Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order saying, from January 26, all international travelers arriving in the United States will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 in order to board their flight. In response, several hotels and destinations have announced they are now offering COVID-19 or antigen testing.
Here’s what you need to know:
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is now offering on-site RT-PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests for guests departing Nassau. Administered by Doctor’s Hospital professionals, on-site departure tests are optional for resort guests and are being offered in addition to the required tests upon arrival, which are also administered at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. The resort has also created a “Safe Travels” package that includes two RT-PCR COVID-19 tests at a discounted rate.
After making an appointment through the online form, with a 24-hour notice recommended, guests will be directed to resort’s Grand Club area where a Doctor’s Hospital staff member will conduct the test. The RT-PCR costs $134.40 (VAT included) per person, with results delivered in six or fewer hours via email. The Rapid Antigen test costs $16.80 (VAT included) per person, with results delivered in 60 min or less via email.
Complete details for the “Safe Travels” package include:
- Booking window: January 12, 2021 – April 30, 2021
- Travel window: January 12, 2021 – June 30, 2021
- Three-night minimum stay required
- Includes two RT-PCR COVID-19 tests on the day of departure, with the option to purchase additional RT-PCR COVID-19 tests at a discounted rate of $125/person (plus VAT). Results are delivered via email within six hours. Guests also have the option to purchase rapid antigen tests for $16.80/person, with results delivered via email within 60 minutes
Use promo code SAFE at www.grandhyattbahamar.com.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun has actively worked to offer convenient and affordable onsite testing options for guests having to meet the travel requirements of various countries, including the U.S., Canada and U.K.
For U.S. travelers: All existing and new U.S. reservations of three or more nights booked by February 28, 2021 checking out between January 26 and December 31, 2021 or until the government mandate is lifted will receive two complimentary antigen tests per room; additional tests can be purchased for $50. Antigen testing meets these CDC requirements, and must be taken within three calendar days before your departing flight to the U.S.
Alternatively, in place of a negative test result, passengers who have made a full recovery from COVID-19 in the last three months (90 days) preceding the flight’s departure from an international destination, may choose to present “documentation of recovery” that includes positive viral test results and an official letter from a healthcare provider stating they have been cleared for travel.
The hotel concierge team will assist guests onsite with scheduling their tests.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts
All Karisma Hotels & Resorts in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will offer complimentary, on-site COVID-19 antigen testing as per CDC guidelines for guests who are traveling to the U.S. Testing will be available free of charge at the hotels for guests departing as of January 26 in response to the requirements that all air passengers entering the United States produce a negative antigen test.
If a guest’s return travel test results are positive, Karisma will provide quarantine accommodations until a doctor certifies clearance for travel with a negative test result for a period not to exceed 14 nights.
These amenities are available for guests traveling through March 31, 2021. Policies are subject to be reviewed and changed according COVID-19 protocol updates.
La Colección Resorts
La Colección Resorts, which has properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, is reassuring its guests continue having a seamless vacation experience by offering free antigen testing, available on-site. In response to new requirements from the CDC that requires travelers abroad to obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test result 72 hours prior to their departure back to the U.S., the company has facilitated services from certified local laboratories as an alternative for beach resorts’ guests to get tested.
As part of the company’s “Travel with Confidence” program, guests staying at any of La Colección Resorts’ properties can coordinate with the resort’s concierge a complimentary antigen testing performed by a local lab inside hotel facilities 36 hours before their departure. This service will end once the government testing mandate is lifted. Guests requiring the PCR tests can also make arrangements with the concierge 72 hours prior to their departure, however, this test does have an additional cost, is subject to availability and may be administered off-site according to each destination.
In addition to these services, the “Travel with Confidence” protection program offers guests full coverage of accidents or illnesses (including COVID-19) from the time of check-in to checkout and telehealth assistance for up to 72 hours, hotel expenses during recovery and 24-hour services among other benefits at an extra cost of $4 per night. Should a guest test positive, a substantial discounted nightly rate of $10 per night (plus taxes), per person, will be offered during quarantine.
Palladium Hotel Group
In an effort to comply with newly implemented CDC travel guidelines, Palladium Hotel Group is now providing on-property COVID-19 tests for all guests traveling to the United States and Canada. Antigen COVID-19 rapid testing is available free of charge for guests traveling back to the United States (until April 4, 2021) and PCR COVID-19 testing is available for guests traveling to Canada.
