I’ve been traveling domestically, but international travel is harder right now – even to destinations that are accepting Americans.
- What if I test positive before returning home, even a false positive?
- Am I eligible to enter the country where I’ll be connecting, in case of a delayed flight or missed connection?
- What if my flight has to divert and that country isn’t open?
It’s easy enough, given these risks, just to put off international travel. But what if you have few good alternatives?
The Caribbean island of St. Vincent is facing a disaster after the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano there which has been dormant since 1979. Residents in the north were evacuated. Cruise ships, with nowhere to go and no passengers to sail, positioned to take refugees to neighboring islands. But there was a problem, according to the Prime Minister: to enter neighboring islands they’d need to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
[P]eople have to be vaccinated before they board the cruise ship, Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said at a press conference the day after the eruption.
“The chief medical officer would be identifying the persons already vaccinated so that we can get them on the ship,” Gonsalves said.
More than 16,000 people are being evacuated from the “red zones” – the parts of the island in most danger.
The La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent has moved into an explosive state. pic.twitter.com/TxRl2O8eDE
— Jamaica Observer (@JamaicaObserver) April 9, 2021
And by the way, not many people on St. Vincent have been vaccinated yet.
Much of the island was without water or power, and covered in volcanic ash. It is expected to be several months before those sent to St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua can return.