Trinidad and Tobago’s Yacht Services Association is grateful to Prime Minister Keith Rowley for allowing sailors – if vaccinated – to sail into their waters again from next week.
The news that vaccinated yachters can soon enter “comes as desperately needed news” for workers in the sector.
Rowley said the yachters, once vaccinated, will be allowed entry since the borders will be opened but the issue of cruise ships has been discussed but no decision taken yet.
Rowley said: “After almost 16 months of having the industry effectively shuttered, we are almost in disbelief that we may finally have our livelihoods restored. While we have maintained that visitors from yachts and sailboats in the Caribbean pose little threat, we understand that difficult decisions were made that affected many industries.”
According to the rules for entry into TT from July 17, foreigners must be fully vaccinated with World Health Organisation-approved vaccines administered at least two weeks before entry. They must also present a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours before arrival.