December 7. With the rise of the Omicron variant of the COVID virus, destinations are scrambling to react, imposing new protocols or adapting to make it easier for U.S. travelers to visit. Here’s what three countries—Jamaica, Bermuda and Chile— are doing to meet new one-day testing requirements for travelers entering the U.S. that went into effect Dec. 6 and also introduce new protocols to help counter the Omicron variant of the COVID virus.
Jamaica: Jamaica says it is well-prepared to meet the newly announced one-day testing requirement of the U.S. government and assist both international travelers returning home as well as Jamaicans visiting the U.S., effective Dec. 6, 2021.
Bermuda: The Bermuda Tourism Authority is welcoming the first significant loosening of COVID-19 border protocols since the island reopened in July 2020. Rapid antigen testing has been added as an approved option for pre-arrival testing of vaccinated Bermuda-bound travelers effective Dec. 3, 2021.
Chile: To protect the health of the Chilean population from the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, starting Dec. 1 the entry of non-resident foreigners who have been in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique in the last 14 days has been prohibited. In addition, the opening of the Chacalluta (Arica and Parinacata Region), Colchane (Tarapacá Region) and Pino Hachado (Araucanía Region) land crossings, initially scheduled for Dec. 1, was postponed.
Source: Insider Travel Report