Beginning 1/26/21, international travelers will be required to show a negative COVID test for return travel via air to the United States.
Our Caribbean and Mexican resort partners have come through with on-resort testing to comply with this new requirement. And the best part? Most of our preferred partners are making these tests COMPLIMENTARY!
Here is a sampling of resort chains and their offering:
Secrets, Dreams, Now, Zoetry Resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America –
AM Resorts is offering complimentary tests and even free nights for a quarantine period in the event you are to test positive on-property.
Here are the details from their corporate release:
“AMResorts® is proud to expand the already comprehensive CleanComplete Verification™ program with the introduction of CleanComplete+. As part of CleanComplete+, we are pleased to announce the inclusion of COVID-19 antigen testing on-property at no cost to guests traveling to the U.S., as accepted per CDC U.S. travel regulations beginning on January 26, 2021. On-site property testing will be administered by Hospiten, an international private hospital network committed to providing a first-rate health care service for travelers, across the majority of our destinations*.
Test results will be received the same day in written format as required by the CDC. Guests should contact the concierge at each resort upon arrival to schedule departure testing.
For guests traveling to countries that do not accept the antigen test and require PCR testing, concierges at each resort will help coordinate and facilitate testing with off-property, third-party providers which are listed here.
If a guest receives a positive test while on property that prevents departure, the cost of quarantine at the property will be covered for up to 14 days. Extended stay due to quarantine includes the guest plus one travel companion sharing the same room. This policy is valid for travel through March 31, 2021.”
Couples Resorts in Jamaica –
Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Tower Isle all feature on-site complimentary testing.
Here is the public statement from Couples:
“A Worry-Free Stay Is Our Promise”
“You’ve likely heard that, beginning January 26, 2021, U.S. residents traveling internationally will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to re-entry. Rest assured, Couples Resorts will provide rapid antigen testing to our guests* free of charge, with little to no interruption to their stay.
Testing will be conducted on property by a contracted medical provider within three days of departure.
We understand that the CDC’s most recent guidelines are subject to change during this unprecedented time and we pledge to do our best to keep you informed with the most up-to-date information available.
As always, safety is our highest priority. We encourage everyone to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to a timely recovery together.”
*Not valid on comp stays.
Palace Resorts in Jamaica and Mexico –
Palace Resorts has gone a step further in streamlining the process to ensure your stay is virtually uninterrupted. They even have their own in-house lab to produce results within 30 minutes. And at NO COST!
Here is the statement from Palace Resorts:
“To comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, that air passengers entering the United States will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight; Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts are pleased to expand our Purely Palace and Purely Le Blanc programs.
Now all our resorts throughout Mexico & Jamaica will offer easy, onsite COVID-19 antigen (rapid) testing.
Tests will be conducted on property at no cost to guests (for up to two guests per room) traveling to the United States.*
Testing and samples will be administered by experienced in-house lab teams.
Results will be received within 30 minutes, and documentation will be ready for guests to present at the airport for their journey back home.
Guests can contact the concierge to schedule their departure test as soon as they check in.”
Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana, and Mexico –
Excellence Resorts have partnered with local labs to provide free testing for you.
Here is the statement from Excellence:
“Test Availability and Timing”
“The COVID-19 tests will be available beginning on January 18, 2021 for Canada and January 23, 2021 for the USA. Testing is available in the mornings at the resort’s on-site medical center, before 12:00 pm noon during the week with results available by the evening; or weekends with results available on Monday. The Hotel Staff will coordinate with guests to accommodate the appointments and confirm them the time. Guests must take into consideration their home country’s specific requirement; in the case of the USA and Canada, for instance, airlines require the test to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Test Pricing Starting on January 18, 2021 for Canada and January 23, 2021 for the USA and through February 28, 2021, The Excellence Collection is providing the test for free to guests with a return flight to a country that requires the negative COVID-19 test. The free test is an Antigen for the USA and PCR for Canada. In the case of US citizens that would like to take the PCR test as an additional option to the Antigen test, The Excellence Collection will bear part of the cost.”
Sandals and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean –
They were the first resorts to announce free COVID testing and it’s good through March 31, 2021.
These are just a few of the chains that are offering free testing but this list encompasses over 75 resorts dotted across the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond.
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