COVID-19 testing is available at all Palladium Hotel Group properties in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, including its Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and TRS Hotels brands. Testing is available in the mornings at the resorts’ on-site medical centers with results available by the evening if taken on a weekday or results available on Monday if taken during the weekend.
It is recommended that guests schedule appointments to test upon arrival on property. Resort staff will coordinate with guests to accommodate the appointments. Guests must take into consideration their home country’s specific requirements; in the case of the United States and Canada, for instance, the airlines require COVID-19 tests to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to the traveler’s scheduled departure.
The PCR COVID-19 test is available to guests traveling to Canada with costs ranging between $177 and $443 CAD.
Planet Hollywood Beach Resorts
Planet Hollywood Beach Resorts will be offering onsite COVID-19 viral antigen testing, beginning January 26, 2021.
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica is offering guest the opportunity to book an appointment to receive a PCR test for $150, with results returned in 36 to 48 hours. At this time the Ministry of Health in Costa Rica has not approved a viral antigen test for guests, which is why the PCR test is available.
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun is set to debut January 29, 2021 in the resort enclave of Costa Mujeres. Guests staying at the resort will be able to set up an appointment for a free viral antigen test. They will receive their results the same day.
With the recent announcements regarding Canadian and U.S. travelers abroad now required to show negative COVID-19 test results upon re-entry, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is prepared to assist travelers by offering testing at three hospitals, as well as local laboratories and clinics in the region. Hospital Joya, Hospital CMQ and Hospital Punta Mita, in addition to several clinics,are fully equipped to attend to American and Canadian travelers requiring testing and are offering special rates for both.
Travelers are encouraged to make appointments with the hospitals ahead of time and must present their passport and departure plane ticket to travel in a period that does not exceed 72 hours.
Sandals Resorts International
To ensure the latest CDC requirements are of minimal disruption to guests, Sandals and Beaches Resorts have arranged the ability to have complimentary testing conducted through March 31 on-property. Tests will be conducted by approved and practiced medical professionals. As this has been an established requirement for other visitors from around the world, Sandals assures that its team is experienced in providing a smooth and effortless process.
Once at the resort, the Sandals or Beaches team will assist guests to make the arrangements required to schedule their onsite COVID-19 test. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours.
In response to the U.S., UK and Canadian governments’ requirements of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test for airline passengers, Saint Lucia is set to meet the demand for on-island testing and processing.
Saint Lucia has multiple COVID-19 PCR and antigen (rapid) testing options for departing visitors, citizens and residents. Travelers can obtain a test at select hotels or at local testing facilities, with test results returned within the requisite 72-hour time frame. There are additional options in development to expand testing locations. Travelers can make appointments for tests once they arrive on island or through their COVID-certified hotel. Pricing varies based on location and the type of test administered.
Saint Lucia and its accommodation providers aim to ease the stress and cost of vacation planning. As an added perk, select hotels are offering complimentary antigen (rapid) tests to guests who qualify.
As of January 14, the hotels and villas offering complimentary COVID-19 antigen (rapid) testing to qualified guests include: Anse Chastanet; all five Bay Gardens properties; Calabash Cove Resort & Spa; Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel; Cap Maison Resort & Spa; Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa; Jade Mountain; Ladera Resort; Marigot Bay Resort and Marina; Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia; Serenity at Coconut Bay; Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort; Stonefield Villa Resort and Ti Kaye Resort & Spa. Additional properties in Saint Lucia are anticipated to roll out complimentary testing in the coming weeks. Restrictions may apply and visitors should check with their accommodation provider for details; select hotels are offering PCR tests to guests who meet qualifications.
Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway
Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway in Puerto Vallarta started offering on-site COVID-19 testing in response to the requirement of PCR tests for all guests traveling to the U.S., Canada and other countries. Tests are available to all guests who may be required to take the PCR test. The Buenaventura Hotel Group, of which Villa Premiere is part, has an agreement with a certified laboratory, SANLOR Laboratorio, in order to make this new process as smooth as possible for its guests.
Appointments for COVID-19 testing can be made with the hotel’s concierge and will take place in a private location at the property or can be done at one of the four locations the laboratory has around the destination. A special price for the PCR test of 3,000 pesos (approximately $152) per test includes taxes. All test results have the corresponding certification by InDRE.
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