Persons who cannot or refuse to pay for the five-day quarantine in a hotel, now mandatory for passengers arriving from the United States, will have the bill paid by the government.
However, those who go this route will have their passports confiscated until the government is repaid. This is according to the Prime Minister.
“The Government will pay but on the understanding that your passport will be taken and the passport will not be given back to you until you reimburse the Government if the Government pays and you’ll have a timeline.
Gonsalves went on to reiterate a point which he has made numerous times in the past of the passport being the property of the Government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
The tightened protocols took effect on July 25 and require that persons arriving from the United States spend five nights in a hotel approved by the Ministry of Health at their own cost.