Unvaccinated tourists can stay in guesthouses if 60 percent of population completes vaccine

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revised its policies such that unvaccinated tourists can check in to local guest houses if 60 percent of the island's population completes both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The new policy will come into effect on July 26.

As per the policy, unvaccinated tourists or those who have not completed 14 days since they received the final dose of the vaccine cannot check in to local guest houses. However, unvaccinated children and those who are not eligible to receive the vaccine can check in to tourism establishments along with vaccinated tourists.

According to the new policy, unvaccinated tourists will be allowed to check in to guesthouses on inhabited islands if 60 percent of the island's population has completed the COVID-19 vaccine. 95 percent of the staff employed at tourism establishments where unvaccinated tourists stay must have received the full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is also a requirement that 90 percent of the island's elderly population above the age of 65 years has completed vaccine doses. Vaccine doses are considered as completed if 14 days have passed since they received the second dose of the vaccine.

A negative PCR test is required during checkout.