Barbados Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Barbados – updated 30 December, 2020

Grantley Adams International Airport has reopened to foreign travelers from 12 July.

Requirements for travel to Barbados

First, check to see if you are traveling from a country that has been identified as high, medium, low risk, or very low risk. Barbados is determining the risk levels based on the World Health Organization's seven-day data totals. Click here for the latest protocols (frequently updated) that are in effect from 16 October.

  • It is mandatory for all travelers from high and medium-risk countries to get a COVID-19 PCR antigen test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours (3 days) prior to arrival
    • Travelers from medium-to-high risk countries will be retested five days after the first test. Movement will be restricted until the result of the second test.
    • Travelers from low-risk countries must show negative results taken up to 5 days prior to arrival. Those without a negative test result will be tested on arrival.
    • Travelers from countries within the very low-risk category, who have not traveled to or transited through any country designated as high, medium or low-risk within 21 days prior, are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival
  • Fill out an online Immigration and Customs Form (which will become available 72 hours prior to your arrival), and upload test results.

Quarantine

  • Arrivals from high risk countries will remain at designated accommodation with restricted movement for 7 days, and tested 2-3 days after arrival. People will typically be released after the second negative result is confirmed
  • Arrivals from medium risk countries will be monitored for symptoms for 7 days after arrival, and must take a second COVID-19 test 2-3 days after arrival
  • Arrivals from low risk countries who do not have a negative test result will be tested on arrival. Those with a negative test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance from immigration.

Requirements may change at short notice. For the latest information on tourism, check The Official Barbados Tourism website.

Social distancing guidelines and limits for large events remain in effect.

Barbados is enticing remote workers with a new 12-month Welcome Stamp Visa

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, 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.

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Hurricane Isaac - September 2018

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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29 Comments

  • Joe Vialli said

    You have to present a test for Covid done within the previous 72 hours on arrival in Barbados. I have found this almost impossible to plan for. Firstly, you cannot just get a test done on the NHS you have to pay about 150 to 200 pounds or more for one at a private clinic but these are difficult to find. And they tell you the results will be with you in 24-48 hours. But this excludes weekends. And all the Virgin flights scheduled are for weekends (they have cut down to one a week). So that means you will probably not get your test result in time!

    So you end up adding 200 pounds to your 500 flight...and still probably do not get your test result. Also, you can have the test in Barbados but it is bureaucratic and time consuming...and what if you test positive - bang, you have just infected the whole place and presumably invalidated all those Covid-negative certificates of others: just because you had a negative test on Wednesday, doesn't mean that you can't get it if you are sat next to someone who has it on Friday!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Joe,

      You raise some really valid points here. I think it's important that in this current period of uncertainty, anyone that does plan to get a PCR test done prior to their flight, is aware that their flight may be delayed or cancelled.

      Around the world, new rules and restrictions have been introduced at very short notice too, so people need to be more flexible and ready for change than ever before.

      If you do choose to travel, stay safe!

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sabrina said

    What if I'm just waiting for my connecting flight with another airline to go back to my country,Do I still need to babe a covid test done on arrival?Because I'm having the covid test done when i get to my country because I have no money to pay for test.

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  • Kevin Farrell said

    I am due to travel to Barbados on a Tuesday in October so therefore i would need to have my test done on the saturday. If the test result doesnt come back in time whats the procedure?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Kevin,

      To answer your question, I have taken the FAQ answers from the Barbados official website (https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020) to answer this FAQ "What happens if I don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before my trip to Barbados?"

      HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES

      Persons travelling from High-Risk countries or who have visited or transited through a High-Risk country in the past 21 days will be tested at the airport free of charge. These travellers will be required to remain at the airport until the results are available.

      MODERATE-RISK COUNTRIES

      Persons travelling from Medium-Risk countries can be tested at the airport free of charge or at approved satellite sites/hotels for a fee of USD $150 plus the cost of the hotel stay. Persons tested at the airport can either await their results at the airport or at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense. All persons must remain in their approved chosen accommodation until they receive their results. Test results would generally be available within 24 hours.

