These six islands opened to travelers — and still have some of the world’s lowest Covid rates

Many islands that opened to tourists during the pandemic experienced rising coronavirus infection rates shortly thereafter.

But there are exceptions.  

The following destinations kept Covid rates low by imposing stringent protocols, which often include “vacation in place” requirements.


Though it has 40,000 fewer residents than Grenada, the island nation of Dominica has registered three more cases than its Caribbean neighbor — or 151 in total.

After reopening to tourists in August, the island nation located between Martinique and Guadeloupe launched a program called “Safe in Nature” last October that allows travelers to stay at certified accommodations and take certified transportation to select locations around the island for the initial five to seven days of a trip. It’s part of what Dominica calls a “managed experience.”

That, however, applies only to travelers from high-risk countries, including the United States, Canada, the U.K., France and Japan, although those from low-and-medium-risk countries are participating in the program too. Other travelers are “monitored” at their accommodation, which Dominica’s tourism authority defines as interviews and assessments conducted in-person and via telephone.

Vaccination rate: 10%of the population has had at least one dose as of March 1.


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