Zika-Free Caribbean Islands – Simple Planet Journey

The worst thing that can happen while traveling abroad is getting sick. A new virus seems to pop up every year, and since 2016 we have been “blessed” with the Zika virus. This nasty virus is spreading to remote and beautiful Caribbean islands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keep an up-to-date list of all countries and areas with active Zika virus transmission that are still dangerous to visit, especially for pregnant women.

According to the CDC, pregnant women shouldn’t travel to the areas below as Zika infection can cause serious birth defects during pregnancy. Partners of pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy should understand the risks to pregnancy and take preventive measures. All travelers should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission during and after the trip. “

On the one hand, the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) issued a statement on August 14, 2018, in which it concluded that the transmission of Zika virus in the Caribbean has been interrupted and that there is a risk to residents and visitors to the area To acquire Zika low “.

On the other hand, on September 5, 2018, the CDC updated its travel recommendations and listed the Caribbean islands that are still at risk of being infected with the Zika virus. Only the islands listed below are Zika-free according to the CDC.

So you can choose which source of information you want to trust: the CARPHA or the CDC. The decision is yours and the consequences of an infection vary widely, whether you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or not. I’m just giving you the information so that you can make a clear decision.

On a map, it looks like there are no risk-free countries in the Caribbean. But rest assured: there are still some safe paradise islands in the Caribbean and region.

Explore the last of Zika’s last free Caribbean islands and travel destinations, and don’t forget to download the infographic at the bottom of this article!

Zika Free Caribbean Islands and Travel Destinations

Bermuda: Zika Free Islands

I know Bermuda is not in the Caribbean. But it’s not that far, so I decided to add it to this list of safe destinations as it is. Bermuda is truly isolated and famous for its pink sand beaches, neat pastel cottages, and the triangle of the same name that sucks in unfortunate ships and planes. Don’t worry, you will come back from Bermuda alive and well!

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Caribbean travel destinations with Current or past transmission, but not a Zika outbreak

Unfortunately, the following targets are infected with the Zika virus.

Antigua & Barbuda

Updated August 23, 2016

Antigua & Barbuda: Active transmission of the Zika virus

Antigua is a busy island frequented by celebrities like Eric Clapton, Oprah, and others. Some people say Antigua has 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. Difficult to check, but with so many white sand beaches we are sure to find one that is our own private paradise for a day!

Antigua & Barbuda travel guide


Updated April 6, 2019

Bahamas: No more Zika-free islands

With more than 3000 islands and limestone cliffs in the turquoise Caribbean, the Bahamas offers a variety of landscapes and adventures for everyone: from vibrant Nassau to the forgotten Out Islands. Here you will find casinos, luxury yachts, golf courses and rum.

The Bahamas Travel Guide


Updated April 23, 2016

Belize: Active transmission of the Zika virus

Belize is a tiny country aboard the Caribbean, but it has so much to offer. From its famous Barrier Reef and Blue Hole to finger licking ceviche and very friendly English speaking residents, a trip to Belize is without a doubt unforgettable (I know, I’ve been there!).

Belize travel guide

Cayman Islands: Travelers have to be careful

Updated April 6, 2019

Cayman Islands: Zika Free Caribbean Islands

The Cayman Islands are officially on the CDC’s Zika Free list. Even so, rumors have spread that there is very little risk of the Zika virus in the Cayman Islands. So travelers need to be careful: even though the CDC has declared the Cayman Islands Zika free, there may be an undeclared risk of the presence of a Zika virus.

Grand Cayman is known for its incredible diving and snorkeling sites and the largest of the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory. But don’t forget beautiful Cayman Brac, known for its breathtaking deep-sea fishing trips, and Little Cayman (the smallest of the three islands), which is home to a variety of wildlife, from endangered iguanas to sea birds like red-footed boobies.


Updated June 7, 2016

Grenada: Active transmission of the Zika virus

Grenada seems to be underrated compared to other magnificent Caribbean islands. But don’t be fooled: you won’t be disappointed with a trip here! The beaches consist of pure white glowing sand, the diving is wonderful and the landscapes are visions of lush, tropical, idyllic hills.


Updated April 6, 2019

Guadeloupe: Zika Free Caribbean Islands

Guadeloupe is an archipelago of over a dozen islands that offer beautiful beaches with breathtaking mountains. The two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are connected by a couple of bridges and a mangrove swamp.

Grande-Terre, the eastern of the two islands, has a number of beach towns that offer travelers plenty of activities and stunning beaches. Basse-Terre, the western island, is more mountainous and is home to the beautiful Parc National de la Guadeloupe, which is crowned by the spectacular La Soufrière volcano.


Updated April 6, 2019

Martinique: Zika Free Caribbean Islands

Martinique is an overseas region of France and its culture is a mix of French and West Indian cultures. That’s why you’ll find world-class dining experiences and a rich cultural life here, while its volcanic origins offer a remarkable variety of landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and breathtaking hiking trails.

St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy)

Updated April 6, 2019

St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy): Zika-free Caribbean islands

Saint Barthelemy, a French-speaking Caribbean island known as St. Barts, offers travelers white sand beaches and trendy designer shops. The capital of Gustavia is perfect for postcards with a harbor filled with yachts, delicious high-end restaurants, and educational historical sites.

St. Kitts & Nevis

Updated October 15, 2016

Saint Kitts & Nevis: Active transmission of the Zika virus

Looking for some amazing snorkeling, a relaxed attitude, and beautiful beaches? Look no more! Saint Kitts is still laid back, even if it’s used to tourist crowds today.

St. Lucia

Updated April 23, 2016

St. Lucia: Active transmission of the Zika virus

In St. Lucia you will find rich, lush tropical slopes, pure white sandy beaches and a brilliant blue sea. The pitons are obviously a landscape that will grace your desktop computer for a while!

Turks and Caicos Islands

Updated August 23, 2016

Turks & Caicos: Active transmission of the Zika virus

Last but not least, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a group of 40 islands that distribute their own piece of warm water north of the Caribbean Sea and south of the Bahamas. Even if these islands are near Miami, the crowds haven’t taken over the pristine landscapes and friendly residents.

List of all countries where the Zika virus is active in the Caribbean

Here is a full list of all countries in the world with current or previous transmission, but without Zika outbreak

American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Easter Island, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru , Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tha iland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, USA (Continental USA), US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam

Here is a list of the countries in the world with mosquitoes, but no reported Zika cases

Australia, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Chad, China, Christmas Island, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Georgia, Ghana, Guam, Guinea, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Madeira, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Gambia , Togo, Tokelau, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Here is a list of all the countries in the world without mosquitoes that spread Zika

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, Chile, Cocos Islands, Comoros, Corsica, Croatia , Crozet Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kerguelen Islands, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pitcairn Islands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, St. Helena, St. Paul and New Amsterdam, St. Pierre and Miquelon, San Marino, São Tomé and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Wake Island, Western Sahara

Zika Free Caribbean Islands: Will It Get Better One Day?

According to experts, since Zika virus is found in tropical regions, there is little chance that it will stop spreading. The best way to be sure is to protect yourself from infection with the virus.

Have you or any of your family members been infected with the Zika virus?

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