      LOW-RISK COUNTRIES

      Persons travelling from Low-Risk countries will be tested at the airport free of charge or at approved satellite sites/hotels for a fee of USD $150 plus the cost of the hotel stay. Persons tested at the airport can either await their results at the airport or a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense. All persons must remain in their chosen accommodation until they receive their results. Test results would generally be available within 24 hours.

      I hope this helps.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Mimi said

    Does anyone know the assigned hotels by government visitors are allowed to stay at while quarantine in Barbados

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  • Uzma said

    Hi, we want to come to Barbados SAS our parents are very ill and need care. Upon arrival if we are tested as negative (or bring a negative certificate with us) how long are we required to then quarantine for?

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    • Jenny said

      If I quarantine in BGI Barbados can I then enter the USA as a UK passport holder.
      Thanks
      Jenny

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  • Debbi said

    My husband and I plan to travel to Barbados from the US (Maryland) in November for 5 days. We plan to test prior to travel. It is my understanding we will need to test at the airport once we arrive in Barbados. Once tested at the Barbados airport, how long will it take to get our results?

    Thank you for your help with question.

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  • Kyra said

    I’m Malaysian and planning to travel to Barbados for 3 months with my friend from UK. I will come with him from UK to Barbados. What is the travel requirement and do i need to be quarantine at the govt centre went I arrive Barbados? Hope to hear from you soon!

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  • Diane Fudge said

    Since the Sept 17th update for US residents (Barbados considers High Risk), although they have the NEW conditions of a negative Covid Test within 72 hours, there are still places on the official website, that say 14 day quarantine even WITH the Covid test. How can we be sure this is outdated information if it is still listed when you click on the words High Risk? Even the US Embassy in Barbados has the 14 day quarantine info still showing in addition to the 72 hour negative test. I'm planning to go to Barbados for 5 days 4 nights next month, but don't want to book until I find clarification somewhere.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Diane,

      This Protocols document from the Barbados website is very detailed: https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/docs/btmi_travel_protocols_1b?fr=sZjAzNDEyMDU0OA

      Pages 4 to 5 clearly state that arrivals from High Risk countries will be quarantined for 14 days, with the option to take a second COVID-19 test between days 5-7. People will *typically* be released after the second negative result is returned.

      I'll update the information now - I hope this helps clarify!

      Please do check with your airline to be sure.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Charles said

    Anybody have an answer to Debbi’s question? How long after initial test at airport will results be available? If more than 24 hours, then it’s not worth the time and expense to make this trip.

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  • Ryan said

    I am coming from a high risk country. I’m not staying in Barbados just having a connecting flight

    Do I still have to be quarantined at Barbados for the 14 days?

    I’m travelling to st Vincent’s and require a negative test before entry.

    Please help want to leave next week Thursday

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  • caroline fraser said

    I am travelling to St Vincent on Dec 14 2020 coming from Canada having a nagative test i am going to be in transit for couple of hours.Can you please advice .Do having to be quarantined in Barbados and for how long

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  • Dan Fisher said

    Hi,

    We are flying to Barbados on Sunday 8th November so have booked a PCR test for Thursday 5th November, my understanding is this is correct but please can anybody confirm this?

    Thanks,
    Dan.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Dan,

      If you are flying from a high or medium risk country, yes. Taking a test within three days of arrival is the right way to go about this.

      Contact your airline to be sure, as these protocols on the Barbados website may change before your flight.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Carole Nipper said

    Hi! I am traveling to Barbados November 5-9. I plan to get my Expedited PCR test on Monday November 2 to make sure I have results for my 72 hour window. Does this test have to be Nasopharyngeal or can it be Mid-Turbinate? Does it matter? Thanks!!

