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Montserrat lifts virus protocols

Regional 28 Sep, 2021 Follow News

Montserrat hopes to get more visitors from Friday

Montserrat, which since April has only allowed in a handful of wealthy tourists in a bid to keep Covid cases low, is finally opening up to all.

Montserrat opened its borders in April - but only to the wealthiest holidaymakers who reportedly had to earn over $70,000 were allowed in. They also had to stay for a minimum of two months. The New York Times reports just 21 people have visited the island in recent months.

The measure was to keep Covid at bay while maintaining some tourism. There have been only 33 cases and one Covid-related death on the island. But just a quarter of the 5,000 inhabitants are vaccinated.

The island’s entry rules are about to change - and from Oct. 1 all vaccinated tourists will be welcomed on Montserrat.

Visitors will not have to stay for two months, either. The island, which is a British territory, is on the green travel list for UK holidaymakers.

But Montserrat is also currently in its hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

Krystal Bajkor is one of the few people who have visited the island in recent months. She told the New York Times that despite all the craziness, “there’s nothing that can kill you here except the volcano.”

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