Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
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Barbados’ airport operations are impacted by severe volcanic ash connected to volcanic activity on the island of St Vincent. Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) is currently closed and all flights to and from GAIA are cancelled. GAIA is expected to remain closed until noon local time on Friday 16 April. However, the situation continues to change and persons wishing to travel should check with their airline for flight information, as further disruptions cannot be ruled out.
Grantley Adams International Airport has reopened to foreign travelers from 12 July.
If you are traveling to Barbados before May 8, 2021, you must follow these protocols:
New protocols have been announced for those traveling to Barbados after May 8, 2021:
Requirements may change at short notice. For the latest information check the Official Barbados Tourism website.
Social distancing guidelines, mandatory mask requirements, reduced hours for beaches and parks, and limits for large events remain in effect. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am.
Barbados has launched applications for a new 12-month visa to give remote workers the opportunity to live and work remotely for up to one year in Barbados.
Anyone over the age of 18 who can confirm they will earn more than US $50,000 over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support themselves and their dependants can apply at Barbados Welcome Stamp. On the website you will find information on fees and all the supporting documents required for a successful application.
Tourism makes up 40% of Barbados' economy. When short-term travel came to a halt in March 2020, the scheme was created to provide a boost to the island’s tourist-dependent economy, focusing on travel opportunities for people who want to stay longer.
Hurricane Isaac is currently tracking westwards towards the Caribbean heading for the Lesser Antilles archipelago (which includes Barbados). Reports indicate that the hurricane is maintaining strength which may increase as it moves closer to the islands, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds. The National Hurricane Center indicates that Hurricane Isaac will cross the islands Wednesday night - Thursday and then enter the East Caribbean Sea.
Please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities means you won't be covered by travel insurance.
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