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  • Lydia said

    What is the hotel /accommodation you have to stay at if I have to after arriving from USA. What is the average cost of this hotel. I want to visit my grandma but don’t want to spend my whole trip in hotel before my trip is over. I need to be able afford those accommodations

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  • Wendy Nemzek said

    I have seen "3 days" AND 72 hours. Do you know which is more accurate? I land in Barbados 1530 09 DEC 2020 and plan to test on 06 DEC 2020, but do I need to make sure it is after 1530? Or is anytime SUN 06 DEC 2020 ok? TIA

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Wendy,

      The number of hours in 3 days is 72, so the two mean the same thing.

      Get your COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving. Find out from your airline about the estimated time of arrival in Barbados so that you can calculate this properly.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Jackie said

    Are you sure that’s true? Flights from the UK land at night, meaning that it is not possible to get tested during the day 3 days before arrival. The Barbados travel information specifically says ‘3 days’ not 72 hours and the examples they give only state the day, not the time, so I have taken this to mean that any time on the day that falls 3 days before travel is fine.

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    • Jackie said

      To be clear, from the UK government website:

      'Please note that the test can be taken at any time during the day 3 days prior to the date of your arrival in Barbados. (For example, if your flight arrives at 10pm on Saturday, you can take a test at any time on the Wednesday prior to this.)'

      https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados/entry-requirements

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  • Sarah said

    Hi would like to know if I'll have to take a covid test after taking one and the result is negative before leaving the UK? I'm only in transit to another country for 17 hours do I have to pay for being in transit?

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  • Liz said

    December 21st 2020.

    EXTREMELY long wait to get results from second covid test in Barbados.

    I think everybody considering travelling to Barbados should know this: I am in quarantine right now at a hotel and can’t go to my house until I g et the results of my second test ( the first one was done in Canada and has been negative). It has been 6 days since my re-test and I have heard absolutely nothing. I still have to pay for the hotel and everyday I spend here just adds onto the bill.

    I am unable to reach anyone at the national monitoring center, nor at the clinic where I got tested, not even at the emergency number you are supposed to call if you develop symptoms while in quarantine.

    This whole thing seems like a sham and a money grab and I am very disappointed to see how amateurish this whole operation is,

    Just know this if you are considering travelling to Barbados.

    Good luck to you.

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  • Catherine said

    Everything you see on these sites are not what it's like I'm Barbados..this is a big fat lie.. when you g t to barbados with a negative test.. you have to wait 5 days before you get the next tests..the next test is not garanteed on the 5 day..so you may get a test on 6th or 7th day..if you doa test on the airport you will not get the results the same day that's another lie..the girls at the airport have links outside as to the hotels because they are getting a cut ..the government website say you can quarantine at a government facility..that's a lie too.. when you get to the airport..they say it's barbadians only...Its sad the government of these countries are taking advantage of people..who are just trying to conduct few days business or trips to the island.. everything is expensive...food proce is at its highest..so if you can't plan to spend extra money don't book.. quarantine is a mental killer..and you are putting your job at risk because you will not get back in time..the hotline number never works..no one checks up on you so you are left on a limbo as to what to do next.. it's a nightmare here.. I would advise that you stay in your country and vacate ..it doesn't worth it at all..

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  • Jeanette said

    In response to Catherine and anyone reading her message. There has been an outbreak of Covid on the Island - around 500 cases since just before Christmas, no doubt because some travellers (whether tourists or returnees) failed to comply with the quarantine requirements. This has led to a need to embark on significant mass testing in order to stem the outbreak. That operation seems to be working with the incidence of positive tests reducing over time. It is the unprecedented number of required tests that has caused the delay. I appreciate this is distressing and inconvenient for anyone affected but in a global pandemic nothing is guaranteed. Also, who on earth plans a trip for ‘a few days’ when it is very clear that even best case scenario you will be in quarantine for 4 days?! My own experience was that I stayed in an official quarantine hotel, arrived on a Friday afternoon and was out of quarantine by Monday evening.

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  • Kernita said

    I am traveling from Anguilla to Barbados that is very low risk but I have to intransit in Trinidad for about an hour. Do I have to quarantine when I get to Barbados?

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  • Linda said

    Can anyone tell me how much it costs to stay in quarantine hotels Thankyou

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