Beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, diverse cultures and exciting adventures define the countries in and around the Caribbean sea. The islands once known as the West Indies are full of diverse people from a wide range of backgrounds, this area is generally tropical and warm year-round. This collection of islands and nations stretch between North and South America and attract visitors from around the world.
The Caribbean is made up of independent nations, overseas and special municipalities. Be sure to double-check your visa, passport and travel insurance requirements particularly if you are visiting multiple places on the same trip. The following countries are either islands in the Caribbean sea or countries with coastline border to this sea.
- Anguilla (British overseas territory)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Aruba (constituent kingdom of the Netherlands)
- The Bahamas
- Bonaire (special municipality of the Netherlands)
- British Virgin Islands (British overseas territory)
- Cayman Islands (British overseas territory)
- Costa Rica
- Curacao (constituent kingdom of the Netherlands)
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- Guadeloupe (overseas region of France)
- Martinique (overseas department of France)
- Montserrat (British overseas territory)
- Navassa Island (uninhabited territory)
- Puerto Rico (U.S. commonwealth)
- Saba (special municipality of the Netherlands)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin (overseas collectivity of France)
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Andrés and Providencia (department of Colombia)
- Sint Eustatius (special municipality of the Netherlands)
- Sint Maarten (constituent kingdom of the Netherlands)
- Saint Barthélemy (overseas collectivity of France)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands (British overseas territory)
- United States Virgin Islands (U.S. territory)
Do You Need Travel Insurance?
Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a tricky time to travel. Be sure to check the local rules and regulations of your intended destination. Wherever you travel, we recommend investing in travel medical and trip insurance during COVID-19 in case you get sick or your plans are changed suddenly during these uncertain times. An increasing number of countries are also requiring travel insurance to enter including Costa Rica and Cuba.
If you are visiting Cuba, you will require proof of travel insurance upon arrival. Although the majority of countries do not require travel insurance for entry, health care costs can be extremely expensive. Smaller countries, especially islands, often have less robust health care options. If you are worried about major accidents and illnesses, you may consider travel insurance that includes coverage in the case of medical evacuation. This will protect you from paying the extremely high costs of helicopter transfers if you need to be taken to a larger medical facility.
Hurricanes are also very common in this region. If you are traveling between May and December, consider a travel insurance plan that will help you if you need to evacuate or change your plans due to tropical storms.
Compared to other countries, medical costs in the United States are very high and are unlikely to be covered by insurance from other countries. Due to this, we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance before you travel to the U.S. If you are staying for an extended period of time or are over the age of 60, you are at a higher risk of injury and illness. Therefore, even if it is not legally required, medical insurance that will cover you while you are in the United States is effectively necessary. Additionally, if you are entering the U.S. on a J-visa, you will be required to show proof of travel insurance in order to obtain your visa.