Barbados reopened its doors for commercial air traffic on Sunday July 12th. Full protocols are now in place for entry into Barbados and for the accommodation sector. These protocols will be continually reviewed and updated as deemed necessary. The officially released protocols are available on the official local Visit Barbados website, and you can view the latest edit here. Please feel free to check the official GIS website from time to time to keep up with any changes made.
In summary, here’s what you need to know:
- ♦ All arriving passengers over the age of 5 will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR antigen test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours of travel or be tested on arrival in Barbados. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include: ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS or equivalent.
- ♦ Testing on arrival can either be done at the airport free of charge or at a satellite hotel site for US$150. Wait times at the airport may be 6-8 hours to receive test results.
- ♦ Travellers who do not have a negative test and do not opt for testing will not be allowed to enter Barbados. The Ministry of Health and Wellness further reserves the right to require testing of any person regardless of documentation presented.
♦ Arriving passengers must complete their Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) form online 24 hours prior to travel and you can access this ED Form here.
♦ A valid email address is required to download the new immigration/customs form or to edit submitted immigration/customs form
♦ You can upload your COVID-19 PCR test results via Travelform.gov.bb
♦ Once your test is validated and you are permitted to proceed to your accommodation, the protocols for further monitoring or testing depend on the risk level of your country of origin. You can view the section as it relates to your country’s Risk Category here. Canada and the UK are considered medium risk at present while the US is high risk.
- Passengers from low risk countries can either arrive with a negative test result or will be tested on arrival, but will not be subject to monitoring thereafter. Passengers from medium risk countries will follow the same protocol and in addition will be subject to monitoring by the Ministry of Health for a period of between 7 and 14 days, which may include periodic visits from the Ministry of Health to monitor symptoms. Following the same arrival protocols, passengers from high risk countries will be permitted to proceed directly to accommodation and monitored in the same way as persons from medium risk countries will be, but in addition, they will be required to have a second test done within 7 days of arrival before monitoring is discontinued assuming the test is negative.
You can view and download the full Health & Safety Protocols for the Tourism Sector here, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions.
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These protocols are accurate at the time of posting but may be subject to change at any given time. We will update this page as and when it is deemed necessary. You can also refer to the Visit Barbados website for further updates.