The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has relaxed its policy that had required yachties to come ashore for 14 days’ quarantine upon arrival in the country.
“… we did not close our borders, we reduced the port of arrivals entry to three on mainland St. Vincent, and persons who came were required to quarantine on land,” Minister of Tourism Cecil “Ces” McKie told parliament on Monday.
“As you heard the statement by the Minister of Health this morning, that has now been changed and persons would be allowed to quarantine on their yacht,” he said.
“A lot of the yachties, as you aware, honourable member, come to this part of the world for safe harbour, safe shelter from the storms,” McKie said in response to a question from Opposition Leader Godwin Friday.
“So we expect that we’ll see some traffic in that regard. By cruise, still a lot of uncertainty. So while we already have bookings for this season, we know what is happening out there and, therefore, there is no certainty and no guarantee that we will get the cruises coming to our shores for the rest of this year.”
McKie said that while Friday had said the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on SVG tourism was “severe”, he would add “crippling” to that description.