Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel advice for USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean

As the world emerges from the pandemic more and more travel routes and holiday destinations have begun to reopen as Covid restrictions continue to be lifted around the world. Popular destinations for Brits including the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean are back on the travel list this year with many announcing changes to travel restrictions in recent months.

While rules around travel when returning to the UK are expected to change in the next few months, with the passenger locator forms expected to be scrapped and testing requirements for those who are vaccinated already having mostly been scrapped, elsewhere in the world rules still remain.

Some of them places, include the popular destinations mentioned before. To save you the hassle of checking the Foreign Office travel website, MyLondon has rounded up all the latest travel advice for USA, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and Antigua.

Read below to find out everything you need to know if you want to travel to these destinations in the next few weeks and months.

READ MORE: Latest travel advice for Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy as they change rules for unvaccinated Brits


The New York skyline

The US Government eased restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers in November 2021, but some rules are still in place. There are still entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers entering the US however including a negative Covid-19 test result or documentation of recovery from Covid-19. Fully vaccinated travellers must get the Covid-19 test no more than one day before their flight departs, which differs to most countries, which require a negative test result within 48 or 72 hours of departure.

Travellers can take a PCR or Antigen test, but the test must be supervised. In-person tests are allowed, while those using home self test kits must book through a company that offers video consultation appointments with a travel certificate and the results to be presented at the airport. They are also required to take a lateral flow test within three to five days of arrival in the US. As of Friday February 11, 2022, fully jabbed travellers returning to the UK from the USA don’t need to take any tests or quarantine on arrival in the UK. They still need to fill out a passenger locator form.


Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada.

Canada has relaxed its restrictions after a fall in cases in Canada as the Omicron wave has peaked, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. PCR tests have been scrapped for the fully vaccinated entering Canada from February 28. Under the new rules, travellers from the UK to Canada will be able to opt for cheaper antigen tests, but will still face random Covid-19 testing on arrival.

Arrivals into Canada will continue to be randomly tested for Covid-19 but will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting the results. Antigen testing, taken the day before travel, must be supervised, the same rule as for visitors to the US. This does not have to be in person and can be via a telehealth service.


Tulum beach, Mexico.

Travellers, whether fully vaccinated or not, do not currently need to show proof of a negative Covid test to enter Mexico, but they do need to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding their flight to Mexico, and should show the QR code upon arrival at the airport. They must also fill out a Health Questionnaire before arrival, Since February 11, 2022, double-jabbed travellers and those under 18 are no longer required to test and isolate on return to the UK. They must still complete a passenger locator form before travelling.

Hotel quarantine is no longer required for those returning to the UK. However, if you have not been fully vaccinated against Covid for at least two weeks before returning, you will have to pay for a PCR test to be taken on or before day two of your return. You do not need to isolate unless this is positive. They must still complete a passenger locator form before travelling.


Martinique, French Antilles, Caribbean

All Caribbean islands are now open to British tourists and entry restrictions have been relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated. Many Caribbean destinations require a PCR or antigen test before arrival, even if you are fully vaccinated.

The Caribbean islands have a health declaration form, and/or some form of passenger locator form for arrivals. and it is advised to check the individual rules of a destination closely. If you are transiting from one island to another. Be prepared for temperature checks, requests to see your NHS Covid-19 pass, and instructions to observe social distancing.


Fully vaccinated travellers must present a negative rapid antigen test taken no more than one day prior to arrival. A negative PCR test, taken no more than three days before arrival, is also acceptable. In-transit passengers are not required to test in order to transit Barbados.


All travellers aged 12 and over must have proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 72 hours of departure. From March 1 international visitors will not be required to complete an authorisation form prior to arrival.

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St Lucia

All travellers aged five years and over arriving in St Lucia must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within five days before travel. You will have your temperature checked on arrival. Those fully vaccinated and travelling with children aged five to 17 will need to be retested on arrival at and remain in quarantine until the result comes through negative . All travellers must complete a pre-arrival registration form no less than two days prior to arrival to St Lucia.


Fully vaccinated passengers must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken up to four days before arrival. This includes transiting passengers. Children aged four and under do not require a test. Unvaccinated travellers may be denied entry.

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