Marriott adds complimentary on-site COVID-19 testing at properties across the Caribbean and Mexico

Feb 26, 2021

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Following Hyatt’s lead, the world’s largest hotel chain has rolled out a plan to provide complimentary on-site COVID-19 testing to guests staying at a selection of its properties across the Caribbean and Mexico.

This new offering will allow guests who travel to any participating resort to remain compliant with the United States’ and United Kingdom’s recent rule requiring all incoming travellers to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arrival into the country.

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The complimentary testing is available for up to two people per room for guests staying three nights or longer at the following properties: JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa; Marriott Cancun Resort; The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun; Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa; W Punta de Mita; The Westin Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta; The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort; Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos; Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino and The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.

(Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)
JW Marriott Cancun (Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)

Marriott’s also following Hyatt’s example by offering up to 50% off on flexible extended stay rates if a guest isn’t able to travel back to the U.S. due to a positive test.

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It’s important to note if you’re not staying at any of the above Marriott properties, free COVID-19 testing will not be available, though you can speak with your property directly. They should be able to direct you to a local testing centre. Additionally, the type of testing (both rapid antigen and PCR tests are accepted under the U.S. entry rule) will vary by property. If you require further tests on property, they will be available for purchase.

While not quite as widespread as Hyatt’s offering, it’s great to see Marriott get on board with offering free on-property testing across a range of its locations in popular places. It will allow travellers to continue to visit these resorts (and contribute tourism dollars to the region’s local economies) while more seamlessly complying with the U.K. testing-for-entry rule without the hassle of coordinating testing with local health centres.

Featured image by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy

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