American Airlines, which announced plans to offer COVID-19 testing for flights to Jamaica, Hawaii, and the Bahamas in September, said it would expand its pre-flight testing program to encompass Belize, Grenada, and St. Lucia. The move comes as the airline seeks to help travelers comply with the entry regulations the three countries have imposed amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
American Airlines currently serves these three destinations from its hub at Miami International Airport but it will introduce new service from Chicago O’Hare Airport to St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort later this month. Come December, American will add service to Belize’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport from Dallas/Fort Worth International and Charlotte Douglas International airports, and to St. Lucia from Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, and Philadelphia International Airport.
Belize requires that passengers six years of age and above must complete a PCR or polymerase chain reaction test within 72 hours of departure, while Grenada requires testing within seven days prior to departure. St. Lucia requires passengers to present negative test results prior to boarding and tests, which must be taken within seven days of departure, are required for visitors five years of age and older.