In addition, the waters surrounding Montserrat are home to playful dolphins, pipefish, eagle rays, green turtles and nurse sharks. The tiny island of Montserrat is perfect for extraordinary dive experiences, as it is surrounded by a shelf that softly slopes from the coast to about 60 feet, then following the sea floor, drops into the gulf of the sea. The shelf is covered with sand and volcanic rocks, providing habitats for deep-water reef communities. For more information on how you can enjoy a vacation on this stunningly beautiful island, visit www.visitmontserrat.com.
MONTSERRAT REDUCES QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT FOR VACCINATED TRAVELERS
Tuesday May 18, 2021, Brades, Montserrat – On May 16, 2021, the Government of Montserrat implemented amendments to the Public Health (COVID-19 Suppression) Order, reducing the quarantine requirement for individuals traveling to the island who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days.
Persons who are allowed to enter Montserrat must provide the Medical Officer or Health Officer with proof that he/she is a fully vaccinated person, as well as a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before commencing their journey. If an individual fails to provide proof of vaccination, he or she will be treated as a person who is not fully vaccinated.
According to the Statutory Rules & Orders (S.R.O.) 30 of 2021, a person is considered fully vaccinated:
a) fourteen days after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series; or
b) fourteen days after receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
A fully vaccinated person who goes directly to his/her home, place of occupancy, designated quarantine facility or place of isolation shall remain there until 10 days have passed, provided that he or she has taken a PCR COVID-19 test or a RNA COVID-19 between 8 and 10 days after entering Montserrat and is not infected with COVID-19. If the individual is expected to leave Montserrat before the 10 days have elapsed he or she will be allowed to leave.
These quarantine and testing requirements do not apply to the following persons:
1. an attorney-at-law, judge or other officer of the court who intends to come to Montserrat for the purpose of appearing in or presiding over court proceedings;
2. a member of the crew of an aircraft or ship (including freight, cargo or courier craft or vessel);
3. non-resident technician provided he has been granted permission to enter Montserrat prior to travelling to Montserrat;
4. a person who has been granted permission by the Minister to enter Montserrat for the purpose of aiding with preparations for a disaster or after a disaster;
A person entering Montserrat who is not fully vaccinated is required to take a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. Following the relevant immigration and security checks, he/she is allowed to proceed directly to his/her home or place of occupancy to self-quarantine, or to a designated quarantine facility or place of isolation.
Such person must remain in quarantine for 14 days, and is required to take a second PCR COVID-19 test or a RNA COVID-19 test between 12 and 14 days after entering Montserrat. Once this test is negative, and the 14 days have elapsed then the person is allowed to leave self-quarantine or the quarantine facility. If the individual is expected to leave Montserrat before the 14 days, he or she will be allowed to do so.
A copy of the full advisory can be accessed on https://www.visitmontserrat.com/travel-advisory/ and any further information may be obtained by contacting:
Ministry of Health and Social Services
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Dr. Sharra Greenaway-Duberry
Chief Medical Officer
Ministry of Health and Social Services
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